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CDR Names AIRBUS Canada’s Top Defence Company for 2019

Leading defence and military magazine, CANADIAN DEFENCE REVIEW, has just released its annual survey and ranking of Canada’s defence companies.

With its recently acquired stake in the Canadian-developed A220 jetliner, Airbus Defence & Space Canada, is now this country’s biggest aerospace player but the company has been quietly operating here for 35 years and with this move it now leaps 23 places in CDR’s annual survey all the way to the # 1 position. 

2019 marks the fifteenth year of CDR’s Survey and Ranking of Canada’s Top Defence Companies and in announcing this year’s rankings, Editor-in-Chief, Peter Kitchen, commented, “With the selection of Airbus as our # 1 company, we are recognizing the important role that Airbus now plays and will play in the future in Canada’s aerospace and defence community.”

In commenting on the Airbus selection, Simon Jacques, President, Airbus Defence and Space Canada, said, “On behalf of Airbus in Ottawa, we’re thrilled to have been selected as Canada’s top defence company for 2019. Today’s announcement is a wonderful way to help celebrate Airbus’ 35th year in Canada.”

Jacques added, “We’re looking forward to growing our already substantial cooperation with the Government of Canada and Canadian suppliers towards even greater success enhancing jobs, economic benefits and capabilities for our Canadian Armed Forces.”

CDR’s Kitchen remarked, “This is the first time for Airbus at the # 1 position but with its stake in the A220, its role in supplying the C295 for FWSAR and its important work on other DND projects, we expect to see the government call on the various capabilities of this innovative defence player in the years ahead.”

There have been ten new companies added to the CDR survey this year, showing Canada’s defence industry is vibrant and growing.

An evaluation panel consisting of CDR editorial staff and independent advisors ranked the companies based on factors such as economic impact, innovation, contribution to the nation’s security, corporate integrity and support for Canada’s military.

With the publication of its annual Top 75 Defence Companies Survey & Ranking, CDR’s goal is to showcase Canada’s defence industry and all that it has to offer.

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