The fourth edition of Aluminium Valley in Business 2011 was held May 10-12, 2011, at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi
This fourth edition was held under the joint honorary chairmanship of Ms. Suzanne Fortier, CEO of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Marc Germain, President and Executive Vice-President of Novelis North America. With the theme “Aluminium in Your Space”, the networking event aimed to bring together a full complement of aluminium industry stakeholders, display the many advantages of the material, and demonstrate the skills of people who use the metal in an array of innovative and advantageous ways. Collaboration among R&D, training, businesses, industrial associations, and socioeconomic partners made it possible to bring together aluminium industry stakeholders and decision-makers.
The trade show attracted nearly 500 participants, about sixty students, twenty researchers, and 118 guests from the general public. Numerous formal and informal business meetings were held. Eighty-four exhibitors from Quebec, Canada and abroad attended. Over three days, the dynamics of the activities, exhibits, symposiums, meetings, research centre tours, and conferences provided participants with opportunities to expand their business networks and improve their technical knowhow. This important gathering, and largest aluminium event in Quebec, has already led participating businesses and their partners to identify business opportunities in an atmosphere that fosters the emergence of collaborations and projects.