The Montréal aerospace industry contributes to the city’s reputation as a premier business destination through major events held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. In the last five years, the Palais has hosted 16 regional, national and international aerospace events. These gatherings translated into 38,500 room nights in Montréal hotels, and generated an estimated $34,000,000 in tourism income for the city and Québec.
Aerospace – Major Events Committee
To help the city maintain its status as a leading host of aerospace events, in 2011, the Palais des congrès assembled a group of experts from the industry’s key players in Montréal. The Aerospace Committee was entrusted with promoting Montréal’s immense potential worldwide, and to also provide all the necessary support required to organize international aerospace events. The taskforce is co-chaired by Suzanne M. Benoit, CEO of Aéro Montréal (Québec’s aerospace cluster), and by Professor Wagdi Habashi, Director of the McGill Department of Mechanical Engineering’s CFD Lab.
The taskforce’s achievements include organizing and hosting large-scale conferences like the ASME Turbo Expo, which chose Montréal and the Palais as their venue not just once, but twice. The Palais also recently earmarked a $45,000 fund to help Aerospace Committee members and members of the local aerospace community create business ties with international convention decision-makers.
Montréal, aerospace city
Montréal is among the world’s Top 3 aerospace centres1 and also one of the few places in the world where virtually every aircraft component can be obtained within a 30 km radius. Greater Montréal handles 70% of the aerospace R&D conducted in Canada. The Québec aerospace industry employs over 40,000 people and generates annual sales of $15.5 billion2.
Some of the aerospace events that have chosen Montréal and the Palais des congrès:
- ASME Turbo Expo 2015, 2600 delegates
- Innovation Aerospace Forum and CRIAQ Research Forum 2016, 1900 delegates
- Airports Council International World and North America Conference & Exhibition 2016, 2000 delegates
- Aeromart Montréal 2017, 1000 delegates
1 Montréal International
2 Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation – Gouvernement du Québec (2015 figures)