• AIAC’s Technical Committees are central to the AIAC’s policy and advocacy functions. Members of these committees provide industry insights and guidance with respect to issues related to specific industry segments or topics of concern or interest.

    Committees also provide an opportunity for members to network and work together on topics of mutual concern. Each committee is chaired by a member of the AIAC board and staffed by an AIAC executive so that membership and active participation in a committee is also a useful way for members to share their perspective with the board and management of the association.

    Committees are often used as a forum meeting with government officials and other industry associations.

    Membership on these committees is open to AIAC members and partners only. To join any of these committees, please contact the AIAC staff lead indicated for that committee.

    Membership on the committees is not restricted to the company official representative. Member companies are free to nominate any of their employees to sit on a committee. In general, we encourage member companies to pick a senior member of the management team with experience that is relevant to the committee in question. For instance, it would be normal to have a CTO or VP of Research sit on the technology and innovation committee. Member companies are free to participate in as many committees as they wish.

    Current AIAC Committees

    Civil Aviation

    The Civil Aviation Committee deals with all technical policies related to the design, development, production and in service support of Canadian civil aeronautical products and services. Domestic and international aviation safety, security and environmental regulatory environments are the focal points of this work.

    The committee provides advice to AIAC on it’s interface with Transport Canada, Civil Aviation (TCCA) and its international counterparts (FAA, EASA, ICAO), national and international standards setting organizations, and works closely with the AIAC’s international counterparts (AIA, GAMA, ASD, ICCAIA) in the development of global consensus on regulatory issues and standards.

    Chair: Pierre Pyun, Vice President, Government Relations, Bombardier

    AIAC Staff Lead: Mark Beauregard, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs 

    Public Procurement and Defence

    The Public Procurement and Defence Committee is responsible for providing industry insights and advice with respect to the government defence and public procurement policy and practice. The committee is particularly focused on defence procurement reform stemming from the recommendations of both the Emerson and Jenkins reports including the Defence Procurement Strategy announced in 2014.

    Chair: Jacques Comtois, President, L3-MAS

    Vice Chair: David Gossen, President, IMP Aerospace & Defence

    AIAC Staff Lead: Iain Christie, Executive Vice President


    The Skills Committee is a new committee responsible for providing the necessary advice and support to guide Government initiatives so that their programs, policies and mechanisms respond to the industry’s current and future requirements and provide a break-through approach to the development of a highly skilled workforce in Canada.

    Chair: Greg Yeldon, President, Esterline CMC Electronics

    Vice Chair: Tony Burgess, President, TDM Technical Services

    AIAC Staff Lead: Iain Christie, Executive Vice President

    Small Business

    The Small Business Committee provides a forum for small business members to meet and discuss the particular concerns of small business owners and operators. The committee is focused on providing advice and input regarding issues that are of particular interest to small businesses. The committee also provides a small business perspective to other technical committees and to the board of AIAC.

    Chair: John Maris, President, Marinvent Inc.

    AIAC Staff Lead: Iain Christie, Executive Vice President


    AIAC’s Space Committee is focused on issues that are of particular interest to the space industry in Canada. The committee works closely not only with AIAC board and staff but also directly with the Canadian Space Agency and Industry Canada at all levels to ensure government support for policies designed to increase the productivity and competitiveness in the industry.

    Chair: Mike Pley, President and CEO, ComDev

    AIAC Staff Lead: Iain Christie, Executive Vice President

    Supply Chain

    The Supply Chain Committee focus is on providing insight and advice to assist AIAC in advocating for government policies and initiatives aimed at strengthening the Canadian aerospace supply chain, including the development of a national supplier development and certification program.

    Chair: TBC

    AIAC Staff Lead: Iain Christie, Executive Vice President

    Technology and Innovation

    The Technology and Innovation Committee is focused on government policies and programs that support research and innovation in the aerospace sector. The committees past work has included contributions to the establishment of both the federal government’s Technology Development Program and the founding of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada.

    Chair: TBC

    AIAC Staff Lead: Iain Christie, Executive VP

    Non-Technical Committees

    International Exhibitions Committee

    The International Exhibitions Committee is AIAC’s primary platform for ensuring that Canadian aerospace capabilities are showcased on the world stage. This committee includes members of several government departments as well as member companies. The committee plans and coordinates efforts to provide a Canadian presence at major international events such as the Paris and Farnborough air shows.

    Chair: Eric Fresque, President, FresqueTech Consulting

    Vice Chair: Chris Cooper-Slipper, Vice President, Field Aviation

    AIAC Staff Lead: Vlada Shilina, Associate Vice President, International Strategy & Business Development

    Committee Logistics

    As a general rule, committees meet quarterly. The meeting schedule and meeting agendas for each committee are determined by the chair of the committee in conjunction with AIAC staff and the committee members. Meeting materials are normally distributed at least 48 hours prior to meetings which are typically in the AIAC offices at 225 Albert Street in downtown Ottawa. However, members are normally free to attend meetings by teleconference as well.