While in Ottawa, our cohort met with Alice Trudelle from Bombardier, one of our longtime sponsors. This was a well-timed and informative meeting due to the importance of trade and transit to both the provincial and federal agendas. Ms. Trudelle guided us through Bombardier‘s transformation from a snowmobile manufacturer in Quebec in 1937 to a global aerospace and transportation manufacturer with major transit projects in locations like London, Berlin, and of course Toronto.
Of particular interest to our cohort were the structural challenges present in the aerospace industry. We were also interested in the ways Bombardier works with other companies and jurisdictions to develop large transit projects. We look forward to seeing some of these current projects like the Crossrail on our trip to London in the summer.
As with all our meetings with sponsors, it was fascinating to learn about Ms. Trudelle’s experience in Quebec and federal politics, as well as the unique opportunities and projects in her role at Bombardier.