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AIAC congratulates Marsden on receiving Order of Canada

Jan. 29, 2014, Ottawa -  Jim Quick, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, today released the following statement in response to the recent appointment of Barry Marsden to the Order of Canada for his contributions to the growth of Canada’s aviation industry as president and CEO of Conair Aviation and as the founder of Cascade Aerospace:


January 29, 2014
Carey Fredericks

On behalf of the Board and members of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, I am honoured to extend our deepest congratulations to Barry Marsden on the announcement of his appointment to the Order of Canada.

As one of the founders of Conair Group and Cascade Aerospace, Mr. Marsden’s impact on the Canadian aerospace industry in British Columbia and Canada has been substantial. His contributions to the development of the maintenance, repair and overhaul section of the industry have received many accolades, including being named an “Outstanding Aerospace Visionary” by AIAC in 2009. Mr. Marsden has also been a dedicated leader within the aerospace industry and his local community, serving as chairman and board member of AIAC, director of the Abbotsford Airport Authority and director of the Industry Training Authority for the Province of British Columbia.

Mr. Marsden’s passion for flight, his dedication to the success of our industry, and his commitment to excellence as a businessman and leader have resulted in the development of two flourishing companies that continue to serve as prime examples of the best Canadian aerospace has to offer. Mr. Marsden’s many accomplishments and contributions to Canadian industry amply qualify him for this prestigious award. We thank him for his leadership and congratulate him on this well-deserved honour.

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