The 8th Annual General Meeting Focused on the Importance of Green Aviation in Canada
Nearly 75 participants from all over the country came to the 8th Annual General Meeting of the Green Aviation Research & Development Network (GARDN) at the McGill Faculty Club and Conference Centre on September29.
Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and Chairman of the Board of GARDN, kicked off the meeting with the vision and future of GARDN. For the organization, three strategies for action will be the key to meeting the federal government’s objectives: Canada’s Innovation Agenda, the Clean Technology Program and the Sustainable Development Strategy. In addition to highlighting the benefits of GARDN II, Mr. Quick elaborated on these three objectives, which will impact ongoing discussions on the continuity of environmental aviation efforts. With this government’s main focus on the middle class, he stated that the environment will be GARDN’s top priority in the days ahead.
Sylvain Cofsky, Executive Director of GARDN, concentrated on the third call for projects held in collaboration with the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), a key event over the past year that has led to the launch of four new collaborative research projects. Mr. Cofsky also highlighted the involvement of 26 new members in the organization, most of which are SMEs.
The event was also an opportunity to announce GARDN’s 4th call for projects. The organization will accept project idea submissions until December 2, 2016.
The AGM concluded with a lecture by Steve Csonka, Executive Director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), who spoke about CAAFI’s biofuel efforts and its ongoing initiatives in the United States. Everyone at the AGM greatly appreciated Mr. Csonka’s presentation and clear views on the current aerospace climate.