The competition

The Gilles-Demers Awards recognize the leadership and excellence of Québec’s aerospace SMEs. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted us to rethink the way we travel, work and get together. In these special times, the Gilles-Demers Awards are being transformed to honour the boldness, perseverance and resilience of those companies that have helped to keep the aerospace industry moving forward.

Dates to remember

  • Submission of nominations: the application period is open until the end of February 2021.
  • Gilles-Demers Awards Gala and Awards Ceremony: Spring 2021.

 

THE CATEGORIES

Stay tuned; the new categories will be unveiled soon!

 

WHY PARTICIPATE IN THE GILLES-DEMERS AWARDS 2021?

In addition to the trophy and the prizes that will be awarded for each of the categories, this contest allows you to:

  • Underscore the boldness and resilience of your company in times of crisis
  • Position your company as a leader in its category
  • Enhance the reputation of your company
  • Benefit from media visibility (press release issued by Aéro Montréal; advertisements; specific article dedicated to the winning companies)

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The Gilles-Demers Awards are opened to all Québec SMEs in the aerospace sector that meet the following criteria:

  • Company has fewer than 500 employees in Quebec
  • Company has a Québec Enterprise Number (NEQ)
  • Company with at least 30% of its activities in the aerospace sector

SUBMISSION OF NOMINATIONS AND GENERAL RULES

Due to the particular context that we all face, the Aéro Montréal team wants to give you the time you need to prepare your submission under the best possible conditions. That’s why the nomination period will remain open until the end of February 2021.

Anouk Wawrzyniak, Project Manager, Growth, will be available to answer all your questions about the competition (anouk.wawrzyniak@aeromontreal.ca; 514 987-9338).

Indicate your interest in the competition by filling out this short form.

The Aéro Montréal team is committed to providing you with a personalized follow-up that will keep you informed about all future developments.

For additional information, we also invite you to regularly visit the web page dedicated to the Gilles-Demers Awards competition on Aéro Montréal’s website.

THE LEGACY OF GILLES DEMERS

His journey
Gilles Demers joined our industry as an inspector at Pratt & Whitney. Subsequently, he worked for Bendix Avelex. Starting in 1982, he assumed responsibility for quality assurance and business development at Aero Machining. He remained there for 10 years before buying a part of the company in 1992.

His ambition
The ambition of Mr. Demers was clear: to be the best. For Gilles Demers, the term “best” had a profound meaning: his friends were the best, his partners and suppliers were the best ... and that is how his company was the best. Guided by this motto, he understood very early on the merits of establishing a strategy championing consolidation and working in partnership to better serve his customers. This vision not only fostered improvement in his company but also across the entire industry.
Gilles Demers firmly believed that the development of a strong Québec industry hinges on the ability of companies to come together to offer the “best.” It is in this spirit that in June 1997 he participated in the creation of the Québec Aerospace Association (AQA). Mr. Demers was elected president of the AQA in 1999 and re-elected many times thereafter.

COMPOSITION OF THE JURY

 

Biographies à venir

Catégorie

Compagnie

Prénom

Nom

Titre

PME

APN

Michel

Leblanc

Vice-Président Ventes et Marketing

Institution financière

BDC

Frédéric

Loiselle

Directeur, Solutions Aérospatiales

Maitre d’œuvre

BOMBARDIER AERONAUTIQUE

Jasmine

Theriault

Directrice, Approvisionnement - Intérieurs d'avion, Avionique et Structure

Maitre d’œuvre 

CAE

Catherine

Thibault

Directrice, Affaires publiques et Communications mondiales

Centre de recherche

CONSEIL NATIONAL DE RECHERCHES CANADA

Mouhab

Meshreki

Directeur, Recherche et Développement, Fabrication en Aérospatiale

Fond d'investissement

FSTQ

Guy

Boutin

Directeur des investissements

Cabinet d'avocat

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT

Alain

Ricard

Associé et Chef canadien de l’équipe Transport

Institut d’enseignement

POLYTECHNIQUE

Catherine

Beaudry

Professeur titulaire, Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur la création, le développement et la commercialisation de l'innovation, Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel

Maitre d’œuvre

PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA

Jacques

Dodier

Directeur principal, Approvisionnement Stratégique et Technologies

Audit et Comptabilité

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS

Mario

Longpré

Associé