Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards Celebration 2019

At our annual Silver Wings Awards cocktail dinner style event, the BC Aviation Council recognizes industry colleagues for specific achievements within the province’s aviation and aerospace industry. The BCAC also provides or coordinates over $60,000 in annual scholarships to students making aviation and aerospace a career choice. We invite you to join us on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at this gala celebration with other aviation and aerospace industry leaders and influencers. The evening includes awards ceremony, fine food, entertainment, silent auction, high end raffle and great networking opportunities.

See Silver Wings Sponsorship Opportunities for corporate opportunities to support this event.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Venue: Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre West
3rd Floor (up one floor from last year)
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

Time: Registration desk opens at 18:00
18:00-19:25 – networking, food service, music, silent auction, raffle
19:25-21:00 – awards and scholarship ceremony
21:00-22:00 – networking, dessert service, music, silent auction close (21:20)

Dress Code:  Business or cocktail attire.

BCAC Member $135
Non-Member $165
Spouse $99
Student $80

Reserved Seating Requests: Limited seating is available for those with mobility issues – contact us at


Discounted Airfares

Central Mountain Air: 50% off. Book online using promo code: SilverWings19. FLEX code rules apply.

Pacific Coastal Airlines: Promo Code: BCACSWA19-XXXXXX (a unique six digit suffix can be obtained at
Book by: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019, at 23:59 PM
Travel period: Friday, October 18th – Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
Markets: all PCA destinations to/from YVR
Discount: 50% off the base fare of Bravo and Classic Fares

Discounted Hotel Rate

Coast Coal Harbour, 1180 West Hastings St.,
Vancouver, BC  V6E 4R5
(604) 697-0202

Celebrating the Following Winners for 2019

Industry Awards

Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year Award ‐ Dave Curtis of Longview Aviation Capital Corp.
(Acquisition of the entire Dash 8 program, the in‐production Q400 Bombardier Inc. program, and the rights to the deHavilland name and trademark in all Canadian transactions.)

Back and Bevington Air Safety Trophy ‐ Airspan Helicopters
(Implementation of a more sophisticated SMS and the hiring of a safety manager.)

Environmental Award ‐ Smithers Airport
(Installation of geothermal heating and cooling system.)

Lifetime Achievement Award ‐ Glenn Oerzen
(Supporter of BCIT’s Airline and Flight Operations program.)

Robert S. Day Trophy ‐ Mike Hooper of the Nanaimo Airport (Contribution to Aviation/Aerospace in the Province.)

William Templeton Trophy ‐ Vanderhoof Airport
(New hangar and formation of the Vanderhoof Airport Development Society.)

Hope Air Community Giving Award – Pacific Coastal Airlines (BCAC Member Support for Hope Air’s activities.)

Scholarships 2019

Al Michaud Memorial Bursary ($1,000) ‐ Mathew Robert Mosveen, Victoria Flying Club

Anderson Family Private Pilot ‐ Flight Training Scholarship ($5,000) There are two Anderson Scholarships this year, one in the amount of $5,000 to Samuel Thiessen, BP Aviation, and $3,500 to Gavin Boothroyd, Pacific Flying Club

Anne and Rudy Bauer Memorial Bursary ($1,000) ‐ Rachel Allen, Victoria Flying Club

Barry and Jim Aviation Maintenance Graduate Scholarship ($3,000) ‐ Erick Beltran, University of the Fraser Valley

BC Airport Committee Airport Operations/Management Training Bursary ($2,000 x 2) ‐ Ian Garcia, BCIT, and George Mathews, BCIT

BCAC “Career” Training Scholarship ($1,000) There are two of these awards this year: Grant Diamond, Victoria Flying Club, and Nicole Wardstrom, Principal Air Ltd.

BCAC Flight Instructor Training Scholarship ($1,000) ‐ Jonathan Bloomquist, Pacific Flying Club

Conair Group Commercial Aviation Training Scholarship ($3,000) ‐ Anastasia Lisnevskaya, Pacific Flying Club

Ernie Alexander, Q.C. Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) ‐ Colin Stonier, Pacific Flying Club

HeliJet Helicopter AME Training Scholarship ($3,500) ‐ Paul Levesque, BCIT

Mary Swain Memorial Aviation Training Scholarship ($1,000) ‐ Renata Nicmans, Chinook Helicopters

John and Michelle Ward Memorial Flight Training Scholarship (Commercial Pilot) ($2,000) ‐ Thomas Clark, Pacific Flying Club

William Templeton Airport Operations Management Training Bursary ($1,000) ‐ Rachel Yang, BCIT

Other Awards

The Awards Committee is also pleased to advise that Harbour Air has chosen Victoria Grahn, Chinook Helicopters, as the winner of the Harbour Air Advanced Float Plane Endorsement Scholarship.

BC General Aviation scholarships awarded to:

Erissa Yong Bursary, $2,000 –  Erik Urquhart

Onkarbir Singh Toor Memorial Bursary, $1,000 – Mark Daniel Pua

Did you know you can donate to the BCAC Scholarship program or individual scholarships? If you or your company would like to set up its own scholarship with BCAC, contact Mark Duncan, Endowment Committee Chair to discuss options.

BC Aviation Council Photo Gallery

Take a look at our photos from the Silver Wings Industry Awards and Scholarships Gala 2018!