Canadian Aerospace Partnership

Canadian Aerospace Partnership

April 20, 2005 11:56 ET

Canadian Aerospace Partnership inaugural meeting

The Canadian Aerospace Partnership begins work toward national aerospace competitive strategy Attention: Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Science Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO --(CCNMatthews - April 20, 2005) - The Canadian Aerospace Partnership (CAP) today held its inaugural meeting with the goal of creating a long-term strategy to enhance the competitiveness of Canada's aerospace sector. CAP members include senior executives from aerospace companies, labour and academia, as well as the federal Minister of Industry and provincial ministers responsible for industry and economic development from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

At the meeting today, CAP members confirmed the importance of a competitive framework that is national in scope and that supports growth in all segments of the industry. During the course of the meeting, CAP members agreed on priorities for the industry, and formed working groups to begin collaborative action in pursuit of industry goals. Identified priorities for the Canadian aerospace sector are:

• Increased market access for Canadian products,
• Enhanced trade and investment opportunities,
• Accelerated technology development,
• Workforce skills development,
• Infrastructure improvements, and
• Integrating industry capabilities across the supply chain.

CAP also elected Co-chairs Dave Caddey, Chair of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, and Executive Vice President MDA, based in Richmond, British Columbia, and Alain M. Bellemare, President of Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec.

"The establishment of the Canadian Aerospace Partnership is an important milestone for our industry, and we have now taken steps to create a long-term competitive aerospace strategy for this country," said Mr. Caddey. "Our work today sets in motion the development of a national strategic approach combining the collective talents and commitments of the private and public sectors, labour and academia to the benefit of our sector and to deliver on the quality of life for Canadians."
"Today we have begun to establish a competitive road map that will form the basis for action to enhance the global competitiveness of our sector," said Mr. Bellemare. "It will be important to leverage the collective effort of CAP members, so that we can establish a stronger, more robust competitive framework for our sector."
"Canada's aerospace sector occupies an important place in our national economy, as an industrial leader in research and development, innovation and international trade," said the Honourable David L. Emerson, federal Minister of Industry. "The sector is a leading example of how global competitiveness can be achieved through a focus on technology, and collaboration between the private and public sectors. The CAP process is a step forward in the continued progress of this key industry across Canada."

"Quebec is the hub of Canada's aerospace industry, and home to companies that are examples not only for the nation, but for the world," said Claude Béchard, Québec Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade. "We look forward to playing a central role in the Canadian Aerospace Partnership, and working to enhance our aerospace industry. This will deliver opportunities to suppliers and partners across Québec and Canada."

Formed in 2005, the Canadian Aerospace Partnership (CAP) is a private and public sector organization focused on enhancing the global competitiveness of Canada's aerospace industry. CAP comprises senior executives from industry, federal and provincial government ministers, labour and academia. Working in partnership, CAP members will develop a long-term strategic vision for the aerospace industry through the identification of industry and public policy priorities that establish actionable steps to strengthen the sector's overall competitiveness.

For further information, contact:

Peter Boag
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
(613) 760-4552

Christiane Fox
Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry
(613) 995-9001

Media Relations
Industry Canada
(613) 943-2502

Government of Québec
Pierre Choquette, Press Attaché
Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade
(418) 691-5650

Editors note: Picture to accompany this release is available on the CP Picture Service from The Canadian Press IN: ECONOMY, FINANCE, TECHNOLOGY, TRANSPORT, OTHER

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