The Province of British Columbia has issued a proclamation declaring that Aug. 6-12, 2012, shall be known as “Abbotsford International Airshow Week”.

The proclamation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the foremost showcase of aviation in B.C. and Canada and confirms the B.C. government’s commitment to support British Columbia’s growing aerospace sector.

Over the course of this week, government representatives have been meeting with key stakeholders in order to further develop British Columbia’s aerospace industry. The B.C. government will collaborate with business to commercialize new technologies and bring them to market more quickly.

In addition, B.C. is in close proximity to Boeing’s final assembly and integration production lines in the Seattle area. As a preferred Asia-Pacific Gateway, B.C. has increased potential to become a major hub for not only the Pacific Northwest, but also Canada’s growing aerospace industry.