ATAC Members Celebrated

Northern Lights Awards has announced the 2015 Recipients of the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award that honours outstanding women in aviation and aerospace in Canada. Tracy Medve, President of KF Aerospace, and ATAC Chair, is the winner in the Business Category which recognizes a woman who has made a significant contribution and has been a role model, in an aviation or aerospace-related business as an owner, operator, entrepreneur, manager or administrator.



Wings Magazine has named Heather McGonigal, Director of Flight Operations at Transwest Air and ATAC Vice-Chair, a 2015 Top 20 Under 40. This Wings program recognizes the achievements of the newest generation of aviation and aerospace professionals who are driving the aviation and aerospace industries forward. From pilots to maintenance engineers, supervisors, flight operation managers and more, these talented professionals represent the best and brightest in our industry.


ATAC proudly congratulates Tracy and Heather for these prestigious accolades.


In addition, ATAC congratulates the following member company employees who were also named in the Top 20 Under 40:


  • Robert Carney, Chief Flight Instructor, Brampton Flight Centre, Caledon, ON
  • Mallory Deluce, Pilot, Air Georgian, Mississauga, ON
  • Mathieu Demers, Vice-President/General Manager, Avianor Inc., Mirabel, QC
  • Christa Glover, Chief Pilot, Universal Helicopters, Goose Bay, NL
  • Diana Kelly, Manager, ACC Operations, Winnipeg Information Region, NAV CANADA, Ottawa, ON
  • Amanda Sarginson, Associate, Emond Harnden, LLP, Ottawa, ON


Also, ATAC applauds all other 2015 Northern Lights Award and Wings Magazine Top 20 Under 40 winners.

2015 ATAC Industry Workshop and Annual Spring Reception

Each year ATAC holds its Industry Symposium and Spring Reception. The event provides an opportunity for ATAC members, government experts and other stakeholders to explore issues relevant to the aviation industry.

This year's event was a workshop entitled "Flight Crew Fatigue: What the Regulator is Proposing, and Industry's Response and Action Plan" followed by our Reception entitled "Women and Aviation". Approximately 120 delegates gathered for our very successful event on May 20 in Ottawa.

At our Reception Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt, provided a video presentation promoting women in aviation. 

A special thank you to our Event Sponsors, NAV CANADA, Porter Airlines, and Temple Scott Associates; and to Sennheiser for donating the door prizes.

Annual Spring Reception – Women and Aviation

ATAC is proud to announce that the theme of its Spring Event Reception this May 20 in Ottawa will be Women and Aviation. 

ATAC wishes to both celebrate women in aviation and promote aviation as a career for women.

We invite you to join the celebration and also share your stories, ideas and views with us on our Facebook page



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