Concordia University innove encore : un Think tank sur l’aviation

Encore récemment, aucune université ne s’attardait à scientifiquement scruter l’horizon de cette industrie stratégique, et en croissance, partout dans le monde. Le marché et l’espace aérien sont de plus en plus saturés à l’international et les entreprises autant que l’État peinent pourtant à suivre le rythme. Premier groupe en son genre dans le monde, le Think tank sur l’aviation lancé récemment par Concordia vise à formuler des idées novatrices et proposer des politiques fondées sur des données probantes.

Lancé dans le cadre de la Semaine de l’aviation civile de Montréal – version sept. 2016 – et à titre de groupe impartial et indépendant, il s’appuie particulièrement sur les travaux de la professeure Isabelle Dostaler, du Département de management de l’École John-Molson.

Un comité consultatif de haut niveau accompagne également cette démarche originale. C’est Pierre J. Jeanniot, ancien pdg de l’Association internationale du transport aérien, qui le préside.

Les autres membres du Comité consultatif étant :

  • James Cherry, pdg Aéroports de Montréal;
  • Graham Carr, V-P, Research and Graduate Studies, Concordia;
  • John W. Crichton, ancient pdg, NAV CANADA;
  • Jean-Francois Lemay, directeur général, Air Transat;
  • Aaron Nsakanda, Associate Professor, Carleton University;
  • Michel Wachenheim, conseiller senior à Airbus et ancien Ambassadeur et représentant permanent de la France au conseil de l’OACI;
  • ainsi que la professeure Isabelle Dostaler.
Dr. Dostaler teaching interests are strategy, critical business thinking and technology management. 
Using benchmarking approaches, Dr. Dostaler has conducted research into new product development, operations strategy, and performance in the electronics, automotive and aerospace industries. 
Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Air Transport Management, Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Journal of High Technology Management Research, Gestion, Revue Française de Gestion, International Scope Review, Revue Internationale PME, and Production and Operations Management. Dr. Dostaler is frequently asked to comment on aviation and aerospace business news.

(Sur la photo: Isabelle Dostaler)

New Aviation Think Tank: Innovative platform propels forward-thinking ideas

A new Aviation Think Tank launched at Concordia University will advance innovative ideas and propose evidence-based policies to support growth in the dynamic aviation industry.  The announcement comes during Montreal’s Civil Aviation Week, organized by Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) and running September 27 through October 3, 2017.

As the first of its kind in the world, the think tank will convene researchers and industry professionals to facilitate exchanges on key issues of strategy, business practices, and policy development for the benefit of the aviation industry and its diverse public and private stakeholders.

« The Aviation Think Tank will provide a dynamic platform for dialogue to address the priorities of business, government and the public on issues ranging from sustainability to profitability (…) A key objective will be advancing academic research in this rapidly evolving field », says Concordia President Alan Shepard.

The President and CEO of ADM, James Cherry, will serve on an international advisory board, featuring a cross-section of high-level professionals, to determine the strategic directions and research objectives of the Aviation Think Tank. The advisory board will be chaired by Pierre J. Jeanniot, former Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association.

« Concordia has created this innovative platform to provide a forum for industry professionals and experts, researchers and academics to collaborate and weigh in on the most important issues facing the aviation sector (…) The knowledge and ideas generated will promote new policies, best practices and key actions to help set the pace in a complex arena. » Pierre J. Jeanniot

The think tank will be independent and impartial, informed by research conducted by John Molson School of Business professors and students, in collaboration with researchers from Concordia and other universities. JMSB management professor Isabelle Dostaler is the academic director of the think tank. François Bouilhac, president of COMREL International, an international affairs consulting firm, will serve as executive director.

Isabelle Dostaler will also serve on the advisory board.

The other board members are:

  • Graham Carr, Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, Concordia;
  • John W. Crichton, former President and CEO, NAV CANADA;
  • Jean-Francois Lemay, General Manager, Air Transat;
  • Aaron Nsakanda, Associate Professor, Carleton University;
  • Michel Wachenheim, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Airbus; former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France, ICAO Council.

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Depuis 1997, Daniel Allard a fondé et dirige le cyberjournal Commerce Monde. Il a aussi co-fondé, en 2013, l'Association des sociétés québécoises cotées en Bourse, tout en organisant un Gala annuel des sociétés en Bourse (2008 à 2015).

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