07 February 2019

Mat'Inno: the plane of the future

It's full...

Thursday 07 February 2019,
at 07h30

1190 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, 4e étage
Montréal, H3B 0M7


(514) 845-4951

How to design more efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft

In a world where travel is subject to carbon footprint and resource constraints, the transport sector must focus on product innovation.

In this series for the aviation sector, our panelists will illustrate how cross-industry collaboration can accelerate technological advances to design more efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft – two key areas for the sustainable future of this industry. The guests will present two collaborative projects that have enabled them to strengthen their capacity to improve the design of future aircraft. Demonstrators will also be on hand to present products designed from equipment recovered from aircraft that are no longer in use.

Fassi Kafyeke, Senior Director of Innovation at Bombardier, and Siva Nadarajah, Associate Professor at McGill University, will present the successes and lessons learned from a collaboration in aerodynamics R&D. Kahina Oudjehani, Head of Eco-design and Environmental Affairs at Bombardier, and Pascal Désilets, Director of the École nationale d'aérotechnique, will continue the discussion on the impacts of an innovative project aimed at improving methods for dismantling and recycling aircraft at the end of their useful life.

Through this formula of Mat'inno, the Quartier de l'Innovation and the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal wish to foster a culture of cross-collaboration between academia, industry, practice environments and beneficiaries that generates innovation and economic development and contributes to making our city an internationally recognized knowledge hub. Join in!

Guest speakers

Matthieu Charest, journaliste, Radio-Canada,

M. Charrest a étudié en publicité, en journalisme et en espagnol. Il a travaillé quelques années pour la Banque Nationale avant de se joindre à l'équipe du Journal Les Affaires. Il a également collaboré avec le journal Finance et Investissement et remporté le prix « argent » aux Prix Kenneth R. Wilson, et a été finaliste pour le Prix d'excellence en journalisme économique et financier. Il travaille présentement à Radio-Canada, notamment en tant que chroniqueur économique.


Pascal Désilets, Director École nationale d'aérotechnique

Mr. Désilets is known for his extensive aeronautic expertise and his excellent knowledge of the aerospace industry. Last November, he was appointed Director of the École nationale d'aérotechnique (ENA), a campus of Cégep Édouard-Montpetit. Pascal Désilets holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal and an MBA from HEC Montréal. In 2012, he received the Gold Level Leadership Excellence Award from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Réseau Trans-Tech from 2014 to 2016. Mr. Désilets also sits on various boards of directors, including those of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ), Développement économique Longueuil (DEL) and QuébecInnove. Since 2004, he has been the Executive Director of the Centre technologique en aérospatiale (CTA), a technology transfer college centre affiliated with ÉNA.

Fassi Kafyeke, Senior Director of Innovation, Bombardier

Fassi Kafyeke is Senior Director of Innovation at Bombardier. He joined Bombardier in 1982 as an aerodynamics and fluid dynamics (CFD) engineer. Since then, he has held various positions with increasing responsibilities. He was responsible for the advanced aerodynamic design of many of Bombardier's aircraft programs and led the Advanced Aerodynamics, Technological Innovation and Eco-design departments. Mr. Kafyeke was recently appointed Senior Director of Innovation in Bombardier's newly created Advanced Technologies Office. He holds master's degrees from the University of Liège and from Cranfield Institute of Technology, as well as a Doctorate in Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Siva Nadarajah, Associate Professor, McGill University

Prof. Siva Nadarajah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University. He did his graduate work in the topic of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamic Shape Optimization under the direction of Prof. Antony Jameson at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University where he received a Master (1998) and a Ph.D. (2003). He is an Associate AIAA Fellow, a member of the AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee and chairs the AIAA Aerodynamic Design Optimization (ADO) Discussion Group.

Nadarajah's work is primarily in the aerospace field, developing new algorithms for the fast and robust computation and design of complex geometries. for both steady and unsteady flows. Nadarajah’s research group prides itself on the ability to make fundamental contributions on the development of new schemes for the design of aerodynamic surfaces. In parallel, the group has demonstrated in the past six years the ability to mature their research and transfer them to their industrial partners. The group has established several key numerical tools at Bombardier in the last six years that have made a tremendous impact in the company’s ability to simulate complex flows and redesign aircraft wings.

Kahina Oudjehani, Head of Eco-Design and environmental affairs, Bombardier

Kahina Oudjehani is Head of Eco-design and Environmental Affairs at Bombardier, which she joined in 2008. She has over 18 years of experience in environmental engineering. In her current role, she is responsible for the integration of environmental considerations into the design of new aircraft and for product-related regulatory environmental compliance. She is also responsible for conducting life-cycle assessments and environmental product declarations for Bombardier. She represents Bombardier on many work groups in the environmental industry. Ms. Oudjehani sits on the Board of Directors of the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) and the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) and participates in numerous seminars and conferences. She holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and a bachelor's degree in the same field.


7:15 am: Registration and breakfast

7:55 am: Panel discussion

8:45 am: Question period

9:00 am: End


  • Members: 5$
  • Non-members: 10$

Note: the conference will be in French and English.

The Mat'Inno Serie

Our city is bursting with scientific talent, innovative ideas, entrepreneurs and discoveries that are making waves on the international scene. To give you access to these local talents, the Quartier de l’Innovation launched the Mat’Inno series in 2015 in collaboration with the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montréal (JCCM).

These are breakfast seminars on topical themes where professors from several universities come demonstrate the best in Montréal’s academic expertise. The goal is to introduce the business community to the market opportunities in the featured industries and to foster Montrealers’ sense of pride in being Canada’s top university town.

Please note that no registration will be accepted on the spot.

See our cancellation policy.

Co-organised by

Supported by

Thanks to our partner!