AIAC Praises Appointment of Defense Procurement Special Advisor

OTTAWA, Ontario (AIAC PR) –
The Aerospace Industries of Canada (AIAC) released the following statement in response to the appointment of Mr. Tom Jenkins as Special Advisor to the Minister of Public Works:

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada is very pleased with today’s announcement that Mr. Tom Jenkins has been appointed as the Special Advisor to the Minister of Public Works on matters related to the defence procurement process. Mr. Jenkins’ appointment demonstrates yet again that the Harper Government is truly committed to making a better use of military procurement in order to maximize high-value jobs for Canadians and drive innovation into the Canadian industry and economy.

Canada’s aerospace manufacturers, maintenance operators as well as several of our space capabilities are critical parts of the ongoing support and growth of our nation’s defence and national security. As such AIAC and its member companies are eager to participate in any exercise which can result in enhancing the competitiveness of the aerospace industry.

AIAC is confident that Mr. Jenkins’ mandate will be coordinated with the federal review of programs and policies related to aerospace which is currently underway, and set to unveil its report in December 2012. Announced by the government in Budget 2011, the Aerospace Review report will likely include observations and recommendations on the defence procurement process as it relates to aerospace.

AIAC looks forward to working with the Government further on these important issues.

The government’s announcement of the Jenkins appointment:

GATINEAU, Quebec (Canadian Government PR) — The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced that the Government of Canada has appointed Tom Jenkins as Special Adviser to the Minister to help improve Canada’s Defence Procurement process to better support the competitiveness of Canada’s defence-related industries.

“Our Government will continue to improve military procurement, in consultation with Canadian industries, so that we can maximize job creation, support Canadian innovation and bolster economic growth across Canada,” said Minister Ambrose. “I look forward to working with Mr. Jenkins to improve our ability to leverage military procurement in support of Canadian jobs and industry, including innovation and technology development.”

As Special Adviser to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Mr. Jenkins will focus on engaging a range of stakeholders involved in Canada’s defence-related industries to help develop criteria, and a supporting process to inform the identification of key industrial capabilities.

Mr. Jenkins is the Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of OpenText Corporation, in Waterloo, Ontario, and chaired the Expert Review Panel on Federal Support for Research and Development. The panel’s recommendations helped to inform the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012 commitment to improve its support for innovation in Canada by better focusing its resources to meet private sector needs.