AIAC Pacific News

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, kvanderhoek@aiac.ca Mike Mueller, Vice President, Operations and Communications, AIAC Pacific, Cell (604) 655-3566, mmueller@aiac.ca

Province Re-Affirms Commitment to BC Aerospace in Budget 2016

February 16, 2016

The provincial government vows to continue its partnership with AIAC Pacific and to continue investing in creating a unified aerospace cluster in B.C. NEWS RELEASE Provincial Budget Invests in Aerospace Jobs and Innovation Province continues partnership with AIAC Pacific to create a unified aerospace cluster in B.C. Victoria (B.C.), February 16, 2016 – The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada Pacific today thanked the provincial government for its continued support and investment in B.C.’s aerospace industry. By re-affirming the government’s 5-year, $5 million commitment, AIAC Pacific will continue to work with government and other partners to build a unified and sustainable aerospace cluster in B.C. AIAC President and CEO Jim Quick made the following statement: “Today’s announcement ensures that AIAC Pacific is able to continue its work creating high skill, high paying jobs; attracting new investment and R&D; and bring new aerospace capacity and capability to B.C.,” said AIAC President and CEO Jim Quick. “Using this investment we will continue to leverage Federal and other funding to focus on creating 5 key industrial capabilities that will position BC’s aerospace industry as a leader in Canada and around the world. We thank the government for its continued support and commitment to our industry.” 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.

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