NAFAN Convention 2018

The NAFAN Convention, held every two years, is a major event gathering French aerospace companies wishing to expand their activities in North America. This event will foster networking and exchange of best practices among French aerospace companies. The NAFAN Convention gives you a unique opportunity to showcase your organization to French leading aircraft manufacturers, small and mid-sized aerospace companies and aerospace key players. The 2018 NAFAN Convention will be held on Monday, October 15, in Orlando, FL. This event will take place the day before the NBAA 2018 Convention (National Business Aviation Association), one of the world’s largest and most important business aviation events, attended each year by over 1,500 companies.






7.30 – 8.00    Registration
                        Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd, Orlando

8.00 – 8.05    Welcome remarks
                        Mr Pierre BOURLOT, Managing Director, GIFAS
                        Ms Laurence GRELET, Director of Industry and Cleantech,   

                        Business France North America

8.05 – 8.15    Opening
                        Mr Clement LECLERC, Consul General of France in Miami

8.15– 8.30     Presentation – Dassault Aviation: Procurement policies
                        Mr John WILK, VP Purchasing, Dassault Aviation

8.30 – 8.45    Presentation – Safran North America: Procurement policies

Mr Sylvain Boisver, Safran Canada Delegate


8.45 – 9.00    Presentation – Airbus in North America

                        Mr Benoit Chauderon, Sourcing Manager


9.00 – 9.40    Panel – How to work with Boeing

Chairperson: Mr Cédric POST, Deputy Director European and International Affairs, GIFAS
Guest speakers:

Gaëtan GUIBERT, North America Director, Mapaero Inc

Alinh HOANG, Partner, Aero Invest

Bruno FERRAND, CEO, Latecoere International Inc                        

9.40 – 10.00   Presentation - US tax reform
                          Mr Hugues Retif, Director of Operations, IMS

10.00 – 10.30  Networking break

10.30 – 11.00   Presentation – ITAR and CFIUS updates
                           Mr Kevin Wolf, Partner, Akin Gump

11.00 – 11.20   Presentation – M&A in North America
                           Mr Stephan Coonrod, Partner, K&L Gates

11.20 – 11.35  Presentation
                          Mr Jonathan Gilad, Counselor for ecology, energy and transport
                          at Embassy of France in the United States

11.35 – 12.20  Panel – How to grow your business in Canada and Quebec

                           Chairperson: Mr Simon LELIEVRE, Head of Aerospace, Business
                           France North America

                           Guest speakers:
                           Ms Annie BREARD, Director, Invest in Quebec
                           Mr Francis ARCHAMBAULT, CEO, NSE Automatech
                           Mr Guillaume BAJOLET, VP Business Development, Lauak
                           Mr Mike LEE, President, R&D Partners

12.20 – 14.00   Lunch

Guest of Honor: Mr Eric Trappier, GIFAS President, Chairman and CEO Dassault Aviation



Meet with French, American and Canadian companies during one-to-one session (15min per meeting).


+ networking breaks

+ American states presence

+ GIFAS and Business France teams to guide you

October 15th 2018 from 07:00 AM to 08:30 PM GMT -4

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress - 1 Grand Cypress Blvd 32836 Orlando FL


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