AIAC Pacific News

AIAC Pacific Aerospace Business Seminar Dec 19/17 – Presentations now available

December 29, 2017

AIAC Pacific wishes to thank everyone who attended the Aerospace Business Seminar at Avcorp on December 19, 2017. The following presentations made during the seminar are now available to view and/or download. Key Requirements for Accessing the European Aerospace Market – Holger Heckel, AirBusiness Academy SAS How BDC can help you grow your business – Chris Brown, Business Development Bank of Canada Government Funding & Tax Incentives update – Jacqueline Gustafson, KPMG Biojet: A Canadian Opportunity – Fred Ghatala, Partner, Waterfall Advisors Group; Project Leader, Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (a GARDN project) CARIC Update – Dwayne Lucas, CARIC Regional Director

ADSE soars to new heights in 2017

August 11, 2017

The 2017 Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo (ADSE), August 10-11 at TRADEX in Abbotsford, hit a new high in 2017 with record attendance, a line-up of high-profile, industry, military and government speakers, a sold-out trade show, and an announcement regarding federal funding for ADSE and support for a Western Canadian presence at aerospace events in 2017 and 2018. To read the AIAC ADSE news release, click here. To read the Western Economic Diversification Canada news release, click here.

BC Budget 2017 Invests in Aerospace Jobs and Growth

February 22, 2017

Province continues partnership with AIAC Pacific to grow BC’s aerospace industry. The aerospace industry’s important contributions to British Columbian jobs and economic prosperity were once again recognized in the 2017 provincial budget, announced by Finance Minister Mike de Jong.  Budget 2017 continues the government’s 5-year, $5 million commitment to develop and grow the aerospace industry in BC.  Through this investment, AIAC Pacific will continue to work with government and other partners to build a unified and sustainable aerospace cluster in B.C. that creates high-value employment and innovative, export-intensive companies. For more information please click here.

BC Aerospace SME Workshop, Dec 12/16 – Presentations now available

January 3, 2017

AIAC Pacific thanks everyone who attended the SME Workshop at BCIT in Richmond on December 12, 2016. The workshop presentations are now available to review or download. Presentation #1 – AS9100/ISO Certification & Audit – John Graham, Fulcrum Associates, LLC: as9100diso-9001-overview-john-graham. Presentation #2 – AS9100/ISO Certification & Audit – Juan Carlos Azpilcueta, SAI Global:    saiglobal_ppt_aersoapce-certification_dec-12th-2016. Presentation #3 – How can SMEs do business with the federal government? – Tess Menges, OSME: how-can-smes-do-business-with-the-federal-government Presentation #4 – BC Supplier Development Program for SMEs – Jim Ciccateri, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training: aiac-sme-forum-supplier-dev Presentation #5 – MITACS – R&D opportunities for SMEs – Robert Grace, MITACS Inc.:  mitacs-delivering-innovation-through-rd-december-2016-aiac-pacific Presentation #6 – CARIC – A National Collaboration Initiative for the Canadian Aerospace Industry – Dwayne Lucas, CARIC: caric_presentation-12-dec-2016_en    

BC Aerospace Sector Labour Market Partnership Program – Survey

November 1, 2016

AIAC Pacific is conducting a study of BC’s aerospace labour market and needs your input. During the past month, AIAC Pacific – working in partnership with the provincial government – has conducted a number of consultation sessions with various groups in different regions to gather information about the BC Aerospace Industry’s labour and skills needs – including the occupations you’re struggling to hire, and the reasons why. If you were able to participate in one of these consultation sessions – THANK YOU! Your participation and feedback is greatly appreciated. If you weren’t able to make it to one of these sessions, you can still provide your feedback by completing a short survey. It’s important that we hear from as many of you as possible, and from companies large and small in different sectors and in different parts of the province. Please help us by completing this short (10 minute) survey. Even if you did participate in one of the consultation sessions, please complete the survey so we have a record of your specific thoughts. (One response per company is sufficient.) To access the survey, click here. We will be accepting responses until Tuesday, November 15th. This project is made possible with funding provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement, Sector Labour Market Partnership Programs. The purpose of this project is to work with organizations within British Columbia’s Aerospace Sector to achieve clear consensus and direction on priority labour market issues – related to ISS/MRO, advanced manufacturing, aviation training, space and remote sensing, and research and development. The engagement process will identify key issues including the quality and type of skill sets needed for current and future labour market needs, as well as create a leadership and governance structure for subsequent Sector LMP Program phases. For questions, please contact: Mike Mueller Vice President, Operations & Communications, AIAC Pacific (604) 655-3566 or: Taylor Briggs Vice President, Government Relations & Policy, AIAC Pacific (604) 652-3324

