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ARSA Strategic Leadership Conference

The Strategic Leadership Conference (SLC) provides industry leaders from around the world an informal setting to discuss important issues facing aviation maintenance. Federal agencies, elected leaders, customer representatives and industry partners are invited to share ideas, objectives and solutions to common issues.

Thank you to all the participants, speakers and sponsors who made the 2016 SLC a great success.
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2017 – Save the Date

The 2017 SLC will be held Oct. 18-19, 2017 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned to this page for more information, including registration, sponsorship and other resources. Click here to download an Outlook calendar appointment and make sure you’ll be available.

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2016 Event Information – Oct. 5-6, 2016 – Montreal

2016 SLC Agenda (Click Here)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception
W Hotel Montreal
Plateau Lounge
901 Square Victoria

Join industry and aviation policy community leaders for an evening of conversation and networking.  The U.S. Ambassador to ICAO will speak on the American role in the global aviation sector.

Special Guest: The Honorable Michael Lawson
U.S. Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 

International Air Transport Association (IATA)
800 Square Victoria
11th Floor Board Room

8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m. Welcome & Introductory Remarks

9:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Keynote
IATA’s general counsel will welcome SLC attendees, discuss the organization’s priorities and activities as well as how it can work together with ARSA and its industry allies to achieve mutual strategic goals.

Jeff Shane, General Counsel, International Air Transport Association

9:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Setting the Stage
A senior representative from CAVOK, a division of Oliver Wyman and ARSA’s economic research partner, provide perspectives on MRO economic trends to inform the day’s discussions.

David Marcontell, Vice President and General Manager, CAVOK

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. International Regulatory Cooperation
Aviation is a global industry, international aviation authorities must work together to ensure it can support its continued growth, innovation and safety record. Discuss what these authorities are doing to streamline regulation and policy, and how industry can support those efforts.

John Duncan, Director of the Flight Standards Service, Federal Aviation Administration

Paul Hawthorne, Director of Global Support Quality, Moog Aircraft Group

Miguel Marin, Acting Chief, Operational Safety Section, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO

Luc Tytgat, Director Strategy & Safety Management, European Aviation Safety Agency

Sarbhpreet Sawhney, Acting Manager, International Division, AIR-400, Federal Aviation Administration

Moderator: Marshall Filler, Managing Director & General Counsel, ARSA

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11:45 a.m.–Noon Break

Noon –1:00 p.m. The View from ICAO
The Air Navigation Commission is a panel of 19 independent experts appointed by countries from around the world. It advises the ICAO Council on the adoption of international standards and oversees the technical panels that develop those standards. The commissioner will discuss current ANC and ICAO priorities and opportunities for industry engagement to help shape global aviation policy.

William Voss, Air Navigation Commissioner, U.S. Mission to ICAO

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1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Break

1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Workforce Development: Policy and Practical Solutions
The availability of qualified workers is one of the most significant strategic challenges facing the industry. Discuss how businesses, educational institutions and government can work together to confront the problem.

Robert Donald, Executive Director, Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace

Dawn Flanagan, Implementation Support Officer, ICAO

Ryan Goertzen, President, Aviation Technician Education Council

Moderator: Brett Levanto, Vice President of Communications, ARSA

2:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Confronting Political Risk
Recent political developments in the United States and Europe show public support for free trade is waning.  How might the internationally-integrated aviation maintenance and manufacturing sectors be affected?  How might it become more difficult to conduct business internationally.  Discuss risks to the industry and international business, with an eye to the looming U.S. elections and recent Brexit vote.

Warner Calvo, Quality & Safety Director, COOPESA

Daniel Fisher, Vice President, Legislative Affairs, ARSA

Martin Rozenberg, Business Development and Strategic Sourcing Specialist, Bombardier Aerospace

Ludwig Weber, Adjunct Professor, McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law

Moderator: Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Wrap-Up Roundtable
Attendees will participate in a roundtable discussion with ARSA staff about the association’s agenda and ways to address the strategic risks to the industry raised during the day’s panel discussions.

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Gold Sponsors

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 Silver Sponsors


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SLC Location & Hotel Accommodations

The 2016 SLC is hosted by the International Air Transport Association

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800 Place Victoria
Montreal, Quebec, H4Z 1M, Canada

Official lodging for the 2016 SLC was at the W Montreal.

The ICAO Assembly


The 2016 SLC is being held in concert with the completion of the 39th ICAO Assembly, the triennial meeting of the organization’s sovereign body.  It meets at least once every three years and is convened by ICAO’s governing body, the Council. ICAO’s 191 Member States and a large number of international organizations are invited to the Assembly, which establishes the worldwide policy of the Organization for the upcoming triennium.

During Assembly Sessions, ICAO’s complete work programme in the technical, economic, legal and technical cooperation fields is reviewed in detail. Assembly outcomes are then provided to the other bodies of ICAO and to its Member States in order to guide their continuing and future work, as prescribed in Article 49 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

Each member state is entitled to one vote on matters before the Assembly, and decisions at these Sessions are taken by a majority of the votes cast – except where otherwise provided for in the Convention.

Things To Do in Montreal

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“In Montreal a simple stroll is a journey through time, backwards and forwards, with every step an opportunity to experience something to your liking. Historic monuments intertwine with ultramodern structures, while the legacy of Expo 67 still lives on, from the geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller to Habitat 67, a landmark in Canadian architecture. Don’t forget to check out Montreal’s new jewel of urban design, the Quartier international, which displays an eclectic mix of old and new with striking skyscrapers nestled alongside heritage buildings. It’s no wonder that Montreal was the first North American city to be appointed a UNESCO City of Design.” – Tourism Montreal

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