Export Win for Advanced Manufacturing in Saskatoon

Largest manufacturing export contract in Canadian history to benefit workers and businesses in cross-Canada supply chain

January 9, 2015 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today congratulated SED Systems on its $11.7‑million contract to supply General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) with power control modules.

SED Systems will manufacture more than 4,600 high-quality module units over five years in Saskatoon. SED Systems is one of the more than 500 local Canadian firms, including small and medium sized enterprises that will benefit from the GDLS-C contract for exports to Saudi Arabia announced in February 2014—the largest advanced manufacturing export win in Canadian history.

GDLS-C’s export win was facilitated by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), the Government of Canada’s international government-to-government contracting organization. Under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, the Harper government is committed to providing support and tools for export success.

Quick Facts

  • Canada’s advanced manufacturing sector contributes an estimated $164.6 billion in GDP and supports approximately 1.7 million jobs across the country.
  • GDLS-C’s multi-billion dollar Saudi Arabian export contract will create and sustain more than 3,000 new, high-quality manufacturing jobs in Canada each year and will provide new sources of growth and prosperity in every region of the country.


“I congratulate SED Systems on its successful bid for this important international contract. It illustrates how Canadian firms can work together to deliver a high-quality product and create jobs and opportunities right here in Saskatchewan.”

– Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular)

“When Canadian companies succeed in international markets, they create jobs throughout the Canadian supply chain. Our government will continue to support our exporters and manufacturers to create jobs, as part of our government’s most ambitious pro-export, pro-jobs plan in Canadian history.”

– Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade

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