Montréal, October 4, 2016 – Aéro Montréal, Québec’s aerospace cluster, presented the 2016 Gilles-Demers Award for “SME of the Year in Aerospace” to Alcoa Titanium and Engineered Products (ATEP Laval) during a gala evening held on Friday, September 30, at the Montréal Ritz-Carlton.

ATEP Laval was recognized for its leadership, excellence and outstanding contribution to the reputation of Québec’s aerospace industry.

For its second edition, in addition to the Grand Prize, three new categories were added as part of the Gilles-Demers competition:

Creation of wealth and influence: the prize was awarded to GROUP DCM.
Commitment to innovation: the prize was awarded to OPTIMUM CANADA.
Business development and internationalization: the prize was awarded to NÉTUR.

“Gilles Demers was an entrepreneur who believed that the development of a strong Québec industry depends on the ability of companies to join forces to offer the best,” says Suzanne M. Benoît, President Aéro Montréal. “Although he passed away a few years ago, his legacy remains. The Gilles-Demers Prize – SME of the Year in Aerospace, is presented to a company that has helped to promote the aerospace cluster as a whole, both locally and internationally. It is a way for us to honour him. By working closely with its suppliers to grow its business, as well as that of its partners, the team of Christian Ouimet, General Manager of ATEP Laval, has distinguished itself quite remarkably.”

Québec's aerospace cluster is made up of nearly 200 companies that generate impressive revenues of $15.5 billion. Aerospace is a major and dynamic engine of economic growth for Québec.

“For its second edition, thanks to its three new categories, the Gilles-Demers Awards has been able to recognize the tremendous talent of a larger number of SMEs,” says Ms. Benoît. “One of our central goals is to highlight the considerable diversity, innovation and excellence of companies in our industry.”

In addition to the high visibility gained at the gala, ATEP Laval’s prize included business development consulting services valued at $12,000 provided by the Seefeld Group.