Speech by the Ambassador for the 30 years of Airbus [fr]
Speech by the Ambassador for the 30 years of Airbus Helicopters
Fort-Erié, September 19, 2014
The Honourable Ed Fast,
Federal Minister of International Trade
The Honourable James Bradley,
Deputy Government House Leader, Chair of the Cabinet - Ontario Government
Mr. Wayne Gates,
Member of Provincial Parliament, Niagara Falls
His Worship Mayor Douglas Martin,
Mayor Fort Erie
Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair,
Ontario Provincial Police
Mr. Romain Trapp,
President, Airbus Helicopters Canada
Mr. Dominique Maudet,
Executive Vice President, Global Business and Service, Airbus Helicopters
Mr. Declan O’Shea,
President & CEO, Vector
Mr. Marc Paganini,
President & CEO, Airbus Helicopters Incorporated
Mr. Rudy Palladina,
Chairman, Airbus Helicopters Canada
Mr. Jim Doak, Director,
Board of Directors, Airbus Helicopters Canada
Ret’d General Ray Henault,
Director, Board of Directors, Airbus Helicopters Canada
The EU was in 2013 the second commercial partner of Canada, totalising 7% of canadian exports of goods (including aeronautical components) and 8,5% of canadian imports of goods (also including aeronautical components). That gives you the already excellent level of economic exchanges between us.
Furthermore, the recent finalisation of our Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will further enhance this strong relationship, particularly I think in areas like transport, energy, services, science and technology and professional mobility. The upgrade of our relationship in Trade should be of at least 20%, or 25 billion canadian dollars, in the coming years.
As a major european industrial contributor and perfect exemple of the Franco-German business cooperation from its creation, the AIRBUS Group is a key player in the development of transatlantic economic relations. And as a major part of that group, AIRBUS helicopters has been from the beginning at the forefront of the extraordinary expansion of corporate and government use of helicopters throughout the world.
Therefore, recognising the tremendous importance of North America in this development, the creation of the industrial subsidiary AIRBUS Helicopters Canada became evident. After 30 years of investments in facilities, material and of course in people of the highest quality, I am proud to say that AIRBUS Helicopters Canada has become a major player in the Canadian aeronautical sector.
As for the economic ties between France and Ontario, of which we can all be proud of, France is the 10th commercial partner of the province, especially with the greater Toronto area : 800 MCAD are imported by France from Ontario whereas 1,8 BCAD are imported by Ontario from France. Relations in which helicopters have a large share.
We count about 200 french companies present in Ontario, in industry (aeronautics, transport, energy, parmaceuticals, food and beverages), in services (finance, councelling, hospitality and facilities management) and of course in consumer goods.
Airbus helicopters plays an important role among these companies, and I would like to personaly thank each and everyone of you who, by ensuring the professional successes of your company both in the fields of local contracting and export, bring an essential contribution to the development of this business relation between our two countries.