Featured Silver Wings Awards Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Vancouver International Airport

Captain Level

SNC Lavalin

First Officer Level

Blackcomb Aviation

Navigator Level

BCIT Aerospace

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BCAC Five Year Strategic Planbcac_anniversary_75

It is our pleasure to introduce the BCAC Strategic Plan for 2013-2017. Aviation is critical to enabling and growing the BC economy. The aviation sector supports British Columbians in their everyday lives. It is the job of the BCAC, in partnership with members, stakeholders, and our community, to positively influence the well-being of British Columbia’s aviation sector. It is only by innovating and finding new ways to work together will we see a visible, connected, and thriving aviation and aerospace industry in BC.

This Strategic Plan is a high-level overview of how we will focus the efforts of BCAC over the next five years to achieve this vision.

Learn More About the BCAC


The BCAC welcome individuals and organizations, including aviation executives, pilots, airport managers, suppliers to the industry, aviation enthusiasts, and students.

Become a Member of the BCAC

SAVE THE DATE–October 30th–Two EventsBCAC123

Silver Wings Awards — 18:00-21:00

VCC1710_SB1_2542-scrNew venue–Vancouver Convention Centre West

Mark your calendar to attend this annual event to showcase industry awards and scholarship winners and network with colleagues at a great venue.

BC Aviation Council is pleased to announce the winners for 2014

1. Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year — Westjet Encore
2. Back and Bevington Air Safety Award — BC Hydro Aircraft Operations Department
3. Robert S. Day Award — Kelly Jamieson (Pilot, and Chair of the Aviation Leadership Foundation Mentorship Program)
4. William Templeton Award — North Peace Regional Airport (Fort St. John)
5. Lifetime Achievement in Aviation — John Morris (Blackcomb Aviation)

Past Industry Award Winners

1. Al Michaud Memorial Scholarship — Nigel Schatz, Pacific Flying Club
2. Anne and Rudy Bauer Memorial Scholarship — Wenny Chiu, Pacific Flying Club
3. Ernie Alexander Memorial Scholarship — Robert Higgins, BCIT
4. Barry & Jim Aviation Maintenance Graduate — Geoffrey Pilgrim, BCIT
5. BCAC Airport Managers Airport Ops/Mgt Training Scholarship — Lauren Lee and Lucie Stevens, BCIT
6. William Templeton Airport Ops/Mgt Training Scholarship — Cheshire Lin, BCIT
7. Mary Swain Memorial Scholarship — Rachel Lichti, Coastal Pacific Aviation


Post Accident Life Cycle Workshop07:30-16:00–October 30th

Accidents, though rare, do happen – and sometimes with tragic results. Dealing with the aftermath can be very stressful and compounded by the need to respond to the many agencies and interested parties in the hours, days and months following the incident.

To learn more about the operator’s responsibilities following a high profile accident scenario, The British Columbia Aviation Council has developed a one day workshop that will include government agencies, stress counsellors, media consultants, insurance underwriters and legal advisors – all of whom, play a role in managing the aftermath.

Learn more about counselling those affected. Be better informed on your regulatory, legal and emotional responsibilities. Develop a check list of responsibilities tailored for your operation to better prepare you and your employees to manage a high profile incident.

Full agenda and pre-event registration details.

Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, 1133 W. Hastings St, Vancouver.
Book by 29 September to receive event rate — 1-800-468-3571 or 604-689-9211 and mention with BC Aviation Council Group

Interested in sponsorship opportunities for workshop–info@bcaviationcouncil.org


Anderson Family ScholarshipSean Flynn

The John Anderson family of North Vancouver BC has agreed with the BCAC to fund a $5,000 scholarship, awarded in June each year to a young aspiring pilot. This Award, called the “Anderson Family Flight Training Scholarship”, will be administered by the BCAC.

We are pleased to announce the winner for 2014 is Sean Flynn of Surrey, taking training at Pacific Flying Club in Delta.  Congratulations Sean!  We will share progress updates.

Chris Hadfield Becomes Honorary Member of BCAC

Hadfield 1BCAC attended April 17th event in Vancouver where Astronaut Chris HadfieldHadfield event 2 addressed approx. 1000 students from across the lower mainland.  At an evening event at BCIT Aerospace Technology Centre, BCAC directors and Executive Director present Commander Hadfield with a BCAC pin and welcomed him as an honorary member of the organization.  The directors also thanked our youth committee and student BCAC members for their interest and support of aviation.  Commander Hadfield reminded us all to think safety and worry about the details.

