October 14, 2021

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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,

The second part of our Global Aerospace Supply Chain Summit will be held in a few days and the entire Aéro Montréal team is mobilizing to offer you an unforgettable experience, in person, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. If you have not yet secured your place, do so quickly and add this unmissable business meeting to your calendar today.

You will first hear from a panel of women leaders who were at the heart of the action during the crisis and who are already working hard on the recovery and the development of a more sustainable future. Moderated by Ève Laurier, Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs, Bombardier, this panel will include Catherine Guillemart-Dias, who has taken the helm of the Canadian wing of Air France-KLM, and Janie Béïque, President of Fonds de solidarité FTQ, which is actively supporting the recovery of companies. We will also be looking at the other side of the Atlantic. On many occasions, France has been at the forefront of sectoral recovery plans adapted to the needs of the industry. With Kareen Rispal, Ambassador of France in Ottawa. we will have the opportunity to discuss how these good practices can be shared with our companies. Also joining us will be Clémentine Gallet, President of Coriolis Composites and an active member of GIFAS, which represents the voice of SMEs.

A panel moderated by Nancy Barber, President, Barber Complete Consultancy Inc. will examine the key elements for securing an effective presence in today’s and tomorrow’s supply chains. Our experts Sylvie Pinsonnault, Senior Vice President, Business Strategies and Solutions, Investissement Québec, Hugue Meloche, President and CEO, Meloche Group, and Éric Côté, President, Jaunt Air Mobility, will share their vision.

We are offering you an edition full of solutions to build a more sustainable supply chain! By participating, you will also have the chance to reconnect with your business partners in person.

Don’t miss this major international industry event,

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, October 26.

SUZANNE M. BENOÎT, President of Aéro Montréal

Register now!
Study on incentives to attract defence and security

Call for tenders for the preparation of a study on incentives to attract defence and security investments in Canada

The defence and security sector is very attractive to aerospace companies because it allows for diversification of the customer portfolio and ensures greater resilience in times of economic difficulty.

Despite the fact that this is primarily a federal jurisdiction, Aéro Montréal, in partnership with the Government of Québec, is proposing that a study be conducted to identify the gaps between the investment incentives designed to attract international mandates for defence and security contracts in Canada and those offered by other jurisdictions. The study will also aim to develop concrete measures to close these gaps, thereby ensuring the maintenance or expansion of high value-added activities (R&D, productivity enhancement projects, etc.) in Québec.

To see the call for tenders, click here.

Deadline: Responses to this call for tenders must be received by the end of the day on Friday, October 29, 2021. Responses received after this date will be automatically rejected.

Contact: For any questions regarding this call for tenders, please contact M.Sylvain Lefrançois at sylvain.lefrancois@aeromontreal.ca.

*Document in french.


Save the date

Gilles-Demers Awards Gala: Save the date!

We would like to thank all of you who have submitted nominations for the Gilles Demers Awards!

To celebrate this special edition and participate in a unique Gala evening to be held at the Four Seasons in Montréal, we invite you to save the date of Friday, December 10, 2021. You can already secure your seats by purchasing your tickets here. Hurry, the number of seats is limited!

Startups, there are still a few days to submit your nomination

You still have a few days to submit your nomination for a new category that will reward a startup whose technological contribution represents a true innovation for the Québec aerospace sector. Interested companies are invited to submit their application via Google Forms before Sunday, October 17, 2021.

Visit our website today to find out more about this category or contact Pauline Breyton, Project Manager - Innovation, Competitiveness and Productivity (pauline.breyton@aeromontréal.ca; 514-987-9333).


Survey - Forcus Québec 2025

Aéro Montréal invites you to participate in the Focus Québec 2025 survey

KPMG in Québec is proud to launch the Focus Québec 2025 initiative, which aims to survey organizations of all sizes and economic sectors on the existing and emerging factors that drive the prosperity of Québec companies.

By responding to this survey you will be contributing to the development of a study that aims to foster the prosperity of companies in your region and industry by taking stock of two major issues: adapting to supply chain challenges and the increasingly complex criteria of sustainable development.

We want to take a closer look at what drives the economy, identify best practices and share them with businesses across the province to help them continue to grow and prosper in an increasingly changing marketplace. Together, we can develop a common approach and solutions to these challenges.

For more information on the Focus Québec 2025 project, visit the initiative webpage or contact Élise Boutin-Michaud.




Industry News
The latest news about the Québec aerospace industry.


Skyservice is the first full-service business aviation provider in Canada to offer green aviation fuel to private aircraft customers

In keeping with its commitment to environmentally responsible operations in the skies and at its facilities, Skyservice Business Aviation, Canada’s leading business aviation company, recently announced that it is the first private aviation company in Canada to offer green aviation fuel to its customers. This demonstrates its commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of all its operations. AirSprint, a Canadian timeshare pioneer, will be the first Skyservice customer to power flights with green aviation fuel.


20 Challenger 3500

Bombardier announces firm order for 20 Challenger 3500 business jets

Bombardier recently announced a firm order for 20 Challenger 3500 business jets from an undisclosed customer. Valued at US$534 million at current posted prices, this is Bombardier’s largest business aircraft transaction in 2021. This major order was signed only days after the unveiling of the Challenger 3500 business jet, which quickly reinforced the platform’s supremacy in the super midsize aircraft market.


