Boeing in Canada
In March 1919, as part of the Canadian Exposition, William “Bill” Boeing and pilot Eddie Hubbard flew 60 letters from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seattle in Boeing’s C-700 — the first international airmail to reach the United States. Since then, Canada has become a customer, a supplier and a partner to The Boeing Company in both the defense and commercial sectors.
Boeing Sites in Canada
Currently, Boeing employs more than 1,900 highly skilled employees in Winnipeg (Manitoba), Richmond (British Columbia), Montreal (Quebec), and Trenton and Ottawa (Ontario).
Boeing facilities in Canada produce parts, components, assemblies and software applications for all of the company’s commercial jets. Boeing Winnipeg, part of Boeing Fabrication, is the largest aerospace composite manufacturing center in Canada, employing more than 1,600 people.
The site helps to sustain Boeing Commercial Airplanes production by producing nearly 1,000 end-item composite parts and assemblies for all current 7-Series jetliners. Major products include wing-body fairings, engine strut forward and aft fairings, and landing gear doors. This Boeing Fabrication business unit is a tier 1 supplier to the 787 Dreamliner, building the engine strut forward and aft pylon fairings for this breakthrough airplane.
In Richmond, British Columbia, AeroInfo Systems
, part of the Boeing Commercial Aviation Services business unit, is a leading provider of advanced maintenance software to the airline industry and has more than 200 employees.
AeroInfo’s Aviation Solution & Services group has been a key contributor the design and development of several strategic Boeing products and services, including Maintenance Performance Toolbox and 787 GoldCare support solutions. Current programs include the delivery of mobile and cloud-based applications to support future airline maintenance solutions.
AeroInfo’s Defence & Government Services group provides products and services to Boeing defense programs in Canada and directly to Department of National Defence. Programs include a performance management system for the Canadian CH-47 program.
Approximately 40 employees of the Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen
are based in Montreal, providing crew management and logistics software solutions for the aviation industry.
Boeing subsidiary Aviall
has six customer service centers and stocking locations in Canada: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. Aviall provides global market coverage for general aviation, airlines and military customers and is the largest diversified aircraft parts distributor in the world. It provides industry-leading global operations services and support. Key accounts include Air Canada Express, Canadian Helicopters, StandardAero, WestJet, CanJet, Bombardier and Bell Helicopter.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Canada
More than a dozen Canadian carriers operate Boeing airplanes. Canada’s leading airlines, Air Canada
, have new Boeing airplanes on order. Air Canada and its low-cost carrier Rouge operate the 767-300ER, 777-200LR and 777-300ER. Air Canada is upgrading its fleet with new 787 Dreamliner airplanes, with the first delivery scheduled in 2014. In March 2012, the 787 Dreamliner visited Toronto as a special guest during Air Canada’s 75th anniversary celebration. WestJet continues to grow with its all-Boeing fleet of Next-Generation -700s and -800s. The Calgary-based carrier added its 100th Next-Generation 737 to its fleet in late 2012 and in 2013 finalized an order for 65 of Boeing’s newest family of single-aisle airplanes: the 737 MAX.
Boeing Defense, Space & Security in Canada
Boeing is vying to have the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet be considered for Canada’s CF-18 fighter replacement program and is positioned to offer products and services to satisfy a range of Canadian civil, defense and security requirements. Substantial opportunities also exist in nontraditional markets, including energy, remote area logistics, information solutions and the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Boeing played a major role in the transformation of the Canadian Forces
by modernizing 80 of Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets with a two-phase avionics upgrade program completed in March 2010. L-3 Communications MAS was the prime contractor to Boeing and carried out the installation process for this program at its facility in Mirabel, Quebec. Boeing also provides the Canadian Navy’s all-weather Harpoon missiles, several of the Anik series satellites and supply chain services to fleet support programs.
On Feb. 2, 2007, Boeing Defense & Space
signed a contract with the Canadian Department of National Defence to supply four Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to modernize the country’s defense forces airlift fleet. Boeing delivered all four C-17s to the Royal Canadian Air Force within 15 months of the contract signature. The aircraft were immediately put into service for military and humanitarian missions, including evacuation flights in Libya in 2011; transporting humanitarian aid, vehicles and medical patients following the Haiti earthquake in 2010; and delivery of emergency relief supplies to the people of Jamaica in the wake of Hurricane Dean in 2007. Canada’s C-17s also have supported Operation Athena in Afghanistan.
