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Speeches

Centre for Non-Destructive Inspection (CNDI) – Grand Opening

September 28, 2012
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Speaking notes for

The Honourable Lynne Yelich
Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

Grand Opening Event

Corresponding Documents: News Release

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Thank you Dale (Dale Watts, Acting Vice-President Academic and Research, Red River College - MC).

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

I am pleased to be with you today, here at the Red River College Industrial Campus at Magellan Aerospace.

I was in Winnipeg to announce the funding for this project last year, so it is especially gratifying to be here today to mark the official opening of CNDI, the Centre for Non-Destructive Inspection Technologies.

I would like take this opportunity to acknowledge those joining us today:

  • Stephanie Forsyth, President and CEO Red River College; and
  • Don Boitson, Vice-President and General Manager of Magellan Aerospace Limited

Our Government’s top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.

We understand that Canada’s continued success depends on our ability to maintain our competitive edge in the global market place. At the same time, we recognize the strategic importance of the manufacturing sector—especially in terms of aerospace.

Here in the West, the aerospace industry supports the employment of approximately 27,000 people and generates more than $4.5 billion in annual revenues, covering a wide range of both civil and defense aerospace activities.1 One of the keys to the success of Manitoba’s aerospace industry is its proactive partnership approach to the development of skilled workers.

And the partnership between Red River College and Magellan Aerospace Limited that led to the creation of this Industrial Campus is a great example of what can be accomplished by working together. While the industrial campus is located at Magellan Aerospace, manufacturers and industry as a whole will have access to this facility. And, Red River College students are in the unique and fortunate position of being trained to use this leading edge technology.

The work done by CNDI is critical to producing quality aircraft components.

And non-destructive testing is an amazing approach to testing components... The technology sends ultrasonic laser signals to the composite part to determine whether or not there are any flaws. If there are any, the user can see their shape, size and depth.
The result is high quality parts or components that can be produced both faster and more cost-effectively.
I am looking forward to seeing exactly how this process works, using the equipment you see behind me.

You may know that the aerospace industry in Manitoba is the largest in Western Canada and the third largest in the country.

Our Government’s investment in CNDI builds on our previous support for Manitoba’s thriving aerospace industry. For example:

  • In June, I announced a federal investment to allow the Canadian Environmental Test and Research Centre Inc. to purchase specialized equipment to improve and expand cold weather aerospace testing in Manitoba;
  • I was also happy to announce, in January, federal support to enable West Canitest R&D Inc.(WestCARD) to develop new aerospace technologies and industrial research capabilities; and
  • In 2011, WD funding helped to expand Red River College’s Centre for Aerospace Training and Technology (CATT) and to establish a new robotics training lab at the College’s Notre Dame Campus.

By providing support for these important projects, our Government is taking significant steps toward strengthening the aerospace cluster in Manitoba. Initiatives like these are generating opportunities to address skill shortages across Western Canada.

By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

Through our Government’s support for projects like this, we are building a stronger West for a stronger Canada.

Thank you. Merci beaucoup.


[1] The Strategic and Economic Impact of the Canadian Aerospace Industry, Deloitte (October 2010). Available online at:
http://aiac.ca/uploadedFiles/AIAC_ExecSummary%20-%20Final%20_2_.pdf