Mr. David Luxton reports
GENERAL RICK HILLIER, FORMER CANADIAN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE STAFF, TO LEAD KWESST INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Kwesst Micro Systems Inc. has appointed Canadian General (retired) Rick Hillier to lead Kwesst's new international advisory council, which will provide guidance to the company on its strategic build-out on a global scale.
General Hillier served as Canada's Chief of Defence Staff from Feb. 4, 2005, to July 1, 2008. He is noted for "getting stuff done" and was instrumental in securing additional financing and modernized equipment for the Canadian military in support of Canada's mission in Afghanistan. In November, 2020, Ontario Premier Doug Ford appointed General Hillier to oversee the province's vaccination task force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kwesst executive chairman, David Luxton, commented, "We are delighted and honoured that General Hillier, one of Canada's most revered and universally respected Chiefs of Defence Staffs, has accepted this lead advisory role at Kwesst, and we look forward to his wise counsel."
General Hillier added: "I have always been impressed at how our home-grown Canadian defence technology companies have stepped up to support our troops with critical, world-class capability, just as our servicemen and women have always impressed by punching above their weight, something I remain immensely proud of. Kwesst's mission to improve soldier safety and effectiveness through unique, advanced technology is exactly the kind of thing we need to sustain here at home, now more than ever, and I'm pleased to still be 'in the fight' with strategic advice to Kwesst."
The company stated that, in consultation with General Hillier, it intends to announce other notable members of the international advisory council in the coming weeks.
About Kwesst Micro Systems Inc.
Kwesst develops and commercializes high-value ultra-miniaturized technology applications that make a critical difference to the safety and operational effectiveness of personnel in the defence and security industries. The company's current portfolio of unique proprietary offerings include: its signature tactical and situational control system for real-time awareness and targeting information from any source (including drones) streamed directly to user's smart devices and weapons; the autonomous GreyGhost soldier-portable micro drone missile system that defends against small hostile drones, including swarms using high-speed kinetic impact; a ground laser defence system to counter the emerging threat of weaponized lasers against personnel; and, the Phantom electronic battlefield decoy system to mask the electromagnetic signature of friendly forces with decoy signatures at false locations to deceive and confuse adversaries. All systems can operate stand-alone or integrate seamlessly with OEM products and battlefield management systems, including Frontline, Edge, Killswitch and Android Tactical Assault Kit, among others. Kwesst also has developmental smart ordnance projects including its Shot Counter system, which records the number and type of rounds fired, for optimized firearms maintenance and performance. The company is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with representative offices in Washington, D.C., London, U.K., and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Kwesst trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol KWE.
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