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For immediate release: April 21, 2009

MDA's First Quarter 2009 financial review alert and 2008 Annual General Meeting

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today plans to release its First Quarter 2009 financial results on May 5, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Later in the day, MDA will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) at The Suites at 1 King West Hotel, (Toronto, Ontario), followed by a strategic business update including the First Quarter 2009 financial review with Daniel Friedmann, president and CEO and Anil Wirasekara, executive vice-president and CFO, followed by a Q&A session.

Agenda for the day:

9:00 a.m. ET / 6:00 a.m. PT First Quarter 2009 financial results released
1:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. PT Annual General Meeting (no participation via conference call)
2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT Strategic business update including First Quarter 2009 financial review conference call / question and answer period

The conference call will not include the Annual General Meeting. To participate in the conference call, please call the conference line approximately five minutes prior to the commencement of the call:

Toll free - In Canada or the United States: 1-888-789-9572
In Toronto: 416-695-7806 Pass Code: 2560715

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

Telephone replay will be available until May 12, 2009 at the following numbers:

Toll free - International: 1-800-408-3053
In Toronto: 416-695-5800
Pass Code: 5643440

About MDA

MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision making and operational performance of business and government organizations worldwide.

Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, MDA delivers a broad spectrum of information solutions, ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic information products.

MDA employs more than 3,200 people in locations across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This release and the associated earnings conference call and webcast contains certain forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA") with respect to future events and financial performance and are based on MDA's current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions made in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and MDA's actual results of operations could differ materially from historical results or current expectations. 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 online at or The forward-looking statements and information contained in this release, and the associated earnings conference call and webcast represent MDA's views only as of the date of this release, and the associated earnings conference call and webcast. MDA disclaims any intention or obligation to update or review 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.

For more information, please contact:

Wendy Keyzer
MDA External Relations
Telephone: 604-231-2743

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