Recognition for Aluminium Valley® as an attraction and innovation hub in the fields of aluminium transformation and specialized equipment manufacturing.
The inauguration of the Arvida smelter in 1927 marked the beginning of a story that would later become Aluminium Valley®. Initially focused on primary aluminium production, the Valley developed a network of equipment manufacturers, specialized suppliers and subcontractors. Later, through a variety of strategic moves, the region started to develop the tools needed to foster the development of aluminium transformation ventures and equipment manufacturers. Combining their efforts, Aluminium Valley Society and various regional stakeholders fostered the emergence of an aluminium transformation niche of excellence.
Regional stakeholders brainstorm about ways to diversify the area’s industrial foundations, following Alcan’s announcement of job cuts in North America and investments outside the continent.
To mitigate this, regional partners turn to research, financing, and training.
Centre québécois de recherche et développement de l’aluminium (CQRDA) is born.
Several aluminium transformation companies start to emerge as other, already existing companies, leap forward. Regional equipment manufacturers gain global recognition and regional SMEs decide to band together under the Trans-Al Network banner.
On the occasion of the regional aluminium transformation forum, partners identify the actions required to achieve a major project: Positioning the region as a legitimate aluminium transformation hub.
The Quebec Government officially designates the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region “Aluminium Valley”.
Official launch of Aluminium Valley Society. The new organization is supported by diverse regional stakeholders. Moreover, the Quebec Government recognizes AVS’s role as a major intermediary in the aluminium transformation industry and provides financial assistance to cover the organization’s operating expenses.
The NRC Aluminium Technology Centre is created and soon becomes a national reference for aluminium assembling and forming.
Aluminium Valley Society and its partners organize their first Aluminium Valley in Business Trade Show. The event is thereafter repeated every three years.
In line with the work initiated during the Regional Economic Summit, held on June 18, 2015, Aluminium Valley Society, representing the Aluminium Work Group, is tasked with stimulating aluminium transformation and specialized equipment manufacturing activities, and participating in the implementation, startup, and growth of regional aluminium-related ventures.
Aluminium Valley Society continues its efforts to grow equipment manufacturing and aluminium transformation in Aluminium Valley.
Christian Fillion,General manager
Lilianne Savard,Excellence Cluster Director | Aluminium Transformation
Cyndie Boily,Administrative assistant
Vincent Garbugli,Projects manager
Notre conseil d’administration
Carole Chapdelaine,President Prysmian Group - General cable- Usine Lapointe
Claude Bouchard,Vice-president Promotion Saguenay
Marc Moffatt,Secretary-Treasurer Corporation d’innovation & développement Alma – Lac Saint-Jean-Est
Denis Garneau,Administrator Alia conseil
Denis Dumais,Administrator Propulsa Innovation
Emmanuel Bergeron,Administrator Rio Tinto
Donat Pearson,Administrator Syndicat national des employés de l'aluminium Arvida
Geneviève Giasson,Administrator Elkem
Guy Savard,Administrator JS Métaliquide
Marie-Claude Gagnon,Administrator SIMARD BOIVIN LEMIEUX S.E.N.C.R.L.
Patrice Côté,Administrator Dynamic concept
Stéphan Simard,Administrator Centre des technologies de l’aluminium du Conseil national de recherche du Canada
Gilles Déry,Observateur Centre québécois de recherche et de développement de l'aluminium
Martin Desgagné,Observer Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation
Paulyne Cadieux,Observer Réseau Trans-Al
Having the mission to foster the emergence and growth of aluminium transformation and specialized equipment manufacturing ventures, AVS has earmarked a number of priority actions.