CAE President and Chief Executive Officer Marc Parent was named a Knight of the distinguished Ordre national du Québec, the highest honour bestowed by the Québec government, presented by Premier François Legault. Parent was also recently inducted into Québec's Air and Space Hall of Fame.
Since joining CAE in 2005, Mr. Parent has led CAE's growth beyond creating simulation products to providing solutions, services and technologies that enhance human performance in high-stakes industries while always looking for innovative ways to give back to Québec.
Over the last two years, Parent's advocacy and leadership helped CAE strengthen its business strategy and secure its future despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. With nine acquisitions since March 2020, CAE has also significantly increased its capabilities and expanded its offering, ushering in the next generation of technology.
Committed to building technology to accelerate the development and safe adoption of world-changing innovations, Parent contributed to making CAE the first Canadian aerospace company to become carbon-neutral in 2020.
Recognized for his commitment to the community and a passion for making the world a safer place, Parent launched a movement in Québec to accelerate vaccinations against Covid-19, which led to nearly 400,000 doses being administered in 27 centres to companies across Québec. Also under his leadership, CAE employees designed and created the CAE Air1 critical care respirator.
For his vision, ambition and leadership, Parent has also been recently inducted into Québec's Air and Space Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization that recognizes the outstanding contributions and accomplishments in aviation from individuals from Québec.
Over the years, he has been honoured with numerous other awards, including the Order of Canada (2020), Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (2021) and being named Industry Leader of the Year by the Living Legends of Aviation (2022).