To ensure the fulfillment of this major mandate, AAA Canada has invested more than $450,000 in infrastructure required for the development of sub-assembly lines at affiliate company sites located respectively in Laval and Mirabel. The contract, won by AAA Canada, allows it not only to recall a large number of its workers whom were temporarily laid off following the crisis that affected the aerospace industry as a whole, but also to proceed with the creation of several temporary positions. An invaluable mandate at a time when the economy is faltering, and businesses are running out of steam.
“The health crisis has stifled the Quebec and Canadian economy. The production of the CAE Air1 gave it an unexpected second wind. Thanks to the government’s unwavering support, CAE’s ingenuity and the great responsiveness and flexibility of our workers, we will be able to maintain and create nearly 250 temporary jobs, while helping to save lives. We are very grateful to CAE for this wonderful opportunity and I am extremely proud to witness, once again, AAA Canada’s great determination to dare and innovate,” said Avit Lévesque, General Manager of AAA Canada.
“This is a substantial subsidy as it is equal to the threat this second wave presents to the public health and to the overcrowding of hospitals nationwide. We are proud to have AAA Canada among the Canadian suppliers involved in this collective effort to fight COVID-19. We thank them for their excellent support, expertise and agility,” added Stéphane Roche, Vice President Global Procurement Sourcing and Real Estate at CAE.
About AAA Canada (www.aaa-canada.ca/home)
AAA Canada, an affiliate of DRAKKAR Aerospace & Ground Transportation, is a specialized subcontracting and technical assistance services company related to industrialization and production processes, operating in the aerospace, ground transportation, energy and now health sectors. AAA Canada has a team of passionate workers and draws its strength from the AAA European Group located in the 4 corners of the globe. Supported by AAA Group’s international expertise, we provide a proven intervention method to deliver a high-quality finished product to our customers. Our approach to productivity, timeliness, quality and efficiency gives us a place of choice within our clients’ facilities and operations.
About CAE (www.cae.com)
CAE is a high technology company, at the leading edge of digital immersion, providing solutions to make the world a safer place. Backed by a record of more than 70 years of industry firsts, we continue to reimagine the customer experience and revolutionize training and operational support solutions in civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare. We are the partner of choice to customers worldwide who operate in complex, high-stakes and largely regulated environments, where successful outcomes are critical. Testament to our customers’ ongoing needs for our solutions, over 60 percent of CAE’s revenue is recurring in nature. We have the broadest global presence in our industry, with approximately 10,000 employees, 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries. www.cae.com
SOURCE AAA Canada
For further information: Contact Person: AAA Canada, Rosalie Côté, Senior Director – Communication & Marketing, [email protected], 514-806-0798
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Through late summer and early fall, Tim Ball spent as much time as possible underwater in his dive gear, scouring the seabed off the Burin Peninsula for scallops.
It’s an ocean-to-table operation that sees his hand-harvested scallops quickly making their way to dinner plates in the downtown of St. John’s.
“I try to keep it all local,” said Ball about his business philosophy.
With a provincial economy that’s in dire straits and in need of reversing its course, Ball thinks every little bit can help— especially if the focus is keeping as many of those little bits as possible in the province.
For Ball, that means, among other things, using locally made bags and boxes for packing his scallops and using a Burin Peninsula cab company for sending his catch into St. John’s.
“Because this is a primary industry … we are in, and we are getting the actual resources from the bottom, this is creating new money for the economy,” Ball said. “If the money is staying in Newfoundland, then great.”
Terre Restaurant in St. John’s is one of the destinations for Ball’s scallops. Before the season ended last month they could be found listed on the menu as “Seared Diver Scallops.”
“They’re amazing,” said head chef Matthew Swift.
“Anywhere else in the world … the idea of marketing day boat scallops is sort of a pipe dream. If I were to tell friends in other places that Tim gets out of the water, and I get the scallops in as long as it takes to drive in from Burin? It’s insane,” he said.
On top of the quality, it’s Ball’s business recipe that also interests Swift.
“Just in terms of having a diverse and smaller economy, where we can support people on a more individual level,” he said.
This way of thinking is something that also strikes a chord with John Schouten — Memorial University’s Canada Research Chair in Social Enterprise.
Schouten says Ball’s operation means more than just local spending on his supply chain. There’s also a spillover effect which would also see Ball spend money at local businesses in and around Garnish, where he fishes from.
“So every hundred dollars that passes from me, to you, to somebody else here locally, that $100 is working the whole time in our favour here in the province,” said Schouten in an interview last month.
Patch the bucket
It may be a small example, but there’s a bigger lesson in it for the provincial government, said Schouten. He thinks the government should treat the economy like a leaky bucket, where money comes in and goes out.
“If the government could, using that metaphor, start patching the bucket to keep the money in the province longer, working harder for local businesses, local people, people who are making a living wage — that would do wonders for the stability of the economy here,” he said.
Speaking of helping the economy, Ball thinks what he’s doing is scalable. In addition to scallops, Ball also hand harvests sea urchin, but he thinks there’s more that can be harvested as well — including kelp, sea cucumbers and periwinkles.
For that to happen, there would have to be consistent licensing periods from the federal government and more divers with commercial dive training.
Eventually Ball would like to see a special school that trains up to a dozen divers a year for this type of work.
If a community had a handful of divers, Ball said, the economic spin-off is easy to see — you need people shucking scallops and spotting the divers, gear needs repairing, supplies need to be bought.
“I think it’s just a win-win situation for small communities,” he said. “It could be a good economic boon.”
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