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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

Welcome New Members:

Corporate Members:

Creston Valley Airport

Fort McMurray Airport Authority

Individual Members:

Peter Bianconi

Paul Carver, District of Vanderhoof

Pam Nelson

Pat O’Reilly

Jon Spalding

2015 Coastal Pacific Graduating ClassCoastal Pacific Aviations June 2015 Graduation Class

Congratulations to (L-R):  Drake Won, Nikita Kazmirouk, Dean Bryan, Hasandeep Khural, Sammit Gosavi, Harris Brown, Steven Shi, Neelopher Chohan, Francis Villeneuve, Josh Sandford, Skylar Pridham, Charlie L’Hommecourt, Cole Regier, Alan Williams, Nathan Closter and CJ Phan.


The BC Aviation Council Board of Directors is please to announce the 2015 scholarship winners:

Ernie Alexander Memorial $2,000 — Victoria Vargas, Pacific Flying Club
Al Michaud Memorial $1,000 — Tikal Unger, Pacific Flying Club
Anne & Rudy Bauer Memorial, $1,000 — Karli-Ann Murray, Coastal Pacific Aviation
Barry & Jim AME Graduate, $3,000 — Ken Jen, BCIT
BCAC Airports Ops/Mgt Training, $1,000 — Nicole Gaudet, BCIT
BCAC Career Training, $1,000 — Lucas Davis, University of Fraser Valley
BCAC Flight Instructor Training, $1,000 — Young Min Lee, Pacific Flying Club
Mary Swain Memorial, $1,000 — Soo Hyun Woo, BCIT AME Graduate
Wm Templeton Airport Ops/Mgt Training, $1,000 — Stephen Van Dolder, BCIT
Michelle Ward Memorial, $2,000 — Fraser Shindruk, Coastal Pacific Aviation

Scholarships will be awarded at the annual Silver Wings Awards event on October 20th at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.  Registration opens September 1st.  Sponsorship opportunities available now.

YVR Koffee Klutch Tourny Participants Gave Generously to BCAC Scholarship Fund

On June 30th, YVRs 42nd annual Koffee Klutch golf tournament saw 140 players hit the course.  BC Aviation Council has joined the event in the last number of years to raise funds to enhance the scholarship fund.  Players had a great day, great weather and maybe not so great scores but a lot of fun.

They gave generously and with the help of three BCIT students, Denis Dilworth, Nicole Gaudet, and Viny Liu, a total of $1420.00 was raised.  Additional amounts given direct to the fund were received from Murray Latta Progressive Machine Ltd., and J. G. McClure.

Winner of the draw and $710.00 was Holly Van Straten of oneworld Alliance, seen here with Mark Duncan, BCAC’s Chairman.  Holly donated $500.00 of this back to the scholarship fund, which for the day saw a total of $1735.00 raised. This equates to almost two scholarships for next year.

Thank you again for this strong support from industry.


BC Aviation Council Airports Workshop April 29 & 30 in YLW_Kelowna Int'l Airport photoKelowna, “was worth the trip to attend”.

Some KF Aerospace Tour90 attendees took in the presentations at this 1.5 day event and were pleased with topics in the seven sessions and presentations of the two lunch guest speakers which covered a wide range of information pertinent to all airports.  Kelowna Airport staff organized an evening social ‘mixer’ and airport staff escorted ‘walk about’ tours throughout the airport while Chris Cowan of KF Aerospace gave an indepth tour of that facility and its unique ‘in process’ projects.

Topics and presentation links

  1. Long Term Infrastructure Planning
  2. Airside Construction and Project Control
  3. TP312 / 5th Edition
  4. The Hub Re-Imagined
  5. BC Air Access Program / BC On the Move
  6. Advancements in Passenger Processing
  7. Performance Based Navigation

And guest lunch speakers, Marsha Walden, CEO, Destination BC; and Dr. Michael Tretheway, InterVISTAS

Media Coverage

Thank you to all sponsors without whose support events would be difficult to organize.

