In the fall of 2015, the Aluminium Association of Canada created the Christian Van Houtte Award of Honour in memory of its founder, Mr. Christian Van Houtte, president of the association for 18 years, to highlight his contribution to the industry’s evolution.

A pioneer and visionary, he helped mold the Quebec and Canadian industry into the model of sustainable prosperity that it is today, by rigorously documenting the full value of aluminum produced here and positioning the industry in the context of sustainable development even before the term took off.

The AAC Christian-Van-Houtte Award of Honour recognizes the outstanding contribution of a person or group to aluminium industry development in Quebec, aluminium use, or aluminium applications in the economy.

2017 Christian-Van-Houtte Recognition Award

At the 12th edition of its annual cocktail held last October 12, 2017, AAC celebrated the CETA Agreement between the European Union and Canada by awarding four Christian-Van-Houtte Recognition Awards to outstanding individuals and government institutions.

An award was given to Mr. Pierre-Marc Johnson, Chief Negotiator, Government of Quebec and one to Mr. Christos Sirros, Delegate General of Quebec in Brussels (during negotiations). Mr. Johnson and Mr. Sirros both played a key role in achieving this agreement. In addition, two other awards were given to Canadian and European government institutions that brought the agreement to life.

2016 Christian van houtte recognition award

The Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) awarded the renowned Canadian industrial designer Michel Dallaire the prestigious Christian-Van-Houtte Award of Honour in the course of its annual reception held October 12, 2016. Not only did 2016 mark the AAC’s 25th anniversary, it was also the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games’ 40th anniversary, which was launched with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron thanks to an innovative torch designed by Michel Dallaire.

Michel Dallaire not only received the Christian-Van-Houtte Award of Honour, but was also presented with the 1976 Olympic Torch by Stéphane Préfontaine himself, the then 16 year-old Canadian athlete who lit the Olympic Cauldron four decades earlier.

2015 Christian van houtte recognition award

The Aluminium Association of Canada announced the endowment of a scholarship in memory of the late Christian Van Houtte, founder and president of the AAC for 18 years. Mr. Van Houtte passed away this past summer.

The Aluminium Association of Canada recognized Jacques Daoust, Quebec’s minister of the Economy, Industry, and Exports, together with his team, with the inaugural Award of Honour for their outstanding contribution to the development of our industry through the establishment of the Quebec Aluminium Development Strategy.