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May 14, 2016

8:00am to 9:00am
Check in, pick up your badge and network with industry leaders!
9:00am to 9:30am
Trend watch: the Aurora Jet story, industry trends and more!
Keynote speaker: Bill McGoey, President, Aurora Jet Partners
9:30am to 10:00am
Getting vertical - a look at the rotary world
Canada has one of the largest fleets of helicopters in the world. The backbone of the sector remains resource-based, although good opportunities in corporate and charter flying, and emergency medical services are opening up. Helicopter flying is a different experience to fixed-wing. Whether you see yourself involved with Canada's vast resource sector or engaged in urban flying, this session is an excellent introduction into the helicopter industry for career-minded 'rotor rookies'.

: Curtis Nadon, Chief Flight Instructor, Mountain View
10:00am to 10:30am
Networking Break
Use these 30 minutes to talk with our industry experts. Our vendors are here to answer your questions and help you find out what it takes to land a career in aviation!
10:30am to 11:00am
What's your flight path? How to navigate your aviation career
Since the age of 10, Amr had demonstrated great passion for aviation. He joined Air Scouts in 2001 where he participated in many scouting and aviation activities. By the age of 14, he self-trained himself flying through the use of home flight simulators, reading and networking with professional pilots. Upon his move to Canada, he has held many part and full time internship roles to fund his education and flight training. In 2016, he graduated from Concordia University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as well as completing his Commercial Pilot Training. 

As a Rockwell Collins Program Supervisor by day, Amr now manages Bombardier Business Aircrafts Certification and Airworthiness projects. He oversees interesting projects involving modifications on new and in-service business aircrafts. By evening, he teaches ground courses such as the Private Pilot License Course at Stratos Aviation.

Passionate about promoting careers in aviation, Amr has volunteered in many events organized by Wings Magazine, Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), Air cadets and other non-profit organizations. His young and energetic personality benefits him greatly in motivating others to pursue careers in aviation whether in the cockpit or on the ground! 

Speaker: Amr Yosry, Program Supervisor, Licenced Commercial Pilot, Ground School Instructor, Rockwell Collins
11:00am to 11:30am
Supporting the aircraft
Aviation relies on a vast and complex network to support aircraft and those who fly them. There are literally thousands of jobs for recruits who want to keep their feet on the ground but want to be a part of Canada's exciting aviation industry. As one of Canada's leading Air Traffic Controllers, Kincade will share the opportunities and challenges of this professional, as well as the drive of Elevate Aviation.

Speaker: Kendra Kincade, Founder Elevate Aviation and Air Traffic Controller, NAV Canada
11:30am to 12:00pm
Exploring Business Aviation – BizAv Young Talent Initiative
When considering a career in the aviation industry, few students and young professionals think about Business Aviation as a potential career path. Although the opportunities are endless, this side of the industry seems to be a very well-kept secret of aviation. Whether you aspire to be a pilot, a maintenance engineer, a flight coordinator, or a sales representative, Business Aviation has a job for you. The Canadian Business Aviation Association's new project – BizAv Young Talent Initiative – aims to expose younger audiences to the fascinating world of private flying. Learn more about the initiative and how to get involved as you explore a world of career opportunities in Business Aviation!

Speakers: Kate Latis & Gray Norman, Founders BizAv Young Talent Initiative
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Lunch & networking
Grab some lunch (available for purchase on-site) and continue your conversations with our aviation professionals at our mentor tables and exhibits!

1:00pm to 1:30pm
Ground to air: Exploring possibilities in maintenance and avionics
Have a mechanical knack? There are thousands of components in every airplane waiting for you. Every flight depends on a dedicated and highly skilled crew to keep the aircraft and all its system ready to go. Learn about the fascinating and challenging world of aircraft maintenance and avionics where talented and trained technicians are always in high demand. Learn about heavy maintenance, what is new in avionics, structural repair, engine care and so much more.

Speaker: Chuck Tesche, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Aurora Jet Partners
1:30pm to 2:00pm
So you want to be a fixed wing pilot?
If you have visions of making it to the flight deck, you won't want to miss this session. Get an insider's view on what it's like to soar with the pros. Learn what career choices are available, and about setting your personal academic course. Future pilots should enter flight school with a sense of where you want your career to go. Most people think commercial aviation when they talk about being a pilot, but have you considered a different path?

Speaker: Travis Burrows, WestJet Pilot
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Wrap up and networking
Take the time to find that person you haven't connected with yet! Casual networking will continue until 3:00pm (or longer if you still have questions - we won't kick you out! :)

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