Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association (ACADA) Names new Pan-Atlantic Board

February 9, 2017

Today Richard Billard, CEO of the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association announced the Inaugural ACADA Board of Directors has been selected for a two-year term. Charles Richer, Senior Business Development and Procurement Manager, Valcom Consulting Group Inc., has been elected as the Chair of the twelve (12) person Regional Board.

Joining Mr. Richer are Vice-Chair Brian Johnston (Rutter Inc.), Secretary Eva Martinez (Bluedrop Training and Simulation), and Treasurer Eric Richard (3 Points Aviation Corporation). Fellow Board Members include Will Doyle (CFM), Serge Fortin (RASAKTI Inc.), Ray Dillon (GasTOPS), Derek Scott (Provincial Aerospace), Carl Kumpic (IMP Aerospace & Defence), Paul Yeatman (GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc.), Jeff Poirier (Vector Aerospace) and David Trainor (Action Aero Inc.).

The Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA) represents a new model of sector co-operation for its 200 plus companies and organizations to facilitate strategic industry development and heighten the Atlantic Canadian brand and capabilities locally, domestically and internationally.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Industry, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced on January 31st, 2017 an investment of over $3 Million under ACOA’s Business Development Program to support ACADA’s operational and programming costs over the next three years.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as ACADA’s Board Chair and work with these dedicated Industry professionals,” said Mr. Richer. “We applaud the Government of Canada for their leadership, foresight and belief in this initiative and the dynamic and innovative Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s) we represent in this region.”

ACADA, with 4 corporate staff based in Halifax assists the Provincial Directors situated in Charlottetown, Fredericton, Halifax and St. John’s. 


Associated Links:

Government of Canada News Release – ACOA (English // French)

ACADA website


About ACADA:

The Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA) is a non-profit member-focused industry organization representing over 200 plus aerospace (commercial and non-commercial), defence, security and marine firms. Its Mission is to advance the growth and development of the sectors by providing unified leadership, advocacy and valuable member services. ACADA’s activities are made possible in part by support from the Government of Canada, through ACOA.


For Information:

Richard Billard
Chief Executive Officer
902 229 0840

Catherine MacDonald
Manager, Communications and Membership


Composition of the Board of Directors 2017-2019

Members of the Executive

Charles Richer Chair Senior Business Development and Procurement Manager, Valcom Consulting Group Inc. ( New Brunswick
Brian Johnston Vice Chair Strategic Business Development & Regional Sales (Americas, Middle East & Africa), Rutter Inc. (Newfoundland & Labrador]
Eva Martinez Secretary Senior Director, Business Development (Air & Land), Bluedrop Training and Simulation (Nova Scotia)
Eric Richard Treasurer Director of Sales, 3 Points Aviation Corporation (Prince Edward Island)
Richard Billard At Large Chief Executive Officer, ACADA



Will Doyle Director, Business Development, CFM, New Brunswick
Serge Fortin CEO – Maritime, RASAKTI Inc., New Brunswick
Ray Dillon General Manager, Energy & Industrial Business Unit, GasTOPS, Newfoundland & Labrador
Derek Scott Vice President, Business Development, Provincial Aerospace. Newfoundland & Labrador
Carl Kumpic Vice President, International Marketing, IMP Aerospace & Defence, Nova Scotia
Paul Yeatman President, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc., Nova Scotia
Jeff Poirier President, Vector Aerospace, Prince Edward Island
Dave Trainor President, Action Aero Inc., Prince Edward Island


Short Biography

Charles Richer

Senior Business Development and Procurement Manager, Valcom Consulting Group Inc.

Charles (Charlie) started in his role with Valcom Consulting Group Inc. after retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in June of 2006. He completed just less than 22 years of service and very much enjoyed the entire experience, the comradery and lifelong friends. Prior to releasing from the CAF, he completed his Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Brunswick (UNB).  From the onset of his role with Valcom Charlie has enjoyed the team he works with as well as the challenges and hurdles he has faced and overcome over the last decade.