MDA selected for communications and surveillance research and development contribution agreement

Media Release: May 5, 2016

Richmond, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has been awarded a Contribution Agreement valued at CA$54 million by Innovation, Science and Economic Development under the Technology Demonstration Program(TDP). The program contributes funding towards large-scale research and development projects that typically require the integration of several different technologies and the coordination of activities of many partners. MDA will coordinate a team of Canadian partners, both in industry and academia, to develop innovative technology for space communications and space surveillance. MDA and its partners will invest significantly in the work, with the Contribution Agreement providing matching funding for eligible costs.

Don Osborne, MDA’s group vice president of Information Systems said, “This Contribution Agreement will help MDA and the other recipients to develop innovative technologies in Canada.” Osborne added, “Space has been, and continues to be, a driver of innovation. From communications satellites bringing connectivity to remote parts of Canada—to radar imaging satellites that monitor Canada’s North providing sovereignty and safe navigation in coastal waters—to robotic arms for space station and exploration of Mars and the Moon, space has been at the forefront of innovation. This TDP award is evidence of the Canadian Government’s commitment to innovation, and its recognition of the strategic importance of the space industry to Canada's future economic development.”

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA's established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 11 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDA."

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This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) with respect to future events and financial performance. The forward-looking statements in this regard include statements regarding the award of a government funded contribution agreement. Any such forward-looking statements are based on MDA’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends. The factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this release include contracts with any government agency not being terminated. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. MDA cautions readers that should certain risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from those expected. The risks that could cause actual results to differ from current expectations include, but are not limited to: changes in government priorities, mandates, policies, funding levels, contracts and regulations; failure to comply with contractual obligations or properly mitigate contractual risk; and failure of contribution partners to perform in accordance with the contractual terms.

For additional information with respect to certain of these risks or factors, plus additional risks or factors, reference should be made to the Company's continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities, which are available online under the Company's profile at or on the Company's website at

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