Technology, environmental performance key to Canada's aerospace future

    OTTAWA, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Aerospace Industries Association of
Canada will host its 46th annual general meeting and conference October 1 to
3, 2007 at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, 900 de la Gauchetière W. Bringing
together aerospace leaders from Canada, the United States, and Europe,
conference participants will explore the dynamics of new and emerging
technology, market forces and global regulatory convergence through a series
of presentations, plenary discussions, workshops and seminars.
    Aerospace is a fiercely competitive, global industry where technology
development and deployment is critical to exploiting new markets and winning
market share. Public expectations surrounding such issues as, aviation safety
and reliability, along with growing environmental challenges relating to noise
and emissions reductions underscore this - all of which fuels public demand
for more regulations and regulatory oversight. This puts at risk air
transportation growth in the 21st Century.
    Program details may be retrieved at The conference will
include remarks and/or presentations by:

    Keynote speakers

    - Hon. Michael M. Fortier, minister of public works and government
      services Canada;
    - Allan Gregg, chairman, Harris/Decima - Ten lessons of effective
      government relations.

    Private equity & aerospace

    - David Aspinall, senior vice-president, KPMG.

    Environmental Regulation of Aviation - Outlook/Challenges

    - Douglas Lavin, regional vice-president, North America, International
      Air Transport Association (IATA);
    - Robert Shuter, chair, Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection
      (CAEP), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO);
    - John Begin, deputy director, Air Transport Bureau, ICAO.

    Greening the Skies with Technology - Challenges/Opportunities

    - Alain Coutrot, vice-president, research & technology, Safran Group;
    - Kees de Koning, project advisor, DELcraFTworks;
    - John Saabas, executive vice-president, Pratt & Whitney Canada.

    Very Light Jets (VLJs)

    - Traver Gruen-Kennedy, vice-president, Dayjet Corporation;
    - John Ricciardelli, vice-president, Eclipse Aviation;

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

    - K. Douglas Davis, manager, Unmanned Aircraft Program Office, United
      States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA);
    - Major-General J.D.A. Hincke, CD, assistant chief of the air staff,
      Department of National Defence.

    Workshops & seminars

    Your supply chain - integrated fit or weak link?

    - Nick Seiersen, sr. manager, advisory services, KPMG;
    - Andy Leather, director, aerospace innovation & growth, SBAC;
    - Jim Palmer, vice-president, customer support, Esterline CMC
    - Todd Cooper, vice-president, global sourcing, Honeywell Aerospace.

    The evolving relationship between regulatory agencies and industry

    - Merlin Preuss, director general, civil aviation, Transport Canada (TC);
    - Don Sherritt, director, standards, TC;
    - Martin Eley, director, national aircraft certification, TC;
    - Guy Lambert, vice-president, engineering, Bell Helicopter;
    - Francois Caza, vice-president, engineering, Bombardier Aerospace;
    - Tom Galley, vice-president, engineering, IMP Aerospace.

    The AIAC is the national trade association representing Canada's
aerospace manufacturing and services sector - the third largest aerospace
industry in the world behind the U.S. and Europe, employing more than
75,000 Canadians. The organization represents the interests of more than
400 companies in every region of the country.

For further information:

For further information: Eric Alexander, director, communications, bus.
(613) 760-4562, cel. (613) 355-6297,,

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