USC-STC Names New Interim Executive Director

Unmanned Systems Canada / Systèmes Télécommandés Canada today announced that Declan Sweeney has taken on the role of Interim Executive Director of the association. At the same time, USC-STC announces that it will embark on a nationwide executive search to find a permanent ED.

Declan Sweeney, USC-STC’s Interim Executive Director

Chair Michael Cohen also took this opportunity to thank outgoing Executive Director Glenn Martin for her service.

The full news text of our news release follows:



OTTAWA: Unmanned Systems Canada / Systèmes Télécommandés Canada (USC-STC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Declan Sweeney to the role of Interim Executive Director (ED), effective immediately. The organization also takes this opportunity to announce a Canada-wide executive search for a permanent ED. 

Declan brings more than two decades of highly relevant experience in the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Industry. He’s held senior roles in Management, R&D, Business Development, Project Management & Event Planning and has served as a Director in both For-profit and Not-for-Profit organizations in Canada. 

Declan has previously served on the board of Directors of UVSCanada and Unmanned Systems Canada/Systèmes Télécommandés Canada and helped to drive UAS regulations development in Canada as part of CARAC’s UAV Systems Program Design Working Group.

Declan originally introduced innovative geo-sensing SFOC-based BVLOS RPAS operations in Canada as CEO and Director of the Universal Wing Technologies group of companies as early as 2005 and has been involved in the unmanned sector since that time. Declan has been Managing Director at Unmanned Solutions based in BC since 2014.

 “I’m honoured to take on this role at such a crucial period in the Unmanned industry, and look forward to working with the Board to assist them in implementing their plans for 2020,” says Sweeney. 

“Declan brings an extensive background and a wealth of Industry connections in the Unmanned sector to the role of Interim Executive Director of our Association,” says USC-STC Chair Michael Cohen. “I’m looking forward to working with Declan as we start our planning for 2020, including our UC20 Calgary Conference – and the search for our next permanent Executive Director. 

“I also wish to extend a sincere “Thank-You” to Glenn Martin, our outgoing ED, for her leadership since joining us in 2017. She has been invaluable in leading key initiatives during her time at USC-STC, including two very successful USC-STC Conferences. We wish Glenn all the best in her future endeavours.” 

About USC-STC: Unmanned Systems Canada / Systèmes Télécommandés Canada is the national industry association representing entrepreneurs, businesses, students academia, industry, and government organizations working in the aerial, ground and marine remotely-piloted and unmanned vehicle systems sector. It works closely with regulators to advance the interests of the industry and also to educate the public. 

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Declan Sweeney, please contact Scott Simmie @ [email protected] or at 416-705-9100

You can download the news release here.