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Indigenous Business Defence Sector Accelerator Program

Sponsored by:

For more information, contact:

Natalie Adams
Director, Supply Change™

416.961.8663 ext. 819
procurement@ccab.com

About the Program

Indigenous businesses will be paired with organizational sponsors through the program to learn about regulatory requirements, acquire knowledge and skills to work within the industry and leverage opportunities within their sponsors’ global supply chain. Read the press release.

Inaugural Program Sponsor

General Dynamics is a global defence and aerospace company with a worldwide reputation for excellence. In Canada, their operations focus on the production of combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions, and IT and C4ISR solutions for the Canadian Armed Forces and allied forces worldwide.

As the inaugural sponsors for the program, General Dynamics’ three business units in Canada Land Systems–CanadaMission Systems–Canada, and Ordnance and Tactical Systems–Canada are proud to support Indigenous businesses across the country.

Who Should Apply?

This program is available to any Indigenous Business that:

  • Meets the criteria of being 51% Indigenous owned and controlled
  • Has established products and/or service relevant to the defence sector
  • Interest to mature and grow current business
  • Interest to pursue business as a start-up within the defence sector
  • Able to invest time into the program
    • Could be hour long sessions held bi weekly or monthly from September to May (depending on your tailored plan with Suncor)
    • Some certification processes take up to 6 months to complete (controlled goods)

Program Expectations

  • Tailored information sessions and plans with Sponsor
  • Potential onboarding into procurement systems
  • Potential for contract awards
  • Access to Sponsor leadership
  • Development of connections within the defence industry
  • Enhanced knowledge to operate business within the defence sector

Application

Applications opened on June 14, 2024 and will close on July 12, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Timeline

  • Application window open: June 14, 2024
  • Application window closes: July 12, 2024
  • CCIB application review: July 15 to 19, 2024
  • Sponsor review and decision making: July 22 to August 09, 2024
  • Sponsor and business interview phase: August 12 to August 30, 2024
  • Candidate selection announcement: September 9 to 13 , 2024
  • Program kick off: September 16, 2024
  • Program close: May 31, 2025

Notification

All applicants will be notified when the six businesses to proceed with the accelerator program are selected.

Timeline for Program

*Subject to change at sponsors’ discretion

Does this program apply to services or just the manufacturing sector?

The defence sector includes all kinds of work scope from manufacturing, software development to publications and manual writing. It will be the sponsors’ decision as to who they induct into the accelerator program.