Marinvent Corporation wins AIAC’s James C. Floyd award
Oct. 17, 2013, Ottawa - Marinvent Corporation, a Montreal-based aerospace research and development firm, has been awarded the James C. Floyd Award by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) for its exceptional contribution to the Canadian aerospace industry.
Marinvent was honoured by the aerospace community at a ceremony during the Annual Aerospace Dinner on October 16 in Ottawa. Their win marks the first time the James C. Floyd Award has been given to a company rather than an individual recipient.
“Marinvent’s accomplishments have brought far-reaching national and international benefits for the image and stature of Canada’s aerospace industry that far exceed the modest size of the company. Its research alliances, industrial accomplishments and aerospace advocacy have been praised around the world and serve as a shining example of Canadian aerospace prowess on the international stage,” said Dr. Wagdi Habashi, CEO of Newmerical Technologies, and Dr. Hany Moustapha, Director of AÉROETS (École de technologie supérieure). Dr. Habashi and Dr. Moustapha, both Floyd Award winners themselves, nominated Marinvent Corporation.
“I am profoundly honoured to have my team’s efforts recognized in this very special way. I am also delighted that AIAC, the government, and academia clearly recognize the vital and increasingly important role that small business will play in the continuing success story that is Canada’s aerospace industry,” said John Maris, founder and President of Marinvent.
Over its thirty-year history, the Marinvent team has authored several worldwide patents in the fields of air operations, green aircraft technologies, and flight safety. These include the development of Boeing’s TCL/MC3 vector graphics library, which is now the worldwide standard for the electronic depiction of Jeppesen cartographic data. Marinvent personnel have been recognized for their achievements at the highest levels, including the Royal New Zealand Air Force, FAA and NASA administrators, and the heads of Russia’s aerospace industry. Their flagship Avanti aircraft has been featured on the Discovery Channel and in numerous magazines and publications.
Marinvent has long been an advocate of strong partnerships between industry, research and government. It was instrumental in forging MOUs between ÉTS and Concordia University with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, resulting in the establishment of visiting professor positions for Canadian professors at Embry-Riddle. Its personnel sit on Concordia’s Engineering Technical Advisory Board, the Embry-Riddle’s College of Engineering Board, and on the board of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association’s (CERBA) Montreal chapter. In addition, Marinvent was asked by the Russian Federal Government to help re-establish a Canada-Russia Aerospace working group under the auspices of the existing IEC Transportation working group.
An enthusiastic contributor to aerospace advocacy, Marinvent has participated in industry working groups at AIAC, Aéro Montréal, and CERBA, including the industry-led Aerospace Review Working Groups that contributed to the Emerson Report consultation process. Team members have been an active and well-known presence on the AIAC and Aéro Montréal Boards, and have contributed to the improvement of Canada-Russia business relations through their involvement on the CERBA Board.