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,
In 17 years, the cluster has signed nearly 30 agreements with foreign partners. We have initiated some very exciting collaborations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Each year, we have leveraged these agreements to create opportunities for meetings that bring these collaborations to life, raise the profile of Québec expertise, and share new business opportunities with our members.
In 2023, we reached a new milestone. We created the first-ever International Cluster Committee. Our goal was clear: to maximize support for our members through a shared international vision. Specifically, we took on the role of coordinator of partners active in international affairs. We set ourselves the goal of clarifying the role that each of us can play in raising Québec's profile, guiding international actions and ensuring that we optimize the support we provide to SMEs. The team is convinced of the strength of this committee, which will ensure greater transparency in Québec’s actions and maximize our strategic approach regarding new markets.
When I took up my post at Aéro Montréal, I also wanted to recapture the spirit of sharing among clusters. I had the pleasure of achieving this with the team at the Paris Air Show. We took advantage of this unmissable event to announce the creation of the Global Aerospace Cluster Partnership (GACP) involving more than 60 clusters, with the support of the Ministère des Relations Internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF). Through this new alliance, we are providing our members privileged access to contact points and support in more than 60 destinations around the world. Our Québec SMEs will have access to valuable resources in partner clusters along with a first level of local support and information. A kind of soft landing in export markets.
I’m a firm believer in the potential of this new forum for international cooperation, and perhaps Québec could host the future headquarters of this INGO (international non-governmental organization).
If we’re sharing with you today content dedicated to our international relations efforts, it’s in the hope of inspiring you to become a stakeholder in this project: to increase the influence and presence of Québec expertise on the international stage while strengthening exchanges with our counterparts.
We hope you enjoy reading it,
DAMIEN, AS DIRECTOR OF THE GROWTH AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS PILLAR AT AÉRO MONTRÉAL, CAN YOU SHARE WITH US THE EXCITING DETAILS OF YOUR MISSION?
My mission is to provide support to Quebec SMEs in terms of growth, in collaboration with industry players. It involves designing and implementing various strategies and tools aimed at strengthening the economic fabric in Quebec. This includes initiatives related to financing, the value chain, mergers and acquisitions, while promoting the expansion of these companies in international markets.
AÉRO MONTRÉAL HAS WOVEN A WEB OF STRATEGIC AGREEMENTS AROUND THE WORLD WITH AEROSPACE CLUSTERS. COULD YOU ENLIGHTEN US ON THE NATURE OF THESE PARTNERSHIPS AND THEIR IMPORTANCE FOR OUR SMES?
Since 2006, Aéro Montréal has signed nearly thirty partnership agreements with international players on four different continents — in America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Although these agreements evolve at their own pace, they represent a mutually beneficial collaboration aimed at opening up new opportunities for our members. For example, we are committed to keeping abreast of developments in our respective markets, while mobilizing our networks to identify the best business opportunities for our members. It's an exciting field, and we're clearly seeing the benefits of this work.
AÉRO MONTRÉAL RECENTLY TOOK ON A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN A BRAND-NEW STRATEGIC COMMITTEE FOCUSED ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. WHO ARE THE OTHER PARTNERS INVOLVED AND HOW DO YOU WORK TOGETHER?
The Quebec aerospace industry is deeply rooted in globalization. With sales totaling $18 billion in 2022, nearly 80% of which are for export outside Quebec, this makes it Quebec's largest manufacturing export sector. In this context, it is crucial to align our actions with those of our partners, and we are fortunate to benefit from strong support from the governments of Quebec and Canada to strengthen our international presence. We identified a need for more effective coordination of international relations efforts, which led to the creation of the International Committee.
This committee works in close collaboration with committed partners at different levels (national, provincial, regional, municipal) to maximize the support provided to SMEs. It brings together its members to develop joint programming and coordinated aid aimed at strengthening support for businesses. In addition, it looks at international destinations that are attracting growing interest.
AT THE GEOPOLITICAL LEVEL, THE NEWS IS COMPLEX. IS IT THE RIGHT TIME FOR AN SME TO CONSIDER INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENTS?
