with Amir Asif, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science and Isabelle Dostaler, Professor, Management, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

Concordia University is a public university located in Montéal, offering a bachelor’s and master’s program in aerospace engineering. The John Molson School of Business is the university’s business school. How important is aerospace teaching and research to Concordia? AA: Since Montreal is a major hub for aerospace engineering research and development activities, aerospace has always been important to Concordia and we continue to strengthen our expertise and links with the industry. For many years we have offered a professional master’s degree program in aerospace engineering and an ...

Interfacing with Industry: Québec’s Universities Fortify Aerospace Activity

Québec’s universities play increasingly prominent role as the mutual benefits of a strong industry interface continue to be recognized. Catherine Howe PHOTO: Courtesy of Concordia University   Interfacing with Industry: The evolving relationship between Québec’s universities and aerospace sector The quality of Québec’s workforce is cited by many as one of the region’s key advantages. Prominent universities include the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Concordia, McGill, the Polytechnique de Montréal and Sherbrooke. As many industry leaders and skilled workers reach...

Olivier Marcil, Vice President, External Relations, Bombardier

Bombardier is a Canadian multinational and one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers. Could you update us on the C Series highlights and the significance of the program to the region? The performance and reliability of the aircraft have been outstanding so far, with more than 1.5 million passengers flown on more than 100 routes and airBaltic operating the aircraft up to 17 hours per day. Following this successful entry-into-service in Europe, the C Series will make its Asian debut later in 2017 with Korean Air. In parallel, our facilities in Québec are bustling with activity. Mo...

Maria Della Posta, Senior Vice President, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC)

Pratt and Whitney Canada is a leading engine manufacturer and is counted amongst Québec’s “Big 4” OEMs. Celebrating its 90th year of operation in 2018, Pratt & Whitney Canada is well established both within Québec’s ecosystem and worldwide. Could we begin with a brief introduction to P&WC today and any major updates since we met in 2015? In April 2017, we produced our 100,000th engine. Today, we have upwards of 60,000 engines in service in over 200 countries and territories, on 14 different families of engines for everything from helicopters to APUs. Our PurePower® PW800 ...

    The Big Four and the Competitiveness of Québec’s Aerospace Supply Chain

    Supported by the broader ecosystem with an increasing emphasis on collaboration, Québec’s OEMs continue to drive the region’s aerospace industry through economic impact and access to global markets. Catherine Howe PHOTO: Courtesy of Concordia University One of Québec’s defining characteristics is the presence of not just one but four OEMs: Bombardier, CAE, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and Bell Helicopter Textron Canada. Each focused on different areas, these prime contractors drive Québec’s aerospace ecosystem and provide strong bridges to the international markets for man...

    Québec Aerospace 2017

    Country: Canada • Industry: Aerospace • Publication: Global Business Reports • Release Date: September 2017 • Authors: Catherine Howe, Sorina Dumitru, Matthias Lomas Executive Summary: Driven by a culture of innovation and the presence of four internationally-renowned OEMs, Québec has long been recognized as one of the world’s top aerospace hubs. Nevertheless, as companies further along the value chain continue to offshore and outsource to lower-cost jurisdictions in pursuit of the most competitive supply chain, Québec must also adapt accordingly to maintain its leading posit...

    André Fougères, Vice President Business Development and Operations, and François Châteauneuf, Program Manager, Environment, National Optics Institute (INO)

    The National Optics Institute (INO) is a not-for-profit technological design and development company specializing in optic and photonic solutions for SMEs and large corporations. Could you provide a brief introduction to INO and its main product and service offering? AF: INO is a research and technology company of around 200 employees, the vast majority of which are dedicated to developing technology based on optics and photonics. About two thirds of our work is with SMEs, whilst approximately 15% is with large corporations and the rest with government and universities. 50% of funding for in...

    Denis Faubert, President & CEO, Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) 

    CRIAQ promotes collaboration between industry and research specialists to identify and implement precompetitive projects that benefit Quebec’s aerospace industry. This year is CRIAQ’s 15th anniversary. What are the updates since we met in 2015?  Since 2015, the nature of CRIAQ’s programs has evolved from applied research with a low technolgy readiness level (TRL) to mid-TRL demonstration programs. Before 2014, all CRIAQ projects were focused on TRL 2, 3 and 4–early stages in the innovation cycle. Since 2014, two-thirds of CRIAQ projects in Québec are TRL 4, 5, and 6. With the na...

    Banding Together: Québec’s Innovation Ecosystem

    Québec’s aerospace industry is a prime example of the benefits of collaboration in driving innovation . Catherine Howe PHOTO: Courtesy of Concordia University It is apparent that beyond the driving force of the OEMs, Québec’s key to success lies in its high number of innovative SMEs and collaborative approach to innovation. Research organizations such as the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) and the national Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) support programs and bridge gaps between universities, SMEs and larger player...

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