AIAC Announces New Chair of the Board of Directors

November 8, 2021


OTTAWA (ONTARIO), November 8, 2021

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) is pleased to announce the election of Rich Foster, Chief Executive and Vice President, L3Harris Technologies Canada as Chair of the AIAC Board of Directors. Mr. Foster succeeds Lee Obst, Country Lead, Canada, Customer & Account Management, at Collins Aerospace. Amandeep Kaler, Chief Executive Officer at Avcorp Industries is the new Vice-Chair.

Mike Mueller, President and CEO of AIAC, officially welcomed Mr. Foster and Mr. Kaler to their new roles at AIAC’s Annual General Meeting on November 8, conducted virtually.

“Rich and Amandeep are both long-time Board members, industry leaders and advocates.  They are tremendous assets to our association and we’re very pleased to welcome them as Chair and Vice-Chair. A strong national aerospace industry has arguably never been more important. Our industry, in particular, has the ability to contribute to our nation’s economic recovery from coast to coast to coast,” said Mueller.

“Partnership with government is critical to ensure we chart a globally competitive plan – spanning the civil, defence and space sectors – based on Canada’s strengths and advantages in order to drive economic recovery and innovation here at home,” said Mueller. “On behalf of the staff at AIAC, we look forward to working with Rich, Amandeep, and our new board members, to press this message to Government,” said Mueller.

“It is a privilege to be appointed Chair of this association, particularly at such a pivotal time for the industry as we come through the COVID19 pandemic. I am honoured to succeed Lee, whose leadership of the Board came during extraordinary times. Despite the challenges, Canada’s aerospace industry saw some significant gains in terms of the strategic recognition of our industry by the federal government in Budget 2021. Aerospace has an opportunity to contribute to Canada’s economic recovery, but we require a strategy to ensure the sector can remain globally competitive,” said Foster.

The Board acknowledged the service and contributions of Lee Obst as outgoing chair.

“Lee’s leadership and support over the past year has been pivotal. The pandemic has tested us in ways no one saw coming and we we’ve come together as an association in unprecedented ways to ensure Canadian aerospace companies weather this crisis and emerge stronger from it,” concluded Mueller.

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About AIAC:
AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector.  As the world’s ninth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes nearly $28B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 235,000 Canadians.