Helping communities thrive is a key component of acting responsibly. We believe that we can only be successful if the communities and economies in which we operate are prosperous. We are proud of the societal benefits of our training. It increases aviation safety, strengthens public security and improves patient outcomes. We have learned that we can also help make the world a better place by investing in communities, supporting local economies and strengthening our stakeholder engagement.
Through our community investment and local economies strategy, we strive to positively impact local communities and economies, reinforce our reputation among stakeholders and increase employee engagement.
We assess the performance of our community investments based on their positive social impact and ability to create value for our business. Our CSR Committee continues to engage our internal teams to further focus our community investment, local economy and stakeholder engagement efforts.
The Vice President, Public Affairs and Global Communications, reports progress on our community strategy to the Executive Management Committee on a quarterly basis. Bi-annual updates are provided to the Governance Committee of CAE’s Board of Directors.
In fiscal 2016, we reviewed our Donations and Sponsorships policy to better align it with our new vision. Our main community investment focus remains:
Through our policy review process, we also added specific priorities to support our activities in civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare. These new priorities are:
In fiscal 2016, we donated close to $5 million worth of licenses for our modelling and simulation software to 14 universities—six in Canada, four in the U.S. and four in Europe—to help educate students and create a pipeline of prospective employees.
The United Way is one of our key charities. We exceeded our $650,000 objective for the 2015 CAE-United Way/Centraide campaign, collecting a total of $692,769 for a grand total of $9 million since 2000. The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is another cause supported by many of our employees in Quebec. Over the past four years, CAE teams have pedalled for two days every year, raising a total of more than $1 million. Click here to view the team CAE page.
- Advancing R&D
Innovation is in our DNA. It catalyzes our success. Our commitment to innovation is a key component of what attracts new talent to CAE. Our R&D partnerships with universities also help ensure a constant flow of the best talent while allowing us to leverage the latest technologies and expert knowledge to improve our products and services. These activities are aligned with our strategic technology thrusts and help us deliver on our CSR commitments.
Today we collaborate with more than 15 Canadian universities and colleges. We also fund several university scholarships and sponsor numerous educational initiatives. This includes sponsoring Kids Code Jeunesse since 2014. Kids Code Jeunesse promotes science and technology in the community by teaching Canadian youth how to code.
- Helping Syrian refugees
Our employees are socially engaged in a variety of humanitarian causes around the world. One example is Dominic Joron, a global engineering employee who launched a website to collect donations for Syrian refugees in Montreal. Aline Massouh from the Civil Aviation Training Solutions Marketing team co-founded “WeHost”, a platform designed to empower Canadians to temporarily host a refugee. More than 800 Canadian families responded to the initiative by offering to temporarily host a refugee in their own home.
Through our presence in more than 35 countries around the world, we are helping create economic growth by delivering goods to our customers, jobs for our employees, payments to our suppliers, investments in communities and value to our investors. Here’s a snapshot of how we supported local economies in fiscal 2016.
We proactively engage with a diverse range of stakeholders on a broad number of issues. Our stakeholders include employees, customers, investors, industry associations and governments, suppliers and local community groups. This engagement takes the form of conferences, sectorial and cross-sectorial initiatives, partnerships with government and educational institutions as well as direct dialogue with various community groups.
Our aim is to foster open dialogue with these stakeholder groups on issues of public interest as well as matters relevant to our business, including regulations and industry standards.
- Thought leadership
As a thought leader, we engage with regulatory bodies and industry around the world. This is one of the ways we continue to actively shape the future of training globally. This includes representing our stakeholders in discussions on civil aviation regulations to ensure the industry’s strategic, safe and sustainable evolution.
We have been involved in numerous Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulatory committees and working groups. We have also participated in the following trade associations and initiatives:
Submission of donation requests: All
donation requests must be submitted in writing. Only approved
requests will be answered. Please address requests to:
Hélène V. Gagnon
Vice President, Public Affairs and Global Communications
Each year, CAE provides University scholarships in engineering at a number of academic institutions.
CAE Scholarship Network
Women in Engineering
In Malaysia, CAE supports “Women in Engineering” by awarding scholarships for female students enrolling in an Engineering degree program.
CAE SimuFlite's scholarship program was created to promote business aviation as a career to young aviators. 2011 marked the program’s 25th consecutive year.
University Aviation Association (UAA)
Four pilot training scholarships were available through the University Aviation Association, an alliance of more than 100 accredited colleges and universities.
Women in Aviation International (WAI)
CAE SimuFlite Citation Corporate Aircraft Training ScholarshipCAE SimuFlite will award a corporate aircraft training scholarship for Citation initial training resulting in a type rating.
Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM)
CAE Aircraft Maintenance Training Scholarship for technicians who have minimal experience working on the aircraft type.
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
The NBAA Maintenance TRACS program is open to current and future A&P holders and other individuals interested in developing their technical and professional career paths in business aviation maintenance. Award recipients attend model-specific courses at CAE SimuFlite in Dallas, TX.
West Michigan University/Michigan Business Aviation Association
King Air BE-200 Initial Maintenance Training Course donated by CAE SimuFlite. This is a 12-day aircraft specific maintenance training course held at the CAE SimuFlite Training Facility in Dallas, Texas.