AIAC Pacific News


October 7, 2020

AEROSPACE INDUSTRY APPLAUDS BC NDP PLATFORM COMMITMENTS Oct. 7, 2020 – The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada-Pacific today applauded Premier John Horgan and the BC NDP for its recognition of the value of BC’s aerospace industry in its election campaign platform. “We are encouraged to see Premier Horgan and the BC NDP identify aerospace as a sector that will be crucial to the province’s economic recovery,” said Mike Mueller, Senior Vice-President, AIAC Pacific. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the government of British Columbia and working to ensure the creation of highly skilled, well-paying jobs in every region of the province.” The BC NDP platform today outlined a commitment to work with the industry to implement an industrial strategy that will include aerospace, investment in training, and partnership with industry to promote BC’s aerospace sector on the world stage. For more on AIAC and AIAC Pacific, please visit:  & -30- For more information: Christine Csversko Director, Communications and Marketing 613-232-4297 x235

AIAC Pacific SME Seminar Dec 18, 2018 – presentations now available

December 21, 2018

Thank you to all those who attended the BC Aerospace SME Seminar on December 18, 2018 at the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus in Richmond. And a special thank you to all the presenters for sharing their updates and insights. To view or download any of the presentations, click on the links below. Latest trends in Information Security – Tim Ryan, SAI Global Funding programs and tax incentives – Jacqueline Gustafson, Director, Tax Incentives Practice, KPMG LLP Industry Update #2 – AVCORP – Cedric Savineau, General Manager, Avcorp Delta Business Scale-up & Productivity (BSP) Program Stream – Tess Menges, Senior Business Officer, Western Economic Diversification Canada 

BC Aerospace Supplier Engagement Day, Nanaimo – presentations now available

February 28, 2018

Thank you for attending AIAC Pacific’s BC Aerospace Supplier Engagement Day in Nanaimo on February 20, 2018. Special thanks to Eva Martinez of PAL Aerospace, Dom Spragg of Viking Air and Jacqueline Gustafson of KPMG for their presentations. All presentations are available for viewing and/or downloading here: 2018 PAL Supplier Engagement Overview – Eva Martinez Viking Western Supply Chain Update February 2018 – Dom Spragg KPMG Update for AIAC Pacific February 20, 2018 – Jacqueline Gustafson In addition, the presentation made by Eva Martinez at the PAL Career Fair in Courtenay on February 21, 2018, is available here: PAL Overview FWSAR Career Fair – Eva Martinez  

AIAC Pacific recognized by Province of BC and ITA for commitment to training female apprentices

February 8, 2018

Kelowna, British Columbia – AIAC Pacific has been recognized by the Province of British Columbia and the province’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) for its contribution to the training of female apprentices. The recognition came at an event announcing an innovative partnership between the Industry Training Authority (ITA), AIAC Pacific, KF Aerospace, and Okanagan College to support apprentices in the aircraft maintenance engineering structures (AME ‘S’) program.

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

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