In order to to take R&D to new heights and become even more innovative, five regional organizations have joined the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) to lead the industry, universities, research centres and colleges in collaborative research projects and develop cutting-edge technology.
“By ensuring CARIC’s local presence across Canada, we will be able to mobilize companies and public organizations more directly,” said Walter Di Bartolomeo, Vice President, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Chair of CARIC’s Board of Directors. “CARIC’s regional offices will extend the scope of the expertise found in each region to propel the Canadian aerospace sector even further.”
Increased participation from coast to coast
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada’s B.C. regional office, AIAC Pacific, will be driving the consortium’s research and technology development goals in B.C. and Alberta.
The Manitoba Aerospace Association (MAA) will be bringing the CARIC network to Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) will ensure CARIC’s representation in Quebec.
Ontario will be represented by the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC), which is comprised of 220 member companies.
Atlantic provinces will be served by Springboard Atlantic, which supports Atlantic Canada’s research commercialization and capacity development, plus helps Atlantic Canadian universities and colleges transfer knowledge and technology to the region’s private sector.
Industry Minister James Moore highlighted the importance of this national collaboration in aerospace: “Canada’s aerospace sector is a significant contributor to jobs and economic growth across the country. This is a major milestone for CARIC and our government will work with the private sector to ensure that Canada’s aerospace sector continues to be among the global leader in research and innovation.”