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Dwayne Charette elected Ontario Aerospace Council board chair

New chair succeeds veteran aerospace executive Todd Young

Pickering, Ontario, June 20, 2022 – The Ontario Aerospace Council announced today that Dwayne Charette, president and chief operating officer of Airbus Helicopters Canada, was elected board chair and assumed the role on May 27. His responsibilities include chairing OAC executive committee and board of directors’ meetings, providing oversight of organizational operations, as well as advocating for Ontario’s aerospace industry within the province, at the federal level and globally.

“I am honoured to be elected Ontario Aerospace Council board chair at such a pivotal time for our members,” said Charette. “My past experience on the board, coupled with a senior leadership role within a multi-national, offers a new and unique perspective that will help achieve our goals. To that end, I am committed to working collaboratively with all our stakeholders, engaging industry and government to find a common approach to support aerospace in Ontario.”

Dwayne Charette was appointed president of Airbus Helicopters Canada on August 1, 2019, adding to his previous role of chief operating officer. As president, Charette’s responsibility was expanded to include all facets of the enterprise in Canada and he is the accountable executive for the Canadian helicopter business line. He is a member of Airbus Helicopters’ North American Executive Committee as well as the representative of Airbus Helicopters within Airbus in Canada’s senior leadership team. Charette began his career with Airbus Helicopters in 2003 and has been a member of the OAC board since 2016, including chair of the scholarship committee since 2017.

“OAC members have benefitted significantly from Dwayne Charette’s contributions since he joined the board six years ago and I look forward to his leadership as our new board chair,” said Moira Harvey, OAC’s chief executive officer. “At the same time, I pay tribute to Todd Young, who served as our chair and a board member for the past 16 years.” Young’s accomplished career in aerospace included more than three decades at Bombardier, plus three at De Havilland Aircraft of Canada. He is currently president of Young Aerospace Group Ltd.

About the OAC

Established in 1993 as a not-for-profit organization, the Ontario Aerospace Council is comprised of approximately 200 member companies, representing more than 70% of the Ontario aerospace industry employment base and spans all tiers, business activities and sizes, as well as related entities such as colleges and universities. The OAC enhances recognition of Ontario’s capabilities as a leader in global aerospace markets and builds greater expertise to assure continued prosperity. It fosters relationships between all stakeholders ­– industry, academia, researchers, governments and associations ­– to gather and share intelligence, identify and facilitate funding, as well as be an active catalyst for industry growth. Working collectively and collaboratively with members and in partnership with government (provincial and federal), the OAC defines and implements strategic member programs and initiatives in areas including technology development and adoption, networking, sales, supply chain relationships and readiness, skills enhancement and workplace training.

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