Outcome of Review Vital to Canada’s Aerospace Industry

Abbotsford, British Columbia (AIAC PR) –
David Schellenberg, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and President and CEO of Cascade Aerospace and the Conair Group stated today that the outcome of the current Aerospace Review led by the Honourable David Emerson will be critical to the future of the Canadian aerospace industry.

During a keynote speech at the Abbotsford Aerospace and Defence Expo, which coincided with the 50th Abbotsford Air Show, Schellenberg stated that “although Canada is a world leader in aerospace, several nations around the world really want a piece of our high-tech, knowledge based industry. Our market share is definitely under threat.”

“I want to sincerely thank the Harper government and particularly Minister Christian Paradis for the vision they demonstrated in launching [the Aerospace] Review,” Schellenberg said. “But the work is only beginning. There will be a need for a significant overhaul of policies and programs if we are to remain competitive and keep creating high paying, long-term jobs for Canadians from coast to coast.”

Schellenberg commented that implications for the Aerospace Review go beyond the aerospace industry, and that the aerospace industry looks forward to working with the government at getting this right for the benefits of all Canadians. “A nation which excels at aerospace can excel at anything.” he concluded.

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Launch of the Aerospace Review

Montréal, Quebec, February 27, 2012 (Industry Canada PR) — Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, pledged continued government support of Canada’s aerospace and space sectors and officially launched the Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies.

“The Harper Government is focusing on what matters to Canadians—job creation and economic growth,” said Minister Paradis. “Canadian aerospace and space sectors are leaders in their fields, and our government wants to ensure that they continue to create quality jobs across the country today and in the future. This comprehensive review will examine how we can maximize our efforts, together with industry, to sustain Canada’s leadership position.”

The review will explore how government, industry and other key stakeholders can address the key issues facing the aerospace and space sectors, such as innovation, market access and development, skills development, procurement, and supplier development. The review is part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to create jobs and promote economic growth across the country.

The Honourable David L. Emerson, P.C., O.B.C., will head the review and will report his findings to the Minister of Industry in late 2012.

“I am pleased to announce that Mr. Emerson has accepted to lead this important initiative,” said Minister Paradis. “He brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise and is very familiar with the two sectors being reviewed.”

A three-member advisory council will assist Mr. Emerson in fulfilling his mandate as head of the review. The appointed council members are Ms. Sandra Pupatello, Mr. Jim Quick and Dr. Jacques Roy.

According to the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, Canada’s aerospace and space industries generate annual revenues of $22 billion and employ nearly 80,000 Canadians in high-paying jobs at more than 400 firms across the country.

For more information on the Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies, please visit the Aerospace Review website.