President and CEO
The Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) is a unique model for collaborative research by companies of all sizes, involving universities, college technology transfer centres, and local and international public research centres.
CRIAQ’s mandate from the Quebec government’s Ministère de l’Économie de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie goes far beyond the implementation of financing programs.
CRIAQ’s vision is to increase the competitiveness of Quebec’s aerospace sector by stimulating technological innovation and corporate commitment through collaborative research and development.
Gathering companies from the aerospace ecosystem and other strategic sectors.
Developing a new generation of innovators.
Promoting cutting-edge technological innovations in Quebec in the fields of aerospace applications, including digital aviation, future air mobility, and sustainable aerospace.
Stimulating diversity, creativity, development, and the emergence of entrepreneurial and innovative talents.
President and CEO
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At the heart of national and international innovation networks for more than 20 years, it is by constantly working to bring together expertise, to lead and mobilize, that we relentlessly advance collaborative research.
With more than 230 partnership projects under our belt, our seasoned team guides manufacturers keen to contribute to aerospace innovation, steers technological paths and drives transitions towards resilient, digital, and sustainable mobility.
We excel in the art of linking entrepreneurial and industrial communities with academic research teams and public research centres to set up strategic R&D and innovation partnerships.
CRIAQ finances development and facilitates the commercialization of technological innovations in aerospace initiated by research networks worldwide.
CRIAQ supports coevolution with other innovative ecosystems, and key players in various sectors including digital, electrical and energy.
CRIAQ contributes to accelerating technological advances and facilitating certification procedures, in collaboration with national and international regulatory authorities, for safe and secure aviation.
CRIAQ stimulates investment in R&D, both public and private, enabling a leverage effect that accelerates innovations and amplifies their scope and impact in aerospace.
CRIAQ promotes the creation of aerospace impact on talent, intellectual property, and economic performance, for both companies and Quebec within the aerospace ecosystem.
Each of our team’s initiatives is rooted in shared values. These principles at the heart of our actions guide our interactions with our members and partners.
Integrity is the value that guides the actions of all CRIAQ members. It implies acting honestly, ethically, and responsibly, while respecting established rules and standards. Integrity fosters mutual trust and transparency in all our interactions.
At CRIAQ, rigour translates into a constant concern for quality, precision and excellence in aerospace research and technological innovation. It means adopting a methodical approach and applying high standards to obtain reliable, relevant results.
A value that encourages loyalty, commitment, and cooperation within CRIAQ. It implies acting in the common interest, supporting members and partners, and demonstrating solidarity. Loyalty fosters cohesion and mutual development among consortium members.
Respect is a fundamental value at CRIAQ. It encompasses mutual respect, diversity of ideas and perspectives, as well as respect for the environment, resources and commitments made. Fostering a harmonious and inclusive work environment for collaboration and innovation is at the heart of CRIAQ’s priorities.
A value that motivates CRIAQ to take calculated risks, innovate and push the limits in the aerospace sector. It implies being bold, persevering and accepting challenges to achieve common goals. Courage stimulates our ambitions and our entrepreneurial spirit.
A value that encourages the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and skills between CRIAQ members. It fosters collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Openness also implies listening to the needs and perspectives of external stakeholders, to foster adaptation and evolution in a constantly changing environment.
CRIAQ was created in 2002 with the financial support of the Government of Quebec.
Mr. André Bazergui, former General Director of Polytechnique Montréal from 1990 to 1998, was the first President and Chief Executive Officer of CRIAQ. During the 20th-anniversary celebrations, he reminded us of the underlying motivations of the industrial and academic research environments to create this unique collaboration model.
First steps to launch the consortium by Jean Nicolas and François Charron of the Université de Sherbrooke, with the support of Hany Moustapha of Pratt & Whitney Canada.
CRIAQ is incorporated. Formation of the first board of directors and the first executive committee under the chairmanship of John Holding.
1st Research Forum, with 120 participants.
CRIAQ is officially launched. André Bazergui takes over as President and CEO.
Addition of NSERC as an important funding partner.
Kick-off of collaborative projects with India.
With 290 participants.
CRIAQ is placed in charge of managing the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN).
Clément Fortin is appointed President and CEO. François Caza is appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors.
CRIAQ, model for collaboration and exchange among industries, universities and research centres, according to the National Research and Innovation Policy (PNRI).
CRIAQ celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Walter Di Bartolomeo is appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Launch of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), inspired by CRIAQ.
CRIAQ is placed in charge of managing CARIC.
Denis Faubert is appointed President and CEO of both CRIAQ and CARIC.
CRIAQ begins to act as CARIC’s representative in Quebec.
Marc St-Hilaire is appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors.
CRIAQ marks its 15th anniversary with a new logo and a redesign of its branding.
9th RDV Forum (formerly known as the Research Forum), with 650 participants and over 65 project ideas presented.
Alain Aubertin is appointed President and CEO of CRIAQ.
10th RDV Forum with 320+ participants and 50 project ideas presented.
At the RDV Forum, CRIAQ revealed its “White Paper on the Aeronautical System of the Future”, Resulting from a concerted effort between aerospace industry leaders and fully integrated into the CRIAQ action plan.
The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop the CRIAQ from using its ingenuity to pursue its national and international networking initiatives: RDV Network online, RDV Numérique and the “Aero numérique Montréal-Toulouse” online event in November 2020, involving 168 participants, 12 speakers and nearly 150 B2B meetings.
Launch of a new scholarship programme to encourage diversity in the industry: “Next-Generation of Women in Aerospace”.
The 11th edition of the RDV Forum, with the theme “Rising to the Future”, welcomed 406 virtual participants from Quebec, Canada and around the world. The public had the chance to listen to 40+ speakers and discover 33 project ideas, as well master classes from industry leaders.
CRIAQ presented its « Roadmap 2035 – Accelerate Transitions Towards Resilient and Sustainable Air Mobility ». Accelerate Transitions Towards Resilient and Sustainable Air Mobility”. it invites the entire research and innovation ecosystem to unite its ambitions with other innovators to implement concrete actions to accelerate transitions towards resilient and sustainable air mobility.
The 12th RDV Forum under the theme “Sustainable. Digital. Integrated. Building a new air mobility era” welcomed 415 participants from Quebec, Canada and around the world. The public had the chance to listen more than 30 speakers and discover 62 project ideas, as well as adding project showcases and presentations by students working on CRIAQ projects “My Aero thesis in 180 seconds”.