Aerospace Innovation Forum 2007 - Green Technology and Globalization on the Agenda

    MONTREAL, Dec. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Aéro Montréal, the aerospace cluster of
Metropolitan Montreal, in collaboration with the Consortium for Research and
Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ), today opens Canada's first-ever
aerospace innovation forum under the theme "Future Outlook."
    This major event, being held until December 13, brings together more than
300 delegates and 35 leading speakers from Québec, Canada and abroad. It is
designed to generate action plans for boosting aerospace innovation to help
the industry maintain its competitive edge in this rapidly growing sector.
    "Aerospace Innovation Forum 2007 has been developed by Aéro Montréal's
Innovation committee and comes at a crucial time for maintaining the
competitiveness of our industry in the face of globalization", explains
Jacques St-Laurent, president of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada and chairman
of Aéro Montréal.
    The "green aircraft," an important issue related to the environment, will
be discussed by international and local experts. For Jean-Pierre Mortreux,
president and CEO of Esterline-CMC Electronics and chairman of the Aerospace
Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), there's no turning back. "From
engines to new materials, electronics to simulators, we need an integrated
innovation strategy that focuses increasingly on green technologies."
    André Bazergui, CEO of CRIAQ, agrees: "Collaborative research is leaning
more and more towards green projects in response to demands from industry and
research institutions. Every area of our industry is being called on to take
environmental aspects into account."
    The forum offers a unique opportunity to meet key decision makers in
aerospace innovation. Suzanne Benoît, CEO of Aéro Montréal, believes that the
forum's networking activities represent a winning strategy. "Many industry
leaders, manufacturers and innovative SMEs have enthusiastically signed up for
the forum's technological B2B sessions," she notes. "More than 20 companies
and research centres will display their technologies through poster sessions
and six international aerospace clusters will also be represented."
    The Aerospace Innovation Forum 2007 will address collaboration between
industry and universities, the development of the next generation of aerospace
engineers in Montréal, the future of our centres of excellence, best practices
in innovation and the impacts of globalization.
    "We have succeeded in bringing together the key players in our industry
and I am particularly impressed by the quality of the speakers at this
inaugural forum," concludes Mr. St-Laurent.

    Aéro Montréal is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) comprised of the 240
Québec aerospace companies, educational and research institutions,
associations, and unions of the Québec aerospace sector. Its mission is to
coordinate the creation of an environment conducive to increasing productivity
and accelerating the growth of the sector so that it can become an even
greater source of wealth for Greater Montréal, Québec and Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Martin Lafleur, (514) 655-9182; Source: Aéro

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