August 4, 2021

Aéro Montréal

Aéro Montréal's mission is to mobilize stakeholders in Quebec’s aerospace ecosystem to support its global reach, innovation capacity and growth.


Message from the President


Dear members, dear partners,

Our industry recently enjoyed an important development with historic announcements that kicked off a green and sustainable recovery for the sector. The governments of Québec and Canada granted financial assistance of up to $685 million to Pratt & Whitney Canada, Bell Textron Canada and CAE.

This support was complemented by the launch of the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI), a federal investment of $250 million over three years, of which nearly $100 million is dedicated to Québec companies. This initiative aims to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the sector and help them become greener, more innovative and more productive. The environment, cybersecurity, and diversity and inclusion will be central to the industry’s recovery.

As a reminder, here are the highlights of the announcement:

  • Financial assistance of up to $685 million to Pratt & Whitney Canada, Bell Textron Canada and CAE.
  • The Government of Québec is providing $245.5 million from the Economic Development Fund through Investissement Québec
  • The Government of Canada is providing $439.8 million through the Strategic Innovation Fund.
  • This funding will support projects representing investments of $2 billion across the country, including nearly $1.6 billion in Québec.
  • These stimulating projects will create more than 1,000 jobs in the Québec aerospace sector.
  • This support will also make it possible to offer cooperative internships to more than 6,200 students.

Aéro Montréal would like to salute the commitment of the governments and companies in the cluster, who are taking the bold step of accelerating the Québec aerospace industry’s green shift. These recent announcements echo, among other things, the numerous recommendations made by the Alliance for the Aerospace Recovery, a strategic committee under the direction of Aéro Montréal’s Board of Directors. After more than a year of work and representation, we are delighted that these recommendations, which came from the players in the Québec aerospace industry, have been implemented. Aéro Montréal remains at the disposal of SMEs that would like more information about the ARRI program.

The green and sustainable recovery is underway. Let’s continue our efforts to make Québec a leader in the aerospace industry of tomorrow.

Happy summer to all,

SUZANNE M. BENOÎT, President of Aéro Montréal 


Symposium on the Canadian Defence and Security Market

Symposium on the Canadian Defence and Security Market

Mark your calendars: the Symposium on the Canadian Defence and Security Market will be back on November 18 in a virtual format!

This 6th edition, organized by Aéro Montréal and STIQ in collaboration with Canada Economic Development for Québec Regions (CED), will take place over one morning and will be an opportunity to explore international markets and what’s in store for the defence and security market after the pandemic.

Registration will start soon. Stay tuned!


Gilles Demers Competition

Gilles Demers Awards

Don’t wait any longer to submit your application to the Gilles Demers Competition! You have until September 26, 2021. The Gilles Demers Prize Gala and Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 10, 2021.

For this fourth edition, four categories are open to applications:

  • Wealth Creation and Outreach
  • Commitment to Innovation
  • Business Development and Internationalization

The Grand Prize will be awarded to the company that has achieved a balanced performance in the three founding categories

This competition fosters the development of Québec’s aerospace cluster by recognizing SMEs that demonstrate leadership in the areas of wealth creation and outreach, commitment to innovation, and business development and internationalization. To find out more, click here.

Quebec procurement

Promoting Québec procurement

Investissement Québec recently unveiled its Soutien à l'approvisionnement québécois (Support for Québec procurement) program. This initiative is part of a positive and sustainable movement promoting Québec procurement and its main objective is to contribute to a more prosperous, resilient and autonomous Québec economy.

This initiative encourages companies to take advantage of the strategic value of sourcing from local suppliers or repatriating their production from abroad to Québec.

Buying from Québec pays off, is strategic and simple. It acts as a catalyst for productivity, innovation, competitiveness, sustainable development and exports.

To find out how you can join the movement, click here (available in French only)

Montreal Aviation Museum

Montréal Aviation Museum – Did you know?

The Montréal Aviation Museum (MAM) is pleased to once again share with Aéro Montréal members an article on Québec’s rich aviation heritage.

Today, we present a second article written by renowned aviation historian George Alexander Fuller. The subject is “Les premiers vols d’hiver au Québec” (Pioneering winter flights in Québec). To read this article, click here.

The MAM is once again open to the public and we invite all Aéro Montréal members, their families and friends to visit us. The museum is located on the Macdonald Campus of McGill University in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Summer hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Directions are available on our website: A virtual tour of the museum is also available on the website.


Do you know about Innovative Solutions Canada?

Innovative Solutions Canada

Modelled on the US SBIR program and launched in late 2017, Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) enables the Government of Canada to use its research and development procurement spending to support the growth and expansion of SMEs.

