civil aviation week

Montréal. 2016. sept. 26 > oct. 3

About the Event

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a UN organization established in Montréal since its creation in 1947, has drawn in its wake a number of prestigious aviation industry organizations that have made the city the world capital of civil aviation.

On the occasion of the ICAO Annual Assembly and the Annual General Assembly of Airports Council International (ACI), with more than 5,000 delegates gathered in Montréal, the presence of these key players in civil aviation will be underscored by a special week dedicated to this major sector of the economy, from September 26 to October 3, 2016.

Civil Aviation Week will also be an opportunity to celebrate the vitality of Québec’s aerospace industry and its players, who work closely with these global leaders. Aéroports de Montréal, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, the City of Montréal, Aéro Montréal and Montréal International are the major partners responsible for the program for this outstanding week. This event is also made possible with the financial support of the City of Montréal, the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada.

On the agenda: a wealth of activities organized around the themes of innovation and the environment, including open houses, tours, exhibitions by aerospace clubs, DragonsDen-type competitions, and lectures with prestigious guest speakers.

Personalities in the spotlight

Cabana Seguin| Quotes

As the civil aviation capital of the world, Montréal is pleased to welcome the delegates attending international Civil Aviation Week. This event is an opportunity to discover our city and to highlight the importance of this field of activity.

Civil aviation is a strong economic lever for Montréal. In addition to bringing together several world leaders representing the aeronautics and aerospace industries, Montréal is home to a number of high-profile international organizations involved in civil aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, International Air Transport Association, Airports Council International and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations.

During the week of September 26th, Montréal will host several major events involving civil aviation, including the 39th Assembly Session of the International Civil Aviation Organization, Airports Council International World Conference and Exhibition, and others. Also, Montréal will celebrate Montréal-Trudeau’s 75th anniversary.

I would like to remind international participants that Montréal will celebrate its 375th anniversary next year, and Canada its 150th. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to be part of the celebrations.

Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal

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Cabana Seguin| Quotes

Aerospace is a strategic sector for Greater Montréal as well as a true driver of growth and wealth-creation for all of Québec.

The Government of Québec is proud to be among the partners of Civil Aviation Week. This gathering of international aviation industry players abounds with opportunities to develop and expand the reach and influence of Québec expertise and know-how, as expressed through well-established local prime contractors as well as our creative, innovative SMEs. With its recently introduced 2016–2026 Québec Aerospace Strategy, our government is reiterating the importance of strengthening the province’s leadership in this industry, which provides employment for more than 40,000 people here at home.

We welcome the commitment of the various Montréal-based stakeholders who have joined forces to present this major event, which will help reinforce the city’s international reputation as a hub, and indeed a capital, of civil aviation.

We hope this will be a week filled with promising and productive exchanges for all involved.

Dominique Anglade
Minister of the Economy, Science and Innovation
Minister Responsible for the Digital Strategy

Martin Coiteux
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy
Minister of Public Security
Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region

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Cabana Seguin| Quotes

As Canada’s Minister of Transport, it is my pleasure to welcome thousands of delegates to Montreal during Civil Aviation Week 2016.

Canada is honoured to serve as host country for the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, as well as Airports Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and other distinguished international organizations. As we come together for the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly and ACI’s Annual Assembly, Civil Aviation Week is a fantastic opportunity to secure the highest possible standards in global aviation and to play a leadership role in the fight against climate change. Let’s show the world what the aviation sector is capable of!

It’s also a great time to celebrate Canada’s aerospace sector. Hundreds of Canadian aerospace companies are making their mark on the world stage and continue to be world leaders in setting the highest standards of safety, security, efficiency and environmental performance. In 2015, this Canadian industry generated close to $30 billion in revenues.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish you an interesting and productive Civil Aviation Week and a pleasant stay in Montreal.

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

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The week’s events will highlight the major organizations in world civil aviation located in Montréal, with a special focus on the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which has been joined in the city by numerous other prestigious international organizations. The presence of this major institution in the world of aviation has also contributed to the growth of Québec’s aeronautical and aerospace clusters. The activities on the agenda will draw attention to the economic contributions of the aviation sector, but also the environmental challenges that it faces.



Among the guest speakers invited is Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the solar-powered aircraft that recently completed a round-the-world trip without fuel, and may be a precursor of the green aviation of tomorrow. ACI World-NA and ICAO will also be welcoming high-level guest speakers to their respective assemblies, who will address various subjects of interest to today’s civil aviation stakeholders.



Partners from the fields of aviation, aerospace, business and international relations have pooled their efforts to mark this exceptional week during which the civil aviation organizations based in Montréal will welcome delegates from around the world to their respective gatherings.


