Defence and national security

The Canadian defence industry is a cornerstone of domestic security and economic growth. Canadian military procurement programs contribute to the growth of aerospace companies and generate considerable spinoffs across Canada and Québec.

These major contracts support innovation, maintain stimulating and high value-added jobs, and contribute to the health of our industry. Moreover, companies benefiting from military contracts are able to demonstrate their capabilities and their competitiveness internationally. Their expertise can be leveraged through new programs, both in the military and civil aviation sectors.

To take advantage of the potential spinoffs of federal government military procurement, in 2009 Aéro Montréal established the National Security and Defence Working Group, who became the National Security and Defence Committee, composed of members of the industry involved in the defence and security markets. The Committee’s mandate is to assure the planning, coordination and implementation of a concerted action plan to respond to the major issues of defence and civil security and promote the industrial capacity of the Québec’s aerospace cluster in matters of defence and national security.

Members of the working group Defence and national security


Sylvain Lefrançois
Director, Business Development
Safran-Sagem Canada

  • Badr Boushel, Mannarino
  • Keith Meredith, AeroInsight
  • Amélie de Croutte, Thales
  • Patrick Bouchard, MEI
  • André Gilbert, CS Canada
  • Alain Thilloy, MTLS Aerostructure
  • Helio Pazinatto, Bombardier
  • Robin Demircioglu, CRIAQ
  • Susan Dabrowski, SDM Communication Inc.
  • Marc Bigaouette, Bell Flight
  • Jean Hurtubise, CAE
  • Eric Tremblay, PWC
  • Nancy D'Agostino, DEC
  • Stephan Fogaing, MEI
  • Xavier Kauza, Thermetco
  • Maxime Hince, INO
  • François Cyr, PCM Innovation
  • Marc LeBlanc, L3T
  • Marc Moffatt, Centre d’excellence sur les drones
  • Patrick Pharand, Collins Aerospace
  • Marie-Christine Flibotte, Solaxis
  • Patrice  Lavoie, Varitron
  • Joe Gazale, L3T
  • Richard Crépeault, Heroux Devtek
  • Luc Boucher, Ocean Software
  • Jarred Knecht, Promark
  • Benjamin Hamel, Maxar
  • Glenn Walker, Varitron
  • Lorenzo Marandola, M1 Composites
  • Erica Zoia, Conseil économique du Haut-Richelieu
  • Luc Debargis, LMCO
  • Nick Chalkiadakis, CMC Electronics


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