Minister Moore praises industry for recent steps to bolster innovation; announces new Space Advisory Board
November 19, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada
The Canadian aerospace industry is a global success story that is setting new standards for innovation, productivity and competitiveness, Industry Minister James Moore told a lunchtime audience today at the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit.
The Minister underlined the government's support for aerospace and reiterated its commitment to supporting the manufacturing industry and establishing the right economic conditions for success. These included lowering taxes, cutting the corporate rate from over 22 percent in 2007 to 15 percent today and removing the federal capital tax.
Minister Moore also announced the creation of the Space Advisory Board, which will provide expert advice to the government on Canada's role and future in space. The board includes experts from across the country who will help lead Canada's space policy in the years ahead.
The members of the Space Advisory Board are: General (Retired) Walt Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada, former Chief of Defence Staff and former Canadian Space Agency President; Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor of York University; Terry Malley, President and CEO of Malley Industries; Dr. Arlene Ponting, President Emerita of MindFuel, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people's involvement in science through education; Lorne Trottier, Co-founder of Matrox Electronic Systems and the Trottier Family Foundation; Fred George, President and CEO of JLK Global Fund International and Honorary Captain to the Royal Canadian Navy; John Keating, Director of Sandvine and former CEO of COM DEV; Colonel Chris Hadfield, retired Canadian astronaut, former Commander of the International Space Station.
Office of the Minister of Industry