AIAC Committee Update – July 2018

June 29, 2018

AIAC’s 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.

Members wishing to join a committee can contact Marie-Soleil Jones. If you are a non-member and interested in joining a committee, please contact Bill Yetman at

Space Committee

The AIAC Space Committee is currently engaged in strategic outreach and in-reach programs. The goal of this venture is to allow the Canadian Government and its constituency to understand the importance of space related research and development. It is our firm belief that Canada must remain a global champion in the space industry. For this reason, the committee is currently drafting a two-page Space message entitled: Why Space is Important to Canadians. Past meetings have included Deputy Minister Chief of Staff Gianluca Cairo (ISED), Director General Mary Gregory (ISED) and Deputy Minister John Knubley (ISED).

The next meeting of the AIAC Space Committee is on July 4th at AIAC’s offices.

Technology and Innovation Committee

The Technology and Innovation Committee of the AIAC (TICA) meets four times a year. TICA’s objective is to both inform the Federal Government policy development, and to provide insights as well as up-to-date information with respect to the Innovation and Skills programming. Over the next few months, TICA will particularly focus on providing recommendations to support efficient implementation of new programs aiming at supporting innovation. As well, it will provide key recommendations to support the on-going alignment of actions pertaining to aerospace within the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio. A specific focus on skills, networks and consortia as well as identifying longer-term objectives and industry needs are to be expected

The next meeting of the Technology and Innovation Committee is on August 2nd (revised) in Montreal.

Market Access Committee

The Market Access Committee was created to help AIAC member companies address export control regulations and sanctions issues. Committee members include large, medium and small companies engaged in the export of civil and military products/services. In addition to member company representatives, government officials are frequently invited. Recent agenda topics have included proposed Bill C-47 and Canada’s sanctions against Russia.

The next meeting of the Market Access Committee is on September 11th  at AIAC’s offices.

Civil Aviation Committee

The Civil Aviation Committee addresses a broad range of regulatory matters that impact directly or indirectly civil aviation manufacturing and maintenance activities. Participants include large OEM’s and small/medium sized companies. Committee meetings occur approximately 4 times per year; attendees include AIAC member companies and Transport Canada officials (for the joint industry-authority session). The role of the Committee is to develop positions with respect to civil aviation regulatory matters and to assist Transport Canada in understanding and acting upon industry’s priorities.

The next meeting of the Civil Aviation Committee is on September 13th at AIAC’s offices.

Small Business Committee

The Small Business Committee approved its new mandate as well as it’s programming guide and has agreed to organize Canada-wide committee meetings. The committee will conduct several OEM site visits, followed by extended meetings with high level executives. Potential site visits in the fall and winter are currently in planning. Several potential speakers and experts were discussed in order to bring valuable insights and specialised knowledge to the members of the Small Business Committee. The committee is taking a short break during the summer and will return during the fall of 2018.

The next meeting of the Small Business Committee is on September 26th at AIAC’s offices.