Western Innovation Forum connects Western Canadian innovators to investment and growth opportunitiesMarch 6, 2020
8th annual conference focuses on defence, security, marine and aerospace sectors Vancouver, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada – Original Link Over 250 innovators from the defence and security sectors are meeting in Vancouver to explore new business ventures and learn how to participate in major defence-related government contracts. They are taking part in the Western Innovation Forum (WIF) 2020, hosted by Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) in collaboration with the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries and the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada-Pacific.
The 2019 Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! event, originally scheduled for March, has been re-scheduled to October 5 & 6, 2019 at the Abbotsford International Airport. The event coincides with the International Day of the Girl and will feature an appearance by NASA Astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper. For more information, visit girlsfly2.ca
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada – Pacific (AIAC Pacific) was pleased to host the inaugural meeting of the Canada-China Aerospace Technology Association (CCATA) on September 27, 2018 at BCIT’s Aerospace campus in Richmond. The meeting brought together a range of small and medium-sized aerospace organizations to collaborate and explore opportunities in the Chinese market. Yuping Guan of Astrom Aviation presented his vision of CCATA, and how an initiative of this nature can positively contribute to stronger relations between the two countries’ aviation industries. The mission of the CCATA is to assist technology-based Canadian aviation companies in exporting their products and services to the Chinese market. As one of the largest and fastest growing aviation markets in the world, China represents a significant opportunity for Canadian companies seeking to expand their business into the global aerospace market. To learn more, contact Taylor Briggs at AIAC Pacific email@example.com or (604) 652-3324.
Longview Aviation Capital Contracts Cascade Aerospace for Viking Enhanced Aerial Firefighter Conversion ProgramSeptember 12, 2018
On August 10, 2018, Longview Aviation Capital of Victoria, in cooperation with Viking Air Limited, signed a contract with Cascade Aerospace of Abbotsford to provide training and resources in support of the Viking CL-415EAF (“Enhanced Aerial Firefighter”) Conversion Program. Longview Aviation Capital selected Cascade to provide assistance with the Viking CL-415EAF conversion program in order to leverage Cascade’s previous experience converting nine Canadair CL-215 firefighting aircraft to CL-215T turbine configuration for the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The full news release and contract signing photos are available here.
The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada – CARIC (CAN) and Digital Catapult (UK) are looking for established start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs or researchers from Canada and the UK to develop and pitch innovative AI solutions that address a core challenge for the aerospace sector, in particular for Bombardier. The challenge is related to a real world problem of icing on aircraft. For information, visit: caric.aero/news/uk-canada-ai-innovation-challenge-open-call/ or contact Dwayne Lucas, CARIC Director for BC and Alberta, firstname.lastname@example.org
MTU Maintenance Canada, a North American affiliate of German engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines, celebrated its 20th anniversary in August 2018 with customers, partners, and employees. The event included a ceremony at the facility as well as a trip to the Abbotsford Airshow. Over the past 20 years, MTU Maintenance Canada has seen over 1,100 engine shop visits. Its Accessory Repair Center of excellence, opened in 2011, completes over 11,000 accessory repairs per year. To read the full news release, click here.
On June 19th, UrtheCast Corp. announced the appointment of Donald F. Osborne as Chief Executive Officer. Osborne is a seasoned technology executive, having spent more than 30 years in the satellite, space and defence industries – most recently with MDA. He will assume his role with UrtheCast on July 5th. To read the full news release, click here.
On April 18, 2018, the Board of Directors of Avcorp Group announced the appointment of Amandeep Kaler as CEO of Avcorp Group. Kaler, previously General Manager of Avcorp’s Delta operations, succeeds Peter George, who resigned as CEO in April. George will remain on the Board as a non-executive member and will chair the executive committee to support the transition of Kaler to the Chief Executive role. To read the full text of Avcorp’s news release, click here.
In a November 21 report in the Okanagan Edge online business report, Kelowna’s KF Aerospace describes the staffing challenges they’re experiencing as they try to meet current demand. To read the full news story, click here.
AIAC Pacific congratulates the following three young BC aerospace and aviation industry leaders on being named by Wings and Helicopters magazines to their national Top 20 Under 40 list for 2017: Scott Markwick, Manager, Base Maintenance for Heli-One (Richmond); Dawen Nozdryn-Plotnicki, Director, Advanced Analytics, Boeing Canada (Vancouver); Andrew Persaud, Assistant Chief Pilot, Skylink Express (Vancouver).