National and local benefits to be highlighted by Ian Smart, Senior Vice President, Airlines and Fleets, StandardAero 

Highlighting the vital and rapidly growing impact that the aerospace industry has on the Canadian economy, key leaders from the sector will be converging in Winnipeg as part of a nation-wide tour. Supported by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), the tour aims to better educate Canadians on the benefits of the sector both nationally and within Winnipeg and Manitoba, including high-paying and high-quality jobs that will impact the city in the future. 

John Saabas

“In 2010, the Canadian aerospace industry generated $24 billion in revenue, supporting 82,000 jobs,” said   AIAC Chairman and Pratt & Whitney Canada President John Saabas. “When you include indirect impacts generated by the aerospace industry, the total represents $38.8 billion and more than 150,000 full-time jobs.” 

The national tour will include speaking engagements and stakeholder meetings in five other major cities throughout Canada; Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.  Speaking at the Fairmont Winnipeg will be Mr. Ian Smart, Senior Vice President, Airlines and Fleets, StandardAero and other aerospace industry leaders. 

WHAT:            The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) National Tour   

WHO:              Ian Smart, Senior Vice President, Airlines and Fleets, StandardAero 

WHERE:           The Fairmont Winnipeg, 2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba 

WHEN:            Friday, February 11, 2011 / Registration & breakfast, 7:30 / Presentation from 8:00 to 9:00 

Media are invited to attend the keynote address and select interviews will be available by request. 

About AIAC 

The AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector. As the world’s fifth largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector is expected to have generated over $24 billion in revenue in 2010 and approximately 80,000 Canadians. Seventy-eight per cent of Canadian aerospace products were exported. AIAC represents the interests of 400 aerospace companies across Canada.  The AIAC is currently engaged in a cross country tour and is making presentations in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. 

For information:             Maryse Harvey   613 760 4562  [email protected] 
Vice President Public Affairs, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada 
Julia Adams
Manager, Communications and Media Relations
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