ATAC Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients


2018 - Doug Keller-Hobson, Hope Air

Doug has a broad background involving more than 35 years in law, business and the not-for-profit sector. He has extensive experience in strategic business planning and implementation, line management and bottom-line accountability; all which have been acquired within large companies; entrepreneurial early-stage companies and in the not-for-profit sector.

Doug started his professional career as a corporate lawyer in private practice with a major law firm in Toronto, becoming International General Counsel for Royal Trust based in London, England and then a senior executive with Royal Bank of Canada responsible for its international private banking operations in the United Kingdom. Since 2006, Doug has been the Executive Director, and now Chief Executive Officer, of Hope Air; the only national charity that provides Canadian in financial need with free travel to medical care far from home. Hope Air has grown substantially in the first 10 years of Doug’s tenure.

2017 - Janet Kiem, Saskatchewan Aviation Council

A true leader in the aviation world of Saskatchewan, Janet Keim was a founding member and director of the Saskatchewan Aviation Council in 1989, and she has been its President since 2002. She purchased Mitchinson’s Flight Centre in the Fall of 1979 and sold the company in the summer of 2013, 34 years later.  In 2000, she helped establish the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Commercial Pilot Diploma Program and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Program.  She acquired a Class 1 instructor rating and pilot examiner authority. She has logged over 15,000 hours and has performed approximately 1500 pilot flight tests.  In 2004, Janet was awarded the first Honorary Diploma from the Saskatchewan Polytechnic. For the period of 2005 to 2014, she was appointed aviation subject matter expert on the Saskatoon Airport Authority Board of Directors during a time of rapid airport growth.

2016- No Nominations

2015 - No Nomination

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
n 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
om 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.

2002 - 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 - 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.

2001 - 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.

2001 - 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
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.

2000 - 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.

2000 - 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.