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Aéro Montréal presents the 4th edition of the Aerospace Innovation Forum 2013

Nov. 26, 2013, Montreal - Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal, invites media representatives to participate in the 4th edition of the Aerospace Innovation Forum 2013 with the theme “Innovation Powering Sustainability for the Aerospace Industry,” which will be held from December 2 to 4 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, 1001 place Jean-Paul-Riopelle.

November 26, 2013  By Carey Fredericks

Organized in collaboration with the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ), the Aerospace Innovation Forum 2013 will this year pay special attention to technology trends in the industry and international best practices in the design, manufacture, operation and end-of-life management of aerospace products.

Key events
Monday, December 2

8 a.m.  Plenary – Welcoming remarks by Suzanne M. Benoît, President, Aéro Montréal;
Clément Fortin, President and CEO, CRIAQ; Patrick Champagne, Chair of Aéro Montréal’s Innovation Working Group and Vice President, Cockpits and Systems Integration, Esterline CMC Electronics; and Maria Della Posta, Chair of the Board of Directors of Aéro Montréal and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Pratt & Whitney Canada.
8:15 a.m. Plenary – Forum Opening by Nicolas Marceau, Minister of Finance and the Economy, Québec.
8:30 a.m. Plenary – “The United States: An Aerospace Nation,” presented by Ambassador Duane Woerth, United States representative to ICAO.
8:45 a.m. Plenary – “Vision of the lifecycle of major aerospace platforms,” presented by Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries, Bombardier Aerospace; Yann Barbaux, Chief Innovation Officer, Airbus; Bruno Stoufflet, Director of Forecasting and Scientific Strategy, Dassault Aviation.
10 a.m. Plenary – Speech by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, Canada: “The Review of aerospace and space programs and policies: an account of a year of action”
10:45 a.m. Press Conference – Signing of a cooperation agreement between Aéro Montréal and Vermont Aerospace & Aviation Association.
12:30 p.m. Luncheon speech – “Innovation, the heart of Bombardier’s aviation strategy,” by Guy Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace.
4 p.m. Plenary – “Eco- design,” presented by Eric Dautriat, Executive Director, Clean Sky.
5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright Award of new MACH Initiative performance labels to Québec SMEs.
Tuesday, December 3
10:30 a.m. Plenary – “Operations” by Marc-André Duranceau, Vice President Aerostructures and Aircraft Services, L-3 MAS; Amy L. Gowder, Vice President, Kelly Aviation Centers; Gavin Simmonds, General Manager, AJW Technique.
11:15 a.m. Plenary – “End of life Management,” by Bruce Parry, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bombardier Aerospace; Robert Cadieux, Director, Environment and Sustainable Development, Pratt & Whitney Canada; Kahina Oudjehani, Design for Environment Lead, Bombardier Aerospace.
2 p.m. Workshop – “Operation: the DPHM – What challenges for the future?” presented by Dr. Prakash Patnaik, Program Leader, Air Defence Systems (ADS), National Research Council Canada; Thibaud Lebreton, Project Manager, Research and Technology, LABINAL, Safran Engineering; Vincent Raymond, Mechanical Engineering R&D Specialist, Héroux Devtek.
5:30 p.m. Cocktail hosted by Pratt & Whitney Canada “50 years of the PT6 engine.”
Wednesday, December 4
AéroFormation – “For a world-class labour force.”
10:30 a.m. Press Conference – Launch of the AéroFormation organization.
2:50 p.m.  Announcement – Launch of Québec’s chapter of Women in Aerospace.
Aero Financing – “Financing: A Powerful Tool to Boost Innovative Companies.”
10 a.m. Press Conference – Announcement of an agreement between Aéro Montréal and Finalta Capital.
The complete program of the Aerospace Innovation Forum 2013 is available at



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