President and Chief Executive Officer
Marc Parent was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer
of CAE in August 2009.
Mr. Parent joined CAE in February 2005 as Group President,
Simulation Products, responsible for the Company's civil simulation
products business as well as the design, manufacture and support of
products for the Company's civil and military training businesses.
His role was expanded in May 2006, when he was appointed Group
President, Simulation Products and Military Training &
Services. In November 2008, he was named Executive Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all four of CAE's
business segments and new growth initiatives.
Mr. Parent has more than 25 years of experience in the aerospace
industry. He started his career in 1984 with Canadair as an
engineer on the Challenger and Canadair regional jet programs.
Beginning in 1993, he held positions of increasing scope in
aircraft product development, starting as head of the Challenger
604 program development team; in 1995, he headed the Q400 turboprop
aircraft development program; and in 1998, he was promoted to Vice
President, Program Management, with responsibilities covering all
Bombardier aircraft development programs.
From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Parent held numerous executive positions
within Bombardier Aerospace, leading a number of facilities and
product lines. In 2000, he held the position of Vice President,
Operations, at Bombardier's de Havilland site in Toronto; in 2001,
he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Operations
of the Toronto facility; in 2003, he held the position of Vice
President and General Manager, U.S. Operations, with
responsibilities encompassing Learjet facilities in Wichita and
Tucson; and in March 2004, he returned to Montreal as Vice
President and General Manager of Challenger 300, 604, and 850/870
programs as well as the CRJ 200 Regional Aircraft product line.
Mr. Parent was honoured in 1999 as one of "Canada's Top 40 under
40" leaders. He was also selected as a 2010 Fellow of SAE
International for his leadership and contributions in aircraft
product development and for his successes at Bombardier and CAE. He
received the 2005 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aerospace
Engineering Leadership Award, and is a past recipient of the SAE
Forest R. McFarland award. In February 2011, Marc Parent was named
Canadian Defence Review's first ever Defence Executive of the
In January 2016, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of
the Business Council of Canada. He has also been a member of the
Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Aerospace
Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) since October 2007, and was
the AIAC's Chairman of the Board from September 2009 to August
2010. Mr. Parent held the position of Chairman of the Board for
Aero Montreal from October 2008 to April 2010 and continues in his
role as a member of its Board of Directors. He is a past member of
the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Canadian
Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI).
A native of Montreal, Mr. Parent is a graduate of mechanical
engineering from Montreal's École Polytechnique and of the Harvard
Business School's Advanced Management Program, and was awarded an
Honorary Doctorate by École Polytechnique for his contributions to
the aerospace industry in Montreal and internationally. Mr. Parent
is an active pilot holding an Airline Transport Pilot Licence from