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Industry organization recognizes aviation and aerospace leaders

As part of the Aviation Awards of 2014, the BCAC is also allocating more than $15,000 in scholarships to students in the fields of flying, engineering and aviation management.

“Our annual premier event is the Silver Wings Awards,” BCAC Chairman, Mark Duncan said. “It allows industry leaders to network, and the organization to increase our scholarship funds.”

Duncan adds, “Our scholarships help young people with lofty ambitions aim for the stars.”

Those elements include the ‘Fly Local’ marketing campaign at the North Peace Regional Airport, which is the recipient of the William Templeton Award, as well as WestJet Encore for its new regional service, which originated in Fort St. John and Nanaimo.

WestJest will be awarded with the Entrepreneur of the Year.

“It comes as no surprise, given this province’s challenging geography, that aviation is important to our economic growth,” B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister, Todd Stone said. “It’s also important for employment. More than 26,000 people work in the aviation and aerospace sector in this province.”

Other notable mentions include the Back and Bevington Air Safety Award, which is being awarded to B.C. Hydro Aircraft Operations Department for their work in elevating the safety in the helicopter industry in B.C.

Pilot and Chair of the Aviation Leadership Foundation Mentorship Program, Kelly Jamieson is being presented with the Robert S. Day Award, while Jim Morris of Blackcomb Aviation is being awarded with the Lifetime Achievement.

The award ceremony is taking place on October 30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, running 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

“I would encourage anyone interested in aviation and aerospace to join us in celebrating the contributions these companies and individuals have made to ensuring that our industry thrives,” Duncan said. “And by building opportunities for youth, we ensure a strong future in this sector.”

The BCAC was established in 1938 and is member-driven organization, representing and promoting the shared interests of the aviation community.

It’s also a charitable society and annually awards over $15,000 in scholarships to students pursuing careers in aviation and aerospace.

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