The competition

The Gilles-Demers Awards competition aims to recognize the leadership and excellence of Québec’s aerospace SME. This competition promotes the development of Québec’s aerospace cluster by recognizing SMEs that have demonstrated leadership in key areas such as wealth creation and outreach, commitment to innovation and business development and internationalization.

Dates to remember

  • Submission of nominations: the application period is open until September 26, 2021.
  • Gilles-Demers Awards Gala and Awards Ceremony: December 10, 2021.

 

For information on the Gilles-Demers Awards competition, please contact Anouk Wawrzyniak, Director, Growth (anouk.wawrzyniak@aeromontreal.ca ; 514 987-9338)

THE CATEGORIES

For its fourth edition, the three founding categories will be recognized equally in the Gilles-Demers Awards competition.

Wealth Creation and Outreach

Commitment to Innovation

Business Development and Internationalization

A prize will be awarded to a company in each category, giving three SMEs the opportunity to demonstrate their achievements and capabilities.

The “Grand Prize” will be awarded to the winning company that excels the most, in a balanced way, in all three categories combined.

The Gilles-Demers Awards competition therefore offers a total of four Québec SMEs the chance to shine through their excellence!

 

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

Complete the online form to submit your nomination.

Let us know as soon as possible that you want to participate in the Gilles-Demers Awards competition at the following address: PrixGillesDemers2021@aeromontreal.ca  

Endorsement letters are no longer required.

Complete and return the nomination form before September 26, 2021.

Full details of the competition procedures are contained in the general rules.

*SMEs that have completed the nomination form online will be contacted as required by a representative responsible for managing the nomination files; this person can also assist them in the submission of a file.

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 to come

Category

Company

First name

Family name

Title

SME

APN

Michel

Leblanc

Vice President, Sales and Marketing 

OEM

BOMBARDIER AERONAUTIQUE

Jasmine

Theriault

Director, Procurement- Aircraft Interiors, Avionics and Structure 

OEM 

CAE

Catherine

Thibault

DireDirector, Public Affairs and Global Communications 

Research Center

CONSEIL NATIONAL DE RECHERCHES CANADA

Mouhab

Meshreki

Directeur, Recherche et Développement, Fabrication en Aérospatiale

Investment Fund

FSTQ

Guy

Boutin

Manager, Investment 

Academic Institution

POLYTECHNIQUE

Catherine

Beaudry

Professor and holder of Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Creation, Development and the Commercialization of Innovation.

OEM

PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA

Jacques

Dodier

Director, Strategic Procurement and Technologies

Audit and Accounting

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS

Mario

Longpré

Partner

 

PARTNER

Partner of the event

Gold Partner