While Safran's success in Canada is largely based on our technological expertise, it also reflects the relations of mutual trust we have established with local partners. We provide seamless support to these companies, including their own research and innovation initiatives.
Safran has worked for many years with the major primes in Canada, including Pratt & Whitney Canada, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada and Bombardier. We are a leading contributor to Bombardier's aircraft, especially its CRJ regional jet family and the Learjet, Challenger and Global bizjet families. Today, about ten Safran companies are Bombardier suppliers.
Safran is also active in a number of think tanks and associations, both national and provincial. Safran holds a seat on the executive committee of Aéro-Montréal, an association bringing together leaders in the Québec aerospace industry, and is vice chairman of the board. We serve on several other executive committees, as well as boards of directors, including the boards of the Consortium of Research & Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) and the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC).
We are working with CRIAQ on several large-scale R&D projects. In 2013, Safran teamed up with the “École Polytechnique” of Montréal and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to endow an industry chair for 3D woven composites for the aerospace industry. In addition, Safran is a stakeholder in the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC). It is also member of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) and of the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC), as well.