Last Revised August 30, 2021
Once you have made the decision to attend DEFSEC Atlantic
in-person, please review the following checklist:
- Registration for all attendees this year will be completely online
and on an individual basis. The process to follow is:
- Review the information on what the attendee categories are this
year and figure out which you should register under.
Click here to start getting the
information you need.
- Once you have started your registration, fill out the basic
contact information (and other info screens depending on your
category) and then decide on options being offered as part of the
registration process. It is important to note that this year that
no attendee passes of any kind automatically include
access to either meals or receptions. Hence options are:
- Lunch Options
options will take place during the designated Lunch Break which
runs from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm each day.
Wednesday and Thursday, there are sponsored lunches which will
be taking place inside the ACADA Presentation Pavilion.
They will be limited capacity with attendance both by sponsor
invite and purchase of individual tickets. Tickets will be
available first come, first served and have a limited number
available. Tickets for both lunches can only be purchased
inside the Online Registration System.
exhibiting companies have been given the additional option to
have meals delivered directly to their booth. Once again,
this option is available to exhibitor employees when they
register in the Online Registration System.
you choose to have your lunch break off-site, there are well
over 20 restaurants just within a 3-block radius of the Halifax
Convention Centre and even more just outside of that distance.
We also have Partner Restaurants where if you show your DEFSEC
Atlantic name badge, they will offer a discount.
to view the list of participating restaurants.
- Official DEFSEC Atlantic
As far as attending Receptions go, we are
currently waiting on the
Province of Nova Scotia for further clarification on the rules
expected to be in effect at the time of our event and will
communicate that to all registered exhibiting companies, all
registered attendees at that time, our mailing list of potential
attendees, and on our social media platforms. At this time, we do
anticipate that the rules will possibly be similar to how the
sponsored lunches will work, but do not know for sure. Whatever
option does prevail, it will be made available as part of the
Online Registration System.
- Atlantic Canada Aerospace &
Defence Association (ACADA) Dinner & Awards Presentation
A popular event that takes place the Wednesday evening each
year alongside DEFSEC Atlantic that creates a platform for
Atlantic Aerospace and Defence member businesses to be
showcased. Attendees typically include key national and
international industry members, military and government
representatives and delegates. The evening will feature a
reception, high-quality meal, speakers & entertainment and
presentation of the ACADA Industry Excellence Recognition
Awards (AIERA). You will have the option to purchase an
individual ticket for this event directly through our
registration process this year.
Click here for more details.
- Make arrangements for transportation to the venue:
Depending on where you are coming from, this could be as simple as
driving and parking
OR as complex as
transportation to downtown Halifax upon arrival.
- If you are travelling from outside of Canada, make sure that
you visit the link below to ensure you qualify for the
fully vaccinated traveller exemption with Canada:
- If you are travelling from within Canada, but outside Nova
Scotia, make sure that you visit the link below to ensure you
qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption with
- If necessary, book your accommodations as early
as possible to ensure availability. To find out more details about our
partner hotel and to book your room,
- The next steps all involve our integrated technology platforms.
It shouldbe noted that once they have launched, ALL technology
platforms EXCEPT the B2B Meetings Platform will have their content
available right up until the end of October. The technologies are:
- One feature that is available right away as part of the
Online Registration System &
Presentations Web Platform will be the Itinerary/My
Schedule module. This feature allows you to choose
from a variety of "sessions" listed in the master schedule which
you can then add to create your own personalized schedule which
you can continue to update and eventually access in multiple ways
including on-site at the event. You can continually update your
content in this module all the way through the dates of our event.
As with ALL of the modules built into the web platform, you
will have access to them as soon as you register online and at the
same time create a login/password combination in order to log back
into the platform. This platform is optimized and highly
recommended to be used and viewed on computers (PC or MAC), but
can also be viewed on mobile devices such as phones and tablets,
however the viewing experience is not ideal on portable devices.
