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Industry testimonials

Courtesy of Bombardier Inc.
Courtesy of Bombardier Inc.

"Pratt & Whitney Canada's collaborative relationship with CIADI is a success story in many ways. While P&WC was the first aerospace company to highlight the need for undergraduate internships. Concordia was the first university to address it by creating, in 2001, the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation and the first industry environment on campus. Since then, year after year, many talented and enthusiastic students have worked on real industry projects, enhanced their education, built industrial experience and evolved into a new generation of engineers and leaders. They have delighted us with their eagerness to learn and to bring significant contributions to our company. Over 60 of the CIADI alumni are now productive and engaged members of the Pratt & Whitney Canada family."

Walter Di Bartolomeo

Vice President,
Pratt & Whitney Canada

"Rolls-Royce Canada takes pride in partnering with CIADI in promoting excellence in the education and development of its undergraduate engineering students. I have been working with CIADI for the past three years, and I am always pleased with the high calibre and motivation of CIADI students and the personal enthusiasm and engagement they bring into their internship. I look forward to our continual partnership with CIADI and in offering CIADI students research internships in the complex and fascinating domain of gas turbine technology."

Ronald Portanier

Senior Consultant Technologist, Engineering Business - Energy
Rolls-Royce Canada

"CIADI has successfully created a win-win environment for all involved. The University benefits from its close cooperation with Industry. Industry benefits from having high quality Engineering graduates to work with. Most of all, the students benefit from not only studying Engineering but also practicing it as well."

Kostas Stavrianos

Director of Experimental Engineering,
Rolls-Royce Canada

"The CIADI program is a perfect example of the benefits of the collaboration between University and Industry. The program curriculum is tailored to the industry needs, featuring the tools used in our field and internship. This leads to attracting the best talent from the university pool and has yielded very high caliber graduates who can very quickly integrate in the work place."

Guy Lambert

Director, Experimental Design, Material and Processes
Bombardier Aerospace

"Initiation to research is part of CIADI objectives. For CRIAQ, this a superb way to attract the best undergraduate students into aerospace graduate research projects."

André Bazergui

Chief Executive Officer

"...Obviously, this program greatly benefited the students. It helps create a more balanced and mature judgment that makes them more valuable to the industry looking to hire them."

Gehard Serapins

Senior Technical Specialist, CAE

"We believe that the hands-on experience provided by the CIADI projects and environment contributes to the efficient development of qualified engineering personnel."

Patrick Champagne

Vice-president, Engineering,
CMC Electronics

"I feel that the work produced by the student retained for this program has been beneficial to us in providing tools needed by our engineering department, and to the student by providing valuable industry experience."

Nagi Homsy

Vice-president, Engineering,
Héroux Devtek

"CIADI students come to us prepared and eager to have a taste of the aerospace industry, they always meet our expectations, and then they leave us with the knowing that they are welcome in this industry."

Marc Donato


"Rolls-Royce's participation in the CIADI program really is a win-win situation. The students are able to experience working in our high technology company whilst adding real value and intellect to our engineering business. Rolls-Royce has also recruited some very good engineers after their '3 month interview'. I look forward to our next intake!"

Carl Carson

Chief Engineer,
Rolls-Royce Canada

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