Kenneth. R. Patrick 1915-2002

Kenneth. R. Patrick 1915-2002

Founder of CAE

Native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Ken Patrick distinguished himself during World War II as an Air Force officer within the Royal Canadian Air Force. For his participation in the development of radar he was awarded the OBE. Wishing “to create something Canadian and take advantage of a war-trained team that was extremely innovative and very technology-intensive”, Patrick founded in 1947, in an abandoned hangar at Saint-Hubert airport, Canadian Aviation Electronics (today called CAE). Beginning with a staff of 18 employees, the company picked up, hardly a few days after its creation, an important contract from National Defence for the manufacture and installation of radar systems in the Great Canadian North. It was the beginning of a long series of successes. In 1953, Patrick set up a new factory of 500 employees in the city of Saint-Laurent on the island of Montreal. At the beginning, it did a little of everything, maintenance of televisions sets, development of radars, homing systems for search and rescue, as well as the conception of flight simulators, an area which finally establish the fame of CAE.

Patrick founded in 1947, in an abandoned hangar at Saint-Hubert airport, Canadian Aviation Electronics (today called CAE).

Today, CAE is the most important builder of flight simulators in the world. Its personnel numbers more than 6000 employees, in Canada, in the United States and abroad, of which approximately 4000 are in the Saint-Laurent facility. CAE factories and training centers are found in about fifteen countries and the annual turnover exceeds the billion dollars. Today, the most important manufacturers of aircraft and helicopters – such as Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer – form crews on CAE simulators. The simulation technology of CAE is not confined to the civil and military aviation but also serves the Navy. Founder of this empire, Ken Patrick also sat on several important Boards of Directors, notably RCA Victor, Canadian Vertol Aircraft, Boeing of Canada and Avcorp Industries.


Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)

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