Marc Parent is the President and CEO of CAE Inc., a position he has held since October 2009. Prior to that, he had held several leadership positions at CAE since joining in February 2005, including Group President, Simulation Products and Military Training & Services, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He has over 35 years of experience in the aerospace industry, having previously held positions with Canadair and Bombardier Aerospace in Canada and the United States.
He currently sits on the boards of the Business Council of Canada, the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), and the McGill University Health Centre Foundation. Marc earned a degree in engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from École Polytechnique de Montréal, and is an active pilot holding an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) from Transport Canada.
Marc was honoured in 1999 as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Leaders. In 2011, he was named the Canadian Defence Review’s (CDR) first ever Defence Executive of the year, a distinction awarded to him again in 2020. In 2018, he was nominated as CEO of the year by Montreal’s Les Affaires newspaper. In 2019, he received the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) James C. Floyd Award. In November 2020, Marc Parent became a Member of the Order of Canada.