CRIAQ-Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec

Alain Aubertin
Vice President, Business Development, Network and Innovation Processes
Tel: (514) 313-7561 ext. 272
Fax: (514) 398-0902

Suzanne Frigault
Executive Assistant
(514) 313-7561 ext. 253

740 Notre-Dame Street West, Suite 1515, Montreal, QC H3C 3X6    |

The Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) is a non-profit organization established in 2002 with the financial support of the Quebec government. Its mission is to increase the competitiveness of the aerospace industry and enhance the collective knowledge base in aerospace through improved education and training of students.

CRIAQ is a unique model of collaborative industry-led research involving universities and research centres. The consortium promotes collaboration between specialists from industry and researchers to identify and implement precompetitive projects that meet industry requirements. Projects, which last on average three years, involve at least two industries and two research units and are mostly initiated during the research forum.

Through CRIAQ, businesses have access to the expertise of renowned researchers and to increased financial resources that greatly enhance their initial R&D budget. For a small business, this can represent up to 30 times its contribution to a project. Researchers thus benefit from financial support provided by a range of sources, and contribute to technological advances in the industry.

As a tremendous incubator of young talents, CRIAQ comprises more than 600 researchers and specialists from the industry, universities and research centres, as well as some 550 university-based student researchers. Since its foundation, CRIAQ has signed over 100 projects, among which figure world-renowned aerospace stakeholders.

A National Collaborator

2014 marks a turning point in CRIAQ’s history as it is actively engaged as one of the pillar founders of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), with leaders of the aerospace industries such as AIAC. The Network will bring together players from across Canada and promote nationwide collaboration based on CRIAQ’s model, which has proven its success throughout the years.

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