The Board of Directors of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) announced the retirement of AIAC’s President and CEO, Jim Quick, effective January 29th, 2021.
Since his appointment in 2011, Quick’s tenure has been marked by almost a decade in which he played a pivotal role in the life of the association, and indeed the industry. From the establishment and completion of the Emerson Report and its recommendations, to the recent Vision 2025 initiative, his legacy will be long-standing and foundational for the association for years to come.
“Jim’s long career in not-for profit management and his impressive background in public service has been instrumental in the success of AIAC and our solid reputation for cooperation and partnership with our many stakeholders, both nationally and internationally,” said Lee Obst, Country Lead, Canada, Customer & Account Management, at Collins Aerospace, and Chair of the AIAC Board of Directors. “His exceptional leadership and focused advocacy on behalf of the industry has positioned the association as a committed and willing partner with our government stakeholders.”
The Board added that Quick’s vision, drive and focus on serving the long-term interests of the aerospace industry, combined with his dedication to the membership of the association, has strengthened the entire industry’s ability to engage with government at all levels. As a result of his tenure, Quick leaves a more agile and resilient organization that is well-placed to continue its work on behalf of the industry in Canada.
“I am also pleased to announce today the appointment of Mike Mueller, AIAC’s current Senior Vice President as Interim President and CEO,” said Obst. “Together with my colleagues on the Board of Directors of AIAC, we have been impressed with Mike’s leadership abilities over the past six months during Jim’s absence. We have full confidence Mike will continue to skillfully perform in this new interim role.”
AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector. As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes nearly $28B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 235,000 Canadians.