General Dynamics Canada Celebrates 60th Anniversary

September 22, 2008 | News Release

OTTAWA, ON, September 22, 2008 - General Dynamics Canada officially celebrated its 60th Anniversary today with a flag raising ceremony at its corporate headquarters in Ottawa.

Incorporated on August 31, 1948 as Computing Devices of Canada, the company was founded by three entrepreneurs to support the rebuilding of Canada's military after the Second World War. From those humble beginnings, the company has grown into one of Canada's premier defence companies with more than 2,200 employees working in state-of-the-art facilities across Canada - including a workforce of 1,500 staff based in the nation's capital. The company is celebrating 60 years of continuous operations and dedicated service to the Canadian Forces.

"We are proud of the accomplishments and contributions our company has made to Canada's defence and aerospace industries over the past 60 years, and of our enduring commitment to the Canadian Forces and the security of our country," said John Watts, president of General Dynamics Canada. "Our employees - past and present - include many of the best and brightest minds in Canada, and, with their ongoing commitment and contribution, General Dynamics Canada is well positioned to continue in its role as Canada's premier defence contractor."

The event was attended by Mr. Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton, who presented General Dynamics Canada with the flag that flew this year atop Canada's Peace Tower on Parliament Hill on August 31, marking the original date of the company's incorporation.

The 60th Anniversary coincides with the opening in Halifax Regional Municipality of General Dynamics Canada's Maritime In-Service Support Centre of Excellence. This state-of-the-art, four-storey building is owned by Nova Scotia's Millbrook First Nation and is designed to accommodate up to 170 skilled technology workers who will provide systems integration and software support for a variety of General Dynamics Canada programs.

With the inauguration of the new Halifax facility the company now has business operations in every region of the country. In addition to the new Halifax facility, the company has operations in Bells Corners and Kanata in Ottawa, and a corporate campus in Calgary.

Note to Editors: Photos from the grand opening of the General Dynamics Canada new facility in Halifax Regional Municipality are available.


About General Dynamics Canada
With an established Canadian presence for 60 years and over 2,200 employees in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax, General Dynamics Canada is Canada's largest defence electronics company with a worldwide reputation for excellence in the production of leading-edge, technology-based, integrated solutions for land, airborne and maritime applications. The company's success is based on strong system engineering experience, ongoing investment in research and development, collaboration with commercial and military systems industry leaders, and a singular focus on customer service. More information about the company is available at

About General Dynamics
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 82,900 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more than $27 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available online at

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