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Government Operations committee  Again, having been in the business for several decades and having successfully delivered many projects, I will say that every day we work in this business.... There are hundreds, thousands of projects nobody hears about that are delivered successfully. What I was trying to say i

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  We are in conversations with Seaspan on a weekly basis. Again, we want to go back to the umbrella agreement that we have signed with Seaspan, which does include the Diefenbaker, or the polar icebreaker, as we call it. It is part of a program of work that the Coast Guard is planni

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  No. Again, we have a signed agreement. I just want to go back to the cost, if I may.

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  There's one issue of costing, the precision of costing, but there's also another issue, the issue of affordability, which we constantly have. Those are two things. First of all, you have to have the discipline, the mechanisms and the processes to come to the appropriate costing,

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  What I was saying is that under the national shipbuilding strategy approved eight years ago, in 2010, contracts have been awarded to the tune of about $8.8 billion since then. I talked specifically about the estimation of costs and schedules that took place in preparation for the

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  I think you can never say never in this business. When we talk about the complexity and size of a project such as the Canadian surface combatant project, I don't think that anyone I've ever met, working internationally or in Canada, can actually predict all of the risks that will

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  Let me add that the premise for the national shipbuilding strategy was to give the shipyards involved in large ship construction a program of work over several decades, so that they could actually make the investments, become world-class, and then deliver ships under it. Part o

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  The NSS program is constantly.... I would say that this is the kind of conversation we have every day about how we deliver the ships that are part of the program. I think it's fair to say that in the last eight years, since the program was announced and the contracts were awarde

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  Yes, SSE, “Strong, Secure, Engaged”, is a challenge for all departments involved. We are working on some improvements to streamline defence procurement. One of the significant initiatives we have undertaken is to move, for example, authorities for ministers and departments to awa

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  We're aware of that, and—

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  No, he is presenting facts as they are, and—

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  What is also important to note is that when we do the procurement for large defence contracts, we invoke what we call industrial and technological benefits, which require suppliers to invest the equivalent amount of the contract into Canadian industry, so that we see a lot of wor

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  As you may have heard, we identified a preferred bidder in October. We are in the final throes of the negotiations, a phase that we call a “conditions precedent” phase, in which we look at intellectual property, capability.... If everything goes well, we are expecting to award th

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  It will be in the early 2020s.

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion

Government Operations committee  After a few years of the design phase, in the early 2020s we expect to cut steel, with the first deliveries—

December 6th, 2018Committee meeting

André Fillion