At its annual general meeting, the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) announced the appointment of Mr. Michel Dion as Chairman of its Board of Directors, effective June 9, 2021, succeeding Mr. Marc St-Hilaire, who has held this position for more than six years.


Michel Dion holds a Bachelor’s degree in Space Science from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Master’s degree in Project Management from the Université du Québec in Montreal. He currently leads the innovation team at Bell Textron Canada Limited, based in Mirabel. His primary objective is to generate innovations for the next generation of commercial vertical take-off products. Michel has been leading complex aeronautical projects for over 20 years. Prior to joining Bell, he led various projects on the CF-18 program at L3 MAS and Bombardier Aerospace’s Defence Services Division.


Mr. Dion has served on the CRIAQ Board of Directors since 2018; he has also held various leadership roles in product development and R&D activities for the CARIC and GARDN consortia.


“On behalf of CRIAQ’s directors and management, I would like to thank Mr. St-Hilaire for his long-standing involvement, and his important contribution to advancing CRIAQ’s vision, under his leadership as Chairman of the Board. It is thanks to leaders like him that we can advance aerospace innovation in Quebec, Canada and the world. With this vision guiding our mission, we are now well positioned to ensure a sustainable recovery of our industry. We look forward to continuing our mission under Mr. Dion’s leadership. We are confident that his expertise and vision will help strengthen Quebec’s technological leadership in cutting-edge aerospace applications such as sustainable aerospace, future air mobility and digital aviation,” said Alain Aubertin, President and CEO of CRIAQ.


Marc St-Hilaire will continue his involvement with CRIAQ as a administrator for the Board of Directors.