J. Armand Bombardier Museum

J. Armand Bombardier Museum

May 05, 2011 11:15 ET

150 Guests Come to the Opening of Bombardier Today

Assignment Editors and Travel and Cultural Columnists

VALCOURT, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) -

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Responding to repeated requests from visitors, the J. Armand Bombardier Museum in Valcourt, yesterday launched a temporary exhibition that places the spotlight on Bombardier, the multinational corporation. 150 people came to the opening and Monsieur Laurent Beaudoin, Honorary President of the event and Chairman of the Board of Bombardier Inc. was in attendance.

Bombardier Today traces the trajectory taken by this renowned global company - the industrial, socioeconomic and geographical leader in rail technology and the third largest civil aircraft manufacturer in the world. For the J. Armand Bombardier Museum, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary, the exhibition is a link between the early work of Joseph-Armand Bombardier and the current status of this hugely successful, multinational corporation.

Although the company has come a very long way since its founding, the new temporary exhibition captures those same values that have contributed its success - namely the founder's commitment, pride, passion, resourcefulness and ability to innovate, to name only a few of the qualities that today characterize Bombardier Inc.

During his speech, M. Beaudoin emphasized that there were three main areas that had permitted the company to build on the legacy of Joseph-Armand Bombardier, namely, diversification, growth through acquisitions and product development.

« We have never been content to rest on our laurels or merely to be happy with our successful products. We have always bet on future trends. We've had our eyes firmly fixed on the horizon and that's how Bombardier has become such a giant within the transportation industry. »

Referring to the exhibition, the Chairman of the Board said it was « a snapshot, a thumbnail sketch of the company in 2011 » In 50 years' time, he remarked, « this image will be history and Bombardier will be reinventing itself once again. »

Bombardier Today, which will run for two years, gives a brief history of the company and an overview of its main areas of operation (transport and aviation), as well as its global reach and its corporate social responsibility. The exhibition is enlivened with display islands, interactive terminals and a series of audiovisual presentations. A more detailed description can be found by visiting our website - museebombardier.com - and clicking on « Exhibition halls ».

Opening hours and entry fees

The J. Armand Bombardier Museum is open every day, from 10am-5pm from May 1 to Labor Day. Entry fees are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $15 for families. Children aged 5 and under are free.

About the J. Armand Bombardier Museum

Situated in Valcourt in the Eastern Townships, the J. Armand Bombardier Museum (bombardiermuseum.com) showcases the life and work of the renowned inventor and entrepreneur, Joseph-Armand Bombardier. This privately run museum also traces the evolution of the snowmobile and the key role played by this visionary Quebecer, who almost single handedly launched the snowmobile industry.

About the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation

The mission of the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, created in 1965, is to carry on the humanitarian work of Joseph-Armand Bombardier and to contribute towards the realization of Bombardier Inc's vision of social responsibility. (Bombardier Inc. was founded by the inventor in 1942.) The Foundation is very involved in education, community support, health and arts and culture. It also plays a crucial cultural role through the J. Armand Bombardier Museum and the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre in Valcourt.

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Contact Information

  • If you would like to set up an interview:
    Marianne Dandurand
    Communications & Public Affairs
    (450) 532-1552
    m.dandurand@fjab.qc.ca