Bombardier renames Dorval Completion Centre to honour Beaudoin
By Wings Staff
Bombardier’s Global Completion Centre has been renamed the Laurent Beaudoin Completion Centre to recognize the contributions of one of the company’s most historically influential visionaries. Under Beaudoin’s leadership, the Global Express aircraft made its first flight in 1996 and in 1998 the Completion Centre became home to some of Bombardier’s most skilled designers, engineers and artisans.
By Wings Staff
Beaudoin retired in May 2018 after 55 years of service to Bombardier. Located in Dorval, Québec, the facility now named after Beaudoin was recently enlarged to host interior completion – design, manufacture and installation – activities for the Global 7500 aircraft.
“Throughout his distinguished career at Bombardier, Laurent Beaudoin was motivated by his belief that nothing is impossible,” said Alain Bellemare, president and CEO, Bombardier. “His entrepreneurial spirit was the driving force behind the development of innovative products that redefined their industries, such as the world-famous Global Express business jet.
“Laurent Beaudoin’s remarkable legacy will continue to inspire our employees to push the limits of technology, craftsmanship and performance,” added Bellemare. Beaudoin was president and later Chairman of Bombardier from 1966 to 2015. The company explains his leadership and vision transformed Bombardier from its origins as a snowmobile manufacturer into a global aerospace and rail transportation power.
“It’s been an incredible journey and I’m extremely proud to see Bombardier evolve and diversify over the years thanks to the talent and perseverance of our employees,” said Beaudoin. “This centre of excellence houses the most advanced aircraft in their category and the future ahead is exciting for the passionate people who continue to embody the Bombardier vision, day after day. Today, I share this honour with my family and the Bombardier family, who always supported me, as well as the thousands of employees with whom I had the privilege to work.”