Sopra Steria launches in Canada with focus on aerospace

15 May 2024 2 min. read

Sopra Steria, a Paris-headquartered IT consulting firm, has expanded into Canada with the establishment of its aeroline practice in Montreal and Toronto.

The French firm’s expansion into Canada follows the awarding of a significant, multi-year contract with aircraft manufacturer Airbus in January. As part of the contract, Sopra Steria will help Airbus modernize its engineering methods and tools across all areas (airframe, flight physics, engines, systems, and flight and propulsion testing) across operations in France, Spain, Germany, Poland, India, the US, and Canada.

The IT consultancy will focus on helping Airbus roll out a new flight management system (avionics) to develop better flight control data, as well as streamline product lifecycle management processes to improve energy efficiency and production.

“The establishment of a Sopra Steria subsidiary in Canada marks a significant milestone in the development of our Aeroline vertical. Already a market leader in Europe, we support globally renowned industrial players. To be closer to their operations, we are now establishing ourselves in Canada," said Youssoupha Diop, head of Sopra Steria's aeroline practice in Canada.

Sopra Steria launches in Canada with focus on aerospace

Sopra Steria says it has over 180 experts focusing on the North America aerospace industry. The firm’s subsidiary, CS Group, provides specialized services for critical systems management and has offices in Ville St-Laurent, Quebec and East Hartford, Connecticut.

Sopra Steria in a press release said that it plans to have a 500-person workforce in Canada within five years.

"We were eager to begin this new phase of our journey. This expansion into Canada directly meets the proximity needs of our clients and our strategy. As this territory is key in aerospace, it was essential for us to be represented here," said Xavier Pecquet, global leader of Sopra Steria's aeroline practice.

Founded in 1968, Sopra Steria has nearly 55,000 employees across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and North America. The firm provides services in technology, systems integration, infrastructure, software, cybersecurity, and AI to a wide range of industries.

The firm’s consulting division, Sopra Steria Next, has 4,000 consultants providing services in IT strategy, innovation and design, customer and value, people and change, sustainability and ethics, services operations and automation, and supply chain and industrial operations.