Global Business Reports


Gabrielle Morin, Bryce Stevenson

Québec Aerospace 2015 Pre-Release

March 30, 2015

The field of aerospace is a pinnacle of high technology achievement. While many regions of the world wish to develop a toehold in the aerospace sector, few have been able to accomplish this feat as successfully as the Canadian province of Quebec. Canada’s aerospace industry has a history of over 100 years, and Quebec has emerged as its epicenter; the province drives 55% of the country’s total aerospace activity. A defining feature of Quebec’s aerospace industry is its concentration: 98% of its activity stems from the region of Greater Montreal, which renders it the third largest hub for aerospace activity in the world behind only Seattle in the United States and Toulouse in France. The Quebec aerospace cluster is comprised of 41,750 highly skilled employees, four prime contractors (OEMs), roughly 15 first-tier suppliers (integrators), and over 190 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Due to its extensive composition, Quebec is recognized to contain, within a 30-kilometer radius, enough companies with ample capabilities to build an entire aircraft.


eaturing exclusive interviews with:

Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MEIE), Government of Québec – Hon. Jacques Daoust, Minister
Aéro Montréal – Suzanne M. Benoît, President and CEO
Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) – Denis Faubert, President and CEO
Bombardier Inc. – Alain Bellemare, President and CEO
Bell Helicopter Textron Canada – Raymond Leduc, President
Pratt & Whitney Canada – Maria Della Posta, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
CAE – Marc Parent, President and CEO
L-3 Communications MAS – Jacques Comtois, Vice President and General Manager
Zodiac Aerospace – Michel Bussey, Vice President and General Manager
RTI Claro, Inc. – Christian Sauvé, Vice President and General Manager
Avior Integrated Products – Stephen Kearns, President and CEO
Mecachrome – Charles Magnan, Vice President Sales and Engineering
Sonaca Montreal – Sylvain Bédard, CEO
Héroux-Devtek Inc. – Gilles Labbé, President and CEO
Mecaer America – Chris O’Neill, President and Chief Operating Officer
General Electric Bromont – Alain Ouellette, Director Robotization


Maxon Motor Group is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high precision DC motors. Within the group, MDP - Maxon Motor France is specialized in the development of specific mechatronic actuators.
University of Sherbrooke places particular emphasis on ensuring practical experience for its students.
Esisar Grenoble INP is an engineering school at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, specialized in developing embedded systems and digital technology for aerospace applications.
Centum Adeneo is part of the Centum group, and has a strong expertise in all forms of electronics.


FLSmidth is an international supplier of sustainable solutions and services to the global cement and mining industries.