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Shaping the Future of Our Canadian Skies – Increasing the Participation of Women in the Aviation and Aerospace Industry

Richmond, BC

Starts: May 21, 2019 at 12:30pm
Ends: May 21, 2019 at 4:00pm
May 8, 2019

The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to participate in a series of focus group meetings in Vancouver, BC. These events will take place on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations.

You are welcome to participate in ONE of the focus group meetings OR BOTH! We also encourage you to pass this invitation to an employee, a colleague, educator, labour leader or other industry-related stakeholder who would be interested in participating and contributing their ideas on these topics.

The Current and Future Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Canadian Aviation and Aerospace
Date: Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm (morning session)

Shaping the Future of Our Canadian Skies – Increasing the Participation of Women in the Aviation and Aerospace Industry
Date: Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Time: 12:30pm – 4:00pm (afternoon session)

Venue for both focus group meetings:
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Aviation Campus, CIBC Room 198
3800 Cessna Drive
Richmond, BC, V7B 0A1

  • A free hot breakfast will be served at 8:30AM
  • A free lunch will be served at 12:30PM
  • ALL participants are invited to attend the networking breakfast and/or lunch
  • Please advise of any dietary restrictions

While the event is FREE, space is limited, and we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to register. Please register on EventBrite or email:

Emily Lecompte – Focus group on Indigenous people –
Kethy Sosso-Kolle – Focus group on Women –


In 2018, the CCAA completed a labour market study that determined the need to recruit 55,000 new workers in Canadian aviation and aerospace by 2025. With the looming labour shortage in key occupations such as pilots and aircraft mechanics, our industry needs a meaningful strategy to ensure we can access highly skilled and trained talent from under tapped and/or underrepresented groups.

Two fruitful sessions in October 2018 showed a widespread consensus on the importance of workforce development initiatives in our industry. (The sessions were Transport Canada’s Aviation Summit and CCAA’s Labour Market Strategy Day). In particular, the breakout sessions at the CCAA meeting focused on the challenges to the recruitment and retention of Indigenous peoples and women in our industry. This generated much interest and was a great start — now we are inviting you and other stakeholders to validate these findings and move the conversation forward.

Studies show that between 2006 and 2026, more than 500, 000 Indigenous people will be entering the labour market. Studies also shows that there are still very few women in those positions where we expect shortages – only 6% of mechanics and 7% of pilots are women. These results show an important opportunity for our industry.

Funded by the Government of Canada, the CCAA is hosting a series of focus group sessions across Canada. This is your chance to provide input and learn about supportive practices for the advancement of Indigenous persons and women in the aviation and aerospace industry. The data collected will contribute to our industry’s National Action Plan of best practices and recommendations for stakeholders.

For all inquiries, please contact:

Emily Lecompte
(613) 727 8272 / 1-800-448-9715 x228

Kethy Sosso-Kolle
(613) 727 8272 / 1-800-448-9715 x261

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