New Coalition Formed to Revive Canadian Space Program

A new coalition of industry, academic and interest groups has launched  a campaign called Don’t Let Go Canada in an effort to bolster the Canadian space program.

“While other countries have been increasing their investments in space, Canada has fallen from 8th place in 1992 to 18th place (% of GDP), and hasn’t had a long-term plan to guide Canada’s investments for decades,” the group said on its website.

“The economic stakes of space participation are higher than ever. The global space market is worth over USD $380B today; analysts forecast it will grow to be a multi-trillion-dollar market in coming decades,” the website states. “Ambitious governments are staking their claims. Luxembourg plans to be the leading country in space mining; the UK aims to capture 10 percent of the global space market by 2030.”

Among the members of the coalition are MDA, Honeywell, Magellan Aerospace, ABB, AIAC, Neptec, Canadian Space Society, Canadian Astronautics and Space Institute, and The Planetary Society. A full list of members is on the organization’s website.

The group is calling for a properly funded, long-term Canadian Space Strategy to guide the nation’s efforts. One pressing concern is a decision on whether Canada will participate in the U.S.-led Lunar Gateway program, which will place a human-tended station in orbit around the moon.

AIAC Praises Space Advisory Board’s Recommendations on Canadian Space Program

August 18, 2017 (Ottawa, ON)
– Today the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) released a report produced by the government’s Space Advisory Board (SAB) on Canada’s space sector. The report identifies six issues for the government to consider as it develops a new space strategy:

  • Designating the space sector as a national strategic asset essential to Canada’s sovereignty, security and economic growth;
  • Strengthening the capacity of Canada’s space sector to compete globally;
  • Adopting new policies and regulations to allow the space sector to capitalize on technology advances;
  • Maintaining balanced, sustainable programs and funding for space;
  • Enhancing public education and outreach programs to inspire and prepare young Canadians for future participation in the space sector; and
  • Revitalizing Canada’s space program to ensure it remains responsive and relevant to its international partners.


AIAC Supports Renewal of Federal Space Advisory Board

OTTAWA, April 19, 2017 (AIAC PR)
– Yesterday evening the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), announced the renewal of the federal Space Advisory Board, including the appointment of new members and a new mandate. The board has been tasked with consulting Canadians on a new vision for Canada’s space sector and providing advice to the government on key elements of a new Canadian space strategy that will be launched in the summer.


AIAC Praises Boost in Canadian Space Station Spending

OTTAWA, Ont., March 22, 2016 (AIAC PR) – Today the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) congratulated the federal government on including a significant commitment to Canada’s ongoing participation in the International Space Station in its first federal budget, which was tabled this afternoon in the House of Commons. The budget also announced important initiatives regarding innovation and the creation of a new defence strategy.


Canadian Aerospace Summit Boasts Strong Lineup

Ottawa, Ont. (AIAC PR) 
– NASA, the Pentagon, Boeing, and Bell Helicopter Textron Canada are among the top-tier industry and government leaders who will be speaking at the Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa this November.

“Our lineup of speakers at this year’s Summit is very impressive,” said Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), which hosts the annual event. “The Summit is focused on equipping aerospace executives and their teams from around the world to deliver results in a global market. We are very pleased to offer presenters with such a vast range of experience and expertise to our attendees.”


Canadian Government Announces New Measures to Strengthen Space Industry

CSAMONTREAL, Quebec, December 2, 2013 (Industry Canada PR) — The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, today announced Canada’s response to the space-related recommendations made following the Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies led by the Honourable David Emerson. Minister Moore made the announcement to leaders of Canada’s space industry during the Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montréal.

“Canada’s aerospace and space sectors contribute more than 170,000 well-paid jobs and over $27 billion to our economy every year,” said Minister Moore. “The new measures announced today are the result of our close work with the industry to ensure that our Canadian companies can continue to compete internationally and be global leaders.”


AIAC Joins Forces with British Columbia Aerospace Association

Abbotsford, B.C., August 9, 2013 (AIAC PR)
– Today the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) announced that it has taken the next step in plans to collaborate with the Aerospace Industries Association of British Columbia (AIABC) on the revitalization of the provincial aerospace association by hiring Jay Teichroeb, a well-known regional business development expert, to develop a launch strategy and implementation plan.


