Program

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We’re delighted to present the program that our team has been working hard on to bring you an innovative, captivating and inspiring event.

Our program is structured around 3 main themes covering the entire aerospace value chain:
sustainable transformation, innovation and emerging technologies
.

By taking part in the International Aerospace Innovation Forum, you can :

  • Attend major conferences and panels with industry leaders,
  • Participate in
    roundtables and workshops
    with Quebec and international aerospace players,
  • Attend major major announcements,
  • Exchange ideas at the heart of the Exhibitors’ Loungeand discover the latest innovations at the cutting edge of technology,
  • Network and exchange with all participants thanks to our
    intelligent B2B platform
    and at our
    networking events.

– Day 1 –

Collaboration: Innovation’s accelerator

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Welcoming participants

8:15 - 8:20 a.m.

Opening introduction

Hosts

Jarrod Morley, Senior Director – Strategy & Head of Innovation, Aéro Montréal – Co-host
Samantha Golinski, Vice President, Public Affairs & Global Communications, CAE – Co-host

8:20 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcoming remarks

Hosts
  Mélanie Lussier, President, Aéro Montréal
  Bicha Ngo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Investissement Québec
  Mitch Davies, President, National Research Council Canada

8:30 - 8:40 a.m.

Government of Quebec’s perspective on the aerospace industry

Speakers

Mélanie Lussier, President, Aéro Montréal
Quebec government representative

8.40 - 8.50 a.m.

Government of Canada’s perspective on the aerospace industry

Speakers

Mélanie Lussier, President, Aéro Montréal
Government of Canada Representative

8:50 - 8:55 a.m.

Introductory remarks

Speaker

8:55 - 9:00 a.m.

Introduction to Collaboration: Innovation’s Accelerator

Speaker
  Fassi Kafyeke, Fellow Research, Innovation and Collaboration, Bombardier

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Industry Analysis

By way of introduction, Kevin Michaels and Richard Aboulafia of AeroDynamic Advisory set the scene by sharing data and information on market trends, emerging technologies and the effects of ICAO’s ambitious targets on the industry.

Speakers
  Richard Aboulafia, Managing Director, AeroDynamic Advisory
  Kevin Michaels, Managing Director, AeroDynamic Advisory

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Towards Net Zero: New Aircraft Programs & Configurations

To meet the IOAC’s ambitious 2050 targets, industry, governments and research centers need to promote collaborative innovation towards different aircraft types to understand the opportunities for reducing the industry’s carbon footprint, ensuring passenger safety and comfort, while mitigating operating cost surcharges. This section will highlight some of the new thinking behind the design of the aircraft of the future.

Speakers
Rui Pedro Silva, Vice President Engineering, Bombardier
Nathalie Duquesne, Managing Director, Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Coffee break

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Towards Net Zero: Advances in Propulsion

Propulsion is a determining factor in terms of operating costs, aircraft performance and environmental footprint. Engine manufacturers have an inherent desire to increase operational efficiency and demonstrate evolutionary improvement towards Net Zero. Our guest presenters will showcase what their organizations are doing to advance propulsion that satisfies their customers, passengers and the environment.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator
Eymeric Boyer, Principal, Roland Berger

Speakers
Uwe Minkus, Chief Engineer Research, Technology and Future Programmes, Rolls-Royce
Alexandre Gagnon, Executive Director – Transformation, Pratt & Whitney Canada

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Towards Net Zero: A Keynote Overview of Hydrogen in Aerospace

Delivered by one of the industry’s leading innovators, this comprehensive presentation will provide a summary of the different approaches to hydrogen, the recent progress we’ve seen, and its importance in bringing the industry closer to its Net Zero aspirations.

Speaker
  Val Miftakhov, Founder and CEO, ZeroAvia

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Transition to the workshops

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Roundtable: The steps, benefits and challenges of integrating hydrogen into aerospace.

This workshop is designed to explore in more detail the challenges of using hydrogen as an energy source for sustainable flight. Contributors will be asked to discuss the challenges around long range flight missions while considering not only its benefits but the challenges in aircraft design, operational propulsion, storage (in both the aircraft & ground infrastructure), its production & availability, safety & public perception acceptability.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator
Susan Liscouet-Hanke, Associate Professor, Concordia University

Speakers
Val Miftakhov, Founder and CEO, ZeroAvia
Hans Bernd Aringhoff, Head of Corporate Innovation, Lufthansa Technik
Karine Guenan, Vice-President Ecosystem (ZeroE), Airbus
Mikael Cardinal, Vice-President E-Avation – organ delivery systems, Unither Bioelectronics

