David has been involved with a number of aerospace projects and initiatives in Canada since 2007. One constant theme has been the development of commercial applications of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), working with government researchers, commercial enterprises, and the industry associations to understand the opportunities for Canadian participants.

Novel Wing-in Ground Effect Vehicle Technology and Business Plan Evaluation

October 2010 to February 2011.

Team Members: Christine Taggart (NRC-IRAP), Prof. Afzal Suleman (University of Victoria), Bruno Rocha (NRC Institute for Aerospace Research)                                 

With IRAP funding, David worked with a BC University spin-off company that is developing unmanned aerial vehicle platforms and novel over-water transportation designs based on wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) phenomena. Using expert interviews, internal company resources, and independent desk-based research techniques, David analyzed the technology and business landscape for WIGs and presented/discussed development alternatives with the client in a final workshop establishing the companyʼs competitive advantages and opportunities.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Company Promotional Assignments and Promotion

Throughout 2010

Team Members: Declan Sweeney, Universal Wing Technologies

A BC company involved in unmanned aerial vehicle applications in geophysical data gathering invited David to help develop materials to support fund-raising activities aimed at a production scale-up and new business proposition. David worked with other company representatives to build a menu-driven PowerPoint presentation suitable for use with a variety of audiences (investors, technical, business planning etc.) using both existing material and developing new material. In addition, David attended several promotional meetings and helped orchestrate the visit of a team of Federal and Provincial government representatives, as a gateway meeting for future relationship development.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Community Web-based Survey

September 2009 to February 2010

Team Members: Nick Bellinger, Institute for Aerospace Research

Following earlier work with NRCʼs Institute for Aerospace Research on unmanned aerial vehicles, David worked with IAR to undertake a Canada-wide survey project to create a snapshot of the UAV community, including its current and future business development and technical research needs. With funding from NRC and Industry Canada, David invited input from key agencies and closely involved the industry association as subcontractors on the project, thereby developing a relationship between NRC and the association. The survey was highly successful achieving high-quality responses from over 50% of the target community. In addition to a detailed picture of the industry, the industry association and IAR signed a data sharing MOU; and unexpected but valuable additional outcome.

General Aviation Review Document Summary


Team Members: Yves Lamarche, IRAP Aerospace Sector Team Lead

NRCʼs aerospace sector team commissioned a market report on the General Aviation industry in Canada by a respected third-party consultant. Following itʼs completion the sector team required a more readily–accessible format. David reduced the document from 129 pages to 33 pages, committing much written detail to tabular and graphical formats and condensing discussions of key industry aspects into bullet-pointed SWOT diagrams.

Small UAV Developer Technology Roadmap and Business Plan Outline: 2009

Team Members: Buddy Doyle, Stratus Aeronautics, Declan Sweeney, Universal Wing Technology.

With IRAP funding, David worked with a start-up BC company that was developing an unmanned aerial vehicle platform, to help identify technology hurdles and create a company technology roadmap. As part of this work, David also wrote a market assessment/business plan outline establishing the companyʼs competitive    advantages and opportunities.

UVS Canada Workshop and Presentations


Team Members: Stewart Baillie, NRC-IAR, Tony Edgar, NRC-IRAP

Following previous workshops and studies with NRCʼs Institute for Aerospace Research, David attended Canadaʼs annual unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) conference in British Columbia to promote and present NRCʼs work in the field, including a snapshot of two IRAP- supported companies.

UVS Canada Workshop and Presentations


Following previous workshops and studies with NRCʼs Aerospace sector team, David attended Canadaʼs annual unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) conference in Ottawa to promote and present NRCʼs work in the field, including the results of a UAV study (co-written by David), and facilitation of a workshop to engage industry in NRCʼs preliminary UAV strategy (which David helped develop). Over 50 attendees discussed specific and general aspects of NRCʼs potential involvement in the development of a UAV community in Canada.

NRC UAV Workshop


Emerging from earlier work with NRCʼs Aerospace sector team was a desire to further promote the UAV sector in Canada. The Flight Research Laboratory of NRC requested David to facilitate discussions in Ottawa to help establish an action plan for the FRL, IRAP and CISTI attendees. One outcome was to release the original UAV report to industry and discuss a preliminary strategic plan at the UVS Canada annual conference through a dedicated half-day workshop.

NRC Aerospace Sector Team Planning


Following the success of the NRC Aerospace sector team planning process in late 2007, David was invited back to help further develop the activities of the sector team and facilitate workshops in Vancouver aimed at refining a series of specific actions. A second task was to present the findings of the recently-completed UAV study including recommendations for NRC action.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Study 


Under an NRC contract, David was invited to work in collaboration with an aerospace domain expert to produce the first analysis of opportunities for UAVs in the civilian sector. The study documented current Canadian capabilities and activities, and considered them in the wider global context. Key drivers and inhibitors were also established based on published literature and direct interview with industrial players and experts in Canada. A series of recommendations for industry development were also included.