In May 2008, Canada awarded Boeing a $14 million interim contract to provide ScanEagle UAV services, including launch, recovery, maintenance, service support and training. The contract has since been extended and includes installation of UAV capability on Royal Canadian Navy vessels.
On Aug. 10, 2009, the Canadian Department of National Defence awarded Boeing a contract for 15 Boeing CH-47F Chinooks, designated CH-147, to meet Canada’s domestic and international missions requiring medium-to-heavy-lift helicopters. Canadian industry is directly contributing to the mission-ready capability of the C-17 and CH-147 through separate 20-year in-service support contracts for the aircraft.
In June 2013, the Canadian Armed Forces welcomed its first new CH-147F Chinook helicopter in Ottawa. The Canadian government awarded Boeing a contract for 15 medium-to-heavy-lift helicopters and in-service support in June 2009; all deliveries are scheduled to be completed by June 2014. The CH-147F Chinook is an advanced, multimission helicopter. Its primary mission is to transport equipment and personnel during both domestic and deployed operations, but it also provides a vital capability to respond to humanitarian emergencies, such as fire, floods and earthquakes. This first Chinook delivery to Canada will be followed by six additional aircraft over the remainder of this year.
Boeing also opened the new relocated office in Ottawa, Ontario. The new office will be the in-country headquarters for execution and program leadership for Boeing’s 20-plus-year Canada in-service support program for the CH-147F and for the company’s Canada Business Development office.
Boeing Partnerships in Canada
Canada is home to one of the largest international supplier bases for Boeing —including just more than 200 major suppliers — spanning every region of the country. Canadian partners provide aerospace parts for all Boeing commercial airplane models and nearly all defense programs, including the AH-64, V-22 and CH-47 rotorcraft, F/A-18 and F-15 fighter aircraft, P-8A maritime patrol aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter and aircraft trainers. Combined with the Boeing facilities, this supply network significantly contributes to the Canadian economy by generating approximately $1 billion in economic benefits annually.
Boeing is a global leader in developing and implementing industrial partnership programs, with more than 40 countries worldwide. Given the breadth and depth of Boeing’s relationships in Canada both globally and domestically, the company is fully committed to meeting the government of Canada’s Industrial and Regional Benefits program.
Boeing also seeks partnerships in Canada to develop new technology. In February 2013, Boeing became the founding industrial member of the University of British Columbia’s Composites Research Network (CRN), working with Canadian scientists to create practical applications of new composite manufacturing discoveries. Also, Boeing and Montreal-based Renewable Energy Research (RER) have concluded an agreement for Boeing to provide engineering and manufacturing support as well as global marketing of turbines that generate power in deep-flowing rivers.
Boeing in the Community
Boeing’s corporate citizenship reflects its impact on communities by producing value-added products and services as well as through responsible business practices and by addressing social issues. Boeing employees are generous; they use their time, talent and personal resources to help in maintaining the success and health of communities around the world. Boeing Canada has created partnerships that offer opportunities to inspire, inform and engage others, including employees, as part of its Global Corporate Citizenship
Boeing GCC partners include
• United Way of Winnipeg
, which has supported asset building initiatives since 2000 through the Supporting Employment and Economic Development (SEED) program. Asset building is the process of supporting and encouraging low-income earners, as well as those living in poverty, to accumulate, develop and preserve all types of assets through engagement in long-term saving and investment behavior. Based on the success of these initiatives, the United Way, SEED Winnipeg, and Assiniboine Credit Union developed the Winnipeg Asset Builders Partnership in 2006 to replicate asset building programs for participants at other community agencies across the city.
• Siloam Mission
, whose Building Futures/MOST employment-training initiative is designed to reach those who are unable to obtain or maintain employment. The program offers employment training as a means to transition less fortunate people off the streets, recognizing this community as an untapped, employable resource. It seeks to develop trainees to become self-sufficient, confident and contributing citizens of Winnipeg.
• The Art Starts in School Society
, whose four-part Making Creative Connections program includes professionally mounted exhibitions of student art, free gallery tours, free workshops for inner-city families and free community events. This project is aimed to provide inner-city children with the opportunity to directly participate in interactive art activities in their communities.