January 30, 2020

Bombardier Donation Provokes Name Change


With the donation of a Bombardier Global 7500 flight test aircraft to Ontario’s Centennial College for training purposes, what was Centennial’s Centre for Aerospace and Aviation will now be renamed “The Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation”.

The aircraft, serial number 70004, was used by Bombardier as a test vehicle for the evaluation and validation of the aircraft’s interior. It carried the name “The Architect”.

“As the global demand for aerospace technicians and technologists continues to grow, the strategic advantage of Bombardier and Centennial’s relationship is only amplified,” said Dr. Craig Stephenson, Centennial College’s president and CEO. “The commitment of both partners not only aims to support the increasing labour demands of the sector, but also bolsters Ontario’s and Canada’s leadership position in a competitive global sector.”

This isn’t Bombardier’s first donation to the college. A year ago, the Montreal-based aircraft manufacturer donated a CRJ200, again for training purposes, and provided the college with $150,000 for the completion of its Landing Gear Research project.

“Bombardier is proud to continue supporting Centennial College in their mission to prepare the next generation of aerospace professionals”, said Bombardier’s president and CEO Alain Bellemare. “With this Global 7500 aircraft donation, students will receive incomparable hands-on training using the industry’s latest advanced technology.”

Photo courtesy Bombardier