AIAC Pacific News

AIAC Appoints Two Executives to Manage AIAC Pacific

January 18, 2016

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) is pleased to announce that it has hired two new executives, Taylor Briggs and Mike Mueller, to lead the continued growth and development of AIAC Pacific. As Vice Presidents for AIAC Pacific, Mr. Briggs and Mr. Mueller bring their years of experience in the private and public sectors to expand the association’s business development, programs and services, and relationships with government and stakeholders. “AIAC Pacific has grown significantly since it was founded two years ago, and these appointments reflect that growth and the changing needs of the association,” said Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC. “We were looking for individuals whose experience in public policy, program development, and business development could build on the valuable partnerships we have established with governments, stakeholders, research institutions and industry both in BC and across the country. With the combination of their unique backgrounds and expertise, we are confident that Mr. Briggs and Mr. Mueller are the right choices to lead AIAC Pacific and we are very excited to welcome them to the team.” A government relations expert with years of experience at the Port of Vancouver and advising B.C. Cabinet ministers, Taylor Briggs will be responsible for AIAC Pacific’s government relations efforts. He will lead the execution of AIAC Pacific’s partnership with the Government of British Columbia to implement the government’s $5 million, 5-year commitment to create a unified BC aerospace cluster. He will also manage AIAC Pacific’s stakeholder relations and policy development. With extensive management and communications experience in both the private sector and as a senior advisor and Chief of Staff to federal Cabinet ministers, Mike Mueller will lead AIAC Pacific’s communications, marketing and business development initiatives. He will be responsible for the continued growth of the Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo (ADSE), as well as expanding AIAC Pacific’s strategic programs and partnerships to enhance the association’s long term growth and value to members. Mr. Briggs and Mr. Mueller will assume their responsibilities on January 25, 2016. 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 over $29B 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 180,000 Canadians. About AIAC Pacific: The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada created AIAC Pacific with a mandate to promote and develop aerospace business in BC by acting as an advocate and facilitator among industry and government. AIAC Pacific speaks with a cohesive voice for the industry; it provides access for BC companies to national and international programs; and, it 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 national association.

AIAC Announces Appointment of Interim Vice President, AIAC Pacific

December 21, 2015

Vancouver (British Columbia), December 21, 2015 – Today Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), announced that it has appointed Dwayne Lucas as Interim Vice President of AIAC’s Pacific division while the association conducts a search for a permanent replacement forJay Teichroeb. Mr. Teichroeb, who has led AIAC Pacific since it was founded in 2013, is departing the association at the end of December. Previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascade Aerospace and a Brigadier General in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Mr. Lucas is a longstanding leader in the British Columbia aerospace industry. Mr. Lucas currently serves as the Regional Director for the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation (CARIC) in British Columbia. He is also closely involved in the development of the Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo (ADSE), which AIAC Pacific hosts each August in conjunction with the Abbotsford Air Show. “We are very pleased that Mr. Lucas has agreed to lead AIAC Pacific while we continue our search,” said Mr. Quick. “Dwayne’s in-depth knowledge of the industry and history of leadership in the BC aerospace community make him an excellent choice, and we look forward to working with him over the months ahead.” “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jay Teichroeb for his service to our association and industry. Jay’s leadership was instrumental to the creation of AIAC Pacific and to our work with the Province of British Columbia in establishing a unified aerospace industry in BC. His deep knowledge of the BC business community and his strategic vision for the association has greatly benefited our membership, and he will be missed,” added Mr. Quick. 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 over $29B 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 180,000 Canadians. About AIAC Pacific: The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada created AIAC Pacific with a mandate to promote and develop aerospace business in BC by acting as an advocate and facilitator among industry and government. AIAC Pacific speaks with a cohesive voice for the industry; it provides access for BC companies to national and international programs; and, it 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 national association. For information: Kristen VanderHoek Director of Communications Aerospace Industries Association of Canada 613 232-4297 x225, kvanderhoek@aiac.ca

In Memoriam — Dave Caddey

September 4, 2015

AIAC Pacific Committee member Dave Caddey passed away peacefully on September 2 at the age of 65 after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Donna, and two adult sons. Dave leaves behind a powerful legacy to the aerospace community and particularly to Canada’s achievements in space. He worked at MDA for nearly thirty years, from 1986 until his retirement late last year, lending his management and leadership skills to some of Canada’s most advanced space systems projects. He also served on AIAC’s Board for from 2000 to 2014, including terms as Board Chairman, Honourary Treasurer, Chair of the AIAC finance and audit committee, and Chair of the Space Committee and the Space Working Group during the Emerson Review. Dave was the recipient of a James C. Floyd Award for Achievement in Aerospace at the Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa last November. He was a personal friend to many in the BC and Canadian aerospace community, and will be deeply missed.

BC Aerospace Industry Shows Strong Potential to Grow as Economic Driver

August 7, 2015

First-ever study of the BC aerospace sector reveals strengths, challenges and opportunities A new study reveals that the BC Aerospace industry is made up of over 160 small, medium and large firms that directly employ 8,300 British Columbians and generate $2.4 billion in revenues and $1.3 billion in value-added output (Gross Domestic Product – GDP). Furthermore, growth in aerospace is predicted to have a significant impact on the BC economy with each $100 million in additional revenues resulting in up to $138 million in additional GDP, plus 330 direct and up to 450 indirect jobs. The study, KPMG’s Economic Impact Analysis and Capabilities Study of the BC Aerospace Industry, was commissioned by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC Pacific) in partnership with the Province of BC. The study also revealed that BC’s aerospace industry is the third-largest in Canada and a national leader in the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and the rapidly-evolving and high-value In-Service Support (ISS) sectors. BC is also home to one of Canada’s aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and is a leader in space technology, with specialized capabilities in satellite communications and earth observation. “This study is an important first step in developing a growth strategy for BC aerospace, as it lays out the current state of the industry and identifies where we need to close gaps and enhance capabilities in order to take the industry to the next level,” said David Schellenberg, Chair of AIAC Pacific. “We’re excited to be working in partnership with the provincial government to develop and implement a strategy that will see aerospace contribute to the growth of a diversified BC economy.” The study was conducted with financial support from the Province of BC, which has committed $5 million over five years to unify and grow the BC aerospace industry and attract more global business and investment to BC. “As we look forward to incredible growth within BC’s aerospace industry, it’s important to make sure we have a clear snapshot of where this sector is at,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “The key findings from this study will help us to know exactly where we stand, creating a foundation for further growth that will continue to keep our economy diverse as well as create jobs for British Columbians.” The study identifies a variety of opportunities and challenges the BC industry must meet in order to continue growing in size and importance nationally and internationally, including: Proximity to Boeing’s final assembly lines in Washington State; Strengths in the rapidly-growing space sector; Industrial Technological Benefit (ITB) obligations and defence procurement opportunities; Industry fragmentation; Disproportionately small share of aerospace R&D. “British Columbia is an important player on the national aerospace stage, and as this study reveals, it is well positioned for growth,” said Jim Quick, President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. “AIAC, both nationally and in BC, looks forward to continue working with BC’s aerospace leadership and the provincial government to ensure BC is a full participant in national initiatives and is able to build on the industry’s current strengths and develop important new capabilities.” AIAC Pacific is working with a team of industry leaders and experts to develop and implement a strategy to position BC’s aerospace industry to participate fully in national initiatives, gain international exposure and pursue global business opportunities. The complete Economic Impact Analysis and Capabilities Study of the BC Aerospace Industry is available for viewing here