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: Dave Turnbull, AIAC

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: Kevin Lemke, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Cascade Aerospace Inc. 
AIAC Staff Lead: Dwayne Lucas, Vice President, Special Projects

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: Barney Bangs, President, Tulmar Safety Systems Inc. 
AIAC Staff Lead: Mike Mueller, President & CEO, AIAC

Market Access

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: Mike Mueller, President & CEO, AIAC


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: Aaron Spaans, Business Development Manager, Space & Defence Systems, ABB
AIAC Staff Lead: Rick Pitre, Special Advisor, Space

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: Phil Cole, Vice President of Business Development, Marinvent
AIAC Staff Lead: Dwayne Lucas, Vice President, Special Projects