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Fully Electric Flight – The Future State of Batteries in Aerospace

This round table is designed to explore the benefits and challenges of all-electric flight. Contributors will be invited to discuss where the industry stands in terms of how batteries are being integrated into aviation, what remains to be achieved, and the potential for battery applications based on the current and projected power density of electric flight.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator
JR Hammond, Executive Director, CAAM

Speakers
Martin Larose, Chief Executive Officer, H55
Karim Zaghib, Professor at Concordia University and CEO of Volt-Age Electrifying Society
Riona Armesmith, Chief Technology Officer, MagniX
Erika Holtz, Head of Engineering and Quality, Harbour Air

12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch service

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch conference

Bombardier: The Story and Future of the Ecojet
Hear the story behind Quebec’s historic aviation company as it unveils its newest revolutionary business aircraft to date, promising state of the art technologies, unmatched sustainability and an aircraft configuration that may set a new standard in civil aviation.

Speakers
  Fassi Kafyeke, Fellow Research, Innovation and Collaboration, Bombardier
  Enguerran Michel, Director, Research & Technology, Bombardier
  Sid Banerjee, Unconventional Aircraft Research Program Lead, Bombardier

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Roundtable: SAF

This roundtable is designed to explore what is needed to coordinate local, regional and international strategies around sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). What is, can be, and should be done about its means of production, its classification & certification, its scalability, transportation, distribution, storage and current and projected costs around this essential pathway to meeting ICAO’s aspirational net zero targets by 2050.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator
Jean-Sebastien Pard, Director – Facilitation and Passenger Services, Airport Council International (ACI)

Speakers
Michel Chornet, Executive Vice-President, Technology, and global commercialisation, Enerkem
Catherine Guillemart, Head of Public Affairs Canada, Representative for ICAO, Airbus
Peter H. Schmidt, Chief Operations Officer & Co-Founder, Transcend Air
Robert Peluso, Executive Director – Systems Engineering, Pratt & Whitney Canada

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

OEM & Startup Collaboration Models

With an accelerated technology transition in the aerospace sector, traditional internal development is giving way to a more open invitation to emerging or scaling external disruptive technology developers such as startups. This discussion will explore how leading aerospace companies are working with these companies to deliver leading innovation benefits.

Speakers
Moderator
Julian Lucchesi, Director – Development & Strategic Partnerships, Centech

Speakers
Félix Bélisle Dockrill, CEO & Co-founder, AXYA
Jean-Francois Barrand, Head of Startup Engagement, Airbus Innovation X
Sarah Legendre Bilodeau, Chief Executive Officer, Videns Analytics
Grégoire Michel, Open Innovation Manager, Safran Corporate Ventures

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

eVTOLs: The Last 2 years

This keynote will present the ins and outs of the advanced air mobility market, highlighting emerging players, the status of the pioneers, the changes in the industry over the last 24 months and where the market is headed.

Speaker
Graham Warwick, Managing Editor, Technology, Aviation Week

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Advanced Air Mobility: The Vehicles, a Manufacturer’s Perspective

Leading and emerging eVTOL manufacturers will share their individual operational realities and collective needs to make advanced air mobility a success, as they progress on their roadmap to certification.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator
  Chris Courtney, Director of Advanced Air Mobility, CAE

Speakers
  Brandon Robinson, Co-founder and CEO, Horizon Aircraft
  Guillaume Beauchamp, Head of Aircraft Development, Wisk
  Didier Papadopoulos, Head of Aircraft OEM, Joby Aviation
  Blain Newton, Chief Operating Officer, BETA Technologies

3:30 - 4 p.m.

Coffee break

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Air Corridors and the Social Acceptability Challenges of AAM

Developing, certifying, and selling emerging AAM vehicles have their own challenges. However, where they can take off from, the flight paths that they can take, and the infrastructure where they can land pose another set of challenges. Regulators, air traffic control, and the social acceptability of airports versus vertiports versus urban city rooftops are another set of challenge (noise, flight corridors, safety, congestion, affordability, etc.) are essential factors for successfully bringing about this disruptive form of transportation.

What are stakeholders doing in different regions to prepare for the operationalisation of these quickly approaching technologies?

Moderator and speakers
Moderator:
  Thomas Bombaert, RPAS Technical Officer, ICAO

Speakers:
  Gary Cutts, Challenge Director – Future Flight, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)
  Clothilde Petitjean, Director of programs, CRIAQ
  Ryan Coates, Director RPAS, Transport Canada
  Bob Tanner, Executive Director of Aerospace Partnerships, Parallax Advanced Research

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Canadian Collaborative Innovation Models: New Opportunities on the Horizon Europe & Eureka

Quebec and Canada have made an important push to capitalise on its leadership as an expert in certifying its aviation innovations and opportunities for collaboration have grown with its acceptance to the invitation to join collaborative initiatives internationally.

