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MINISTER ASHFIELD ANNOUNCES INVESTMENT IN THE NEW BRUNSWICK AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

 

April 17, 2012 - FREDERICTON, NB

The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway announced today an investment in the New Brunswick Aerospace and Defence Association (NBADA). This investment will help support the Association’s operational and marketing activities surrounding this important and growing industry. 

“Our Government understands the important role that the aerospace and defence sector plays in the economy of New Brunswick and that of Atlantic Canada,” said Minister Ashfield. “That is why we have launched our Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan, in which the New Brunswick Aerospace and Defence Association is an important partner. Our Government is pleased to support NBADA’s efforts in building a strong industry, creating jobs and generating growth that the whole region will benefit from.”  

The federal investment will provide operational support to NBADA over a three year period from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2015 as the Association promotes markets and provides training opportunities to New Brunswick companies involved in the aerospace and defence sector.    

The federal government, through ACOA’s Business Development Program is investing $180,000 in this project.  In addition, ACOA has invested $47,600 through the Innovative Communities Fund in the development of a Aerospace and Defence Capabilities Guide, a key promotional tool that will help showcase the expertise, products and the services of companies operating throughout the province.  

“The New Brunswick Aerospace & Defence Association (NBADA) welcomes the renewal of its strategic relationship with the Federal Government,” said Brice Belyea, President of NBADA. “The timing of this renewal is believed to be both exciting and crucial enabling NBADA to work with its membership companies in order to earn as much of the Federal procurement investment in the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) as well as any other Federal investment programs in the A&D sector.”

“One of our initiatives is to offer occupational training and certification services through our newly formed relationship with CCAA. The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) is a not-for-profit national partnership organization that brings together business, labour, educators, industry associations and government in a strategic alliance that is focused on implementing solutions to the specific skills and demographic needs of the industry. Our goal is to help our members develop their people, their practices and ultimately their businesses allowing them to successfully pursue business in this sector,” added Mr Belyea.

FOR BROADCAST USE:  

Minister Keith Ashfield announced today an investment of $227,600 to support the work of the New Brunswick Aerospace and Defence Association (NBADA). The funding will assist the Association with its operational costs and its marketing activities including the development of a sector “Capabilities Guide”, a key promotional tool that will highlight services and expertise of companies throughout the province.

Our Government understands the important role that the aerospace and defence sector plays in the economy of New Brunswick and that of Atlantic Canada. We are pleased to support NBADA’s efforts in building a strong industry, creating jobs and generating growth that the whole region will benefit from, said Minister Ashfield.

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INFORMATION:

Ted Parisé  
Senior Communications Officer
ACOA New Brunswick  
506-452-3917

Peter Hess
Managing Director 
New Brunswick Aerospace and Defence Association  
506-878-3348