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MDA's Fourth Quarter and Year End 2012 results conference call alert

February 14, 2013

Richmond, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, plans to release its Fourth Quarter and Year End 2012 financial results at 5:30 p.m. EST (2:30 p.m. PST) on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

MDA will host an earnings conference call on February 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. EST (7:00 a.m. PST), that will feature remarks by Daniel Friedmann, president and CEO and Anil Wirasekara, executive vice-president and CFO, followed by a Q&A session.

To participate, please call the conference line approximately five minutes prior to the commencement of the call:

Conference Call Dial-In Numbers:
Toll-Free: 1-888-231-8191
Toronto: 1-647-427-7450

Instant Replay
Toll-Free: 1-855-859-2056
Toronto: 1-416-849-0833
Pass Code: 72785756

Replay available:

February 28, 2013 10:00 a.m. PST, 1:00 p.m. EST to
March 14, 2013 8:59 p.m. PST, 11:59 p.m. EST

The conference call will also be Webcast live and then archived at:

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. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA’s well-established global customer base is served by more than 5,000 employees operating from 17 offices located in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

The Company’s common shares trade under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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Forward-Looking Statements
This earnings release and the associated conference call and webcast, which includes a business update, full year and fourth quarter and year-end 2012 results and question and answer session, contain certain forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (the “Company” or “MDA”) with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “would”, “could”, “should”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “foresee”, “believe” or “continue” or the negatives of such terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Any such forward-looking statements are based on MDA’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions made in light of its experience and perception of historical trends. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond MDA’s control and the effects of which can be difficult to predict. MDA’s actual results of operations could differ materially from historical results or current expectations.

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 policies, priorities, funding levels, contracts or regulations; failure of third party subcontractors to complete contracts for which the Company is the prime contractor; risks of performance on firm fixed price construction contracts; changes in estimates of total revenues and costs on contracts; potential for product liability or the occurrence of defects in products or systems and resulting loss of revenue and harm to the Company’s reputation; quality issues and failure of systems to meet performance requirements; failure of the Company to manage its acquisitions and breaches of contracts and indemnities and related risks on divestitures; partial or complete satellite failure; dependence on electronic systems and data and system security threats; detrimental reliance on third parties for data; dependence on key employees, potential for work stoppages and lack of oversight over a U.S. proxy board and management; failure to anticipate changes in technology, technical standards and offerings or comply with the requisite standards; failure to maintain technological advances and market positions; significant competition; potential infringement of the intellectual property rights of others through licensed software or otherwise; inadequate protection of the Company’s intellectual property rights; exposure to foreign currency fluctuations; changes in law and economic and political conditions; inability of suppliers or subcontractors to effect technology transfer; changes in customer security requirements and the resulting cancellation of contracts; failure to maintain business alliances; uncertainty in financing arrangements; failure of counterparties in financing arrangements and financial derivative contracts and potential breach of financial covenants in credit agreements and note purchase agreements; wrongful call on letters of credit and performance bonds; insufficient insurance against material claims or losses; and exposure to fines and/or legal sanctions under anti-corruption laws.

The risks specific to the operation of MDA’s wholly-owned subsidiary Space Systems/Loral, LLC (“SSL”) that could cause actual results to differ from current expectations include, but are not limited to: significant competition in the satellite manufacturing market; unanticipated changes in SSL’s end-user markets; inclusion of satellite performance incentives in many of SSL’s customer contracts; failure to maintain technological advances that meet its customers’ changing requirements; potential that SSL’s satellites will not be successfully developed or manufactured; potential for component failure or performance issues on SSL’s on-orbit satellites and resulting loss of revenue and harm to SSL’s reputation; SSL’s future operating results are dependent on the growth in the businesses of its customers and on its ability to sell to new customers; SSL’s contracts are subject to adjustments, cost overruns and termination; certain of SSL’s customers are highly leveraged and may not fulfill their contractual payment obligations with SSL; many of SSL’s costs are fixed and SSL may not be able to cut costs sufficiently to maintain profitability in the event of a downturn in its business; the availability of facility space and qualified personnel may affect SSL’s ability to perform its contracts as efficiently as planned; SSL’s ability to obtain certain satellite construction contracts depends, in part, on its ability to provide the customer with financing; reliance on key suppliers to provide certain component parts; changes in regulations, telecommunication standards and laws due to political and economic instability in the countries in which SSL conducts business; reliance on patents and potential infringement of third party patents by SSL; and changes in U.S. and foreign laws and regulations, including U.S. export control and economic sanction laws, governing SSL’s business.

You are referred to the risk factors described in MDA’s most recent annual Management's Discussion and Analysis, Annual Information Form and other documents on file with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities, available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR, or on the Company's website at The forward-looking statements and information contained in this earnings release and the associated conference call and webcast represent MDA’s views only as of today’s date. MDA disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law, rule or regulation. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form or content of this release.

Wendy Keyzer

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