Centre of airport security expertise set up at Sherbrooke

The Sherbrooke and Haut-Saint-François Regional County Municipalities (RCMs), along with a host of other collaborators said they have created a centre of expertise in airport security at the Sherbrooke airport.

The centre, named Airpole, will provide integration, training and innovation services to key players in the airport industry to promote the emergence of new technologies and more efficient protocol measures. An agreement has been reached with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for aviation safety professionals to offer a training program in English and in French.

The Airpole centre will organize its activities around three business units: CENFOR for hands-on education and training; TIC, a technology and equipment integration and testing centre and finally, the TS, a technology showcase.

The consulting firm Explorer Solutions conducted a market study to evaluate the industry´s needs. While the center will require investments of nearly USD22 million, according to the study prepared by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, the economic benefits are estimated to total USD14.6 million, including USD10 million in direct economic impact. According to the same study, construction activities would create or maintain 187 jobs across Quebec while the centre´s utilization would create or maintain 986 jobs over 10 years, including 840 jobs in the region.