Jaunt enterns into a definitive agreement

Jaunt Air Mobility enters into a definitive agreement to join the AIRO Group

Jaunt Air Mobility has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with the AIRO Group (USA). Jaunt joins a group of six aerospace companies, all committed to the next generation of advanced air mobility technologies and services. The group offers commercial, military, robotic, manned and autonomous air systems, multi-modal aircraft and avionics.

The company will add the next generation of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) and hybrid electric aircraft to the group’s diverse portfolio.


Aero-Digital Meetings

The Aero-Digital Meetings

Participate on November 25 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the second edition of the Aero-Digital Meetings on the theme: "Mobilizing actors towards international collaborations in Aero-Digital between Montreal and Toulouse" organized by Toulouse Metropole, the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ), in collaboration with the City of Montreal, the Centech, Aéro Montreal and IVADO on the Quebec side and the Agence d’attractivité de Toulouse, Aerospace Valley and the IRT Saint-Exupéry on the Toulouse side.


Buyer/Supplier day

STIQ Buyer/Supplier Day

The largest gathering of manufacturers in Québec!

STIQ’s flagship event, Buyer/Supplier Day, offers OEMs from Québec and abroad the opportunity to meet dozens of industrial subcontractors working at various levels of the supply chain in a single day.

Since its inception in 2007, this event has gained a terrific reputation and credibility to become a must-attend event in the Québec manufacturing community.

In addition to carefully planned business meetings, participants can attend conferences presented by innovative entrepreneurs and training workshops on topics targeted to manufacturers.

The next edition will take place on October 20th at Hôtel Le Mortagne (Boucherville). Registration is open to all! Don’t delay in registering as places are limited and they are going fast!



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


Community of Interest - Succession Planning and the Aerospace Workforce

On November 1st, Aéro Montréal will launch a new community of interest entitled: Succession Planning and the Aerospace Workforce.

This community of interest stems from the Human Resources Working Group and the Board of Directors of Aéro Montréal. It is intended to be inclusive and collaborative and to promote the sharing of ideas and information among all stakeholders. Its members will meet on a voluntary basis for a short period of time to address a very specific issue.


Is the technological transformation of your company in the air?

CAMAQ, in collaboration with Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne, offers you the AMBITION training program: an in-company training program for the aerospace manufacturing sector! A 4-level training towards 4.0 skills to support your employees in your technological transformation!

  1. Worker
  2. Team Leaders
  3. Supervisor
  4. Managers (OHRACIO)

Wage subsidies available for levels 2 and 3!


How to adapt to the labour shortage - a BDC study

Here are some key figures from the study:

  • 64% of Canadian entrepreneurs say that labour shortages are limiting their growth.
  • 49% of entrepreneurs have had to increase wages and benefits.
  • 26% of entrepreneurs have difficulty retaining employees.
  • Québec is the Canadian province with the most acute hiring difficulties.

The following solutions have been statistically proven to reduce the impact of labour shortages on SMEs:

  • adopting new technologies and automation.
  • using a formal hiring process.
  • offering a comprehensive compensation package.


Aerospace arrives at Collège de l'Horizon

In an effort to encourage more students to take up science and technology, Collège de l’Horizon has launched a program focused on the discipline of aerospace. More than 30 students in Secondary 1 and 2 are enrolled in the Aero+ program. During the first cycle of secondary school, students develop science, technology and mathematics concepts related to this field. Through flight simulators, they learn to fly an airplane. They will also have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the aerodynamic principles developed in engineering and to build a remote-controlled aircraft.


$1 per hour training

Digital technology and computer training at $1 per hour

Do you want to improve your skills in programming, networking, cybersecurity, infrastructure, operating systems or IT management?

Discover the information technology training courses offered with the financial participation of the Québec government. Offered at only $1 per hour, this short-term training can help you reach your professional goals. 


ÉTS open its doors

ETS opens its doors virtually on Saturday, November 6, 2021

On Saturday, November 6, the École de technologie supérieure will virtually welcome people interested in pursuing their studies in engineering. Eight types of activities will be offered:

  • Thematic conferences
  • Information sessions
  • Program booths
  • Service booths
  • Chat rooms
  • Guided tours
  • Virtual tours
  • Games and surprises

Don’t wait any longer – register today!


Polyechnique virtual open house

Québec’s biggest engineering university opens its doors to you at a distance!

Wherever you are in the world, Polytechnique Montréal’s virtual open house is the perfect opportunity to discover Polytechnique from the comfort of your home and confirm your choice of program before applying.

More than 200 speakers will be online to answer your questions about our 12 engineering programs, our graduate programs (DESS, master’s, doctorate) and our certificate programs. You can also learn more about admission requirements, paid internships, international exchanges, student life, student services and the exceptional study and living environment offered by Polytechnique Montréal, its campus and the City of Montréal.

Registration is mandatory. By registering, you have a chance to win one of our two $500 scholarships, awarded at random among all participants.


ÉNA - Portes ouvertes

ÉNA Open House on Sunday, November 14, 2021 - Aero at your fingertips

Discover the largest aeronautical school in the world! The École nationale d'aérotechnique offers exclusive training in three sectors:

  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Avionics
  • Aerospace engineering

Whether it's regular training (DEC) or continuing education (AEC), come create the future of aerospace with us!

Click the button below to reserve your place to attend the open house.



Events to come

Semaine de la PME BDC

OCTOBER 17 to 23, 2021

BDC Small business week


Summit 2021

OCTOBER 26, 2021

2021 Global Aerospace Supply Chain Summit


Gilles-Demers Awards

DECEMBER 10, 2021

Gala du Prix Gilles-Demers



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