In conjunction with the official ICAO and ACI activities hosting more than 5,000 delegates, the Week will feature various events open to members of the public and the media. This will culminate with an eagerly awaited lecture on the Solar Impulse aircraft round-the-world flight, and two high-level competitions on the theme of innovation.

Monday, September 26, 2016
Hosted by Aéroports de Montréal, official launch of Civil Aviation Week in conjunction with the opening of the ACI World-NA Conference.
Venue: Palais des Congrès

Media launch of the Week, attended by James C. Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal, Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, Angela Gittens, President of ACI World, Kevin Burke, President of ACI North America and Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region.

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15h15 – 16h15
Session: “ICAO – Why It Matters to Airports”
Venue: Palais des Congrès

Session on the importance of ICAO’s role vis-à-vis the world’s airports, attended by the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada and Angela Gittens, President of ACI North America.

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Presentation from Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
Venue: ICAO Headquarters

Major environmental declaration from Bombardier Commercial Aircraft regarding their C Series aircraft, followed by an opportunity to interview senior management.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Opening of the 39th session of the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), attended by dignitaries from around the world.
Venue: Maison ICAO

The hosts and partners of the Week will highlight the presence of this flagship civil aviation institution in Montréal, which is also home to other prestigious organizations such as ACI (Airports Council International), lATA (International Air Transport Association), and IFALPA (International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations).

For registration at the Assembly and other ICAO events

For information on ICAO’s World Aviation Forum

From 12h15
Tours of company premises by international journalists.
Venue: Laval and Mirabel

These tours are organized by Montréal International in collaboration with ICAO to boost awareness of the city’s aviation and aerospace ecosystem, comprising international civil aviation organizations, innovative manufacturers and SMEs, as well as teaching and research institutions in the Montréal region.

13h00 – 13h30
Workshop by FlightAware and Aireon on real-time flight tracking and GADSS compliance
Venue: ICAO Headquarters Assembly 29 Workshop Zone

FlightAware and Aireon will discuss ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) requirements and solutions that will make airlines compliant.

From 18h
Closing Reception of the ACI World-NA conference, followed by the ACI World-NA Gala.
Venue: New City Gas

Outgoing President’s Closing Cocktail, followed by a Gala evening.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
From 18h
Official Reception by the host country.
Venue: Maison ICAO

Formal Reception given by the Government of Canada for dignitaries and government representatives from ICAO member countries.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
8h – 10h
Tours of CAE premises by international journalists.

Tours organized for delegates and international journalists organized by Aéro Montréal,

Friday, September 30, 2016
Lunch & Learn
James Cherry - President and CEO, Aéroports de Montréal
Venue: Palais des congrès

Hosted by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, this event will present the viewpoint of this key player on current challenges in aviation as well as his vision for the future.

For more information

From 18H
Gilles-Demers Gala evening at the Ritz Carlton – Presentation of the SME of the Year Award by Aéro Montréal.
Venue: Ritz Carlton

Annual event organized by the Aéro Montréal cluster to recognize leadership and excellence among Québec aerospace industry SMEs.

For more information about the Gilles-Demers Gala

Saturday, October 1, 2016
10h – 17h
Open House dedicated to the emerging generation and innovation.
Venue: École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

Organized by Aéro Montréal, this day will feature a competition challenging college and university students in aeronautics / aerospace, on the topic of end-of-life recycling of aircraft. The students selected will defend their solutions to a jury of experts, with the top team winning a trip to Toulouse, France, to tour companies in the region’s industry cluster, Aerospace Valley, with which Aéro Montréal recently established a strategic partnership. Lectures and an exhibition are also on the agenda for the ÉTS Open House, in collaboration with various industry partners.

For details on the contest

Monday, October 3, 2016
Lecture by an international leader in the field of aviation.
Venue: Salle Pierre-Mercure

As part of its International Leaders program, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has invited Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the now-famous Solar Impulse plane, which made a round-the-world trip without fuel, to share his experience and vision of the future of green technologies in aviation.

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guest speakers

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is organizing two public lectures during Civil Aviation Week: one dedicated to the challenges facing civil aviation with James Cherry, and the other on the future of green aircraft technology with Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard. During the Aéro Montréal Open House at ÉTS, Saturday, October 1, two other lectures are scheduled, on the topic of the environment and sustainable development in aviation and aerospace.

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    James C. Cherry

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Aéroports de Montréal


    Bertrand Piccard

    Pioneer, explorer and global influencer


    Kahina Oudjehani

    Design for Environment Lead at Bombardier Aerospace

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    Hany Moustapha, Ph.D.

