Suzanne M. Benoît, President, Aéro Montréal

Created in 2006, Aéro Montréal is a strategic think tank that groups all the major decision makers in Québec’s aerospace sector. Its mission is to mobilize Québec’s aerospace cluster to support the growth of the industry and its excellence on the global stage. Could you provide a brief introduction to Aéro Montréal’s role in Québec’s aerospace industry? We were created in 2006 by the industry for the industry in order to mobilize companies, universities, research centers and unions around strategic issues to make Québec’s aerospace ecosystem more competitive. Our fir...

Aerospace in Québec: The Case for an Industrial Policy

A proper aerospace industrial policy is needed to ensure the industry’s future success. Matthias Lomas Canada’s aerospace sector is the fifth largest in the world, with Québec accounting for 60% of its share of GDP, 60% of exports and 50% of employees in the sector in the country as a whole. No one, however, can rest on his laurels. Most players that make up the Québec aerospace cluster recognize the intensity of international competition, not just from established players such as the United States, Western Europe and Brazil, but also from other large countries. “Countries such as Ch...

    Alain Ouellette, Operations Director, GE Aviation

    GBR Connect Series GE Aviation is a provider of commercial, military and business and general aviation jet and turboprop engines and components as well as avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems for aircraft. Since we met in 2015, what have been some of the major developments at the company’s Bromont facility? GE Aviation’s Bromont facility has recently agreed to a five-year grant proposal with Investissement Québec. The first component of the new grant is next-generation turbomachinery that we have been working on with Airbus, Boeing and Comac. This facility is involved in th...

    Jean , Senior Vice-President Aerospace, Construction, Services and Transportation and André Viau, Portfolio Manager, Aerospace Industry, Fonds de solidarité FTQ

    GBR Connect Series Fonds de solidarité FTQ is a development capital fund with a mission to contribute to Québec’s economic growth by creating, maintaining or protecting jobs through investment in SMEs in all spheres of activity. Could you provide a brief introduction to Fonds de solidarité FTQ (Fonds)? JW: The Fonds was created in 1983, a time of crisis in which companies lacked equity, particularly SMEs, to help them survive. Since its founding by Québec’s largest central labor body, FTQ, the Fonds’ primary focus has been to invest in SMEs so that they can grow and ultimately...

      Francis Labonté, CEO and Owner, and Eric Roberge, CFO and Owner, Luxia Innovation

      GBR Connect Series Luxia Innovation (Luxia) specializes in the provision and installation of carpet and other floor covering solutions for commercial and private aircraft. Could you provide a brief overview of Luxia’s history and main activities? ER: Luxia, a company of 20 employees, has been in operation for 27 years and grew from a small business run by an artist producing carpets for commercial and residential buildings. In the 1990s, he was approached by Bombardier to work on the CRJ platform and over the years the company’s business with Bombardier grew. Francis and I purchased the ...

      Cynthia Garneau, President, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada

      Bell Helicopter is a manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters headquartered in the United States with operations in Mirabel and is counted amongst Québec’s “Big 4” OEMs. Could you introduce and contextualize Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel operations?  Our business in Mirabel is focused on commercial helicopters, currently the Bell 505, Bell 429, Bell 412 and Bell 407 programs. Encompassing the full spectrum of a helicopter’s lifecycle, our capabilities span design, product development, building of prototypes, flight-test activities and certification, working very closely w...

      Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, Government of Québec

      The mission of the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Government of Québec is to support business growth, entrepreneurship, science, innovation, export trade and investment in the province. With 50% of Canadian aerospace production based in Québec and C$14.4 billion in sales in 2016, what is the significance of the aerospace sector to Québec’s economy?   Québec’s aerospace industry is critical to the economy. Generally speaking, Québec’s economy is performing well, with low unemployment rates and a balanced budget for three years running, creating a strong framewo...

      A New Order: Québec’s supply chain reaches turning point

      Are pressures to integrate causing a fundamental change in the market structure of Québec’s aerospace supply chain? By Catherine Howe and Matthias Lomas PHOTO: Courtesy of L-3 Alongside the Big Four OEMs and Tier 1 integrators, Québec’s aerospace cluster is home to over 200 SMEs occupying distinct niches in manufacturing and sub-assembly and making a significant contribution to the sector’s economic impact. The large number of SMEs reflects the entrepreneurial nature of the cluster, which has developed around a private market unlike many rival clusters around the world. The industry...

      Éric Ledoux, President and CEO, DCM Group

      GBR Connect Series Sinters America purchased DCM Group in December 2015 so as to better control its supply chain in response to demand for such coming from OEMs. Sinters America recently acquired DCM Group. What were the reasons behind the acquisition? The objective of the acquisition is an integral one and one that is difficult to accomplish: we needed a stronger base in order to win confidence from the OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. In response to the OEM’s demands to deal with fewer suppliers, SMEs need to consolidate.   OEMs want to deal with partners so SMEs need to become bigger while m...

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