Aerospace Sector Welcomes the Creation of an Advisory Committee on the Canadian Space Agency

    OTTAWA, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Aerospace Industries Association of
Canada (AIAC), amongst its members are found Canada's leading space companies,
applauds the initiative of the Honorable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry
and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), to help ensure
that the Agency is able to successfully respond to the complex challenges it
faces today and to guide its future evolution.
    Canadian pioneered space technologies and solutions serve a diversity of
Canadian interests at home and abroad - from enhancing national security and
ensuring secure and affordable telecommunications, to protecting the
environment and improving agricultural production and the management of our
natural resources. Claude Lajeunesse, AIAC President & CEO states that "The
ability of Canadian companies to remain important contributors in attaining
these outcomes will be directly and heavily influenced by the role that the
CSA takes to help sustain their world-class capabilities and in their creating
additional ones".
    He adds, "We need to build on the successful partnership that has created
a world class space industry that contributes to the economic prosperity and
quality of life of all Canadians. AIAC and its members are committed to
working with the Minister's Advisory Committee to ensure that the CSA
continues to play a pivotal leadership role in the development and fielding of
leading-edge Canadian space capabilities".
    The AIAC is the national trade association representing Canada's
aerospace manufacturing and services sector - the fourth largest aerospace
industry in the world, with annual sales of $22 billion; 80 per cent of which
are exported; employing more than 79,000 Canadians. The organization
represents the interests of 400 companies in all regions of the country.

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