BCAC Airport Conference a Great Success

May 18, 2016

Ninety delegates and speakers attended the annual BC Aviation Council’s Airports Conference, held this year in Nanaimo, April 25-27.

A great networking event, started with a 9 hole golf tourny on Monday, April 25th with 30 players hitting the links, this followed by a an ‘ice breaker reception’ at the hotel.  One and a half days of sessions got down to the business of airport issues with a diverse range of speakers presenting on topics as outlined below.  A great industry social on Tuesday evening, held at the Port of Nanaimo, HeliJet facility, was again well attended and showcased a number of Nanaimo eateries and beverage providers.  The BC Aviation Council’s AGM was held during this conference and its new Board of Directors elected.


Presenting — SNC-Lavalin

Platinum — Enex Fuels, Nanaimo Airport, Vantage Airport Group

Gold — Tetra Tech EBA, Air Canada, WestJet

Silver — Abbortsford Airport, Campbell River Airport, Dillon, HeliJet, InterVistas, Kelowna Airport, Nanaimo Port Authority, Shell Aviation, Victoria Airport

Bronze — Alpha Aviation, Budget, Canadian Rockies Airport (Cranbrook), Checkwitch Poiron, Comox Airport, Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, Hatch Ltd., MNP, Herold Engineering, Nanaimo Ec Dev, National Car Rental, Northwest Regional Airport-Terrace/Kitimat, Pitt Meadows Airport, Prince George Airport, Robbins, Tradewind Scientific

Others — Central Mountain Air, Harbour Air Seaplanes, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Westholme Graphics


PRESENTATIONS:  (Dropbox file link)

Tuesday, April 26 —

THEME 1:  Wrestling with Funding and Maximizing Revenues Across the Airport

Session 1:  Generating Non-Aeronautical Revenues – Airport Success Stories

Jim Meyer–SNC-Lavalin

Sammy Patel — Vantage Airport Group

Session 2:  Where are the Dollars?  Exploring Funding Opportunities – BC Air Access Program / ACAP / and Private Investment.

Reg Faubert – BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Greg Cuneo – WSP Canada

Carsten Mildenstein – Island Savings

Keynote Lunch Speaker — Craig Richmond, Vancouver Airport Authority

Session 3:  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly — New Security Programs Observatiions

Erin Wiskar — SNC-Lavalin

Neil Drachenbert — Kelowna Airport

Fred Legace — Kamloops Airport

Session 4:  Developing Suitable Training Programs – Tips for Training Front-line Workers and Meeting Regulatory Compliance to Understanding Advanced Education Programs for Up and Coming Aviation Professions.

James Bogusz — Victoria Airport

Lynne Denison-Foster — BCIT Aerospace Program

Wednesday, April 27 —

Keynote Breakfast Speaker — BC Minister Todd Stone, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Session 5:  Quality Assurance for Airport Operations

Carl Abdallah — SNC-Lavalin

Justin Miller — Transport Canada

Session 6:  The Pros Approach to Planning – Current and Future Trends and Opportunities in Master Planning and Terminal Design

Stanis Smith — Stantec

Warren Thompson — Stantec

Keynote Luncheon Speaker — Ferio Pugliese, WestJet Encore