Aspin continues to push aerospace agendaFriday, October 04, 2013 by: Kate AdamsNipissing-Timiskaming MP Jay Aspin
Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming, announced today one of his federal priority initiatives going forward will be the development of an Aerospace Centre of Excellence (ACE) in North Bay. As a start, he announced an Aerospace Forum, a two-day promotional event which will attract major Aerospace companies and local supply companies to take North Bay to the next level in Aerospace.
MP Aspin, who is the Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Aerospace Caucus, led the Aerospace Caucus to tour Aerospace facilities in the major centres of Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg this summer assessing the strengths, weaknesses, and needs of the sector relative to the Emerson Report. This report was commissioned by the government to provide recommendations on how to maintain or improve Canada’s 5th place standing in Aerospace in the world.
Based on experience, knowledge and contacts gained from these familiarity tours as well as his position as Caucus Co-Chair, MP Aspin declared the expansion of the region’s established aerospace sector and infrastructure would be a key priority initiative of his office.
“We have a tremendous base of strength in this sector in North Bay and we need to build on it,” said MP Aspin. “This Forum will be first major step in showcasing our valuable assets to the big players in the industry to assist us in determining how we can contribute to building Canada’s Aerospace capacity. This will be an important job generator for our region as it will have significant spinoff benefits.”
On several occasions MP Aspin has emphasized that as the Government continues to promote the importance of the aerospace sector, reflected in the most recent budget, it is important for Nipissing-Timiskaming to be positioned to profit from the additional investments. He indicated that Aerospace is a $22 billion industry which is a significant sector to our country.
“We need to increase our aerospace profile in North Bay,” said MP Aspin. In that regard, I have invited the Minister of Industry, the Honourable James Moore, responsible for Aerospace in Canada, to this Forum to view our opportunity first hand, conduct an Aerospace round table with our companies and discuss the future direction of the industry.”
The Aerospace Forum will take place November 7 and 8th at Canadore College’s Aviation Campus.