Some figures of the 2018 International Aerospace Innovation Forum

  • 1,300 participants
  • 100 exhibitors
  • Close to 100 international speakers
  • 1,500 B2B meetings


Event description

On the heels of the successful sixth edition of the International Aerospace Innovation Forum held in April 2018 at the Montreal’s Palais des Congrès (more than 1 300 visitors from 15 countries and close to 100 world-class speakers), Aéro Montréal will repeat this world-class gathering by organizing on December 14 and 15, 2020 the seventh edition of this world-class event.

The Aerospace Innovation Forum brings together worldwide aerospace players and suppliers, enabling them to discuss best practices in innovation developed by the industry along with future trends, while fostering business opportunities between all participants.

After 15 years of solid growth and incremental development, our sector is now completing a digital shift where innovation plays a key role to create new growth opportunities and efficiencies. Furthermore, it needs to respond to new issues, be it development, safety, security or reducing its carbon footprint. The passenger experience is also more than ever at the centre of the strategic thinking and development for all actors in the value chain.

Aéro Montréal dedicates this 2020 edition of the Forum to this shift poised to sustainably change our industry’s dynamics and the Montreal ecosystem that supports it. Participants will have the opportunity to attend plenary sessions, conferences, workshops, dynamic demonstrations, technological meetings business to business, an aerospace innovation showroom and multiple networking events. This year we have invited JAPAN as the honour country for this edition, especially with the establishment of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation in the Greater Montreal Area.

Once again this year, the National Research Council Canada (NRC) renewed its collaboration with Aéro Montréal in the organization of this major event.

The Forum will focus on five main themes covering all players in our sector’s value chain:

  • Environmental and societal issues: air traffic and air transport forecasts, the industry’s carbon balance, passenger behavioural changes;
  • The connected journey: connectivity in passenger travel, airport operations and flight operations;
  • Aerospace digital shift: the industry’s capacity issues, digital design, manufacturing and services, gains and impact on corporate structures;
  • More electrical air transport: the decarbonization of the aerospace industry, new “Thin-Haul” transport solutions, technical solutions envisioned and impact of more electrical in the value chain and passenger behaviour;
  • The New Space: where we are heading in terms of new models and technical solutions, what time horizon, which implications.


Aéro Montréal organizes the Aerospace Innovation Forum 2020 in collaboration with the National Research Council (NRC). It will kick-start the International Aerospace Week – Montréal, December 14-16, 2020, with 1,500 Canadian and international decision-makers and professionals from the aerospace and information technology industries attending. Innovation Aerospace Forum 2020 is the most important gathering of decision-makers from the aerospace industry in Canada.


Event goals

  • Confirm Montreal’s place as the 3rd global centre of expertise in aerospace;
  • Present the main technological advancements in global aerospace;
  • Facilitate aerospace innovation in Montreal by sharing strategic issues and best practices and tactics related to the aerospace innovation chain management;
  • Multiply business opportunities in aerospace technology;
  • Stregthen linkages between global aerospace leaders and the whole aerospace industry in Montreal;
  • Engage the aerospace community’s main actors around joint innovation strategies;
  • Attract foreign companies to establish themselves in the Quebec aerospace ecosystem;
  • Encourage partnerships between the various organizations.



This event targets all decision-makers in the aerospace industry from of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and the world, university representatives, research centres, public decision makers, students and specialized media. We expect all main global players, private (major prime contractors and suppliers) or public.