BC Aviation Council announces award winners and highlights industry leaders’ achievements and supports those who dream of a career in aviation

Aug 2, 2017

August 2, 2017 (Vancouver, BC): At the annual Silver Wings Awards on October 25, the British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) will honour and highlight the many achievements of its members, industry leaders and the youth who benefit from the $25,500 awarded in scholarships this year. “Aviation plays a key role in the economy and safety of our province,” says Heather Bell, BCAC Chairman.  “BCAC is proud to support the aviation industry through our scholarship program and privileged to honour those among us who have made a difference with their contributions.” BCAC’s premier event, the Silver Wings Awards, will take place on Wednesday, October 25 at Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place, beginning at 6 p.m.

Industry Winners:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year in AviationCraig Murray, Nimmo Bay Resort, for his contributions to B.C.’s tourism industry and transportation sector.
  • BCAC Environmental Award in Aviation: Masset Municipal Airport, for implementing a solar electric system in 2016 to save energy.
  • Back and Bevington Air Safety AwardCathy Press, Chinook Helicopters, for a strong culture of safety incorporated at Chinook Helicopters.
  • Robert S. Day Award: Teara Fraser, Iskwew Air Inc., for leadership and development of the aviation industry, including initiatives to engage and empower women, youth and Aboriginal Peoples in the industry.
  • William Templeton AwardAlberni-Clayoquot Regional District, for airport development at Tofino airport to include new landing lights to allow night flights.
  • Lifetime Achievement: Terry Rea, YVR Tower, Nav Canada, for his passion of the aviation industry and lifetime of contributions. Terry will be celebrating 50 years of service in the aviation industry this August.

Scholarship Winners:

  • Anderson Family Flight Training Scholarship, $5,000 – Derek Strangway, Pacific Flying Club
  • Ernie Alexander Memorial $2,000 — Matthew Lum, BCIT Aerospace
  • Al Michaud Memorial $1,000 — Kieran Lapointe, Pacific Flying Club
  • Anne & Rudy Bauer Memorial, $1,000 — Nadia Scott, Victoria Flying Club
  • Barry & Jim AME Graduate, $3,000 — Sean Peterson, BCIT Aerospace
  • BCAC Airports Ops/Mgt Training, $2,000 each — Jason Tran and Jaskaran Sidhu, BCIT Aerospace
  • BCAC Career Training, $1,000 — Dylan Reid, Pacific Flying Club
  • BCAC Flight Instructor Training, $1,000 — Paawan Miglani, Southern Interior Flight Center
  • Conair Group Commercial Aviation Training, $3,000 — Edward Harry, Chinook Helicopters
  • Harbour Air Advanced Float Plane Endorsement (50hrs) — Natasha Shoebridge, Victoria Flying Club
  • Helijet IFR Training (Rotary), $3,500 — Rowland Stanley, Chinook Helicopters
  • Mary Swain Memorial, $1,000 — Brenna Short, BCIT Aerospace
  • Michelle Ward Memorial, $2,000 — Owen Titerle, Coastal Pacific Aviation
  • William Templeton Airport Ops/Mgt Training, $1,000 — Sina Tajbakhsh, BCIT Aerospace

About the British Columbia Aviation Council
The British Columbia Aviation Council, established in 1938, is a member‐driven organization that represents and promotes the shared interests of the aviation community. It is a charitable society established under the Society Act and annually awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in aviation and aerospace; this year awarding $25,500. The Council has increased its emphasis on scholarship funding with the formation of a stand alone committee focused on charitable and legacy donations.

About the BCAC’s Silver Wings Awards
The annual awards event is the highlight of the Council’s activities. This year, the awards will take place on October 25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are still available here.

Tickets will go on sale September 1st with an early-bird rate ending September 30th.