M E M O / N O T E D E S E R V I C E
To / Destinataire
Chair and Members of the Corporate Services and Economic Development Committee / Président et members du Comité des services organisationnels et du développement économique
File/N° de fichier:
ACS2008-BTS-RPM-0040 - IPD
From / Expéditeur
Barry Robinson, Director,
Real Property Asset Management
Business Transformation Services /
Directeur, Gestion des biens immobiliers
Services de transformation des activitiés
Contact / Personne Resource: Doug Moore, Manager, Venture Properties / Gestionnaire, Biens à risque
613-580-2424 ext. 41301
Subject / Objet
Lansdowne Park Trade Shows/
Salons Professionnels au Parc Lansdowne
Date: 29 September 2008 / le 29 septembre 2008
On 19 April 1989 Ottawa City Council approved a motion "that Lansdowne Park and other City facilities not be leased to ARMX or other such arms exhibitions" (Attachment 1). At that time, ARMX was a show that predominantly featured offensive weapons, military hardware and technology, and had been staged at Lansdowne Park on a number of occasions.
It was recently confirmed that the U.S. Embassy Defense and Security Exhibition is contracted to occur
at the Exhibition Hall at Lansdowne Park between 30 September and 1 October
2008. Another agreement is currently being
negotiated with the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries
(CADSI) to host a national defense and security trade show at Lansdowne Park in
In response to inquiries from various Members of Council on whether or not the event prohibition for such types of trade show from 1989 is still valid, the City Solicitor provided the legal opinion that the previous motion by the former City Council is no longer applicable. In a memo dated 19 August 2008 (provided as Attachment 2), the City Solicitor explained that Lansdowne Park was sold by the old City of Ottawa to the
former Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton in 1999. The agreement between the City of Ottawa and the Regional Municipality for the transfer of Lansdowne Park to the Regionimposed only two
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covenants on the Region. The first pertained to a prohibition on any
type of gaming operation while the second concerned the site's designation as a
Major Community Facility in the Region's Official Plan. Consequently,
has determinedno other policies of the
City survived the sale and transfer of Lansdowne Park to the former Region.
Since the prohibition of arms exhibitions was approved in 1989, Lansdowne Park has not hosted any such events. However, other events have since emerged that support companies offering a much broader range of products and services to civilian organizations and various levels of government, as well as appropriate military units. This included such things as emergency preparedness and response, public safety and security, defense/detection systems, risk mitigation, transportation, communications, etc. These are typically closed trade shows that are not open to the general public.
In Ottawa, two events in particular have become established for the defense and security industries, and have been successfully hosted at the Ottawa Congress Centre for several years: Secure Canada and CANSEC. With the planned re-construction of the Ottawa Congress Centre scheduled for September 2008 through to April 2011, these two events were among the numerous displaced activities seeking alternate venues to serve as hosts. Both Secure Canada and CANSEC approached Lansdowne Park to host their events, at least for the interim period as work proceeds at the Ottawa Congress Centre.
Park staff were well aware of the previous prohibition
on arms exhibitions approved by Ottawa City Council in 1989 and undertook due
diligence in considering the requests of each organization.
had detailed discussions with event organizers to better understand the nature
and content of each show, specifically seeking clarification on the presence of
offensive weapons on the trade show floor.
believing this had been the predominant concern addressed
by the 1989 motion. In addition, staff consulted with both
Corporate Security and the Ottawa Police Service to gain more insight into the
content of the show and its operational considerations from a security
On 18 September 2008, organizers of Secure Canada 2008 advised its exhibitors and Lansdowne Park Administration of its decision to cancel this year’s edition of the show, which was scheduled to take place 30 September and 1 October 2008. Organizers cited the federal election call and the cost of security for the event as the primary reasons for the cancellation.
According to organizers, Secure Canada 2008 (Attachment 3) was to showcase the latest technologies and products for security, public safety, first responder and dual use non-offensive defence applications. It would have focused on the requirements of Canada's broader domestic security environment which encompasses federal, provincial and municipal government departments and private sector (critical infrastructure) operators. Non-offensive technologies displayed range from cargo and freight screening devices to biometric identification technologies, to robotics for security operations, to emergency equipment and mass notification products and secure communications required to manage operations in times of emergency or natural disaster. It was sponsored, in part, by the U.S. Embassy and the U.K. Trade and Investment Office.
