MONTRÉAL, Québec, 22 April 2014. The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), an initiative of Industry Canada and the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), has launched to serve as a national research and technology network that unites stakeholders from industry, universities, colleges, and research institutions to advance strategic aerospace technology areas and facilitate collaborative research and development.
"Bombardier welcomes the launch today of the new Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada," says François Caza, vice president and chief engineer, Bombardier Aerospace. "As founding members of CRIAQ, we have been actively engaged in the forging of strong ties between universities, research centers and the industry in Québec. We are equally committed to the development of the new national network, which will allow us to collaborate with the best researchers from across Canada. This close collaboration of all aerospace players in Canada will contribute greatly to our competitiveness on the global scale."
The establishment of CARIC reflects the recommendations of the Aerospace Review Report, led by the Honourable David Emerson, who conducted a comprehensive review of policies and programs specific to the aerospace sector that was mandated by the Government of Canada in 2011. The model is based upon that of CRIAQ, which was unanimously recognized by the aerospace industry as a best practice for collaborative research in Canada, officials say.