Suzanne M. Benoît
Suzanne has led the aerospace cluster since its inception in 2006. A true visionary, she responded to the industry’s request to unite all players in the aerospace sector in Québec and helped to establish one of the best performing clusters in the world. Her network of business relationships and involvement have enabled her to position the cluster internationally and provide essential support to SMEs and large companies in their growth.
Suzanne’s full biography:
Suzanne M. Benoît was appointed President of Aéro Montreal, Québec’s aerospace cluster, at its inception in August 2006. Aéro Montréal brings together major decision makers in Québec’s aerospace sector and aims to optimize the competitiveness, growth and the influence of the industry around the world.
Prior to joining Aéro Montréal, she led the Longueuil Economic Development Agency (LED) as its President and CEO, from its creation in 2002. From 1999 to 2002, she led the foreign investment prospecting team in the Americas division of Investissement Québec. From 1991 to 1999, she held various executive positions at Hydro-Québec, including Director of Government and Institutional Relations and Industrial and Economic Development within the Large Companies Vice Presidency.
Starting in 1979, she has worked in the federal public service in Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada, as Assistant Director of International Affairs at Industry Canada, where she was responsible for Canada-Japan and Canada-South Korea industrial cooperation. She also served as Deputy Director in the marketing of the defence products in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
In 2015, the Prime Minister of Canada officially appointed Ms. Benoît as one of three business representatives to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, one of the most important regional forums in the world.
Ms. Benoît is very active in the field of economic development both at the national and international level. She also serves on many boards of directors, including the federal agency “Invest in Canada”, Aerospace Industries Association Canada (AIAC), École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Greener Aircraft Catalyst Project (SA2GE), Sous-traitance industrielle Québec (STIQ), the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ), Comité sectoriel de la main-d’œuvre en aérospatiale (CAMAQ) and the Montreal Country Club.
Ms. Benoît holds a bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ottawa. In 2016, she received the title of corporate director from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) program of the Rotman School of Management and McGill University.
Ms. Benoît’s community involvement is also reflected by her honorary role and participation in many charitable organizations.