Absolutely, the geopolitical context is changing rapidly and brings its share of challenges, but it also offers new opportunities that must be seized quickly. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of an overly dispersed supply chain, redrawing the map of the international scene.
We are witnessing the emergence of numerous reshoring strategies and new prospects for international development. Companies favor countries offering the best value for money. For example, several Eastern European countries have contacted us because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine, no longer able to work with their usual suppliers. In this context, the excellence of Quebec industry appears to be an obvious choice to help them quickly secure their supply chains and continue to serve their customers.
THE FALL OF 2023 PROMISES TO BE BUSY WITH MANY INTERNATIONAL AEROSPACE MISSIONS. HOW IS AÉRO MONTRÉAL A STRATEGIC PARTNER FOR SMES DURING THESE MISSIONS?
We have developed a clever program that combines strategic information workshops in Quebec (Vietnam, India, Colombia) with missions in areas of interest (Vermont, Ohio, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Morocco). The objective is to facilitate the participation of our members and the ecosystem in the activities that best correspond to their interests and ambitions, while detecting new opportunities.
In Asia, several recent announcements have reported significant contracts in the field of defense helicopters; a mission with Investissement Québec International will be held in Seoul in the fall. In the business aircraft sector, several operations will be repatriated from Asia to Querétaro in Mexico, making it an attractive region for business development. Some destinations are becoming strategic due to their ability to recruit foreign talent. Growth cannot be fully realized without adequate human resources within our ecosystem to support it. This consideration does not only concern Quebec but the entire industry.
HOW IS THE YEAR 2024 SHAPING UP IN TERMS OF INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE?
2024 promises to be exciting in terms of international influence for Aéro Montréal. We recently announced the creation of the Global Aerospace Cluster Partnership (GACP) at the Paris Air Show in June. This initiative is the result of a long-term collaboration between Aéro Montréal and our European partners, Hamburg Aviation and Aerospace Valley, and then with partners around the world. Thanks to this new alliance, we are taking a major step to offer our members personalized support in more than 60 destinations across the globe.
At the same time, our International Aerospace Innovation Forum, organized from May 21 to 23, 2024, will be a valuable opportunity to strengthen our ties with our international partners. The United Kingdom will be the country of honour, which promises to add an enriching dimension to our international exchanges
INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING INTERNATIONALLY?GROWTH PROSPECTS OR EXPLORATION OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES?
Here are the must-attend events coming up.
It's time to show your interest!
EXPLORATORY SERIES VIETNAM | 5th Anniversary of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership
➤ September 12
VIETNAM AS A GATEWAY TO SOUTHEAST ASIAN MARKETS
On the occasion of the 5th year of implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP) and the fiftieth anniversary of the Vietnam-Canada bilateral relationship, The Vietnam Trade Office in Canada, The Government of Quebec, The ASEAN-Canada Business Council and Laval University are organizing an event in partnership with Aéro Montréal, to present a portrait of the market and the opportunities offered by Vietnam as a privileged gateway to Southeast Asian markets
➤ KEY DATA:
• The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is the fastest growing economic region in the world and will be the center of gravity for global consumption by 2030 with 660 million consumers .
• According to forecasts by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Vietnam will be the fifth fastest growing aviation market in the world by 2035, with 150 million passengers.
• Vietnam airlines currently operate 60 domestic routes.
• Vietnam's total domestic and international supply reached over 6.5 million seats, ranking 2nd in Southeast Asia after Indonesia.
TIME: 4-6pm - Followed by cocktails
LOCATION: Laval University, Alphonse-Desjardins Pavilion (4th), Salle Le Cercle
DETAILS AND PRICE:
EXPLORATORY INDIA SERIES | Information seminar on business opportunities in India
➤ September 14
INDIA A GROWING MARKET
India, a multi-faceted nation, offers exceptional potential. Take part in the seminar on business opportunities and financing mechanisms in the Indian market, organized by Investissement Québec International, in collaboration with the High Commission of India in Canada and in partnership with Aéro Montréal.
➤ THIS SEMINAR
• Will examine, in the presence of experts, the strategies for exporting to this growing market.
