Sylvain Cofsky
Executive Director
Tel: (514) 398-9625

740 Notre-Dame West Street, Suite 1400
Montreal, QC, H3C 3X6

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Created in 2009, the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) brings together industry, university and government partners to reduce the aerospace industry’s environmental footprint. GARDN receives its funding from the Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) and the Canadian aerospace industry.


GARDN’s activities are structured around two strategic pillars: the funding of industrial research projects and the development of

strategic thinking on green aviation in Canada. The network’s three research thrusts are the following: Clean, Quiet and Sustainable air transportation system. GARDN also pursues its participation in other national and international collaborative aerospace research initiatives.


Since its creation, GARDN has supported 37 projects with a total value of nearly $60M, including 20 now completed. Each will drive sustainable innovation for the aerospace industry. With a nearly $25M budget for its 2014- 2019 program, GARDN is mandated to further the competitive edge of Canada’s aerospace industry by working to achieve reductions in

the environmental footprints of next-generation aircraft, engines and avionics systems.



Jim Quick, GARDN Chairman | AIAC

Donald Ball, Relay Education

Dominique Collin, Safran Aircraft Engines James Corrigan, Bell HelicopterTextron Canada Michel Dion, Bell HelicopterTextron Canada Denis Faubert, CRIAQ, CARIC

Richard Gold, McGill University Jonathan Hack, Bombardier Aerospace Rex Hygate, Esterline CMC Electronics John Jastermski, MDS

Ibrahim Yimer, National Research Council Canada Sylvain Larochelle, Pratt & Whitney Canada Richard Legault,

Institut de la confiance dans les organisations

Myrka Manzo, Air Canada

Dave T. O’Connor, Magellan Aerospace

Hayley Ozem, Pratt & Whitney Canada Stephen Colavincenzo, Bombardier Aerospace Anoush Poursartip,

University of British Columbia

David Zingg, University ofToronto Institute of Aerospace Studies


Katie Durling, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Sylvain Cofsky, GARDN

Denis Godin, Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada


740 Notre-Dame West Street Suite 1400

Montreal, QC H3C 3X6

On LinkedIn: GARDN (Green Aviation Research & Development Network) Group

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