OTTAWA, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - A federally mandated report released last
week proposing urgent and strong action required for Canada's aerospace
industry to maintain its global leadership position is spurring action
at a national aerospace summit now taking place in Ottawa.
Led by former Cabinet Minister David Emerson, the comprehensive, arm's
length Aerospace Review - released on November 29 - proposes bold
steps, including a number of fiscally neutral solutions and
improvements to Canadian aerospace policies and programs, to protect
Canadian economic interests amid the sector's increasingly competitive
and complex global realities.
Addressing an audience that included a blue-chip roster of Canadian
aerospace leaders, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of
Industry, said the federal government is committed to building on its
partnership with AIAC to create "the industry of tomorrow."
"That is why I launched the Review in the first place. And it is why I
am working with my Cabinet colleagues to give the findings the
consideration they deserve," said Mr. Paradis, who added, "I will
continue to champion this industry across this country and around the
David Schellenberg, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association of
Canada and CEO of Conair Group, Inc. and Cascade Aerospace, Inc. said,
"In an industry that deals with complex, long-term risk and production
cycles, a productive relationship with government is essential. The
Minister's support and belief in the strategic importance that
aerospace has for Canada and his commitment to build on our partnership
with AIAC is invaluable."
Underscoring the need to work decisively, Mr. Schellenberg said AIAC and
its member companies are unified in their approach.
"Our AIAC Board is already working on a post-Report strategy, part of
which will include aligning our committee structure to advance work on
skills issues, research and technology development and other priority
areas identified in the report."
For example, Mr. Schellenberg says several of Mr. Emerson's
recommendations rely heavily on partnership and collaboration. "Our
industry's commitment to developing strong domestic and global
partnerships that take advantage of opportunities and maximise our
strengths will be essential to our ability to remain competitive."
He said the record turn-out at the 2012 Canadian Aerospace Summit is an
example of the kind of collaborative and forward-thinking approach
Drawing on his broader background in policy development, Mr. Emerson
commented on the important implications a strong aerospace sector has
for the national interest, saying, "Canada's position as a global
leader in aerospace and a natural resource and energy powerhouse are
not in conflict. The development of the north, and the resource bounty
in remote areas, depends on our space and aerospace capacity. It
provides a natural reinforcing linkage between aerospace technologies
and products and the development of this vast northern land. Advanced
manufacturing in a leading space and aerospace sector provides long
term balance and stability for the benefit of generations to come."
At the Summit Mr. Schellenberg saluted Mr. Emerson as well as the twelve
AIAC Working Group Chairs and Vice Chairs and the Aerospace Review
Secretariat for their dedication and in completing the review in a
thorough and expeditious manner. "This Report is an immensely
significant milestone for Canada's aerospace industry. By proceeding
with resolve, vision, and strength of purpose, we can indeed take bold
steps towards an exceptional future."
AIAC is the national association representing Canada's aerospace
manufacturing and services sector. As the world's fifth-largest
aerospace industry, Canada's aerospace sector generates more than $22
billion, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its
manufacturing activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is
responsible for the employment of 160,000 Canadians. AIAC represents
the interests of over 700 aerospace companies across Canada.
SOURCE: Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
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