• Concretely prepare companies to seize the opportunities offered by the Indian market.
• Will provide an analysis of the Indian aeronautics industry conducted by Simon Raby of Université Laval and commissioned by Aéro Montréal.
» KEY INFORMATION ON INDIA:
• With more than 1.4 billion inhabitants, India is an unparalleled market.
• The skilled, affordable and abundantly available workforce makes it a global hub of expertise.
• India is now the third largest country in terms of defense spending since 2021, displaying its commitment to global security.
• The country has a legal and regulatory framework very close to European standards which provides a solid basis for business opportunities.
TIME : 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
LOCATION : Mondial World Trade Center
DETAILS AND PRICE:
AEROSPACE MEETINGS CASABLANCA | International Business Convention for the Aerospace & Defense Industry
➤ October 3 to 5
[ NOTE : until September 8 to register!]
SHOWCASE YOUR COMPANY IN A FAST GROWING MARKET
AEROSPACE MEETINGS Casablanca is a professional event, based on a concept of pre-scheduled business meetings aimed at promoting meetings and exchanges between the various players in the aeronautics and space sector.
As part of the 7th edition of the Aerospace Meetings Casablanca International Business Convention, Aéro Montréal is offering local support to support Quebec companies. A consultant will be appointed to help you seize the opportunities offered by the Moroccan market, promote networking and support your development projects on the market.
➤ INTEREST OF MOROCCO'S AEROSPACE INDUSTRY
Investi depuis plus de 20 ans dans l’industrie aéronautique, le Maroc s’engage dans une nouvelle dynamique marquée par une focalisation accrue sur les nouvelles technologies et l’ingénierie, une favorisation des métiers spécialisés de l’aéronautique et la conclusion de projets structurants avec les leaders internationaux du secteur.
➤ KEY EVENT INFORMATION
• Aerospace Meetings Casablanca brings together more than 20 countries, 250 companies and nearly 650 participants.
• The 3 focuses of the ecosystem are for this new year: Engines, Embedded Systems and Composites..
• One convention, multiple opportunities: conferences, workshops, pre-scheduled professional meetings, exhibitions and networking cocktails.
CA$3,678.75 CA$1,900 for Quebec companies participating with Aéro Montréal.
ALL THE DETAILS :
SOUTHEAST ASIA ROADSHOW | Trade Mission
➤ October 9 - 13
DEVELOP BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THAILAND AND INDONESIA.
Do you run a company in the aerospace, defense and security sector? Don't miss the unique opportunity to participate in a trade mission to Bangkok and Jakarta, organized by In vestissement Québec International. The mission will end with a participation in the ADEX international fair in Seoul, South Korea, from October 17 to 19, 2023 (more information on this fair HERE).
➤ KEY INFORMATIONS
• The commercial aviation industry is valued at US$2.2 billion, a value that is expected to continue to grow at an average of 5.4% per year.
• 2nd largest economy in Southeast Asia, Thailand maintains its defense spending with an annual budget of around US$7 billion. In 2022, the Thai government allocated just over 1% of its GDP to defence.
• 49 % of this budget will be allocated to the Royal Army, 20% to the Royal Navy and 19% to the Royal Air Force.
• Indonesia (over 17,000 islands and 300 distinct ethnic and linguistic groups) has ambitious plans to revitalize its military.
• The Indonesian government has allocated $9.3 billion for defense in 2022 and a budget of $125 billion to modernize its military (2020-2044).
• The country also plans to acquire new, more efficient equipment, such as unmanned aircraft systems, surveillance communication systems, aircraft components, maintenance, repair and overhaul services, etc.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND PRICES:
INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION ADEX | Trade Mission to Seoul
➤ October 16-20
JOIN A TRADE MISSION IN SEOUL
This mission, which will take place within the framework of the ADEX International Exhibition from October 17 to 19, 2023, is an opportunity to meet major players in the Korean aerospace industry.
More than 100,000 visitors, 300 exhibitors and hundreds of companies and decision makers expected. This mission is organized by Investissement Québec International in collaboration with the Québec offices in Seoul and Singapore, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and the Canadian embassies in Indonesia and Thailand.
