Vermont and Québec Leaders Celebrate a Decade of Collaboration on Trade Corridor

The Vermont Chamber attended Aéro Montréal’s Global Aerospace Supply Chain Summit and BCI’s Aeromart Montréal Tradeshow and Conference for Aerospace and Defense to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a collaboration agreement between Aéro Montréal and the Vermont Aerospace & Aviation Association, a division of the Vermont Chamber. Over the past decade, the Vermont Chamber has championed the Vermont – Québec Aerospace Trade Corridor, which links Vermont’s $2 billion aerospace manufacturing and civil aviation industry with the $17.8 billion Québec aerospace cluster. Recently, the Corridor was extended to include Connecticut and expanded to Ontario.

In both English and French remarks, Chris Carrigan, VP of Business Development for the Vermont Chamber stated, “Over the past decade, the Vermont Chamber and Aéro Montréal have brought our suppliers together to maintain our business relationships and identify new opportunities. We have thus created, over the years, an integrated cross-border supply chain, as well as a regional and international supply chain hub. It unites us not only in business but also to ensure our security and prosperity.”

Mélanie Lussier, President and CEO of Aéro Montreal stated, “Ten years later, I have to say that working with the Vermont Chamber has far exceeded our expectations. For our members, these collaborative agreements ensure access to new markets, innovation, contacts, and aerospace opportunities. I am a firm believer in the continuing power of this collaboration.”

Vermont’s aerospace sector was well represented at the international event, with a delegation featuring Concepts NRECDynapowerLucas IndustriesNorth Country EngineeringStephens Precision, and Web Industries. Additional key partners attending in support of the trade corridor included the Vermont Agency of CommerceU.S. Commercial Service, our new Montréal Office for Vermont, CIDEPInvestissement Québec, B2B/2GO, Aerospace Components Manufacturers (ACM), and the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC).