ATAC Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients


2014 – William S. James, Marsh Canada

Bill James has been a key figure in aviation insurance since 1970 representing the interests of all aviation stakeholders in Canada. With particular recognition of his involvement in the development of the Canadian Government’s Third Party War Risk Liability Indemnity, Bill’s efforts have resulted in significant financial benefits of more than $100 million in savings for the entire industry since 2001.

2009 - Paul Mulrooney, Air Georgian

In 2009, Paul Mulrooney was inducted posthumously to the Honour Roll. Paul will be best remembered as the man who fostered countless aviation careers for young pilots across Canada, who were given their first aviation job flying with Air Georgian.


2008 - Mike Doiron, Moncton Flight College

In 2008, Mike Doiron was inducted to the Honour Roll. His leadership role in the establishment of Safety Management Systems for the flight training sector and willingness to share his expertise and insights with the entire aviation community is second to none. This willingness to do so demonstrates his commitment to making the industry better and is a testament to his selflessness.


2007 - No Nominations

2006 - No Nominations

2005 - Ted Brown, Seneca College

Ted Brown was the Chair of Seneca College's Aviation Program at the time of his death on November 18, 2004.  In this role, Ted was influential in convincing all the aviation colleges that were members of the loosely formed "Canadian Aviation Colleges Association" into ATAC and then working within the ATAC Committee structure to establish a standards approach to rationalizing all the colleges and universities offering aviation training or partnered with aviation training providers.


Ted was politically very effective, not only moving ATAC forward but also revamping the Seneca College program to meet the needs of the airline community by upgrading the simulation training capability at Seneca College as well as managing the replacement purchase of the aircraft fleet at Seneca College.


2004 - Al Kapty, Trans North Helicopters

2004 - John Scholefield, Laurentide Aviation

2004 - Rick Wynott, Brampton Flying Club


ATAC Innovation Award Recipients

2003 - No Nominations

2002 – Empire Aviation and Sky Wings Aviation Academy

Empire Aviation

Tom Lawson, President, deserves special mention for his efforts to promote higher quality programs with the development of the University of Western Ontario Aviation Degree Program and ISO 9001 Certification. Tom’s cooperative approach has led to a better relationship with the Ontario Government’s Department of Education Student Assistance Branch for aviation trainer providers. Tom also provided fellow ATAC members with copies of Empire Aviation’s Integrated Training Program, of which Empire Aviation was the first in Canada to achieve this recognition.


Sky Wings Aviation

Dennis Cooper, President, established a program that has introduced Grade 6 students to aviation. This program had three elements: airport orientation visits, the “flights for “A”s”, program which recognized scholastic achievement by providing familiarization flights to over 300 school children and the high school credits programs for aviation studies. This program is continuing to expand and is now being developed in other provincial education systems.


2001 – CQFA, Harv’s Air and SIAST

Centre québécois de formation aéronautique - CEGEP de Chicoutimi

CQFA has provided quality integrated training to selected students for 30 years. The CQFA is a leader in the development of screening tools and streamed training programs. The CQFA has developed a full range of aviation training products through partnerships with the aviation industry including crew resource management and the approved check pilot course.


Harv’s Air Service

Harv’s Air is a leader in the use of online technology for advertising, networking and education. Using the Aviation Canada Discussion forum, internet traffic is drawn to the school website and the online ground school. Students from around the world are now travelling to Steinbach, Manitoba for aviation training.


Saskatchewan Aviation Council / Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology Commercial Pilot Diploma

A unique partnership between the aviation industry and the Provincial College network allows flight training students to participate in a diploma level college program in their local area.


2000 - Coastal Pacific Aviation/University College of the Fraser Valley


          Moncton Flight College


          Toronto Airways Ltd./Flying Colors Pilot Training




Coastal Pacific Aviation/University College of the Fraser Valley
Coastal Pacific Aviation is recognized in developing a practice which increases product quality in the aviation industry.   Coastal Pacific Aviation teamed up with University College of the Fraser Valley to develop the first university degree level training program to include pilot training and aviation management.   The university credit program demonstrates that Canadian aviation is constantly changing and improving.   Coastal Pacific invested in flight simulators to become one of the leaders in the field in Canada.


Moncton Flight College
Moncton Flight College is recognized for its achievement in the development of an instructor training program which makes a significant contribution to the advancement of aviation safety. The Advanced Instructor Training Program developed by Moncton Flight College is an outstanding example of the creativity and commitment to safety improvement which characterizes Canadian aviation. By building a comprehensive program which incorporates not just flying, but also business aspects such as client service, marketing and financial management, Moncton has raised the bar on instructor training.


Toronto Airways Ltd./Flying Colors Pilot Training
Toronto Airways Ltd. and Flying Colors Pilot Training are recognized for their creative sharing of information in the use of Visual Flight Rules simulation. These firms deserve recognition for their creativity and for their unusual effort to reach out and learn from each other. Sharing intellectual property is certainly not something we see all the time and in this case it had made a sum greater than the two parts. It demonstrates the spirit of innovation and the commitment to excellence which is so much a characteristic of Canada’s general aviation community.