Named after aviation trailblazer and human rights advocate Elsie Gregory MacGill, the Elsie Award recognizes eight outstanding women across seven categories: Business, Education, Engineering, Flight Operations, Government, Trailblazer, and Rising Star.

The Northern Lights Aero Foundation is delighted to announce that our annual Elsie Awards Gala honouring outstanding Canadian women who have made contributions to aviation and aerospace will take place on Saturday October 16th at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel and Suites, Richmond Hill, Ontario. The event will be conducted in accordance with all provincial health regulations in place at the time. Tickets for individual registration and sponsorship registration, including early bird rates, are now available online here. Opportunities for advertising in our Gala Program can be found here as well.

The 2020/21 “Elsie” Award recipients are: 

Business Award

Nancy Barber, Chief Operating Officer of Operational Industrialization, Footprint and Central Planning, for Bombardier Aviation

Education Award

Jo-Anne Tabobandung, Dean of Aviation at the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

Engineering Award

Kathryn Atamanchuk, P.Eng., MBA, PMP, FEC, Engineer-in-Residence and Industry Partnerships Facilitator for the Price Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba

Flight Operations Award

Stacey Jackson, WestJet B737NG First Officer, Canadian representative of the International Federation of Airline Pilot’s Association’s Female Pilot’s Working Group, aircraft accident investigator with the Air Line Pilots Association

Government Award

Lieutenant Colonel Diane Baldasaro, Commanding Officer of 437 Squadron, responsible for Strategic Air-to-Air Refueling and VVIP Transport for the Government of Canada in the Polaris Airbus aircraft

Trailblazer Award

Honorary Colonel Kendra Kincade, Air Traffic Controller, founder, Chair and Executive Director of Elevate, a non-profit devoted to helping women realize their potential

Rising Star Awards

Maegan Extross, Research Analyst, NAV Canada, past President of the Seneca Aviation Association and Class Valedictorian

Kathleen Legge, King Air 200 Captain, Assistant Chief Pilot, Company Aviation Safety Officer, and Marketing Manager for Maritime Air Charter and contract Gulfstream Astra SP Captain for NovaJet

About the Northern Lights Aero Foundation

The Northern Lights Aero Foundation is in its thirteenth year of celebrating women in Canada’s aerospace and aviation industries. Other initiatives of the Northern Lights Aero Foundation include a speakers’ bureau, mentorship program, scholarship program and a junior board.

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