New SODA President May 2017- Heather Pilot




The Southern Ontario Defence Association’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Pilot to the position of President, succeeding Henrik Noesgaard who is appointed Chairman.

Heather has had a significant impact on businesses over the years, teaching best practices to companies looking to expand into international markets, providing advice to new-to-market companies, and assisting international companies in their site selection process.


Her background includes Director of Business Development at London Economic Development Corp. managing numerous stakeholder projects and responsible for the advanced manufacturing and defence sectors for Foreign Direct Investment.

Previously she served as Director, Canada for the State of North Carolina Department of Economic Development in Toronto, and subsequently Director of the State of New York Canadian Offices, where she developed strategic plans and programs to increase trade into Canada and worked closely with Canadian CEOs on their international expansion plans into those states.


Currently, Heather runs her own company, Pilot Hill, Ltd., which owns and operates the Best Defence Conference in London, ON and offers consulting and lead generation services.