CAE celebrates one team from diverse cultures in 70th year

+VIDEO Global training company CAE is celebrating its 70th anniversary – it was launched on St Patrick’s Day (17 March) in 1949.

“Over the last decades, we’ve built on our diversity, our passion for excellence and the talent of people all over the world to create a great company,” said Marc Parent, CAE’s President and CEO.

“We come from different countries, different cultures and we have different expertise, but we are united as one team focused on one vision: to be the worldwide training partner of choice to enhance safety, efficiency and readiness.”

Employees in each of CAE’s 160 sites around the world will participate in celebrations which will continue throughout the year. They include activities, historical videos, a global contest encouraging employees to tell their CAE story, a global family day, and more.


CAE founder Ken Patrick.

Formerly known as Canadian Aviation Electronics Ltd., CAE was founded 70 years ago by ex-Royal Canadian Air Force officer, Ken Patrick. He assembled what he called ‘a war-trained team that was extremely innovative and very technology-intensive’.

“Today, innovation is still at the heart of our company,” said Parent. “Since our first contract to build a flight simulator for the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1952, we have transformed ourselves over the years from a simulator manufacturer to a global training company focused on making air travel safer. That’s something we are really proud of.”

CAE’s history