Bluedrop Launches Advanced Training and Simulation Centre in Halifax

Dépèche transmise le 17 avril 2012 par Business Wire

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (TSX-V: BPL) announced today that it will be opening the Bluedrop Training and Simulation Centre (BTSC) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This state of the art facility will host and develop some of the world’s most advanced training and simulation technologies to address the operational and maintenance requirements for Civil and Military Aviation, as well as Army and Naval domains.

“People Ready is Bluedrop’s maxim and the BTSC is ultimately focused on improving the readiness of the modern operator and maintainer as they progress through the training school, operational units, and operational theatre”

The BTSC will open this summer at Bluedrop’s Bayer’s Lake Industrial Park location and will initially employ approximately 20 highly skilled people with plans for significant growth over the next three years. The BTSC is a training technology collaboration centre, which will leverage the best of global commercially available technologies, industry leading researchers and higher learning institution capability. It will marry these assets with Aviation and Defence expertise to provide modern civil and military operators, maintainers, and leaders with the very best training solutions in the industry. The facility will be a hub for other industry suppliers, partners and government agencies to provide globally advanced capabilities based in the Atlantic Region that will be exported worldwide.

“The Centre will provide the ability to develop, demonstrate, evaluate and enhance training capability in militaries around the world,” says Allen Dillon, Bluedrop’s Vice President Business Development for Defence and Aerospace. “People Ready is Bluedrop’s maxim and the BTSC is ultimately focused on improving the readiness of the modern operator and maintainer as they progress through the training school, operational units, and operational theatre,” says Dillon.

Emad Rizkalla, President and CEO of Bluedrop added, “The Centre is a strategic enabler for Bluedrop as it expands its presence in global markets. Our Defence and Aerospace unit is experiencing phenomenal growth and this investment is part of our strategy to deliver unprecedented results and value for our clients. Bluedrop is already very well respected in Defence and Aviation circles—the BTSC will take us to a new level.”

The establishment of this Centre in Nova Scotia is a natural fit for Bluedrop, enhanced by the strong support received from the Province of Nova Scotia. The capabilities of the Centre align fully with Canadian and regional development priorities such as the military ship construction and related combat systems integration as announced in Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Steve Elder, President of Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia, cited: “The strong cluster of global defence companies and significant base of Canadian military assets in Nova Scotia, makes this Province the logical choice for Bluedrop to establish this world class capability.”

Bluedrop is currently engaged with Canadian and Foreign military forces and leading global Defence companies, through the provision of advanced training technologies. Headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Bluedrop employs over 100 personnel in Canada, including leading Subject Matter Experts in Air Force, Army, and Naval domains with in-depth knowledge of the design and delivery of highly effective operational training.

About Bluedrop

Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (TSX-V: BPL) is an innovator in effective workplace learning for individuals, corporations and the public sector. Through the development and implementation of pragmatic learning technologies and content, Bluedrop improves opportunities for individuals and the overall performance of corporations. CoursePark® (www.coursepark.com) is Bluedrop’s cloud based learning management solution and contains over 5000 third party online courses. The CoursePark platform launched in early 2011 and has almost 50,000 users in 100 countries. Bluedrop has become a recognized leader in producing mission critical training solutions for Defence and Aerospace, and provides custom online courseware, virtual training devices and virtual reality simulation for international military and commercial aviation clients. Founded in 1992, Bluedrop has over 100 employees and is based in St. John’s NL with Canadian offices in Halifax, Fredericton, Ottawa and Vancouver. For further information, please visit www.bluedrop.com.

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