Dewar, C Series team win AIAC’s James C. Floyd award
The C Series Aircraft Program Team, led by Rob Dewar, vice president of the C Series Aircraft Program at Bombardier Inc., has been awarded the James C. Floyd Award by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) for its important contributions to Canadian aerospace innovation and leadership, both domestically and in the global marketplace.
“The development and launch of the C Series aircraft is an industrial achievement of the highest order. Rob Dewar and his team have dedicated over a decade to the creation of the C Series, making it the biggest Canadian commercial aerospace program ever launched in history,” said Jim Quick, president and CEO of AIAC. “Their achievement highlights everything that we celebrate about Canada’s aerospace industry: innovation, perseverance, and a commitment to world-class products and services that drive our economy and push the limits of human ingenuity and creativity. It is my pleasure to congratulate Bombardier, Mr. Dewar, and his team, on this outstanding contribution to Canada’s aerospace industry.”
“The James C. Floyd Award is a tremendous honour, and it is with great pride that I accept it on behalf of Bombardier and the C Series team,” said Dewar. “For over a decade, I have enjoyed the privilege of leading a team of men and women with the goal of delivering one of the most ambitious and innovative aerospace projects in the world. This award is a testament to their perseverance and dedication; they are each equally deserving of this recognition. Wherever the C Series takes to the skies, it will be an ambassador for our aerospace industry and a symbol of Canadian innovation and achievement, and this is something that can make us all proud.”
Development of the C Series began in 2004, and the first aircraft entered service earlier this year. Featuring the Canadian-made Pratt & Whitney PurePower 1500G engine, the aircraft is a world leader in environmental performance and emissions reduction. The CSeries program involves over 200 suppliers in Canada and provides direct employment to over 2000 persons in Canada.
The James C. Floyd Award
Established in 2009 in honour of the chief engineer on the Avro Arrow project, AIAC’s James C. Floyd Award for aerospace achievement is an annual award that honours exceptional contributions to the Canadian aerospace sector. Nominations are submitted by AIAC members and evaluated by an independent review panel. Presented during the Canadian Aerospace Dinner, which is held at the annual Canadian Aerospace Summit, the James C. Floyd Award is given to visionary individuals or teams whose contributions have made a difference in the industry.
This year’s James C. Floyd award is sponsored by Pratt & Whitney Canada. The AIAC would like to thank Pratt & Whitney Canada and its President John Saabas for supporting this prestigious award.