ISC supports the development of new ideas and their inclusion in Government of Canada programs. I does so by helping innovative Canadian SMEs solve pressing challenges by developing their early-stage research and development and facilitating the operational testing of their late-stage research and development.


  • To encourage the increased use of Canadian SME innovations within the Government of Canada and Canada;
  • To help innovative Canadian SMEs grow, develop and export through the successful commercialization of their research and development more quickly than would otherwise be the case;
  • To contribute to building a more inclusive Canadian economy through increased participation of under-represented groups (i.e. women, First Nations peoples, youth and people with disabilities) in Government of Canada procurement;
  • To advance Government of Canada priorities and provide Government of Canada organizations with access to new capabilities that can support improved service to Canadian citizens and companies.

To find out more about Innovative Solutions Canada, click here.


Industry News
The latest news about the Québec aerospace industry.

Guillaume Faury elected GIFAS Chair

Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, elected GIFAS Chair

The GIFAS Board of Directors elected Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, as GIFAS Chair during the GIFAS General Meeting held on July 8, 2021 in Paris. Mr. Faury succeeds Eric Trappier, Chair and CEO of Dassault Aviation, who has been GIFAS Chair since 2017 and whose term of office is expiring. (Available in French only)


AERO21 Annual Report

AERO 21 Annual Report now available

The AERO21 strategic mobilization project recently published its 2021 annual report. The project is structured in two parts to address two major trends in the aeronautical sector. Component 1, Virtual Development, aims to develop methodologies and tools to virtualise the design stages of aircraft or aircraft components up to their certification. Component 2, Connected Operations, aims to capitalize on developments in the rapidly expanding field of information and communication technologies, such as big data and artificial intelligence, connectivity and the Internet of Things, to connect the various links in the complete manufacturing chain of our products and optimize its performance. (Available in French only)


Air France's first Airbus A220-300

Air France’s first Airbus A220-300 unveiled

Air France’s very first Airbus A220-300 has left the paint hangar at Mirabel, painted in the airline’s colours. It will be delivered at the end of September and used for more than a month to train the airline’s flight personnel. Some of them already started the type rating process this summer. (Available in French only)


Québec Circulaire

Are you carrying out a circular economy project?

The City of Montréal’s Economic Development Department is currently updating the map of circular economy stakeholders and initiatives in the Montréal agglomeration.

This update will provide a portrait of the Montréal circular economy ecosystem and identify best practices as part of the development of the circular economy roadmap. (Available in French only)


MHD-Rockland signs distribution agreement

MHD-ROCKLAND signs distribution agreement with PPG AEROSPACE

MHD-ROCKLAND, a world-class supplier of fixed-wing aircraft parts and services, announced that they have entered into an agreement with PPG’s Aerospace business for distributing their transparency products and managing repairs for a number of military platforms including: P-3, CH-47, C-27J, LM-100, F-18, UH-60 and KC-30. “We are excited to be selected by PPG as their distribution partner,” stated Bryan Dollimore, CEO of MHD-ROCKLAND. 




Human Resources
Stay abreast of the major succession and workforce challenges in aerospace.

Get ready for the new season with Aéro Montréal’s group insurance plan!

The group insurance pool launched by Aéro Montréal in collaboration with AGA Group Insurance is a great success.

By relying on the strength of numbers, our objective is to allow you to benefit from economies of scale:

  • Reduced administration costs, which means lower costs for you and your employees;
  • The ability to offer better benefits;
  • Free access to virtual clinical services for 12 months with the EQCare platform.

There are many advantages: access to additional coverage and services, reduced premiums, and an extended rate guarantee, etc.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Béatrice Perier Agostini, Director, Next Generation and Workforce, Aéro Montréal, at:



Aéro Montréal is looking for an Executive Assistant

Who will be the next rare pearl to join the ranks of our excellent and dynamic team?

Aéro Montréal is seeking an Executive Assistant to support the President and CEO, Suzanne Benoît, in carrying out and managing a number of strategic files.

 (Link available in French only)



News from our partner
Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright

On June 29, 2021, Bill C-30, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 19, 2021 and to implement other measures, and Bill C-220, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (bereavement leave), were assented to. These bills make several changes to the Canada Labour Code that directly affect federally regulated private sector workplaces. 



Events to come



Webinaire à l'attention des PME aérospatiales québécoises sur l'Initiative de relance régionale de l'aérospatiale (Événement en français)



Our partners:

Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal
Norton Rose Fulbright

380, Saint-Antoine street West
Suite 3120
Montréal QC H2Y 3X7
Phone: 514 987-9330