  1. Gold Level –SNC Lavalin; Vantage Airport Group (with Kamloops Airport and North Peace Regional Airport)
  2. Silver Level — Nanaimo Airport; Tetra Tech EBA
  3. Bronze Level — InterVistas; Tradewind Scientific
  4. Others — Carter Hales; Central Mountain Air; Northwest Regional Airport; Pacific Coastal Airlines; Westholme Graphics
  5. Wednesday Mixer — Kelowna Airport; Let’s Go Transportation

2016 Airports Workshop in Nanaimo — dates to be determined.

BC Aviation Council Scholarship Nominations closed for 2015

BC Aviation Council is pleased to have three new scholarships added to the list offered this year.  Applications are accepted until May 31, each year and awarded at the annual Silver Wings Awards in October.

Call for 2016 Scholarship nominations will go out in March 2016.  View criteria.

New Affiliation Agreement Signed

BC Aviation Council signs affiliation with Quarter Century in Aviation Club.

The Quarter Century in Aviation Club was formed in 1952 in Vancouver to provide a venue where people of all areas of aviation could meet old friends and create new ones and share their experiences and stories.

Anderson Family Scholarship

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Schweizer 2-33A glider with the Cadet Gliding Operation.

Nominations open again in January 2016.

Winner for 2015 is Nathaniel Ralphs taking his flight training at Victoria Flying Club.  He has his glider pilots license and anxious to start his private pilot license training.

The John Anderson family of North Vancouver BC is working through 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.


Annual Silver Wings Awards Event a Great Success!


Awards Grp-1The annual Silver Wings Awards was held 30 October at the Vancouver Convention Centre West and saw some 280 in attendance.  BCAC members, guests, award and scholarship winners all enjoyed the networking opportunities, live entertainment, great food and the chance to bid on some great silent auction items from travel to golf packages.  The emcee, CBC personality Johanna Wagstaffe, opened the awards by introducing the Honourable Mike de Jong, BC Minister of Finance whose address included a welcome on behalf of the Premier and Province of BC.  The 2014 industry award and scholarship winners were ‘piped’ in to the ceremony and received an enthusiastic welcome applause from the audience.   Award winners received recognitiSwainAwardon for their varied contributions to the industry with presentation of annual trophies, and aviation students received a number of scholarships to further their aviation studies in fields of pilot training, airport management, and aviation maintenance.  A new scholarship was introduced this year, the Mary Swain Memorial, awarded to Rachel Lichti, and Tony Swain was on hand to meet the recipient.

This years winners:

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 Workshop Sold Out on October 30th!

A packed meeting room listened to four panels of experts present on the topic of dealing with the various events and authorities that come into play after an aviation accident.  The workshops goal was to provide attendees with a time-line of events that one can expect to deal with immediately after an aviation accident.  What agencies you would be working with, what information you should have ready in case of an accident, how to keep an operation running through investigation of the event, liaising with media, and managing the emotional trauma of employees and family, were discussed in detail.

Speakers: (Click on speakers name for their presentation)

The First 24 Hours–
1. Nav Canada — Greg Down, Shift Manager, Vancouver Area Control Center
2. DND — Capt. Greg Clarke, Air Coordinator, Joint Coordination Center Victoria, RCAF
3. RCMP — Sgt. Cam Kowalski, Richmond Detachment
4. BC Coroners Service — Vincent Stancato, Deputy Chief Coroner

24 Hours to Seven Days
1. TSB — Glen Friesen, Senior Investigator (Ops), Pacific Region
2. Media — Alyn Edwards, Partner, Peak Communications
3. Post Trauma Counselling — Christy Waisman, MA, R.C.C., Clinical Counsellor

Keynote Speaker — Doug Kelsey, President & GM, BC Rapid Transit — “Leading in Crisis”

Seven Days to 30 Days
Transport Canada Civil Aviation — Trevor Heryet, Regional Director, Civil Aviation, Pacific Region

Role of Legal, Insurance & Communication Advisors
1. Insurer — Stephan Roess, Sr VP & COO, Willis Aerospace Canada
2. Legal Counsel — Michael Dery, Partner, Alexander Holburn
3. Restoring Public Confidence — Alyn Edwards, Partner, Peak Communications


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.



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

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