17 June 2013

The École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA - National Institute of Aeronautics) located in Quebec and Aerolia, French leader and major global player in aerostructures, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of the Minister for Industrial policy and Economic development bank of Quebec, Ms. Élaine Zakaïb, in the framework of the prestigious Paris Air Show.

The Memorandum of Understanding between ÉNA, affiliated with Collège Édouard-Montpetit, and Aerolia Canada, is aimed at supporting the company to find skilled labour through different means. This will enable the company to be advertised to the ÉNA students as a prime employer. This partnership will be particularly beneficial to them since Aerolia will provide them with quality professional internships and jobs. The ÉNA Business service centre will also give support for continuing education of employees and adjustment to the specific features of Quebec.

Besides, ÉNA has developed a partnership with Lycée Henry Potez in Méaulte that trains technicians hired by Aerolia France, so as to promote occupational mobility and training course harmonisation both in Montreal and in Méaulte. Their respective research centres will also be involved in this cooperation.

Establishment in Quebec

“This partnership is in line with our willingness to set up in Quebec with the backing of our well-renowned partners in Quebec, the skills of which are highly recognised in the Industry. In the context of our search for skilled technicians, this partnership with ÉNA gives us the opportunity to position ourselves favourably in the marketplace of Montreal for the recruitment of new employees. We also forge alliances that will produce beneficial results as regards the development of our personnel”, explained Marie-Agnès Veve, CEO of Aerolia Canada. Aerolia Canada is currently employing nearly 60 full-time people and will soon recruit its plant staff for the assembly of the centre fuselage section of Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 aircraft. Over the next three years, Aerolia Canada plans to recruit close to 200 employees.

ÉNA invited Aerolia to visit its facilities whereas the latter was exploring the resources of the Belle Province before confirming its establishment. "We are proud that Aerolia joins with ÉNA. This French leader will be able to count on the expertise of the biggest aeronautical institute in North America. We will work together with Aerolia to promote the training and development of its labour force, and contribute, in our own way, to the success of its establishment in Quebec", reported delightedly Serge Brasset, Director General of Collège Édouard-Montpetit and Director of the École nationale d’aérotechnique.


French Leader in aerostructures and a major worldwide player in the design and production of aircraft equipped fuselages, Aerolia produces over 600 nose sections and fuselages, as well as 6 million elementary parts, panels and pipes each year. Aerolia's Head Office is based in Toulouse whereas the production sites are in France (Méaulte and St-Nazaire), in Tunisia and will soon extend in the Montreal region. Aerolia currently hires more than 3,200 employees worldwide and recorded a turnover of 1 billion euros (1.3 billion Canadian dollars) in 2012.

About the École Nationale d’Aérotechnique (ÉNA)

Equipped with installations valued at 85 million Canadian dollars (60 million euros), including 34 aircraft, ÉNA proposes short college training sessions (AEC) as well as technical programmes (DEC) in the field of aeronautical engineering, aircraft maintenance and avionics. These training courses, some of which enable to obtain the Canada Transport licenses, enable graduates to directly enter the labour market or pursue university engineering studies. Renowned for its expertise, multi-skilling and sense of innovation, the ÉNA Business service and continuing education works closely with many organisations, educational institutions and companies so as to offer integrated solutions for continuing education and in-company training meeting their specific needs.


Philippe Le Grégam
Head of Communications Aerolia SAS
Cell: +33 6 80 41 81 49

École nationale d’aérotechnique

Nathalie Coutu
École nationale d’aérotechnique
Office: (001) 450 678-3561, ext. 4503
Cell. : (001) 514 929-3805



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