Establishment of a centre of expertise in airport security at the Sherbrooke airport

SHERBROOKE, QC, Sept. 21, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Sherbrooke and Haut-Saint-François Regional County Municipalities (RCMs) along with a host of other collaborators are pleased to announce the creation of a centre of expertise in airport security at the Sherbrooke airport. The centre, named Airpole, will provide integration, training and innovation services to key players in the airport industry to promote the emergence of new technologies and more efficient protocol measures. An agreement has been reached with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for aviation safety professionals to offer a training program in English and in French.

The Airpole centre will organize its activities around three business units: CENFOR for hands-on education and training; TIC, a technology and equipment integration and testing centre and finally, the TS, a technology showcase. These three sites will allow first responders, law enforcement officials, airport managers and staff along with the rest of the aviation industry access to optimal infrastructure that will allow for specialized training and research. "Our vision is to establish a center of expertise that will help the aviation industry meet the evolving challenges surrounding airport security" says Bernard Ricard, President of the Airpole Board of Directors.

The consulting firm Explorer Solutions conducted a market study to evaluate the industry's needs. The centre of expertise's establishment will require major investments of nearly $22 million. According to the study prepared by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, the economic benefits that construction activities will bring are estimated to total $14.6 million, including $10 million in direct economic impact. According to the same study, construction activities would create or maintain 187 jobs across Quebec while the centre's utilization would create or maintain 986 jobs over 10 years, including 840 jobs in the region. For more information visit the website:


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For further information: Bernard Ricard, President, Airpole Board of Directors, Deputy Director, CLD du Haut-Saint-François, 819 560-8500, ext 2204

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