Teara Fraser and Cathy Press join community of Canada’s most influential women leaders

Nov 21, 2019

(Photo: Kim Bellavance)

Photo (left to right): Heather Bell, Board Chair, BCAC; Carol Day, Councillor, City of Richmond; Cathy Press, CEO, Chinook Helicopters; Teara Fraser, CEO, Iskwew Air; at the BCAC Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards Gala 2019.

Teara Fraser and Cathy Press named Women’s Executive Network 2019, Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

Richmond, BC (November 21, 2019) – The British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) announced today that Teara Fraser, CEO, Iskwew Air, and Cathy Press, CEO, Chinook Helicopters, have been named Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2019 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners.

The list of Top 100 Winners was released today, paying tribute to the outstanding women across Canada who advocate for diversity in the workforce and inspire the next generation of leaders.

Past Award Winners include Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling Author, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Astronaut, Arlene Dickinson, Chief Executive Officer, Venture Communications, Christine Magee, President, Sleep Country Canada, Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada, Heather Reisman, Founder and CEO, Indigo Books & Music, and Kathleen Taylor, Board Chair, Royal Bank of Canada.

“Today we are congratulating and celebrating the landmark achievements of these two extraordinary leaders, both members of the British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC).  Cathy and Teara are courageous changemakers, strong role models, and brilliant entrepreneurs who are boldly making a difference in the aviation industry”, said Heather Bell, Board Chair of the BCAC.

Teara Fraser (Photo: Pique News Magazine)

Métis woman Teara Fraser was named in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters Award category which recognizes women who have broken new ground with landmark achievements forging pathways for future generations and making a great contribution to Canadian society.

Cathy Press (Photo: Provided)

Cathy Press was named in the Industry Sector and Trades category which recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women through their inspiring work and advocacy in underrepresented sectors.  This award recognizes Cathy for her vision and leadership – empowering women, creating change, and removing traditional barriers.

Bell observed, “These awards come at a time when the future of the aviation and aerospace industry depends on diversifying the workforce and these two champions are paving the way. We need more women, those identifying as women, and Indigenous peoples for this industry to continue to thrive and serve Canada’s communities.”

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Award Winner Cathy Press of Chinook Helicopters, please contact:

Cathy Press
CEO, Chinook Helicopters

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Award Winner Teara Fraser of Iskwew Air, please contact:

Teara Fraser
CEO, Iskwew Air Inc.


(News Source: BCAC Press Release, Dave Frank)


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