AIAC Pacific welcomes federal support for ADSE 2016

May 26, 2016

AIAC Pacific welcomes the announcement by Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) that the Government of Canada will provide $75,000 in funding support for the Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo (ADSE), August 11 and 12, 2016 in Abbotsford. For more information, click here to read the full WD news release.

AIAC Pacific Applauds Conair’s Investment in B.C. Aerospace

February 19, 2016

Conair Group Inc., a leader in the aerospace and aerial firefighting sectors, has announced three aerospace initiatives that highlight the region’s contribution to R&D investment, job creation, environmental protection, and the safety of B.C and West Coast communities. NEWS RELEASE Abbotsford, B.C. – February 19, 2016 – Today, Conair Group Inc., a leader in the aerospace and aerial firefighting sectors, announced three aerospace initiatives that highlight the region’s contribution to R&D investment, job creation, environmental protection, and the safety of communities in B.C. and along the West Coast. These initiatives include: Engineering and construction on the new purpose built RJ85, a type one Airtanker with cutting-edge aerial firefighting capability.  This program has created 50 jobs. The launch of a new enhancement program for the Bombardier Q400 Airtanker. The completed aircraft will be the most versatile 10,000 litre airtanker combination on the market today. The project is estimated to create over 30 new jobs. The signing of an M.O.U. with CAE, Inc. to build a world-class wildfire training and simulation centre in B.C. The agreement will bring a Conair/CAE RJ85 class D flight simulator to B.C. and establish Conair as the anchor customer for RJ85 pilot training. Once a full-scale, training and simulation centre is established in B.C. new job opportunities will be created such as Full Flight Simulator Trainers, Simulator Technicians and Simulation Centre Operations Staff. All three projects are creating high-quality, skilled jobs in B.C. throughout the design, production, implementation and operation phases.  AIAC Pacific is committed to working with Conair and our other members in building a unified and sustainable aerospace cluster in B.C. Senior government representatives joined industry at the event, signaling their support for the sector. Joining Conair CEO Barry Marsden for the announcement were: the Honourable Mike de Jong, B.C. Minister of Finance and MLA for Abbotsford; the Honourable Shirley Bond, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour; and the Honourable Steve Thomson, B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands, & Natural Resource Operations. “As we have seen today, the aerospace sector in B.C. continues to innovate and invest in cutting edge technology that is creating long term, well paying jobs. Today’s announcement reinforces the reputation of Conair and the B.C. aerospace sector as world leaders in aerospace and aerial firefighting,” said AIAC President and CEO, Jim Quick. “I am pleased to congratulate Conair on these three extraordinary initiatives, and I thank Ministers de Jong, Bond and Thomson for their continued support of our industry.” Related Links: BC Government/Conair news release, photos and video About AIAC: AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector. As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes nearly $28B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 172,000 Canadians. AIAC represents the interests of over 700 aerospace companies across Canada. About AIAC Pacific: In early 2014, AIAC created AIAC Pacific with a mandate to promote and develop aerospace business in B.C. by acting as an advocate and facilitator for its members with industry and government. AIAC Pacific speaks with a cohesive voice for the industry; it provides access for B.C. companies to national and international programs; and aims to develop a strong relationship with the provincial government. AIAC Pacific has a unique relationship with AIAC in that it is the only provincial entity managed by the AIAC. Through this relationship, AIAC Pacific is able to leverage participation in national and international programs designed to enhance business development, investment and global competitiveness. Media Contacts: Kristen VanderHoek, Director of Communications, AIAC, 613 232-4297 x225, Mike Mueller, Vice President, Operations and Communications, AIAC Pacific, Cell (604) 655-3566,

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