MONTREAL, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace
cluster, in collaboration with CRIAQ, the Consortium for Research and
Innovation in Aerospace in Québec, today opened the 4th edition of the Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montréal under the theme
of Innovation Powering Sustainability for the Aerospace Industry.
In an increasingly competitive industry, where the fight against climate
change requires new rules, the Québec aerospace industry is taking
advantage of holding this event to reaffirm its position as a leader in
innovation as well as its commitment to reduce the environmental
footprint of its products throughout their lifecycle. More than 800
representatives and researchers from the Canadian and international
aerospace industry are participating in this important event.
"Already recognized worldwide for its ingenuity and research and
development (R&D) capabilities, Québec aerospace has significantly
enhanced and accelerated its innovation process over the last decade by
bringing together key industry players and members of the research
community," said Maria Della Posta, Chair of the Board of Directors of
Aéro Montréal and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Pratt &
Whitney Canada. "The structuring initiatives, arising from the work of
the cluster, are fostering the mobilization of OEMs, equipment
manufacturers, SMEs, research centres and universities to develop new
technologies throughout our value chain."
"Our industry has worked tirelessly to develop greener aerospace
technologies, as demonstrated by the holding of this unique forum,"
said Suzanne M. Benoît, President Aéro Montréal. "Members of the
cluster are continuing to support strategic programs such as the
Greener Aircraft Catalyst Project (SA2GE), funded in part by the
Government of Québec, and the Technology Demonstration Program, funded
in part by the Government of Canada. These initiatives promote the
growth of companies and their integration into future aircraft
Patrick Champagne, Vice President, Cockpits and Systems Integration,
Esterline CMC Electronics Inc. and Chair of Aéro Montréal's Innovation
Working Group, whose work led to the holding of the Aerospace
Innovation Forum, emphasized the importance of local companies to put
innovation at the heart of their critical activities. "From the
management of financial resources to the organization of human
resources and the production and delivery of products, innovation must
be lived daily by SMEs to be able to meet the changing needs of global
OEMs. In fact, more than 1000 business meetings between Québec SMEs and
major global OEMS have been arranged during the forum."
Two new initiatives have been launched this year. AéroFormation - "For a world-class labour force," has identified innovative tools to
ensure the continuous training of skilled workers, technicians,
engineers and professionals in the aerospace industry. AéroFinancement - "Financing: A Powerful Tool to Boost Innovative Companies,"
demonstrated the range of financial services and strategic frameworks
available to aerospace companies, such as funding for research,
technology demonstrations, infrastructure, operations and support for
the expansion and commercialization of advanced technologies.
Aero Montréal wishes to thank the partners of the Aerospace Innovation
Forum 2013, and especially its Lead Partner CGI whose new event-driven
application has enabled many Forum participants to maximize their
agendas, their business meetings and access innovative ideas.
About Aéro Montréal - www.aeromontreal.ca
Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, is a strategic think tank
that groups all the major decision makers in Québec's aerospace sector,
including companies, educational and research institutions,
associations and unions.
Aéro Montréal's mission is to mobilize industry players around common
goals and concerted actions to increase the cohesion and optimize
competitiveness of Québec's aerospace cluster. It aims to foster the
growth and expansion of the cluster so as to ensure that it may
continue to create wealth for Montréal, Québec and Canada.
SOURCE: Aéro Montréal
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