Speaker
  Melanie Cullins, Director General – National Programs and Business Services, National Research Council Canada

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

A NASA Aeronautics Sustainable Aviation Overview

One of the most recognized, influential, and unparalleled innovators of the industry, NASA has been at the forefront of pioneering breakthroughs in aviation and space for over 3-quarters of a century. This presentation will focus on what happens next, and the resources and people involved in the process.

Speaker
  Jennifer Cole, Deputy Manager for Sustainable Flight National Partnership (SFNP), NASA

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Emerging technology and collaboration opportunities in the United-Kingdom

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) is a vital catalyst for aviation innovation in the UK, driving collaborative research and development to propel the industry forward, ensuring global competitiveness and sustainable advancements. This presentation will discuss the roadmap to those innovations and the opportunities to participate in putting them into the air.

Speaker
  Sophie Lane, Chief Relationship Officer, Aerospace Technology Institute

5:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Closing remarks

5:45 - 6:00 p.m.

Transition to the 7th floor for the International Networking Cocktail

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Rooftop Networking Cocktail

– Day 2 –

Collaboration: Innovation’s accelerator

8:00 - 8:10 a.m.

Opening introduction

Hosts
  Jarrod Morley, Senior Director – Strategy & Head of Innovation, Aéro Montréal – Co-host
  Samantha Golinski, Vice President, Public Affairs & Global Communications, CAE – Co-host

8:10 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome address

Speakers

Mélanie Lussier, President, Aéro Montréal

8:30 - 8.45 a.m.

ICAO keynote address

Speaker

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Introducing the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG)

This presentation will discuss the actions taken and the vision of the IAEG SBTI (Science Based Target Indicators)

Moderator and speakers
Moderator:
  Samantha Golinski, Vice President, Public Affairs & Global Communications, CAE

Speakers:
  Hélène V. Gagnon, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, CAE
  Dr. Bruno Costes, Senior Director Institutional Relations and Standardization, Airbus & Chairman of the Board, IAEG (International Aerospace Environmental Group)

9.15am - 10am

International Forum on Aviation Research (IFAR) Panel Presentation

IFAR is the world’s aviation research establishment network of 26 research centers which aims to connect research organisations worldwide, to develop a shared understanding on the challenges faced by the aviation research community, develop views and recommendations and facilitates opportunities for networking and partnerships. Select members from the organisation will provide a briefing on what is new and what to expect in terms of challenges and ways forward.

Speakers
  Ibrahim Yimer, Vice President Transportation & Manufacturing, National Research Council Canada
  Dr. Bjorn Nagel, Founding Director – Institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  Marc Lesturgie, Director of international affairs, ONERA

9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Transatlantic Collabroation France-Québec Workshop

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Coffee break

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Recognition Award Announcement

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Royal Canadian Air Force 100th Anniversary Keynote Presentation

Speaker
  Major General Jamie Speiser-Blanchet, Canadian Armed Forces

11h15 - 12h

Artificial intelligence: An accelerator to sustainability

AI has grown in popularity socially through applications like ChatGPT and has demonstrated value in the aerospace in improving fuel efficiencies, part design, supply chain activities, inspection processes and even in manufacturing. This panel of experts will explore the further use of the technology sharing proven use-case testimonials and ponder the future state of the technology and the interconnectivity of the industry.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator
  Allison Meyssonnier, Senior Advisor, Partnerships, MILA – Quebec’s Artificial Intelligence Institute

Speakers
  Amine Smires, Chief Executive Officer, CS Group North America
  Youssoupha Diop, Managing Director, Sopra Steria Canada
  Remi Duquette, Vice-President & Industrial AI, MAYA HTT
  Geraldina Iraheta, Chief Commercial Officer, UK Digital Catapult

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Innovation & Collaboration in Defence

The defense aerospace industry may be required to fulfill different missions than that of the civil aviation sector, but it shares similar goals in increasing operational performance and reducing costs.
Are there others, such as sustainability?
What are the priorities in terms of innovation?
How do they compare? Are they dual use innovations?
What are the perspectives on collaboration models?
Our panelists will explore these questions and share strategic priorities and ways to collaborate within the defense aerospace sector.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator:
  Louis Brunet, Collins Aerospace

Speakers:
  Inbal Marcovitch, Acting Section Head at the Research and Development Security Science Center (DRDC), Defense Canada
  Ray Townsend, Chief of Operations, Lockheed Martin Canada
  Mouhab Meshreki, Director General, National Research Council Canada

