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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