➤ BY PARTICIPATING, YOU CAN:
• Meet key players and main contractors through a personalized business meeting program;
• Highlight your know-how and your ability to innovate, identify new business opportunities and forge technological and industrial partnerships.
➤ WHY TARGET THE SOUTH KOREA MARKET:
• An ideal gateway to the Asian market, South Korea invests heavily in the aerospace industry.
• Canada has had a Free Trade Agreement with South Korea since 2014 (CCFTA).
• Aéro Montréal has had a cooperation agreement with the Gyeongnam Technopark cluster since 2017.
• The South Korean aerospace and defense sector is marked by the presence of major players who invest heavily in developing technologically advanced products to meet domestic and foreign needs.
• In 2021, the country launched a remote sensing satellite, and plans to build its own satellite navigation system + 6G satellite communication network.
• Several other excellent business opportunities in other defense and security sub-sectors are available to you, such as rocket propulsion systems and astronomy or advanced communication techniques.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND PRICES:
THE GREAT LAKES AVIATION AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE SYMPOSIUM | Quebec-Ohio
➤ October 11-13
SAVE THE DATE
Are you a contributor to the advanced air mobility and/or Space sector? You could benefit greatly and add value by participating in this launch symposium which will be held in Ohio and will be organized by the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) team.
In September of 2022, Aero Montréal, the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and the Council of the Great Lakes Region signed a bi-national Memorandum of Understanding forming the Great Lakes Aviation & Space Technology Alliance (GLASTA).
The purpose of GLASTA is to strategically explore opportunities in advancing collaborative innovation, supply chain & sectorial business development activities within the region that consists of 8 States and 2 provinces.
➤ KEY INFORMATION ABOUT THE GREAT LAKES REGION:
A population of 105 million people (30% of the American and Canadian workforce) || An economy of $6,000,000,000,000 USD || Represents 50% of bi-lateral trade between the USA and Canada || Includes Québec, Ohio, Ontario, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
➤ EVENT PROGRAM (in development)
Industry overviews || Company / Institutional presentations, panel & round table discussions || B2Bs and networking activities || Site visit to Nasa's Glenn Research Center
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
ANY IDEAS/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE PROGRAM?
We invite you to share your interests on topics on R&D, tech innovation, regulation requirements, certification & testing, infrastructure, and collaboration needs.
MANUFACTURING SUMMIT | Vermont Chamber of Commerce
➤ October 25-26
REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN!
Aéro Montréal will take part in the 10th annual Manufacturing Summit organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Will you also participate? This virtual supply chain event for advanced manufacturing, brings OEMs, suppliers, partners, and industry peers together for sourcing and procurement opportunities.
➤ WHAT THE EVENT OFFERS YOU:
Featuring two days of B2B meetings and virtual seminars, and a new in-person networking reception in Burlington, Vermont, the Manufacturing Summit builds adaptive supply chains through contacts, content, and collaboration
Many OEMs willing to use pre-qualified suppliers from the United States and Canada to optimize their supply chains have already confirmed their presence!
➤ 10 YEARS OF A SUCCESSFUL AGREEMENT:
Aéro Montréal will also be present in an ongoing effort to support the collaboration between the cluster and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce; an agreement concluded in 2013 which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year!
LOCATION : Online except for an in-person networking reception in Burlington.
DETAILS AND PRICE :
DUBAÏ AIRSHOW Aerospace and Defense Focused Event
➤ November 13-17
A SHOWCASE OF THE INDUSTRY
The Dubai Airshow is a showcase of aerospace advancements, covering commercial and military aircraft, as well as space equipment and technology. The event promotes business agreements, partnerships and the exchange of ideas between companies. The lectures cover topics from technology to sustainability. This event reflects the rise of the aerospace industry in the Middle East while strengthening ties between businesses and regional governments.
➤ WHAT THE EVENT OFFERS YOU :
• Over 20 country pavilions to showcase innovative products and technologies.
• High-level military and civilian delegations from more than 96 countries.
