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Major partnership in the cluster of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System; Signing of a letter of agreement beetween Aéro Montréal & UAS CE

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Montréal, April 3rd 2017 – The President of Aéro Montréal, Ms. Suzanne Benoît, along with the Director General of the Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence (UAS CE), Mr. Marc Moffatt, have signed earlier today an important letter of agreement to define their partnership in the field of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).

By signing this agreement, Aéro Montréal and the UAS Centre of Excellence agree to work together in establishing an RPAS working group.  By this letter they also agree to facilitate discussions through various events, promoting individual and common objectives, as well as supporting the establishment of a Québec RPAS Centre of Excellence.

This letter has been signed in the presence of the Québec minister of Economy, Science and Innovation (MESI) and minister responsible of the Digital Strategy, Mrs Dominique Anglade, during the International Aerospace Week – Montreal – 2017. This letter of agreement will more particularly allow to jointly develop an action plan, necessary for the implementation of Québec wide working group, as well as to organize events related to the development of an RPAS cluster at the UAS Centre of Excellence.

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Top row (From left to right): Mrs Dominique Anglade, Québec minister of Economy, Science and Innovation (MESI) and minister responsible of the Digital Strategy; Mrs Cynthia Garneau, President, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada & administrator, Board of Directors Aero Montreal; Down row (From left to right): Mrs. Suzanne Benoît, President of Aero Montreal; Mr. MarcMoffatt, Director General of Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence (UAS CE)

The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System sector is booming. It has enormous potential for our Québec aerospace cluster companies, especially SMEs. Already, several companies in our industry are being proactive in penetrating this sector. Our strategy at Aéro Montréal is aligned with that of the federal and provincial governments, which recently announced incentives in their respective budgets to encourage innovation and excellence. I am very pleased with this agreement with the CED because it is part of this approach and supports the Québec aerospace ecosystem”, said President of Aéro Montréal, Ms. Suzanne Benoît.

The Director General of the UAS Centre of Excellence, Mr. Marc Moffatt further explained: “In the latest Québec Aerospace Strategy 2016-2026, the Québec government recognizes the importance of developing a regional ecosystem dedicated the civilian RPAS. The collaboration between the UAS CE and Aéro Montréal becomes therefore a very important alliance for the development of the Québec RPAS industry and community. Both organizations will join their efforts to position the Québec’s know-how in this area”, added Mr. Moffatt.

About the International Aerospace Week – Montréal

Holding its 3rd edition from April 3rd to April 7th 2017, events and activities of the week have been developed following one single objective: Offer companies a unique occasion to discover latest developments, networking as well as increasing their business relations. This year, the focus has been placed on Industry 4.0

The Week is organized in partnership with BDC and Norton Rose Fulbright.

About Aéro Montréal

Created in 2006, Aéro Montréal is a strategic think tank that groups all major decision makers in Québec’s aerospace sector, including companies, educational and research institutions, as well as associations and unions.

Aéro Montréal’s mission is to engage Québec’s aerospace cluster with a view to increasing its growth and expansion on the global scene. Its vision is to become a benchmark in global aerospace. To this end, it champions the following values: excellence, engagement, collaboration, versatility and innovation.

About the Unmanned Aerial Systems Centre of Excellence

The Unmanned Aerial Systems Centre of Excellence is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop an international center of expertise focused on the development, applications and operations of UAS. The Center is an exceptional full-service facility offering world-class opportunities to organizations participating in all aspects of UAS development and operations.

The Center of excellence now counts 20 active members and has a large network of international partners. The UAS CE is also the co-founder of the International Consortium of aeronautical test sites (www.icatestsites.org). For further information about the UAS Centre of Excellence, please visit our website at www.cedalma.com.

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Unmanned Systems Canada student competition

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Unmanned Systems Canada student competition

16 teams are registered to the next Unmanned Systems Canada student competition:

  • Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group (WARG) : Université de Waterloo
  • Team GUARDIAN – Université Simon Fraser
  • Blackbird UAV – Université Carleton
  • Dronolab – École de technologie supérieure
  • UVic Aero – Université de Victoria
  • Université de Toronto – AeRO
  • VAMUdeS, Université de Sherbrooke
  • UAV Concordia, Université de Concordia
  • Team Smart Bird, Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Team CCAT, College de Toronto
  • Université Ryerson
  • Aero McGill Drones, Université McGill de Montréal
  • Université de la Colombie-Britannique
  • Université de Calgary
  • Université du Nouveau-Brunswick
  • Dronemanic Uwin, Université de Windsor

The format of the competition is designed to be an equal challenge for both fixed wing and rotary wing aircrafts.


The competition takes place in two phases with a Phase I design report from each team due January 13th 2017 and Phase II, operational demonstration from April 28th to 30th, 2017 in Alma, Québec.

Teams will be graded on the quality and completeness of their design report and the results of the demonstrations – there will be separate prizes for each phase.

Purpose of the Competition

The purpose of the competition is to promote and develop Canadian expertise and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. Even small scale unmanned vehicles are complex systems requiring a well planned and executed design approach. In addition, safety considerations are important factors in this competition as in any other vehicle design project.


The competitors must be registered full time in a recognized Canadian university or college.  Teams may be organized internally at the discretion of their respective members.

Application and Registration

Interested teams should fill the attached registration form and send it by email to competition@unmannedsystems.ca.

To complete registration, each team is asked for a registration fee of $200. Payment can be made by cheque addressed to and sent to Unmanned Systems Canada or by credit card by contacting Robert Kendall, Executive Director of Unmanned Systems Canada at 1.613.435.0935.

Upon completion of the registration, teams will have access to additional competition information at www.unmannedsystems.ca.

Competition website and email

All relevant competition documents and information will be located on the competition website (www.unmannedsystems.ca ). Check the competition website regularly for updates. All questions should be addressed to: competition@unmannedsystems.ca.

Paper Design Submission: January 13th, 2017.

Flight Demonstration: April 28th-30th, 2017 in Alma, Québec.

Aeromart Montreal 2017

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Aeromart Montreal 2017

Aeromart Montreal 2017

AEROMART Montreal provide you with outstanding networking opportunities for the aerospace industry. OEM’s, Tiers 1, the entire supply chain and international services suppliers meet in Montreal – the 3rd aeronautic hub in the world.

All our industrial sponsors are engaged in developing a robust, reliable and skilled supply chain in Canada to serve their manufacturing tools and operations in the country. AEROMART Montreal is a platform for them to connect with companies offering the right capabilities and services through our matchmaking program.

For suppliers and vendors willing to increase their businesses in Canada, this is the only venue where they can meet these important Primes without having to travel through the entire continent.


April 4th to 6th 2017


Palais des Congrès of Montreal, 1001, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal, QC H2Z 1H5

Information and registration

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Drone Seminar in Montreal – organized by the UAS CE and Aero Montreal

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Drone Seminar in Montreal – organized by the UAS CE and Aero Montreal

For the International Aerospace Week – Montreal, Aero Montréal and the UAS Centre of Excellence of Alma invite you to a one day Seminar on drones.


April 3rd 2017


Palais des Congrès of Montreal, 1001, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal, QC H2Z 1H5


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For more information contact:

Émilie Larrivée at the UAS Centre of Excellence 
Events Coordinator
[email protected]
Tel.: 418-669-5105 # 5103

Charlotte Laramée at Aero Montreal
Project Manager, Market Development – SME / Supply Chain
[email protected]
Tel.: 514-987-9398