CRIAQ receives support from the Ministry of Economic development, Innovation and Export trade on the occasion of its fifth anniversary

    MONTREAL, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - On the occasion of Consortium for
Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec fifth anniversary, the Minister
of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE), Minister of
Tourism and Minister responsible for the Montréal Region, Raymond Bachand,
announced the financing of the first two collaborative "Québec-India" research
projects, valued at $1.7M over 3 years. The event was celebrated today at the
headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in
    These two projects represent the first of many outcomes of the mission to
India led by Minister Raymond Bachand between November 19 and 26, 2006, which
included a delegation of eleven CRIAQ representatives.
    Set up with the collaboration of Pratt & Whitney Canada, Concordia
University and four Indian partners (InfoTech Enterprise Limited, Indian
Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Technology - Madras and National
Aerospace Laboratories), these two research projects aim at significant
improvements in performance, weight, cost and pollution emissions of the next
generation of turbine engines.
    The President and CEO of CRIAQ, André Bazergui, proudly noted that the
financing of these two projects only confirms the MDEIE support of CRIAQ. The
Ministry recently granted recurrent financial support, until 2010, as part of
its new Québec Research and Innovation Strategy. "In five years, we have
succeeded in demonstrating that collaborative research and innovation are
important for maintaining Québec's leadership and assets in aerospace. The
aerospace industry employs 40,000 people in Québec and 80% of its
$11.4 billion market is in exports. Improving our competitiveness and
collective knowledge base is our priority", added Dr. Bazergui.
    The fifth anniversary celebration provided a unique opportunity to
recognize the CRIAQ Research Pioneers, the industry and research leaders of
the 13 first-round projects, by awarding them certificates underscoring their
research excellence and ongoing contributions.
    Each CRIAQ project, of an average three-year duration, typically combines
at least two industries and two research organizations (universities, research
centres) who collaborate on projects responding to the needs of the aerospace
industry. A poster presentation of the many current projects has illustrated
the achievements attained by the different research teams working in this
unique model of collaborative research.
    In his speech, Christophe Guy, Vice-President of the CRIAQ Board of
Administration, and Director-General of Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal,
emphasized the major role played by CRIAQ in the training of highly qualified
personnel. "CRIAQ has contributed to the training of 104 graduate students in
engineering - 33 Ph.D's and 71 Masters. The support of CRIAQ in the management
and coordination of these projects is essential and contributes greatly to
securing the next generation of highly skilled people in aerospace in Québec",
he said. "In industry's perspective, CRIAQ contributes to the advancement of
knowledge through a unique collaborative model giving the industrial partners
access to the best researchers" added Mr. Guy Lambert, Vice-President for
Engineering at Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd.
    The fifth anniversary provided an excellent networking opportunity for
the 250 researchers, industry leaders and guests who attended the event.

    CRIAQ is a not-for-profit organization that groups together the Québec
aerospace industry, universities and research centres to carry out research
and innovation projects using a unique collaborative model.

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For further information: Media Contact CRIAQ: Nathalie Dansereau,
Colibri Stratégie Press Relations, Cell.: (514) 512-9610

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