Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy

Scott Summach
Deputy Director Investment, Manufacturing
Tel: (306) 933-7207
| Fax: (306) 933-8244

219 Robin Crescent
Saskatoon, SK, S7L 6M8

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The Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy assists Saskatchewan companies in becoming more actively involved in aerospace activities in Canada and abroad. The ministry works to promote Saskatchewan manufacturers, research institutions and technical institutes to the aerospace and defence sector. Ministry staff introduce Saskatchewan companies to prime contractors in this sector, arrange visits by contractors to Saskatchewan and act as a liaison between industry in the province and international companies seeking business opportunities.

Saskatchewan is home to world-class research and development facilities; two universities, the Canadian Light Source synchrotron and the Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute (PAMI). The province is also rich in manufacturing expertise and opportunities to do business with First Nations. It has an abundance of training opportunities, including military and commercial pilot training, and trades training through Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT).

The Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence has been established with Saskatchewan’s manufacturers committed to implementing the principles of lean enterprise and improving their productivity and competitiveness. By working with cutting- edge technology and utilizing the Canadian Light Source – the only synchrotron in Canada – our manufacturers are able to develop new technologies and manufacturing equipment. Notable manufacturers with aerospace and defence capabilities include: SED Systems, Dumur Industries, RMD Engineering, Pro Metal, Vecima Networks, Draganfly Innovations, Siemens Laserworks, DynaIndustrial, EVRAZ and SBC Case.

The Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Centre, located in Saskatoon, houses the Commercial Pilot and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer programs. The Aircraft Maintenance Engineer program was developed by SIIT and is
funded by Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, as well as the federal and provincial governments. This program is building the foundation for a growing aerospace industry in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan’s Commercial Pilot program represents a provincial, college-level training program in partnership between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Aviation Council. Funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada enabled the purchase and installation of a King Air turbo prop simulator to provide valuable state-of-the-art training for commercial pilots in Western Canada.

Saskatchewan is also home to military pilot training. 15 Wing Moose Jaw is the home of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program, which is a strategic alliance between Canada’s Department of National Defence
and CAE to provide military pilot training to Canadian Forces and participating member countries .The base’s clear prairie skies and proximity to the Rocky Mountains make it an ideal training ground for Canadian Forces and foreign pilots. Moose Jaw is also home to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Canada’s celebrated air demonstration team . NFTC is supported by major aerospace companies such as Bombardier, CAE, BAE Systems, Hawker- Beechcraft, Serco Aviation Services and ATCO Frontec .

Investment in R&D infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities make the province an attractive location for research, development, manufacturing and testing of high-technology, high-quality aerospace and defence products and systems.

Please contact the Ministry of the Economy for further information .