MONTREAL, June 21, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Aéro Montréal, the aerospace
cluster of Québec, and the Aerospace & Defense Research Collaboratory,
led by Arizona State University, signed a framework agreement on
cooperation during the 49th International Paris Air Show. The signing took place June 21 in the
presence of Don Cardon, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce
Authority, and Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development,
Innovation and Export Trade of Québec.
"The signing of this agreement demonstrates Arizona's sincere commitment
to fostering growth within the aerospace and defense industry," said
Cardon "This strategic partnership is a perfect example of global
partners coming together to meet industry demand."
"The signing of this cooperation agreement clearly demonstrates Québec's
leadership in the global aerospace industry," said Clément Gignac,
Québec Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade.
"This is a real opportunity for the sector to benefit from the
expertise of a foreign research partner and to build bridges and forge
alliances with companies and research centers in Arizona. Canada and
Arizona have roughly $2 billion dollars of trade in the aerospace and
defence sector. We want to see that trade grow."
Suzanne M. Benoît, president of Aero Montréal, welcomed this
collaboration agreement, saying it will provide significant benefits to
Québec's aerospace industry. "We share similar objectives and strongly
believe in the potential for dialogue on mutual challenges" she said.
"Québec aerospace industry has been mobilizing to stay competitive and
maintain its global position. Such agreement will certainly help our
companies here in Québec".
The agreement declares the intent of both parties to exchange
information about the possibilities of taking part in local and
international projects and programs; to exchange information about
training, conferences, seminars or cooperation days; to invite each
other to their respective events; to organize jointly economic missions
or broker meetings for the members of both clusters; and to define
possibilities of research projects for members of both organizations.
Mitzi Montoya, vice provost and dean of Arizona State University's
College of Technology and Innovation, said "The Aerospace and Defense
Research Collaboratory is pleased to announce this collaborative
agreement with Aéro Montréal. We are both committed to a collaborative
approach and look forward to developing a close working relationship to
the benefit of both our organizations."
Anshuman Razdan, director, research development, in ASU's College of
Technology and Innovation, and project director of the Aerospace &
Defense Research Collaboratory, added: "ADRC started out with a
research focus but it has grown to be the foundation for collaborations
between research universities and industry in Arizona. Cooperative
arrangements with external partners like Aero Montreal will create new
opportunities of research and add to the strength of
university-industry partnerships in Arizona and Quebec in coming
In general, this agreement involves the exchange of information on
programs to optimize the supply chain and on product offers and needs
of cluster members. It also encompasses reciprocal support for research
projects undertaken by their members and collaboration with regard to
market intelligence and international benchmarking, as well as the
sharing of best practices, among others, during international forums.
About the agreement signatories
About Aéro Montréal
Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, is a strategic think tank
that brings together 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 focused actions to increase cohesion and optimize
competitiveness. By fostering the growth and expansion of Greater
Montréal's aerospace cluster, it intends to make this industry an
increasingly important source of wealth creation for the Montréal
region, Québec and Canada.
Aéro Montréal has established a network of clusters by signing similar
agreements with North West of England Aerospace Alliance, UK, Aerospace
Valley, World Competitiveness Cluster of Midi-Pyrénées & Aquitaine,
France, Skywin Wallonia, Belgium, BavAIRia and "Hamburg—The place for
aviation", Germany, Distretto Aerospaziale Pugliese, Italy and with Aviation Valley, Poland.
About Aerospace & Defense Research Collaboratory
The Aerospace & Defense Research Collaboratory (ADRC) represents the
strengths of Arizona's research universities in a unique partnership
with the aerospace and defense industry, nationally and
internationally. The Collaboratory focuses on increasing collaboration
between research institutions, state agencies, industry, military
installations and other core assets in the state of Arizona.
Established through a grant from Science Foundation Arizona's Aerospace
& Defense Initiative (ADI), the ADRC has received matching funding
raised by research partners and industry. The ADRC, led by Arizona
State University and in coordination with Science Foundation Arizona's
ADI, is helping to create a competitive advantage for the aerospace and
defense sector in Arizona.
SOURCE AERO MONTREAL
For further information:
Véronique Coutu, Senior Communications Advisor, Aéro Montréal,
(514) 987-9334, Cell.: (514) 882-9791, email@example.com
Sharon Keeler, Director of Media Relations, Arizona State University
(480) 965-4012, Cell : (602) 540-8453, Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org