Aéro Montréal Annual Meeting - The Aerospace Cluster of Metropolitan Montréal reveals its action plan for the training of the next generation of aerospace engineers and specialists

    The organization will spare no efforts to maintain the high level of
    competence reached by the aerospace workforce in Québec

    MONTREAL, April 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Aéro Montréal, the Aerospace Cluster of
Metropolitan Montréal, held today its annual meeting at Concordia University.
The event was attended by several senior executives from the aerospace
industry. Marc Parent, Aéro Montréal's Chairman of the Board, and Chief
Operating Officer of CAE Inc., as well as Suzanne M. Benoît, CEO of Aéro
Montréal, reported on the organization's highly positive results for the year
2008 and their upcoming plans for 2009.
    The year 2008 was one of intensive activity for Aéro Montréal, as the
organization worked at developing and promoting the aerospace sector using
production of innovative communication tools.
    Aéro Montréal distinguished itself by its leadership in Québec's
Symposium des Créneaux d'excellence québécois et des Pôles de compétitivité
français, a large-scale venue that was part of the economic events organized
for Québec City's 400th anniversary celebration, held in Montréal and Québec
City during the spring of 2008.
    In its projects, Aéro Montréal focused on the challenges facing the
supply chain in the aerospace sector, where innovative supply chain management
practices are key to aerospace companies.
    "Of course, our industrial sector ranks as one of the best, worldwide.
And yet, in order to remain competitive, Québec's industry has opted for
cooperation and coordination. With the support of all players in Québec's
aerospace sector, Aéro Montréal represents a strategic forum allowing us to
work together for the benefit of all" noted Mr. Parent, Chairman of the Board
of Aéro Montréal.
    "In 2008, the cluster's activities have, more than ever, helped
consolidate the position of Québec's aerospace sector and reaffirmed Aéro
Montréal as the quintessential coordinating platform" added Ms Benoît.
    It is also in 2008 that Aéro Montréal held its first Summit on the
Training of Engineers and Specialists for the Aerospace Industry. François
Caza, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Engineering Division, Bombardier
Aerospace, and Christophe Guy, Executive Director at Ecole Polytechnique de
Montréal, co-chaired the event.
    At this Summit, over 125 people representing Québec's industry and higher
education institutions spent a day discussing the manpower needs of Québec's
aerospace sector and the conditions for joining forces in order to enhance
university and company training programs.
    Together, they developed training programs for the next generation of
Québec Aerospace engineers and specialists, working hard at maintaining the
high level of competence and expertise which defines Metropolitan Montréal's
    The co president of the event, François Caza launched the White Paper on
the Summit and indicated what actions the sector intends on taking in order to
develop its highly qualified workforce and prepare the next generation. A copy
of the White Paper is available at www.aeromontreal.ca .
    "The main thing that transpires from the Summit on the Training of
Engineers and Specialists for the Aerospace Industry is that companies, just
like universities, want and are ready to work together to enhance their
collaboration and better respond to the sector's need for specialized human
resources," said Mr. Caza.
    "Here are some of the actions identified during the Summit and on which
our industry will focus: encourage university-company and company-university
exchanges; establish shared training programs that are recognized by all the
partners for in-company aerospace training; encourage more young people to
consider a career in aerospace engineering; and encourage more university
students to continue on with graduate studies," added Mr. Caza.

    About Aéro Montréal

    Aéro Montréal, the Metropolitan Montréal's Aerospace Cluster, brings
together all the major decision makers in the region's aerospace sector,
including companies, educational and research institutions, associations and
    Aéro Montréal mobilizes 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 sector, it intends to
make this industry an increasingly important source of wealth creation for the
Montréal region, for Québec and for Canada.

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