November 4, 2020
The Quebec aerospace industry newsletter
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,

Nearly 500 of you joined us for the Strategic Aerospace Forum held in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal on Monday. I would like to thank you warmly for your participation.

The solutions you discovered for the industry’s recovery are a perfect introduction to the topics that will be the focus of our next event: the International Aerospace Innovation Forum, which will be held from December 14 to 15, 2020.

The importance of innovation in the context of the crisis and Canada’s strengths in this area, rethinking safe travel, tomorrow’s greener and more autonomous travel, the strength of market diversification for companies and the importance of establishing strategic partnerships with governments are just some of the topics we will be addressing together, connected virtually with participants from around the world.

Recent ministerial interventions have highlighted the importance of improving the public’s perception of our industry to gain the government support so critical to its future. The federal government’s call is clear: “help us to help you.”

So, could there ever be a better time for our International Aerospace Week - Montréal 2020, more specifically the International Aerospace Innovation Forum to pave the way towards an industry that is rethought, greener, more transparent and, above all, adapted to our new reality?

Don’t wait any longer: get on board now for the rethought smart journey.

I hope to see many of you there.


Aéro Montréal is hiring!


Aéro Montréal is seeking a bilingual Executive Assistant to support the President in carrying out numerous strategic files. We invite you to send us your recommendations for candidates by November 6. The position is expected to start in November 2020. For a summary of the position or to submit your recommendations, please contact Pierrette Daigle by email at

The 50-30 Challenge


The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative between the Government of Canada, business, and diversity organizations. The objective of this ambitious project is to develop a plan to improve access for women, racialized persons, people who identify as LGBTQ2+, people living with disabilities, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis to positions of influence and leadership on corporate boards and in senior management.

This is why the government is challenging Canadian businesses to promote inclusion and increase representation of various underrepresented groups in their ranks. Diversity in the workplace is an asset for companies, and the 50 – 30 Challenge will help strengthen the measures already taken in favour of diversity in many Canadian companies and encourage other organizations to adopt new measures in this direction.

We invite you to take up the challenge of diversity in the workplace so that together we can continue to build successful and innovative businesses! To participate, simply complete the 50-30 Challenge form.
Industry news
The latest news about the Québec aerospace industry.
Air Transat chooses Avianor from Mirabel for a maintenance visit on an A330
Avianor, a leader in the aerospace industry for more than 25 years, has been selected by Air Transat for a "c-check" maintenance visit on one of its A330 wide-body aircraft.
Bombardier announces closing dates, amended terms for sale of aerostructures business to Spirit AeroSystems Holding, Inc.

Bombardier announced it has entered into an amended definitive agreement to sell its aerostructures business to Spirit AeroSystems Holding, Inc. (Spirit), supporting Bombardier’s strategic decision to reposition itself as a pure-play business aircraft company. This transaction is set to close on October 30, 2020 as all closing conditions have been met.



NGC Aerospace to demonstrate its navigation system around the moon by 2024

Compensating for the lack of a GPS constellation around the Moon, NGC’s system uses features on the surface of the planetary body – Moon craters – as references to autonomously determine the position of an Orbiter or a Lander in Moon geographical coordinates.

Creaform announces Creaform Connect : 3D measurement solutions summit

Creaform, member of Aéro Montréal and a worldwide leader in 3D measurement solutions, announced plans for Creaform Connect: 3D Measurement Solutions Summit, a new virtual tradeshow and conference.



NATO Innovation Challenge

Similar to IDEaS, the NATO Innovation Hub is a community where experts from around the world collaborate to tackle NATO challenges and design solutions.

The Hub has recently launched a challenge seeking innovative solutions that address how trust in autonomous systems can be established and strengthened. Solutions can include any combination of methodologies, concepts, techniques and technologies. These challenges are open to all, including the Canadian innovation community. Submit your solutions by November 17, 2020.

AIxSPACE | The 1st event dedicated to AI applied to space

AIxSPACE is the first event dedicated to AI applied to space. The conference will bring together key stakeholders in space and artificial intelligence industries to allow everyone to obtain concrete information on these markets and connect with potential business partners, positioning themselves at the forefront of the sector.

The event will be held on the 18-19 of January 2021 in virtual format.



Human ressources
Stay abreast of the major succession and workforce challenges in aerospace.
It's time to confirm your participation in Vitrines 2020 - Premier event for employment and training in aerospace!

On December 16, Aéro Montréal will present Vitrines 2020, the major aerospace employment and training event.

Vitrines 2020 offers participants a 100% virtual experience that will allow them to discover the many career, employment, internship and training opportunities currently available in the aerospace sector.

This is a prime opportunity to attract the next generation of workers and showcase our sector as a smart choice with many exciting career opportunities.

The virtual platform will include five main zones: recruitment, training and career discovery, conferences, demonstrations and inter-university competition.

We invite you to confirm your presence today with Béatrice Perier Agostini.

BHER and CMAI partner to create 7,500 new working integrated learning opportunities

The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) is thrilled to announce a partnership with the Canadian Mobility and Aerospace Institute (CMAI) that will create 7,500 new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities. This partnership is made possible with support from the Government of Canada.



Open House and Information Session on ACS at ÉNA
The École nationale d’aérotechnique invites future students to discover its study programs during two events. Register for the Virtual Open House that will take place on Wednesday, November 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. via: You will find out more about the technical programs available in Aircraft Maintenance, Avionics and Aerospace Engineering.

You can also register for the Attestations of College Studies (ACS) Virtual Information Session to be held on Wednesday, November 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via: ACSs are offered in Aircraft Maintenance, Avionics and Quality Control and are intended for adults who are changing careers or who wish to upgrade their skills.
Defence & Security
Register to the MRO and Defence & Security day!
This year, in a transformed environment that makes partnerships and the sharing of expertise paramount, we are inviting the defence and MRO sectors to participate in a combined event that will be 100% virtual. MRO and Defence Day is reinventing itself to ensure a dynamic experience for participants who will be able to attend the activities of their choice on the theme of defence or MRO during a day of conferences, workshops and B2B meetings.
Solaxis able to increase pace of production thanks to Governement of Canada support
Solaxis, member of Aéro Montréal, has been granted a $650,000 repayable contribution by CED. Thanks to this funding, Solaxis will be able to increase its production capacity by acquiring state-of-the-art computer equipment and gear.


A market with potential: defence | Training on the Canadian market
In the current environment, companies realize that diversification into new markets allows them to limit risks and take advantage of new opportunities.

While the Canadian defense market represents an avenue of diversification for existing players, integration into the value chain is not easy. To respond to this challenge, Aéro Montréal and Cirrus Research Associates offer training on the Canadian defense market with the intervention of 4 experts: Alan Stephenson, Marc Bourret, Pierre Rochefort, Steve Lucas.
A look back at the 2020 Defence Symposium



Close to 300 participants attended the 5th edition of the Canadian Symposium on the Defence and Security Market organized by Aéro Montréal, Canada Economic Development for Québec Regions (CED) and STIQ. Once again this year, the Symposium was a great opportunity to review the major projects under development and to address the new reality of the defence and security market.

Events to come
13:00 (EST)
Webinar - OAC

Aerospace Unplugged - 2020 IS Virtual "FLIGHT PLAN FOR A CHANGING WORLD"

09:00 (CET)
10th Aviation Forum

Aviation Forum in Hamburg 2020



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