January 13, 2021


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,

As we enter 2021, we are turning the page on an historic year, marked by a pandemic that significantly impacted our industry.

I would like to extend my best wishes to you all in this new year. I hope that it will provide us with the opportunity to go beyond our limits, to shine the spotlight on innovation in our sector and continue to build a prosperous, greener and smarter industry. I also hope that the power of the collaborations that we initiated in recent years will enable us to get through this difficult period. I believe that unity will be our strength.

In 2020, we demonstrated our ability to come up with recovery proposals for the industry in record time. The year 2021 will offer an opportunity to implement them.

Of course, we will have to be resilient once again. And, as we have often said, the success of this recovery remains intimately linked to the federal government’s commitment to support one of the jewels and important pillars of the Canadian economy, the aerospace industry.

In these special times, the Aéro Montréal team is already hard at work offering you its support. In 2021, it will redouble its efforts to promote your know-how, support you in executing your projects, and propel us, together, towards a sustainable industry to which we are all committed.

I firmly believe that, through our collective efforts, we will succeed in making the most of this historic crisis to build a stronger industry.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones.




Appointment of Charlotte Laramée
As 2021 begins, Aéro Montréal is very pleased to announce the appointment of Charlotte Laramée to the position of Vice President, Operations, effective Monday, January 4, 2021.

Charlotte joined Aéro Montréal in 2015 as responsible for SME market development and supply chain, and was promoted to Director, Growth in 2018. Since joining Aéro Montréal, Charlotte has worked on numerous strategic projects within the organization, including visiting over 100 SMEs as part of the SME Mapping exercise; setting up a consolidation program: the 360° Accelerator; and contributing to the creation of new MRO and RPAS working groups.

Prior to joining Aéro Montréal, she held various positions in international market development for numerous SMEs, as well as for the French aerospace association, Aerospace Valley.

In addition to her background in economics, Charlotte holds a Master’s degree in Administration from the École supérieure de Commerce de Clermont-Ferrand (France) and has completed a microprogram in corporate finance at HEC Montréal.

Charlotte’s experience and leadership will undoubtedly contribute to the further growth of Aéro Montréal and make it the most innovative cluster in the world.

I invite you to join us in congratulating Charlotte and wishing her every success in her new role!


New members of Aéro Montréal’s Board of Directors


Jacques Bellemare
General Manager
Howmet Structure Systems

Hugo Brouillard
Chief Executive Officer, Head of operations
STELIA Aéronautique Saint-Laurent


William Mateer
Executive Leader
GE Aviation

Hiroaki Yamamoto
President & CEO
MHI RJ Aviation ULC.


Conseil emploi métropole:
Analysis of the labour market


Despite a slight rebound in November, the employment trend in Québec is consistent with the slowdown observed in recent months in Canada and the United States. The labour market remains in better shape in Québec than in its immediate neighbours, but is still in worse shape than at this time last year.


Participate in the call for innovation projects in artificial intelligence


The Ministry of Economy and Innovation is inviting Québec SMEs wishing to carry out an innovation project for the development and marketing or adoption of artificial intelligence technologies to apply for financial assistance. The call is divided into three categories:

  • Category 1: Innovation projects of startup companies;
  • Category 2: SME innovation projects;
  • Category 3: Large-scale innovation projects.


Project proposals must be submitted by January 18, 2021.


Call for demonstration and technology showcase projects in ground transport and sustainable mobility


The Ministry of Economy and Innovation is inviting Québec SMEs wishing to carry out a demonstration and technology showcase project in ground transportation and sustainable mobility to apply for financial assistance. Projects must:

  • support SMEs in demonstrating or showcasing their products;
  • improve the growth prospects of SMEs;
  • create and consolidate partnerships with cities and transportation companies.


Project proposals must be submitted by February 3, 2021.


Industry news
The latest news about the Québec aerospace industry.
DCM finalises an agreement with Arnprior Aerospace
The DCM Group has just finalized an agreement with the Canadian company Arnprior. As part of this agreement, DCM will take over most of the machining and manufacturing capacities of Arnprior’s Montreal subsidiary. Through this acquisition DCM procures two Makino MAG 3 and MAG 3EX machines that will give it increased machining capacity. DCM also adds new niche capabilities such as sewing of aircraft shrouds and blankets.
The CRIAQ Start-up Grant

The CRIAQ Start-up Grant is targeted for Quebec start-ups active in the aerospace sector. Through a competitive process, CRIAQ will award two $10,000 grants per year in support of the technological development of two start-ups, under the rationale that this funding will help to bring the development of the product or service into alignment with potential users and customers.



Bombardier Announces Sale of 10 Challenger 350 Business Jets
Bombardier is pleased to announce a firm order for 10 Challenger 350 aircraft in a transaction valued at $267 million U.S., based on 2020 list prices.
The Artemis missions: humanity's return to the Moon

The global space community is preparing for the Artemis program, a multi-mission campaign that will push human space exploration deeper into space to the Moon and on to Mars.



MRO Company Directory

Aéro Montréal is pleased to announce the launch of its directory of MRO companies.



Human ressources
Stay abreast of the major succession and workforce challenges in aerospace.
Québec’s largest engineering university opens its doors remotely!

Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Montréal time)

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

ÉNA has new groups starting in February 2021



ÉNA has new groups starting in February 2021 for managers, first level supervisors, team leaders, and foremen. New Effective Managers Training groups, 100% online, subsidized thanks to the financial support of Services Québec. Two next cohorts start on February 16, 2021. Registration can be made directly through the website of our partner, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.



New members of Aéro Montréal

Welsh Government in Canada


CASP Aerospace


Events to come
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A market with potential: defence

Training on the American market



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CRIAQ's RDV Forum 2021




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