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BCAC Five Year Strategic Plan
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.
The BCAC welcome individuals and organizations, including aviation executives, pilots, airport managers, suppliers to the industry, aviation enthusiasts, and students.
October 30th BCAC events a great success!
The workshop entitled “Bridging the Skills Gap” brought together 70 industry executives, instructors, aviation students and interested parties to listen to speakers from various sectors of aviation address the issue of the training gap within the aviation industry and how various companies are dealing with that themselves. Keynote speaker, David Franson, Regional Director Market Analysis, BOEING, presented topic “Global Commercial Aircraft Forecast–Pilot, Maintenance and Manufacturing Requirement”. Contact BCAC’s Executive Director, Vanessa Griffiths, to learn more on action items from this event.
The Silver Wings Awards is the highlight of the year and 200 friends and colleagues came together that evening to support the 2013 industry winners presented with awards in categories of Aviation Entrepreneur–NGRAIN; Environment Award–Victoria Airport Authority; Back & Bevington Air Safety Award–Claude Marchand (Conair Group); Robert S. Day Award–BCIT Aviation Program; William Templeton Award–Nelson Pilots Assn; and Lifetime Achievement in Aviation–Capt. Garry Meier (Hawkair). Nominations are accepted year round so if you have someone who should be considered for 2014, send in your nomination.
Led by piper Kyle Banta, all winners entered the room to the well deserved applause from guests, friends and family to take their bow and receive their award or scholarship. This networking, socializing event brings together a unique group of people who have a passion for the industry. See photos. This was felt with the ‘buzz’ in the room and the sharing of experiences and stories.
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Presentations totaling in excess of $10,000 in scholarships to students studying in various fields of aviation were as follows: Al Michaud Memorial–Kyle Grealy; Anne & Rudy Bauer Memorial–Jonathan Jimenez; Sandra Stoddart-Hansen and Mike Matthews Scholarship–Dario Stewart-Imbert; BCAC Airport Managers Airport Ops/Mgt–Oxana Klemin and Candace McKibbon; Barry & Jim Aviation Mtce Graduate–Hiroko Nakasone; Ernie Alexander Memorial–Patrick Simonian Kordolia; William Templeton Airport Ops/Mgt–Naveed Nadeem; and Anderson Family Scholarship (awarded in June)–Alexandra Johnston. BCAC accepts donations to the scholarship fund throughout the year. Scholarship nominations will be open again in the spring of 2014.
We wish to thank all of our sponsors for their support of this event and direct members to their websites (see left column), and or thanks also to always entertaining emcee, Jaeger Mah.
If you missed this event, mark your calendar for February 26 and 27, 2014 when BCAC visits the North and holds a workshop and meetings in Prince George. Watch for more details to come.
More then 100 BCAC members and colleagues gathered to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Council on September 16th in Richmond. A video containing historic photos of aviation in the province along with presidents from years past played throughout the evening, while ‘a lot of networking went on’. Chairman, Mark Duncan, presented the Jerry Lloyd family with a posthumous award, recognizing his service to the aviation industry. A number of past Presidents and Chairmen gathered for a celebratory photo to mark this important milestone for the Council, including (L-R) Rollie Back (1989-90, 2006-08), Ken Dandy (1991), Jack Cameron (1993), Craig Richmond (2002), Scott Harrold (2000-01), Sandra Stoddart-Hansen (2011-12), George Miller (2003), and Wayne McNeal (1987-88). View all photos.
BCAC Appoints New Executive Director
BCAC welcomes Vanessa Griffiths to the role of Executive Director. Chairman Mark Duncan adds “We are delighted that Vanessa has joined our organization and look forward to her representing the aviation and aerospace industry in the province to various levels of government, and in raising the profile of the industry and its importance to the economy throughout the province. We also wish to thank outgoing Executive Director, Teara Fraser, for her invaluable contribution and we are fortunate that she will continue as Strategic Advisor”.
BC Aviation Council has attended a number of events over the last few weeks on your behalf, promoting the Council, its members and member issues.
The John Anderson family of North Vancouver BC has agreed with the BCAC to fund a 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.
Recipient for 2013 is Alexandra Johnston of Squamish. Congratulations Alexandra!
Look for the 2014 Anderson Family Scholarship information posted in January 2014.
BCAC Celebrates 75th Anniversary In 2013
In 1938, aviation was a new idea with plenty of potential. So 39 people, including representatives of 12 municipalities and 8 boards of trade formed the BCAC and held the inaugural BCAC AGM and conference on September 16, 1938, attended by Canada’s first Minister of Transport.
In 2013, we celebrate 75 years of service to our members and our communities. Keep watching as the year unfolds. Press Release