General (Retired) Rick Hillier Joins KWESST Board

Former Canadian Chief of Defence Staff to Chair Strategic Planning Committee of the Board

December 06, 2023 8:29 AM EST | Source: KWESST Micro Systems Inc.

Ottawa, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - December 6, 2023) - KWESST Micro Systems Inc. (TSXV: KWE) (TSXV: KWE.WT.U) (NASDAQ: KWE) (NASDAQ: KWESW); ("KWESST" or "the Company") today announced that General (Retired) Rick Hillier has joined KWESST's Board of Directors and will chair the Company's Strategic Planning Committee, following the retirement of Jeff McLeod.

General Hillier previously served as international advisor to KWESST. "I'm excited to play a more active role at KWESST," said General Hillier, "Especially with the diverse set of opportunities KWESST is pursuing and its proven ability to win big defence programs, like the $136M DSEF program with its joint venture partners. I believe KWESST is well positioned for more big defence program wins, and that the public safety offerings the Company is rolling out can provide substantial upside."

"General Hillier is known as a 'general's general', and is highly regarded in the military community internationally," said David Luxton, KWESST Executive Chairman. "He Chairs the Strategic Advisory Council to Ukrainian President Zelensky, which includes notable generals and senior officers from the U.S. and other countries." "We know that General Hillier is selective about how he commits his time and efforts", added Luxton. "So it says a great deal that he has committed to KWESST in this way, and we are honoured and privileged to have him more actively involved in shaping the global-build out of the business."

As the former Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff, General Hillier held Canada's highest-ranking position in the Canadian Forces from February 4, 2005, to July 1, 2008. Among his many military career highlights, he oversaw Canada's mission in Afghanistan and was a strong and effective advocate for modernized equipment in support of the mission.

KWESST (NASDAQ: KWE) (NASDAQ: KWESW) (TSXV: KWE) (FSE: 62U) develops and commercializes breakthrough next-generation tactical systems for military and security forces. The Company's current portfolio of offerings includes digitization of tactical forces for real-time shared situational awareness and targeting information from any source (including drones) streamed directly to users' smart devices and weapons. Other KWESST products include countermeasures against threats such as electronic detection, lasers and drones. These systems can operate stand-alone or integrate seamlessly with OEM products and battlefield management systems, and all come integrated with TAK. The Company also has a new proprietary non-lethal product line branded PARA OPSTM with application across all segments of the non-lethal market, including law enforcement. The Company is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with operations in Stafford, VA and representative offices in London, UK and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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