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Curtis elected AIAC board chair

Nov. 18, 2014, Ottawa - The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada has announced the election of David C. Curtis as Chair of the Board of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada for 2014-2015. Mr. Curtis succeeds Barry Kohler, President, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd., who occupied the post over the past year.


November 18, 2014
By Carey Fredericks

“I am touched by the vote of confidence from my colleagues and happy to honour this commitment,” said Mr. Curtis. “Canadian aerospace is a model of innovation in our economy, and in this globalized and ultra-competitive industry we must continue to stand apart and demonstrate value. We are truly all in this together. I look forward to working with my counterparts in government and in the industry to set the stage for our innovative companies who will capture those valuable opportunities while setting a standard that is uniquely Canadian,” added Mr. Curtis.

Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC, officially welcomed Mr. Curtis to his new role at AIAC’s Board Meeting on November 17. “On behalf of all of us at the AIAC, I offer our heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Curtis on his election as Chair,” Mr. Quick said. “As a long-standing member of the AIAC Board of Directors and CEO of an iconic Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Mr. Curtis brings a wealth of experience to the table. We can count on his experience to lead the way toward creating those fruitful relationships that will place Canada at the forefront of global aerospace.”

The Board also acknowledged the service and contributions of AIAC’s outgoing chair, Mr. Barry Kohler. “Mr. Kohler’s proficient handling of key issues has helped further cement Canada’s reputation as a global leading aerospace nation,” Mr. Quick said. “I would like to personally thank Barry for his leadership and dedication, and I speak from everyone at AIAC when I say that his advice was instrumental in shaping policy that will have continuing impacts for Canada’s aerospace industry.”