(L-R) BCAC directors Rebecca Catley and Jamie Molloy, Commander Hadfield, BCAC Executive Director Vanessa Griffiths, and BCAC directors Peter Barratt and Heather Bell.

BCAC Holds 76th Annual General Meeting

Mike ColmanBCAC’s Executive Director, Vanessa Griffiths, was pleased to welcome over 60 attendees to the April 24th lunch event preceding the AGM in Richmond.  Guest speaker, Mike Colmant, Deputy Airport Director, King County Int’l Airport, Boeing Field, Seattle, gave an interesting speech covering the many issues they face operating in an urban environment, meeting the demands for ramped up delivery requirements for Boeing aircraft and balancing the needs of business, private and corporate aviation traffic.

Following the lunch, BCAC Chairman, Mark Duncan, called the Annual General Meeting to order and was able to report on a successful year with the addition of new memberships as well as a number of well attended events including the 75th anniversary year celebration in September, and the October Silver Wings Awards Gala.  He also thanked the Chairpersons of the individual BCAC Committees (see Committee Tab) for their valuable work over the year.  Outgoing Treasurer, Mike Hooper, reported significant growth in the BCAC endowment fund and a positive financial position going forward.  A copy of the 2013 Annual Report was distributed at the meeting.

BCAC would like to thank outgoing Directors Mike Hooper, Michael Dery and Ken Ohrn for their valuable service over the last three years.  New Directors, Linda Wolstencroft (Aerospace), Reg Krake (YVR), and Michael Delves (Treasurer) were elected for three year terms at the meeting and we welcome them to our growing organization.  List of 2014-2015 Directors.


A Great Event in Prince George — Eyes on the North

BC Aviation Council took the BC Airports Workshop to Prince George. 

DSCF0901On February 26-27th, BC Aviation Council (BCAC) hosted its annual Airports Workshop outside the Vancouver lower mainland.

With imminent growth in the North, BCAC decided to hold the Airports Workshop in Prince George, and showcase this beautiful airport by including an evening networking event and open house at the venue.  Workshop topics of discussion included Safety Management Systems, Leasing, Security, and the Economic Impact and Implications our BC airports are currently experiencing.   

A common theme of discussion was collaboration and often smaller airports lack the infrastructure and personnel to accomplish some of the requirements.   An example of sharing of information has been accomplished by Terrace and Smithers Airports working together to audit each other and it is hoped other airports will do the same.  

There was much to learn as evidenced when listening to keynote speaker, Scott Clements (CEO Ft. McMurray Airport) share DSCF0911his airports experiences in rapid growth.  The take away from this is the need to share experiences and look beyond the short term vision to build for the future.   

The two day event was attended by over 80 industry professionals including airports, government, economic development, air operators and consultants to the aviation industry.

Media were invited to interview Scott Clements and BCAC Chairman, Mark Duncan and local coverage can be viewed at please click here to see

BC Aviation Council awards a number of scholarships each year and grows its endowment fund at events such as this by door prize draws.  Because of the draw prize donations received from Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang, and Hatch Mott MacDonald for the event, $700 will be added to that fund.

We wish to thank all of the sponsors who generously supported the event:

Wednesday ‘Mixer’ — Vantage Airport Group, and Blake Productions, Paxton Shuttle Service, YXS Prince George Airport

Platinum — Nav Canada

Gold — G4S Secure Solutions (Canada), and SNC-Lavalin

Silver — Hatch Mott MacDonald, Tetra Tech EBA, Tradewind Scientific

Bronze — Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang, Commissionaires BC, Northern Thunderbird Air, Northwest Regional AP Terrace-Kitimat, PetroValue, Team Eagle, and Travel Northern BC

Others — Central Mountain Air, Tourism Prince George, and Westholme Graphics

BC Aviation Council is very proud to call the Prince George meeting a success and looks forward to our next event(s) on 24 April which includes a Media Workshop, Lunch with Keynote Speaker, and AGM, at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.  More details and registration process will be posted in the coming weeks.

BC Aviation Council’s vision is “An Aviation and Aerospace Community that is Visible, Connected, and Thriving”.

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