First of all, I would like to thank Sylvain Bédard, who has just stepped down as Chair of Aéro Montréal’s Board of Directors. He will be retiring soon as Chief Executive Officer of Sonaca Montréal. Mr. Bédard has been very involved in our board since the creation of Aéro Montréal in 2006. He is one of the founding members of Aéro Montréal. He contributed to the advancement of numerous strategic files and was closely involved in the development of Aéro Montréal’s new 2019-2021 strategic plan. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
I’d also like take the opportunity to announce the appointment of Denis Giangi, President, Rolls-Royce Canada, as Chair of our Board of Directors. Mr. Giangi has over 20 years of experience in the aerospace and high technology industry. He is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University. He has been a member of Aéro Montréal’s Board of Directors since 2010.
A success for Québec’s mission to the International Paris Air Show - Le Bourget 2019
Nearly 150 participants and 60 companies and organizations – A record!
Aéro Montréal accompanied a delegation of 60 companies to the Paris Air Show. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation, led this mission for the first time!
Airbus’s recent establishment in Québec has generated a great deal of interest in the French aerospace ecosystem, which is very good news for all of our companies. The agreement we recently concluded with the Group of French Aeronautical and Space Industries (GIFAS) will allow us to establish links between our two clusters and encourage our SMEs to develop business relationships with French companies.
Airbus also signed yesterday an agreement for 50 A220 aircraft with Air Lease which will be assembled in Mirabel. This is excellent news for the Québec supply chain.
The Paris Air Show is the world’s largest aerospace exhibition. It is held every two years, alternating with the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK. The companies, educational institutions and research organizations that are part of the mission are developing business opportunities with major partners on the international aerospace stage.
During the mission, we promoted the importance of adopting new innovation models to ensure the growth of the industry. The innovation we are talking about should not be limited to companies’ manufacturing processes; it also involves new management and organizational models.
In this regard, the secretariat of the Aéro Montréal cluster must act as a model for the ecosystem. That’s why we took advantage of this mission in France to organize various networking activities and workshops focusing on the importance of collaboration, internationalization and the integration of disruptive technologies into the supply chain.
Suzanne M. Benoit