CANSEC is a national defence and security trade show presented by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), a national not-for-profit business association headquartered in Ottawa and representing 700 companies who sell products and services to military and defence customers in Canada and Internationally. It is "dedicated to exhibiting technology-based solutions to current and anticipated Canadian military and security requirements." (Attachment 4)
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this information, s s taff developed
that neither of these events constituted an arms exhibition in the context of
the 1989 motion approved by Ottawa City Council. Staff acknowledge that the
military establishment makes up a portion of the target audience for each show,
however, there is clearly a much broader target group being addressed. finally
The current status is that Secure
Canada 2008 has been cancelled by event organizers. An agreement
h as been issued to the Canadian
Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) for CANSEC to be staged
at Lansdowne Park in May 2009. but
CANSEC is expected to attract
approximately 6,500 attendees who will generate a local economic impact
estimated to be in excess of $5
million. Retaining these types of
events would result in a direct financial benefit to Lansdowne Park of
approximately $200,000 annually.
is also home to over 220 companies that sell to Canadian military and security
agencies, and employ approximately 10,000 knowledge-based workers in this
original signed by
cc: K. Kirkpatrick, City Manager
L. Donnelly, Deputy City Clerk
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M E M O / N O T E D E S E R V I C E
To / Destinataire
Mayor and Members of Council
File/N° de fichier:
From / Expéditeur
M. Rick O’Connor, City Solicitor
Subject / Objet
Lansdowne Park – ARMX Exhibitions
Date: August 19, 2008
During the last several weeks, various Members of Council have received inquiries from constituents with regard to Lansdowne Park and, in particular, an event prohibition undertaken by the former City of Ottawa in 1989 to prohibit “future ARMX Exhibitions”. Recently, it was confirmed that the U.S. Embassy Defense and Security Exhibition is contracted to occur at the Exhibition Hall at Lansdowne Park between September 30th and October 1, 2008. In response to whether or not the previous event prohibition for such types of trade show from 1989 was still valid, staff from the Real Property Asset Management Branch provided a response to Members of Council and included the following brief summary of the legal opinion:
Staff also consulted with Legal Services regarding the prohibition on hosting arms exhibitions that was approved by Ottawa City Council in 1989. The advice from Legal Services was that the previous motion by Council is no longer applicable, since Lansdowne Park was sold to the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton on December 31, 1999. The Transfer Agreement between the City of Ottawa and the RMOC did not provide any obligation for the continuation of such then-City policies by the Region at Lansdowne Park.
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide a more fulsome explanation of the legal opinion given in this matter.
Council Resolution (1989)
On April 19, 1989, the former Council for the City of Ottawa endorsed Motion 11/28, as amended by Motions 11/30 and 11/31, as follows:
Whereas ARMX ’89, a Canadian exhibition of military hardware and technology is scheduled to take place at Lansdowne Park from 23-25 May;
AND WHEREAS the arms trade has little or no consideration of moral or humanitarian issues, in that weapons can and have been used against civilians;
AND WHEREAS exports of Canadian military equipment and components end up in countries which persistently violate human rights;
AND WHEREAS the international arms trade serves to increase militarization throughout the world and is inconsistent with arms limitations efforts;
AND WHEREAS the City of Ottawa promotes peace, and respect for human rights;
AND WHEREAS ARMS ’89 is a closed event and restricted to Canadian Government officials, foreign government representations, police and security forces and defense industry representatives;
AND WHEREAS Lansdowne Park is a publicly supported recreation and trade show facility;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Lansdowne Park and other City facilities not be leased to future ARMX or other such arms exhibitions.
In the aftermath of the passage of the above-noted resolution, various arms exhibitions were subsequently held at the Ottawa Congress Centre (the “Centre”) for several years. However, such an arrangement is scheduled to end beginning in 2009 due to the planned demolition and remodeling of the Centre.
Lansdowne: A Regional Facility (1999)
During the spring and summer of 1999, both Councils of the former Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton and the City of Ottawa adopted, in principle, various reports with respect to the assumption of Lansdowne Park by the Regional Government, as well as the unification of local and regional sewer systems.
On September 1, 1999, Ottawa City Council endorsed Item No. 2 of Report No. 14 from the Community Services and Operations Committee, being “Lansdowne Park Revitalization Project – Transfer of Asset and Review of Unification of Local Sewer System”. In this report, the former City Council approved both the declaration of Lansdowne as being surplus to City requirements in accordance with the appropriate by-law and, “that the framework for the transfer of Lansdowne Park from the Corporation of the City of Ottawa to the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton” be approved as contained in the attached document. Briefly, the Transfer Agreement between the two municipal bodies involved an actual exchange of money, equipment, employees and all buildings and structures on the Lansdowne Park site, as well as for the formal transfer of legal title to the Park from the former City of Ottawa to the former Region. Not surprisingly, there were several covenants that the former Region provided to the former City as a result of the sale of Lansdowne Park pertaining to life cycle contributions for the Park, as well as the assumption of the employees on a go forward basis. That being said, there were only two covenants that the former City sought from the former Region with regard to the future operation of Lansdowne Park, namely:
1. “That no future development, facility, operation or lease/rental on any part of the site contemplate or involve the operation of a casino or any type of gaming operation”; and
2. “That, if in the future, the Region decides to completely remove the Major Community Facility designation on Lansdowne Park, in the Region’s Official Plan without the concurrence of the City, the property would then revert to the City for a nominal fee of $1.00”.
