MONTREAL, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, CRIAQ and the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), signed a framework agreement on cooperation during the second edition of Aéro Montréal's Global Supply Chain Summit - aerospace taking place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
Suzanne M. Benoît, president of Aéro Montréal, welcomed the initiative, saying it will help to create business opportunities in the Québec's aerospace industry, particularly the defence sector given OAI's relationship with the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. "We share similar objectives for our respective members and strongly believe in the potential sharing of best practices and mutual challenges," she said.
Michael L. Heil, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Aerospace Institute added that "Ohio and Quebec are known worldwide for our leadership in aerospace. We are delighted to sign this agreement with Aero Montreal, and believe that it will be mutually beneficial for our respective organizations and members."
"The Ohio Aerospace Institute is a research and development organization which has a collaborative model similar to that of CRIAQ. There are several complementary industrial themes between Québec and Ohio. We look forward to the concrete projects that will emerge over the coming years," said Clément Fortin, President and CEO of CRIAQ.
The collaboration agreement involves the exchange of information concerning the two clusters' respective programs and initiatives. It also involves the exchange of information about their respective members' needs, offers and capabilities, allowing for shared knowledge on how both clusters could better integrate, leverage each other's core competencies and therefore develop complementary value chains.
About the agreement signatories
About Aéro Montréal
Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, is a strategic think tank that groups 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 concerted actions to increase the cohesion and optimize competitiveness of Québec's aerospace cluster. It aims to foster the growth and expansion of the cluster so as to ensure that it may continue to create wealth for Montréal, Québec and Canada. To find out more about Aéro Montréal, visit www.aeromontreal.ca.
Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) is a non-profit organization established in 2002 with the financial support of the Québec government. Its mission is to increase the competitiveness of the aerospace industry, and enhance the collective knowledge base in aerospace through improved education and training of students. CRIAQ is a unique model of collaborative industry-led research involving universities and research centres. The consortium promotes collaboration between specialists from industry and researchers to identify and implement pre-competitive projects that meet industry requirements. www.criaq.aero
About the Ohio Aerospace Institute
The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) is a nonprofit organization that supports its partners in Ohio and beyond through research and technology development, workforce preparedness, and engagement with global networks for innovation and advocacy. OAI is a joint initiative of the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the State of Ohio, ten Ohio public and private universities granting doctoral degrees in aerospace-related engineering disciplines, and numerous companies engaged in aerospace activities.
SOURCE: AERO MONTREAL
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