2022 Philip J. Klass Lifetime Achievement: Marc Parent

Marc Parent was awarded the Philip J. Klass Lifetime Achievement Award at Aviation Week's 65th annual Laureate Awards on Nov 3, 2022.

Since becoming president and CEO of CAE in 2009, he has led the Canadian company’s growth from a simulation products supplier to the largest provider of civil aviation training services and a global leader in mission support for defense forces. Born in Quebec, he began his career at Canadair on the Challenger business jet and later became Bombardier vice president of Challenger and CRJ programs before joining CAE in 2005. Under Parent’s leadership, CAE adapted rapidly to help its airline customers ensure that thousands of pilots were ready for the post-pandemic recovery in air travel. Now he is leading the company toward the future with a C$1 billion ($771 million) investment in innovation, including the use of artificial intelligence and neuroscience, supporting the large influx of new pilots needed over the next decade.