MONTREAL, April 17 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ), along with its key partners, officially launched its federal counterpart, the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) at its 7th Research Forum.
CARIC will incorporate the fundamentals of the collaborative research approach that has marked CRIAQ's success. This inclusive platform will build on a collaboration perfectly suited to the Canadian aerospace arena — for the industry itself, government, universities, research centres and colleges. The initiative will take open innovation in aerospace research to a new level and allow stakeholders to set common priorities across the country.
On December 2 last year, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, expressed his support for the establishment of a national collaborative aerospace network, in response to the recommendations of the Emerson report. Ever since, CRIAQ, together with Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and the most influential players in the industry and academia, have worked hard to foster the participation of the entire Canadian aerospace community. "AIAC has worked in close partnership with CRIAQ to develop a national network that will foster Canadian collaboration, innovation, and knowledge," declared Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC. "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."
During the inauguration, Clément Fortin, President and CEO of CRIAQ, pointed out the measures taken by the largest aerospace stakeholders to provide CARIC with a start-up that reflects its true potential: "We sought the collaboration of the entire aerospace community every step of the way, leading to the official establishment of CARIC. This new organization will open the door to an unprecedented number of partnerships between industry, universities and research centres. The Canadian aerospace community's ties will certainly be stronger."
About the CRIAQ Research Forum
Bringing together more than 1,000 Quebec, Canadian and international stakeholders, CRIAQ's 7th Research Forum has once again pushed the boundaries of collaborative research by fostering pioneering project ideas and promising partnerships. The event, which was also the first Research Forum for CARIC, is a vehicle for applying the open innovation process, offering a unique networking opportunity for aerospace industry leaders, university researchers and world-renowned research centres.
Denis Faubert, who will become the CEO of CRIAQ in May, was also officially introduced to the aerospace community during the Research Forum.
The Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) is a non-profit organization established in 2002 with the Government of Quebec's financial support. CRIAQ's mission is to increase the competitiveness of the aerospace industry and broaden the sector's collective knowledge base through the enhanced education of students. www.criaq.aero
For further information: Anne-Marie Beauregard, Communications Officer, CRIAQ, 514-313-7561 (Ext. 266), Cell phone: 819 349-6153, @CRIAQ_aero