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Strategic Forum on Aerospace

Come and listen to sector experts and discuss the priority actions to be implemented as part of the Relaunch MTL movement. Events The speeches will be delivered mainly in French.

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Aerospace is one of the key sectors of the economy in Montréal and, more broadly, at the national level. While the sector is known for its resilience and has gone through several periods of turbulence over time, the pandemic is causing an unprecedented shock wave. Global air traffic has fallen sharply and all agree that recovery will be slow.

According to the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts, global air traffic could return to pre-pandemic levels between 2024 and 2027. Such a slowdown has major consequences for the entire ecosystem, from manufacturing SMEs to the country’s airlines and airports.

Maintaining our aerospace industry’s enviable position internationally and retaining our talent is a huge challenge. We need to address this issue quickly, by building on our strong capacity for innovation and developing projects for the next generation of greener aircraft.

Event format in a nutshell

  • Starting at 7 a.m., log on, join the movement and take part in a networking session (optional)
  • Conferences starting at 8 a.m.
  • Around 12:30 p.m., end of conferences
  • Discussions between all participants until 2 p.m. (optional)
  • Virtual booths throughout the activity


7:00 a.m. Access to the platform and networking period

8:00 a.m. Opening remarks

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Mirabel Paquette Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
    NATIONAL Public Relations
    Master of Ceremonies
  • Marie-Eve ProulxMinister for Regional Economic Development
  • Mélanie JolyMinister of Economic Development and Official Languages

8:30 a.m. Talk – Presentation of current conditions and the Action Plan to Strengthen the Aerospace Sector

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Suzanne M. BenoîtPresident
    Aéro Montréal

9:00 a.m. KPMG Group brainstorming session to enhance the action plan to strengthen the sector

  • Caroline CharestPartner, Advisory

9:30 a.m. Panel Discussion – Air transportation: A domino effect on the sector

  • Philippe BalducchiChief Executive Officer
    Airbus Canada
  • Mark GalardoVice President, Network Planning
    Air Canada
  • Martin MasséVice-President, Public Affairs
    Aéroports de Montréal


  • Suzanne M. BenoîtPresident
    Aéro Montréal

10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion – Maintaining a sustained level of attractiveness for Montréal

  • Hubert BolducPresident and Chief Executive Officer
    Investissement Québec International
  • Joanna BoshouwersVice-President, Satellite Systems
  • Patrick ChampagneVice President, Strategy and Government Relations
    CMC Electronics
  • Benoit HudonPresident & CEO
    Drakkar Aerospace and Transportation


  • Erandi Motte CortésDirector, International Market and Entrepreneurship Development – Acclr
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

10:40 a.m. Panel Discussion – How can aerospace strengthen Montréal’s position in sustainable mobility?

  • Sarah HoudePresident and CEO
    Propulsion Québec
  • Fassi KafyekeFellow, Research, Innovation and Collaborations
  • Hélène V. GagnonVice President, Public Affairs and Global Communications
  • Dr Karim Zaghib Strategic Advisor
    Investissement Québec


  • Alexandre GagnonSenior Director, Business Development and Governmental Affairs
    Pratt & Whitney Canada

11:15 a.m. Focus Group – Retaining talent to keep the industry going

  • Alain Aubertin President and CEO
  • Nathalie ParéDirector
  • Annie Ross, Ph.D., Eng. Associate Academic and Research Officer and full Professor
    Polytechnique Montréal

12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion – An unprecedented mobilization of the industry

  • Suzanne M. BenoîtPresident
    Aéro Montréal
  • Patrick ChampagneVice President, Strategy and Government Relations
    CMC Electronics
  • Denis GiangiPresident
    Rolls-Royce Canada
  • Hugue Meloche, Eng. President and CEO
    Groupe Meloche


  • Charlotte LaraméeDirector, Growth
    Aéro Montréal

12:30 p.m. Closing remarks and presentation of working session highlights

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

12:35 p.m. Networking 

2:00 p.m. End of the Forum


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Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

For more information

Véronique Lauzon
Special Projects Manager
514 871-4000, ext. 4006

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