Aéro Montréal and CRIAQ: International Aerospace Week - Montréal 2018
Aéro Montréal and CRIAQ will be hosting the 6th International Aerospace Week – Montréal this year from April 15th to 20th. Aéro Montréal, Québec’s Aerospace cluster, is a strategic group which comprises of the industry leaders in the aerospace sector. Their main focus is with several working groups: supply chain development, branding and promotion, innovation, human resources, defense and national security and commercialization and market development.
Secondly, CRIAQ, Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace Quebec, is a non-profit group pushing for cooperation between industry and research professionals to implement projects that meet industry requirements. CRIAQ boasts over $130M in total value for completed and current projects and their research and innovation community comprises of 55+ industrial members, 25+ academic members, 1,000+ academic researchers and industrial specialists, and 900+ students trained in CRIAQ projects.
EACP Business Mission to Montréal
This year the EACP delegation travels with 31 participants collectively from Hamburg Aviation and more members of the EACP. Besides mostly Germans, participants will come from Belgium, Spain, Portugal and France. It will be the second European mission to Canada under the guidance of Hamburg Aviation. This is one of the largest aerospace events in North America, where industry leaders of the aerospace sector meet together in Montréal the home of Bombardier. The aim of the forum is to focus on six key technologies: Advanced Manufacturing, 3-D Printed Vehicles, Eco-Technologies, Big Data for Mobility, Aviation, and Space, On-Demand Autonomous Sector, and Virtual Design and Testing.
Aéro Montréal believes these six topics represent the greatest potential for transformation in the aerospace sector. At the event, there will be over 1,300 participants, 100+ international speakers and 1,400+ B2B meetings. International Aerospace Week will help encourage business opportunities globally in terms of aerospace innovation, strategy, and best practices.
Overview of Events
On Monday, April 16thbegins the Innovation Forum Aéro Montréal with a conference program with a keynote speaker from Bombardier and round table discussion on disruptive technologies and the main commercial platforms. There will also be B2B Sessions, a specific program for the UAV delegation, and an EACP Booth for delegation members.
The forum continues on Tuesday, April 17thwith another conference program with the focus on thematic workshops e.g. advanced manufacturing, virtual design and testing.
On Wednesday, April 18th, CRIAQ will present their project ideas in collaboration with CARIC followed by a presentation on the practice of innovation presented by Starburst Accelerator. This pitching is the starting point of possible research projects between European and Canadian players. Hamburg Aviation has already proven that this is possible and just kicked off 3 research projects with in all 14 German and 13 Canadian partners, who have teamed up since the last CRIAQ event in 2016.
Thursday, April 19th will begin with a showcase and visionary speakers and in the afternoon, the day will conclude with projects with Europe – in collaboration with CARIC
Finally, on Friday, April 20th, there will be the opportunity to visit the facilities of Bell, an aircraft manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, and Bombardier - a large manufacturer of regional airliners, business jets, mass transportation equipment, and recreational equipment.