Release. On Friday the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AJAC) announced that it has taken the next step in plans to collaborate with the Aerospace Industries Association of British Columbia (AIABC) on the revitalization of the provincial aerospace association by hiring Jay Teichroeb, a well-known regional business development expert, to develop a launch strategy and implementation plan.
“Effective, coordinated regional representation is critical to the success of our members and the communities in which they live,” said Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC. “We are very pleased to have signed an MOU with AIABC to develop a framework to provide the services and advocacy that British Columbia’s aerospace companies need to become more competitive and prosperous.”
Teichroeb, an economic development practitioner with over a dozen years experience in the advanced education, agriculture, manufacturing and aerospace sectors, has been a leading regional advocate of B.C. aerospace interests at the provincial and national level. He will lead the development of the associations’ British Columbia Strategy, including preliminary stakeholder consultations and the development of an organizational framework and implementation plan.
“British Columbia has a robust aerospace sector with world-class capabilities and significant potential for growth,” Quick said. “As we develop an integrated infrastructure, strong member services and a cohesive voice for the industry with regional government and stakeholders, I am confident that this Strategy will help the aerospace industry in B.C. to capitalize on that potential for growth.”
Until June, Teichroeb had been the manager of the Economic Development for the City of Abbotsford. Less than a month after the Abbotsford Chicken Manure Homeless incident City Manager George Murray announced a large number of positions were being eliminated at Abbotsford City Hall.
Neither Economic Development Manager Jay Teichroeb nor General Manager of Finance Pat Sloanes, were among the nine managers whose positions were cut. No explanation has yet been made public about their departures.
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 generates more than $22 billion, 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 170,000 Canadians.