Committees

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. Each committee is chaired by a member of the AIAC board and staffed by an AIAC executive. 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.

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 its 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
AIAC Staff Lead: Iain Christie, Executive Vice President

 

Labour Market

The Labour Market 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 aerospace workforce in Canada.

Chair: Stewart Cramer, Chief Executive Officer, Vertex Precision Manufacturing
AIAC Staff Leads: Iain Christie, Executive Vice President; Mike Mueller, 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

 

Market Access (Ad-hoc)

The ad-hoc Market Access Committee is focused on facilitating Canadian aerospace access to growing domestic and international markets. In particular, the committee provides AIAC staff and other Association members support and guidance on issues related to the policies and programs of the Government of Canada that support market access and market development. Its main areas of focus include trade development and export controls.

Chair: Tim Whittier, Director, Government Relations, UTC Aerospace Systems – Landing Gear
AIAC Staff Lead: Mark Beauregard, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

 

Space

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, Pley Consulting Inc.
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: Lee Obst, Managing Director, Rockwell Collins Canada 
AIAC Staff Lead: Guillaume Côté, Vice President, Technology and Innovation