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 22nd 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 LINK HERE. Opportunities for advertising in our Gala Program can be found here as well.

The 2022 award recipients are:

    • • Business Award – Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Air Canada Executive Vice President
      • Education Award – Stéphanie Angrand, instructor, Canadian Forces leadership school
      • Engineering Award – Damineh Akhavan, CEO of Global Women in STEM
      • Flight Operations Award – Kim Winsor, Air Canada training Captain
      • Government Award – Gisele Garceau, professional engineer and commercial pilot
      • Trailblazer Award – Marlene Shillingford, Chief Warrant Officer, 2 Canadian Air Division
      • Rising Star Award – Donya Naz Divsalar, CEO Caidin Biotechnologies
      • Rising Star Award – Zainab Azim, future astronaut Virgin Atlantic

Please read this year’s award recipients’ full bios on our Wall of Fame page.

For more information, please visit northernlightsaerofoundation.com