Unmanned Systems Canada Chairman Mark Aruja will lead a session that will outline not only the state of the Canadian drone industry today but also provide keen insight into where it’s likely to go next. Mark will bring us up to speed on the rapid evolution of the industry, provide context as to its industrial development and application, explain some of the broader trends and influences, and outline the legal and regulatory framework that continues to shape drone policy and execution. A military veteran with considerable field and industrial expertise, Mark will also focus on how all this specifically relates to the physical security market.
Speaker: Mark Aruja, Chairman, Unmanned Systems Canada, has diverse experience in defence, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector spanning over 40 years, characterized by leading change. His boyhood dreams of flying were fulfilled with a 32-year aviation career in the Canadian Armed Forces ending with a number of senior appointments including Wing Commander. Mark closed his career by being selected to be the first Commandant of the Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre where he established the first experimentation program with UAVs, and the start of his engagement with Unmanned Systems Canada. He then spent 12 years working for a multinational company in the defence and aerospace sectors. Mark’s first participation with USC was in 2003 at the inaugural annual conference, participating as an industrialist. He was elected Chairman of the Board in 2015.