A group of 12 Québec-based company representatives, investors, research institutes and government officials visited Phoenix, Arizona, on February 28 and March 1, as part of an aerospace trade and research mission coordinated by the Québec Delegation in Los Angeles.
Organized in partnership with the Canadian Consulate General in Los Angeles, the activity included meetings with senior representatives from the Arizona Commerce Authority, a tour of Arizona State University and visits with top U.S. defense contractors.
The mission to Arizona was led by Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace industry cluster, in partnership with CRIAQ, the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec.
The activity was part of a broader initiative launched in June 2011 by the signing of a framework agreement between Aéro Montréal and Arizona State University's Aerospace & Defense Research Collaboratory.
The strategic cooperation sponsored by both groups is designed to forge alliances between Canada's largest aerospace cluster and the 4th largest aero defense industry cluster in the U.S, in order to spark innovation and market growth on both sides of the border.
In 2011, Canada and Arizona enjoyed $2 billion in trade related to the aerospace sector.
Photo: Maxime Hince, Aéro Montréal; Alexandra Lauzon, Export Québec; Birgitte Santaella, Arizona Commerce Authority; Alain Aubertin, CRIAQ; Martin Bélanger, Opal-RT Technologies; Stéphan Marois, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ; Jeffrey Gray, Consulat général du Canada à Los Angeles; Martin Baillargeon, Prefix Aerospace; Craig Cigich, Kinetx Aerospace; Alain Houde, Délégation du Québec à Los Angeles; Jean-Michel Voyer, Creaform 3D; Hank Marshall, Arizona Commerce Authority; Denis Akzam, Silkan; Martin Lafleur, Aéro Montréal; Gilles Poulin, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ; Phil Cole, Marinvent; Glenn Williamson, Kinetx et Canada-Arizona Business Coucil.