AIAC Praises Natynczyk’s Appointment as CSA President

CSA President Walter Natynczyk
CSA President Walter Natynczyk

Ottawa (Ontario), June 14, 2013 (AIAC PR) – Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk as President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), effective August 6, 2013.

Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) President and CEO Jim Quick issued the following statement in response to Gen. Natynczyk’s appointment:

“On behalf of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and its member companies, I am pleased to extend my sincere congratulations to Gen. Natynczyk on his appointment as President of the Canadian Space Agency. A respected and experienced leader, Gen. Natynczyk has a long record of distinguished service in Canada’s military. AIAC is very pleased that he has been selected to lead the CSA during this critical time.


Canadian Aerospace Responsible for $42 Billion in Revenue, 170,000 Jobs

Ottawa, Ontario, June 11, 2013 (AIAC PR) –
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), in partnership with Industry Canada, today released The State of the Aerospace Industry: 2013 Report, which contains updated data and analytics for the Canadian aerospace industry as of 2012. The report highlighted the economic significance of the sector, which is responsible for $42 billion of revenue and 170,000 jobs across industries in Canada, its leadership in research and development (R&D) and productivity, and its potential for growth in coming years.


Funding Provided to Support Western Canadian Aerospace Companies

Abbotsford (British Columbia), May 24, 2013 (AIAC PR) –
Today Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) President and CEO Jim Quick was proud to join the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification (WD), as she announced federal funding for a two-year, multi-faceted project that will support Western Canadian aerospace companies as they develop their supply chains and compete in global markets.


Canada: Industry Minister Reaffirms Government’s Commitment to Aerospace SMEs

Ottawa, Ontario, May 23, 2013 (AIAC PR) –
In a speech given at an Aéro Montréal event today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, reiterated the government’s ongoing commitment to Canada’s aerospace industry. In particular, he highlighted several key measures included in Economic Action Plan 2013 that support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including steps the government has taken to implement the recommendations made by the Honourable David Emerson, Head of the Aerospace Review, in the report that Mr. Emerson presented to the government in November 2012.


AIAC Backs Economic Action Plan for Aerospace

OTTAWA, Ontario (AIAC PR) —
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) is very pleased with measures announced in the Economic Action Plan 2013 released today in Ottawa.

“The measures announced in the 2013 Economic Action Plan constitute an excellent short-term response to the Aerospace Review report released in December,” said Jim Quick, President & CEO of AIAC.


Aerospace Industry Encouraged by Jenkins Report on Leveraging Canadian Procurement

Ottawa, Ontario (AIAC PR)
– The Aerospace Industries of Canada (AIAC) welcomes a report submitted today by Tom Jenkins, Special Advisor to the Minister of PWGSC on leveraging Defence Procurement through Key Industrial Capabilities.

“This report represents an important step in the Government’s efforts to ensure that Canada fully leverages defence procurement,” said Jim Quick, President & CEO of AIAC.


Canadian Aerospace Summit Draws Large Crowd

Ottawa (Ontario), December 6, 2012 (AIAC PR) –- The importance of aerospace trade was highlighted at today’s conclusion of the Canadian Aerospace Summit, an event that drew a record-breaking attendance that included an A-list of aerospace industry executives, as well as foreign diplomats and senior Canadian federal officials.

“Canada’s world-class aerospace sector is an international success story,” said the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. “By supporting tens of thousands of good jobs that families rely on in every region of the country and contributing billions to the Canadian economy, aerospace is a sector that symbolizes Canadian excellence. Our government is committed to ensuring this vital industry benefits from new markets that we are opening as part of the most ambitious trade expansion plan in our nation’s history.”


AIAC Names New Chairwoman

Ottawa (Ontario), December 5, 2012 (AIAC PR) – Hélène V. Gagnon, Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, has been elected Chair of the Board of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada for 2012-2013. Ms. Gagnon succeeds David Schellenberg, President of Cascade Aerospace, who occupied the role over the course of the past year.

“I am greatly honoured to serve as Chair of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) for 2012-2013, and I look forward to working with the Board and membership over the coming year as we face the challenges and unparalleled opportunities which lie ahead,” said Ms. Gagnon.