These two requirements were set out in the framework for the transfer of Lansdowne Park that was specifically approved by the former City Council at its meeting on September 1, 1999. Item No. 1 was, in effect, a new policy that the former City was imposing on the former Region since, prior to the sale of Lansdowne Park, the City did not have a policy pertaining to gaming or casinos in place for itself at Lansdowne Park. Consequently, the inclusion of such a covenant in the Transfer Agreement supports the legal opinion that no other policies or the former City survived the sale and transfer of Lansdowne Park to the former Region.
I trust the above is satisfactory. Should you have any questions with respect to same, please do not hesitate to contact me.
M. Rick O’Connor
Kirkpatrick, City Manager
Steve Finnamore, Executive Director, Business Transformation Services
Richard Hewitt, DCM, Public Works and Services
Steve Kanellakos, DCM, Community and Protective Services
Nancy Schepers, DCM, Planning, Transit and the Environment
Barry Robinson, Director, Real Property Asset Management
Secure Canada 2008 will showcase the latest technologies and products for security, public safety, first responder and dual use non-offensive defence applications. Secure Canada focuses on the requirements of Canada’s broader domestic security environment which encompasses federal, provincial, and municipal government departments and private sector (critical infrastructure) operators. Non-offensive technologies displayed range from cargo and freight screening devices to biometric identification technologies, to robotics for security operations, to emergency response equipment and mass notification products and secure communications that enable governments to manage security operations in times of a national emergency or disaster.
For 2008 Secure Canada features three complimentary segments. The C4ISR component of the show addresses the needs of governments at all levels with respect to the synthetic environment and leading technologies that enable security operations. This includes everything from secured communications to command and control and intelligence and reconnaissance functions. This segment of the show, branded as TechNet North, is run in partnership with AFCEA Canada. TechNet North also features conference sessions addressing the theme of “National Security in a Coalition Environment.”
The other two segments of the show are the AUVSI Canada Unmanned Systems Expo and the Canada and the World Showcase. The Unmanned Systems Expo is being organized in partnership with AUVSI-Canada. This segment will highlight one of the fastest growing segments of the security industry – unmanned systems technologies for public and private sector applications. This includes systems and technologies for robotic applications utilized in land, air and sea applications in both security and industrial environments. The Canada and the World showcase is the third segment. This area features Canadian companies offering a diverse range of world class security technologies and products that do not fall specifically into the previous two segments as well as international pavilions hosted by the U.S. Embassy and the U.K. Trade and Investment office.
Secure Canada takes place on September 30 and October 1, 2008, in the Salons of the Civic Centre at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. Approximately 3000 visitors are expected to attend from across Canada, the United States and Europe. Visitors from within Canada include government representatives from various federal departments including: Public Safety Canada; Canada Border Patrol; RCMP; Transport Canada: the Coast Guard, DND, PWGSC and many others. The show is also attended by private sector security professionals from a broad cross-section of industries ranging from manufacturing to power generation and the services sector.
For more information visit www.securecan.ca or contact:
Secure Canada 2008
CANSEC FACT SHEET
CANSEC is a national defence and security trade show presented by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI). CADSI is a national not-for-profit business association headquartered in Ottawa and representing 700 companies who sell products, technologies and services to military and security customers in Canada and internationally.
TRADE SHOW FOCUS:
CANSEC is dedicated to exhibiting technology-based solutions to current and anticipated Canadian military and security requirements. For instance, there was an emphasis, last year, on naval systems because the federal government is interested in modernizing Canada’s navy. That theme is likely to continue in 2009.
Every day Canadian Forces (CF) members, RCMP officers and other security personnel put their lives at risk, often leaving their families and homes behind to courageously and selflessly serve in our nation, defending Canada’s values and contributing to international peace and security. These people act in many different capacities, both here in Canada and throughout the world: they patrol our borders; perform search and rescue operations; provide assistance during natural disasters and participate in international efforts to bring stability to failed and failing states.
Millions of Canadians understand the need for such capabilities and CADSI and its members, through CANSEC are intent on supporting our troops wherever they are operating so that they are well prepared, protected and equipped so that they can do their jobs effectively and with the least possible risk. Exhibits that focus on protective apparel, communication systems, situational awareness technologies, computer-based simulation technologies, scanners and identity technologies are always part of our show as are other sophisticated technologies - each essential to get the job done.
The Canadian government is reinvesting in Canada’s national security and Canadian business wants to support the government objectives with their products, technologies and services. CANSEC provides an annual forum for that purpose.
We are in Ottawa for our show because this is where the federal government operates its defence and security agencies from. CANSEC is now recognized as one of the best shows in North America for bringing industry together with its customer base.
Last year over 6,500 people attended CANSEC 2008, coming from across the country to Ottawa for most of a full week. We estimate that the show generates in excess of $5 million in revenue for the local economy during this period.
Ottawa is home to over 220 companies that sell to the Canadian Forces and security agencies. They employ roughly 10,000 knowledge based workers in the greater Ottawa area. The vast majority of these companies sell to commercial customers as well as military and security customers in that their technologies, perhaps created initially for the commercial marketplace, once adapted, also are able to meet military and security requirements.
We estimate that Ottawa based companies in the defence and security sector generate close to
$1 billion in annual revenue from their commercial and military/security sales.