    Professor and Director, AÉROÉTS
École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) Senior Research Fellow Executive Chairholder, NSERC/P&WC Industrial Research Chair on Propulsion System


    Nathalie Paré

    Executive director of the Comity for aerospace manpower activities in Quebec (CAMAQ)


    Keith Lawless

    Senior Director, Business Sustainability and Improvement, Air Transat

James C. Cherry
President and Chief Executive Officer
Aéroports de Montréal

James C. Cherry is a Montréal native and graduate of McGill University. He is a chartered accountant who has over 35 years of experience in general management, project management and financial management in the International Aerospace, Defence and Rail sectors.

Over this period, he has worked in senior executive positions with Bombardier Inc., Oerlikon Aerospace Inc., CAE Inc. and ALSTOM Canada.

He joined Aéroports de Montréal as President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2001, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Aéroports de Montréal. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). He also holds directorships in various companies and organizations, including: Canadian Airports Council, Conference Board of Canada, Logistec Corporation, COGECO and Mount-Royal Club.

Bertrand Piccard
Pioneer, explorer and global influencer

Bertrand Piccard is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. It is in his DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible, he also did when circumnavigating the globe nonstop in a balloon. The ocean depths and the stratosphere attracted his father and grandfather; the challenges of our time fascinate him. Since he launched the first flight around the world in a solar airplane, his ambition has been to leverage a pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies and clean technologies. With his dual identities as medical doctor and explorer, Bertrand has become an influencial voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader for progress and sustainability.

Kahina Oudjehani
Design for Environment Lead at Bombardier Aerospace

Kahina Oudjehani received a Master's degree (M.A.Sc.) in Chemical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 2001 and a Bachelor's degree in the same field in 1997. She has cumulative experience of 13 years in environmental impact assessment in different industries (Soil remediation, Telecommunication, Consulting and Aerospace).

She joined Bombardier Aerospace in 2008 as a Design for Environment specialist working for the CSeries program. She successfully influenced employees and suppliers to embrace the DfE (Design for Environment) strategy and collaborate in the Life Cycle Analysis. Early in 2011, she was promoted to the position of DfE Lead for the whole company where she is responsible, along with her team of 6 engineers, for integrating environmental concerns in the product design. 

Hany Moustapha, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, AÉROÉTS
École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) Senior Research Fellow Executive Chairholder, NSERC/P&WC Industrial Research Chair on Propulsion System

With P&WC from 1978 to 2010, he was Senior Manager of Technology from 1999 to 2009 and was named Senior Research Fellow in 2011.

He is the Canadian industry member of NATO. He is Adjunct Professor at Carleton University (Canada) and Rzeszow University (Poland), as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (U.S.A.). He is an active member of committees within the CRIAQ and Aero Montreal. He is the founder of the Montreal Aerospace Institute and a co-founder of CRIAQ.

He is a Fellow of the ASME, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. He is the author and co-author of over 100 publications and two books on gas turbines. He is the recipient of 30 national and international awards since 1980, including: Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec (2013), James C. Floyd Award AIAC (2012), CASI Senior McCurdy Award (2008), ADRIQ Prix Carrière industrielle (2007), etc.

Nathalie Paré
Executive director of the Comity for aerospace manpower activities in Quebec (CAMAQ)

Appointed Executive Director in March 2014, Nathalie had her first contact in aviation nearly 20 years ago during a summer job at the Service aérien gouvernemental (Government Air Service). Afterwards, her career oriented towards training where she taught for fifteen years, in vocational and business training. Holder of a Graduate Diploma in Training management from Sherbrooke University; her main fields of interests are knowledge management and knowledge transfer in business. She published a Guide regarding Knowledge transfer for the CAMAQ and set up workshops in place for the companies. Dynamic and cheerful, she wishes to participate actively in the development of aviation, aerospace and airport sectors.

Keith Lawless
Senior Director, Business Sustainability and Improvement, Air Transat

Keith is responsible for environmental compliance and improvement at Air Transat. He is also in charge of implementing projects that reduce costs, and is part of Transat’s global fleet strategy team.

During his career, Keith has worked as a consultant and manager in a wide variety of businesses in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. He has held positions in Production Management, Materials Management, Project Management, Maintenance, Engineering, Finance, and Sustainability.

He has an engineering degree from McGill University (Canada), an MBA from McGill/Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), a certificate in inventory and production management (CPIM), and a certificate in Business Leadership Development from Christ Church University of Oxford (UK).

Contact us

Feel free to get in touch with one of the Civil Aviation Week organizing partners for more information on the event program. You may also contact Aéroports de Montréal at the number provided below, and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate contact person.

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