Aerospace Unplugged & OAC AGM 2018
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Aerospace Unplugged & OAC AGM 2018

Come celebrate the OAC's 25th Anniversary at Aerospace Unplugged 2018 with

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
11am - 7pm
Where: Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel
901 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario  M9W 1J5
Contact: Leigh Kras

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Join us for our 3rd annual Aerospace Unplugged & AGM 2018 being held at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel. This year's event will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Ontario Aerospace Council and we are looking forward to celebrating this milestone with you.

We are also pleased to welcome our four prestigious guest speakers for 2018:

Richard Aboulafia, Vice President Analysis, The Teal Group
Ronald J. Epstein, Managing Director, A&D Global Research, Bank of America Merrill-Lynch Global Research
Stephen Tapp, Deputy Chief Economist, Export Development Canada
Glenn McDonald, Senior Associate, Aerodynamic Advisory

Come learn about current trends, forecasts, aviation information and data covering commercial, defense, business and regional markets and MRO. Participate in discussions with our speakers and take advantage of the networking opportunities with industry stakeholders from across Canada.

Don't miss the acclaimed, thought-provoking and most entertaining aerospace panel to be held in Toronto this year!

Join the discussion on Twitter by following @the_oac #AeroUnplugged


2018 Confirmed Speakers

Richard Aboulafia, Vice President Analysis, The Teal Group

Richard is Vice President of Analysis at Teal Group. He manages consulting projects in the commercial and military aircraft field and analyzes broader defense and aerospace trends. He has advised numerous aerospace companies, including most prime and many second and third-tier contractors in the US, Europe and Asia. Richard also advises numerous financial institutions on aerospace market conditions.

Richard writes and edits Teal Group's World Military and Civil Aircraft Briefing, a forecasting tool covering over 135 aircraft programs and markets. He also writes publicly about aviation and defense, with regular columns in Aviation Week and Space Technology, AIAA's Aerospace America, and at His articles have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Professional Pilot, and other publications. 

Ronald J. Epstein, Managing Director, A&D Global Research, Bank of America Merrill-Lynch Global Research

Ronald J. Epstein joined Merrill Lynch in 2001 as an industry analyst in the Aerospace and Defense sector. He is currently a Managing Director at the firm and is the senior Aerospace and Defense Analyst for the Americas. In 2008 and 2009, he was placed among the top three analysts in the Greenwich Equity Survey. In the 2008 Institutional Investor Survey he was identified as a “Best Up-and-Comer” and in 2009 he ranked third for his coverage of Aerospace and Defense. He placed second in the 2005 Institutional Investor Latin America Research team survey for his coverage of the Latin America Aerospace and Transport sector. 

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Epstein was a research scientist working in the Applied Aerodynamics Technology Group at the Boeing Phantom Works. During that time, he was also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught courses on Fluid Dynamics and Control Systems. Mr. Epstein completed his MBA degree with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a Bachelor's degree with highest honors from Skidmore College.

Stephen Tapp, Deputy Chief Economist, Export Development Canada

Stephen Tapp is the Deputy Chief Economist at Export Development Canada. In this role, he helps to oversee EDC’s global economic and export forecast as well as the research program for the Corporate Research Department.

Before joining EDC, Stephen was a Research Director at the Institute for Research on Public Policy, where he managed the International Trade and Global Commerce research program. Stephen entered the federal government through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program to work as a senior economist and adviser on economic and fiscal issues for Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer. He has also worked: as an economist and forecaster at the Bank of Canada; as a researcher at Finance Canada and the C.D. Howe Institute; and an economics instructor at Queen’s University. His research has been published in academic journals, such as the Canadian Journal of Economics and Canadian Public Policy. Stephen has a Ph.D. and a Master’s in economics from Queen’s University and an Honors degree from Western University. He on the board of the Ottawa Economics Association.

Glenn McDonald, Senior Associate, Aerodynamic Advisory

Glenn McDonald is a Senior Associate at AeroDynamic Advisory, a specialty consulting firm focused on the global aerospace and aviation industries. He has five years of full-time consulting experience, working first at AeroStrategy, then at ICF International.

During his time in consulting, Glenn has supported and managed many different projects, covering corporate strategy development and execution, acquisition search and transaction support, market analysis, cost and performance benchmarking, economic development, and regulatory analysis and development. His primary focus has been in aerospace manufacturing and Maintenance, Repair, and Operation (MRO).


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