Minister Fast Promotes Canadian Leadership in Aerospace Industry at Paris Air Show

June 18, 2013 - Paris - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, attended the 50th International Paris Air Show today to promote Canada’s leadership in the aerospace industry. Minister Fast met with aerospace executives, participated in business networking activities and visited Canadian companies represented at this year’s trade show.

The aerospace industry is critical to Canada’s economy, consistently ranking as one of the country’s top manufacturing sectors. In 2012, aerospace revenues in Canada exceeded $22 billion, and 80 percent of the sector’s output is exported. Directly and indirectly, aerospace employs 160,000 Canadians.

Photo (top left): Minister Fast (right) speaks with David A. Gossen, President of IMP Aerospace & Defence, at the Atlantic Alliance booth at the trade show.

Photo (top right): Minister Fast addresses business leaders gathered at the Western Economic Diversification Canada event during the Paris Air Show.

Photo (bottom left): Minister Fast (left) meets with Viking Air Ltd. President and CEO David C. Curtis at the company’s booth.

Photo (bottom right): Minister Fast (right) meets with CMC Electronics President and CEO Greg Yeldon at the company’s booth.

For more information about this visit, please see 50th International Paris Air Show.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-7332
rudy.husny@international.gc.ca

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000
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