I had the pleasure of working for Cascade Aerospace, one of Western Canada's most prominent aerospace and defense firms. Located in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Cascade Aerospace specializes in third-party maintenance and modifications for commercial, missionized and military aircraft.
I worked in the business development department, which has overall accountability for processes related to identifying and responding to market and business opportunities. Specific functional responsibilities of business development includes marketing, media relations, opportunity assessment, business development relations and proposal completion. My primary role within this department was to assist in the development of a company wide-offset strategy structured around Canada's new Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy.
This large project required me to engage in extensive research on the topics of Canadian offset policy, procurement policy, and the formal business operations of Cascade Aerospace. I also participated in ITB related workshops hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, and worked to draft briefing memos and company presentations on the topic of ITBs. Through this work, I was able to further develop my research, writing, communications and analytical skills, while also developing a greater understanding of of how to effectively operate within a business environment. I was also able to network with professionals in the military, the defense sector, and the federal government.
Working at Cascade was an amazing experience, and the MPP program prepared me very well for this co-op term. Currently, a majority of the recommendations I helped to draft have been implemented by the company, proving that the skills I have gained during my time at SFU are applicable to both the private and public sectors.