12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch service

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch conference

Connected Ecosystem

Moderator and speakers
Moderator:
To be determined

Speakers:
  Frank Preli, Vice President of Propulsion and Materials Technologies, Pratt & Whitney
  Jennifer Schopfer, President – Connected Aviation Systems, Collins Aerospace

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Next Generation Workforce Series: Industry Needs

This workshop will address the diverging needs of talent required by aerospace industry players to meet the needs and demands to innovate and include new technologies in their current or upcoming aerospace programs.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator:
  Dominique Sauvé, President, iODS & Director of Programs at SA2GE

Speakers:
  Patricia Gilbert, Project Manager – R&D and University Relations, CAE
  Marco Beaulieu, Head of Talent Acquisition & Internship Experience, Bombardier
  Chantal Boucher, Program Manager, Commercial Development Program, Bell Textron

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Next Generation MRO

New emerging technologies, adoption of advanced materials as well as a shrinking workforce; new and existing aircraft require maintenance and repairs. How are MRO services preparing for the eVTOL revolution? How are they innovating to respond to innovation? What technologies are being adopted by them to support their workforce and enhance productivity? These questions and many others will be answered during this round table.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator:
To be determined

Speakers:
To be determined

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Next Generation Workforce Series: Academic Approach

This workshop will address how learning & training institutions are evolving to consider the interests and career paths of the student body while harmonizing the needs of industry into a dynamic and evolving curriculum.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator:
To be determined

Speakers:
To be determined

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

New Geopolitics of Aerospace: A Paradigm Shift

Moderator and speakers

3pm - 4pm

Challenges in Materials: Ambitions of Lighter, Stronger & More Sustainable

Materials will continue to remain a critical cost and performance factor in aerospace. How is the industry looking to optimize materials for performance, cost and reliability while further make them even more environmentally sustainable?

Moderator and speakers
Moderator:
  Christian Moreau, Professor, Canada Research Chair Tier 1 Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering, Concordia University

Speakers:
  Stéphane Drouin, Vice-President, Investissement Québec
  Kahina Oudjehani, Senior Lead – R&T and Sustainable Innovation, Airbus
  Ron Harber, President, Aerocycle
  Bjorn Nagel, Founding Director – Institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  Pooja Bajaj, Director Materials Engineering, Collins Aerospace

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

GACP Conference

Formally signed into existence during the 2023 Paris Air Show, the Global Aerospace Cluster Partnershiplaunched by the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP), aims to structure a network of aviation clusters with the goal of advancing mutually beneficial activities to support not only their respective regions and members but to promote accelerated collaboration on issues of importance for the industry.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator:
To be determined

Speakers:
To be determined

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Digital series: Quantum Sensing

The notion of advanced quantum computing incites much potential but continues to confuse many. This discussion will explore where the technology currently is, and how it may prove a game changer in flight optimisation, development of advanced materials, enhanced communications, increased security, and even a more sustainable industry.

Moderator and speakers
Moderator:
  David Rancourt, Professor, University of Sherbrooke

Speakers:
  Vincent Aimez, Vice-President of Partnerships & Knowledge Transfer, DistriQ – Quantum Innovation Zone of Quebec
  David Roy-Guay, Chief Executive Officer, SBQuantum
  Jérome Bourassa, Chief Executive Officer, Qubic Technologies
  Geraldina Iraheta, Chief Technology Officer, UK Digital Catapult

15:45 - 16:15 p.m.

Coffee break

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

CAE – Keynote on Collaboration

Speakers
  Marc St-Hilaire, Vice President Technology and Innovation, CAE

16:45 - 17:15 p.m.

Collaboration Opportunities in Québec & Canada

Québec and the aerospace regions of Canada are positioning themselves to accelerate the rate of transition towards sustainable and intelligent air mobility. Recognised and emerging innovation programs & institutions share their mandate, their focus, the opportunities, and the next steps for innovative collaboration.

Moderator and Speakers
Moderator:
  Catherine Beaudry, Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Management and Economics of Innovation

Speakers:
  Fassi Kafyeke, Project Manager, Espace Aéro, Québec Aerospace Innovation Zone
  Michel Dion, General Manager, Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Technology™ (INSAT)
  Guillaume Coté, President, Consortium de recherche et d’innovation en aérospatiale au Québec (CRIAQ)

5:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Closing speech at the 9th edition of the IAIF 2024

Speakers
  Mélanie Lussier, President, Aéro Montréal

5:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Transition to Exhibit Hall