• More than 160 of the most advanced commercial, private and military on display.
• Over 80 hours of high-quality content covering cargo, sustainability, air traffic management and air mobility topics, presented by over 300 industry speakers.
• Access to special event features including the Tech Zone and Vista - the new launch pad for start-ups at the Dubai Airshow.
MORE DETAILS TO COME :
CONFERENCE | How to take advantage of the new reality of business aviation
➤ October 4
REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN!
Mélanie Lussier, President of Aéro Montréal, along with Kurt Edwards, Director General of the International Business Aviation Council, will take part in the conference Business Aviation: Innovation in the Global Spotlight. This conference is organized by the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations and Montreal's International Forum.
➤ COVERED TOPICS
- Fostering global economic growth and excellence in safety
- Advancing toward net-zero carbon emissions
- Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) bringing the future to our doorsteps
SCHEDULE: from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Live streaming begins at 1 p.m.
LOCATION: In-person event at the Westin in Montreal or online.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 3, 12:00 p.m.
DETAILS AND PRICES:
Primer: Legal basis for processing under the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (Bill C-27) with Imran Ahmad, Partner, Canadian Head of Technology and Canadian Co-Head of Information Governance, Privacy and Cybersecurity, and Sarah Nasrullah, Senior Associate, at Norton Rose Fulbright.
The House of Commons introduced Bill C-27 in 2022, which introduces three new acts: the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA), the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act, and the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (AIDA), which would replace the current Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
In this short video, Imran Ahmad and his colleague Sarah Nasrullah provide a brief overview of legal analysis that needs to be conducted under the proposed Consumer Privacy Protection Act (Bill C-27), when collecting new data elements or using existing ones in a new way.
For more information on this topic, please contact Norton Rose Fulbright.
+ WATCH THE VIDEO
MECACHROME, a consolidation platform.
Created in 1937, the MECACHROME group, with its recognized DNA in automotive sport and Formula 1, has become a world leader in high-precision mechanics. Specializing in the machining of mechanical parts and high-precision assemblies, its traditional area of know-how, the group now has the capacity for sheet metal working and boiler making, and assembly of larger assemblies (batches).
MECACHROME is present in the aeronautical (aerostructure, aeroengine), automotive (premium and motorsport), defense, naval, energy and space (DNES) industries.
Its industrial potential, and its leading-edge technologies such as nanomechanics and HVOF thermal spraying, have allowed the group to forge an international reputation with customers like Airbus, Bombardier, the CEA, Dassault, Embraer, Ferrari, Renault Alpine, Safranm Airbus Atlantique, Spirit, Thales, Porsche and Rolls Royce.
VISIT OF AÉRO MONTRÉAL
Present on several continents including Africa and Europe, the company is now involved in the production of most aircraft leaving the production lines. Positioning itself among the major players in the global aerostructures market.
During her visit to Mecachrome in Mirabel, Mélanie Lussier, President of Aéro Montréal, was welcomed by Francesco Calcara, Vice President and General Manager of Mecachrome Canada.
+ MECACHROME HAS CHOSEN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING AÉRO MONTRÉAL VALUE-ADDED INITIATIVE TO CONTINUE ITS GROWTH ↴
ECO-RESPONSABILITY INITIATIVE: supported by Canada Economic Development for Québec Regions (CED), this initiative supports the environmental commitment of Québec aerospace companies and the development of new environmentally responsible products, processes and markets. By providing the expertise and tools needed to reduce life cycle impacts, this initiative improves the competitiveness of companies while promoting local partnerships.
Would you like to plan a visit from Aéro Montréal to your company?
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» Aerospace Job Fair at Volaria
— By Volaria x Aéro Montréal
September 8, 2023
» Job and Continuing Education Fair
— By L'Événement Carrières and Aéro Montréal
October 4-5, 2023
» Training: Preparedness for cyber incidents in the aerospace sector
— By KPMG x Aéro Montréal
October 5, 2023
» International Aerospace Innovation Forum
— By Aéro Montréal
May 21 to 23, 2024
» SAVE THE DATE
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