"The launch of CARIC shows the commitment of the industry, and its
stakeholders, to keeping Canada's aerospace industry flying high. I am
proud of all that Canada has accomplished to guarantee the future of
its innovative aerospace industry."
- James Moore, Canadian Minister of Industry
MONTREAL, April 17, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The highly-anticipated Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation
in Canada (CARIC) was launched today during the 7th Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ)
Forum - and its own 1st Forum - an event that brought together the Canadian aerospace
community. The occasion marked the launch of the selection process for
the technological projects considered to be most pertinent to Canadian
A joint initiative of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
(AIAC) and CRIAQ, CARIC is a national research and technology network
that unites stakeholders from industry, universities, colleges and
research institutions; bringing together the best of the entire
Canadian industry to identify strategic aerospace technology areas and
facilitate collaborative research and development. The network's model
is based upon that of CRIAQ, which was unanimously recognized by the
aerospace industry as a best practice for collaborative research in
Mr. Clément Fortin, President and CEO of CRIAQ, welcomed the
establishment of this network for the Canadian aerospace industry,
citing the many benefits of collaborative research for the sector. "The
establishment of CARIC offers participating organizations a competitive
advantage and boosts aerospace innovation, while giving Canada a
strategic expertise that consolidates its global leadership," he said.
"The principal objective of this national initiative is to reach and
connect the aerospace Research and Technology community across Canada,
contribute to the country's technology roadmap and foster scientific
skills penetration in industry while training highly qualified people
through research," he added.
"CRIAQ is proud to leverage its collaborative research expertise to
support the creation of a national consortium. Through CARIC,
collaboration will be at the heart of Canadian aerospace research. This
will allow the various industry stakeholders to propel the Canadian
aerospace community to a new level," he concluded.
"The launch of CARIC is a milestone event for Canadian aerospace," said
Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC.
"AIAC has worked in close partnership with CRIAQ to develop a national
network that will foster Canadian collaboration, innovation, and
knowledge. We are confident that CARIC will be a significant driver of
our ability to produce cutting-edge technologies and stay ahead in the
fiercely competitive global markets."
Today's announcement was also welcomed by the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Industry, who considers the national network of aerospace
research and collaboration to be a prime example of the leadership of
"The launch of CARIC, the new industry-led National Aerospace Research
Network, is a tremendous milestone for our aerospace industry and I
congratulate their leaders on this major accomplishment. It shows the
commitment of the industry, and its stakeholders, to keeping Canada's
aerospace industry flying high. I am proud of all that Canada has
accomplished to guarantee the future of its innovative aerospace
industry," declared Minister Moore.
The establishment of CARIC reflects the recommendations of the Aerospace
Review Report, led by the Honourable David Emerson, who conducted a
comprehensive review of policies and programs specific to the aerospace
sector that was mandated by the Government of Canada in 2011. The
report recommended that the government co-finance a Canada-wide
initiative to facilitate communication and collaboration among
aerospace companies, researchers and academics. CRIAQ was cited as an
example in the Report for its approach to collaborative research, which
is applicable to all of Canada.
The Operation and Financing of CARIC
Based upon the CRIAQ model, which puts forward a light networked
structure, CARIC will be industry-driven with strong academic presence
and collaboration. The network will both capitalize and build on
existing industry networks, welcoming their close working relationships
with existing R & D consortia, while seeking to involve the entire
sector, particularly SMEs.
The network's administrators will be chosen through an election process,
depending on their level of involvement in the network and governance
will ensure representation of the different regions of the Canada
recognized for their aerospace innovation capabilities.
CARIC will be financially supported by industry, the federal and
provincial governments, universities and research institutions.
Industry must co-finance all projects through cash and/or in-kind
contributions. The network's operating budget will be set at approximately $ 3.75
million per year. Once fully operational, the value of the network's
collaborative research projects could reach more than $20 million per
The research projects selected will enable the industry to ensure its
competitiveness and help overcome "silo" effects, promoting the joint
use of research infrastructures, while strengthening research efforts
and technological development.
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SOURCE: Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC)
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