- The next portion of our technologies that will launch will be
the Digital Exhibit Hall and Floorplan module.
This is built into the Online
Registration System & Presentations Web Platform. It
will essentially be a planning tool that lists ALL of the
participating exhibiting and sponsoring companies, as well as
their corresponding locations within each of the three exhibition
halls. You can use this tool to review information on each
company, access any downloads they have available and "put them in
your briefcase" so you can create a list that you can then either
print off or e-mail to yourself for easy reference while at the
- The last section that built into the
Online Registration System & Presentations Web Platform is
the Video Presentations module. At first,
you will be able to see a list of all the planned videos that will
be accessible through our on-demand video platform and have the
ability to add them into your personalized schedule. In
fact, in order to view any presentation, you MUST add it into your
personalized list. Certain videos will be on-demand ONLY
while others which make up the presentations in our Seminar Series
will have an official "launch time" which will correspond to when
it is shown on screens in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion on-site
at the event, plus if the presenter chooses to offer a Live Q&A
for their presentation, this is the timeslot when that Q&A will
- The next technology platform to launch will be the B2B
Meetings Platform. if you plan to participate in
our facilitated B2B/B2G Program, whether online or on-site, it is
critical to make sure that you register for this online platform.
Just as the system is launched, all registered attendees will be
sent an invite e-mail to register and setup their own personal
account on the B2B Meetings Platform. Any attendees that register
after the launch date should receive their invite e-mail within a
day or two of completing their initial registration. The
platform combines matchmaking, scheduling,
and browser-integrated video conferencing (for
virtual meetings) all into one site. As well, the platform
will facilitate in-person meetings at our event. Besides
being able to video conference online through the site, we will
also have four large rooms inside the Halifax Convention Centre
dedicated to B2B/B2G meetings known as the "ACADA B2B Zone".
Inside them are 17 dedicated 10' x 10' divided spaces which will
be setup for both in-person and hybrid meetings on Wednesday,
October 6 and Thursday,
October 7. This platform is expected to be
available approximately 3 weeks before the event week, so
attendees will have a chance to find each other, make connections
and plan arranged meetings using the system on the event days.
- The final technology to launch will be our Digital
Show Guide & Event App. Once this is launched, you will
be able to download this app and then
log into it using the same e-mail and password combination
that you use to access our Online Registration System &
Presentations Web Platform.
In past years, we have always had a printed version of our Show
Guide, which was the central document we handed out to everyone
that contained all of the details of our event and was a useful
tool both during and after the event. However, being printed,
small portions of it were often out of date due to last minute
changes that can happen at virtually every event. A big advantage
of going digital is that it can be constantly updated in terms of
its content right though the event dates.
We have replaced the printed version this year with our Digital
Show Guide & Event App, which is designed to run on mobile devices
(both Android and iOS based). The app is fully featured and
provides more resources and tools than its historical counterpart.
The other added bonus of this technology is that it can be used by
both those people attending in-person AND by those attending ONLY
virtually. Along with the Web Platform and the B2B Meetings
Platform, it creates a powerful trio of tools to help
attendees communicate and collaborate.
A full list of the available tools can be found by
- Correspondingly with the technologies we make available, then
plan your activities taking place while on-site at our
event. These can include:
- Visiting each of the three exhibition halls and viewing the
exhibiting company booths.
- Participating in networking opportunities.
- Watching the available video presentations, both our featured
Seminar Series and on-demand content.
- Meeting with other attendees, both in-person and virtually to
conduct and develop your business.
- Take note of several
peripheral/related activities taking place during the week of
DEFSEC Atlantic and participate in those that interest you.
- And enjoy the warm hospitality of the people of
Scotia in general!
- If you have any specific questions about the
event that this attendee checklist does not address or require
further clarification, please
contact the DEFSEC Atlantic Registration Desk.
We will do our very best to assist you and answer your questions!
If you have any questions, please e-mail