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April 9, 2016

8:30am to 9:00am
Registration
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9:15am to 9:45am
Keynote Address Inside WestJet Operations
Speaker: Jeff Martin, Chief Operating Officer, WestJet

Martin will provide insight into the operations WestJet, which in April 2019 was named as Canada’s Best Airline and also the Best Mid-Size Airline in North America in TripAdvisor’s highly regarded Travelers’ Choice Awards. Martin overseas more than 11,000 WestJetters, including the Operational Control Centre, Guest Experience (Contact Centre and Inflight), Airports, Technical (Maintenance) Operations, Continuous Improvement, and the business strategy and execution of WestJet Encore.

Martin will also discuss WestJet’s new 787 Dreamliner operations and its recently opened, 125,000-square-foot hangar in Calgary to support the aircraft. Throughout his career, Martin has maintained his currency as a pilot and civilian flight instructor and continued to fly. He maintains an Airline Transport Pilot Licence and is captain qualified on the DC-10, Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft. He also served in the United States Air Force flying KC-10s prior to beginning his commercial aviation career.
10:00am to 10:30am
Life as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
Speaker: Darren Cassel, QA and SMS Manager, AircraftWorks

Cassel, who has been in the aviation industry for more than 17 years, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of developing a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME). Cassel will share the insight he has gained over as his career progressed as an apprentice, licenced AME, Crew Chief, Fleet Manager, Maintenance Manager, and his current role as Quality Assurance Manager helping to oversee a team of 15 AMEs with Calgary-based AircraftWorks, part of the Take Flight Group of Companies.

Cassel also currently serves as a Director on the board of the Western Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association (WAMEA) and will be able to provide insight into the current trends and objectives of the AME profession.
10:30am to 11:00am
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!
11:00am to 11:30am
Airline flight operations
Speaker: Marc Gilbert, Director Flight Operations, Air Transat

Gilbert, who has been with Air Transat for more than 28 years, will share insight into one of Canada’s most prominent airlines, flying to approximately 60 destinations, in more than 25 countries in the Americas and Europe, as well as within Canada. Based in Montreal, the 32-year-old airline employs around 3,000 people and carries some 5 million passengers every year.

Gilbert has served as Air Transat’s Director of Flight Operations since 2016 and he is currently captain on A330 and A321 aircraft. Gilbert will share insight into the opportunities and challenges of life as a pilot. Previously, Gilbert also flew as captain on the B757 and first officer on L1011 and B727 for Air Transat, providing a unique perspective on what it takes to develop a career as one of the country’s leading airlines.
11:30am to 12:00pm
Aerospace engineering and maintenance
Speakers: Ginny Koseruba and Olena Zagoskina, Cascade Aerospace

Koseruba and Zagoskina will jointly discuss their roles working for one of Canada’s most prominent aerospace engineering and maintenance contractors, Cascade Aerospace, an operating unit of IMP Aerospace & Defence. Based in Abbotsford, BC, Cascade supports military, government and commercial aircraft operators (both domestic and international) with a range of engineering and maintenance expertise.

Koseruba, who joined Cascade in 2004 as an apprentice before becoming a licensed AME, is currently a Program Manager with the operation, managing third-line maintenance on the C130 J aircraft for Lockheed Martin and RCAF, as well as cockpit conversion upgrades for a large U.S. carrier on its fleet of 75 Boeing 757s. Zagoskina, who graduated from National Aerospace University in Ukraine, holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace Heat Engineering. She will discuss the world of aerospace engineering from modifications and lightning protection to aircraft-level system safety and flight-test programs.
12:00am to 1:00pm
Lunch, mentoring & networking
Grab some lunch (available for purchase on-site), take a tour of the WestJet hangar, and continue your conversations with our aviation professionals at our mentor tables and exhibits!
1:00pm to 1:30pm
Life as a Pilot
Speaker: John Aaron, Vice President and General Manager, WestJet Encore

Aaron is a career pilot and eventually served as Chief Pilot for WestJet Encore for more than two years, until mid-2015, before taking on his current role as Director of Flight Operations for WestJet Encore. Aaron will share insight into the daily challenges and career opportunities of becoming a pilot for top airlines. With his current role of overseeing flight operations for WestJet, Aaron will also be able to provide a view of the most pressing issues around the pending pilot shortage, new regulations relating to flight duty schedules, and the continual development of support for pilots.
1:30pm to 2:00pm
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!
2:00pm to 2:30pm
The World of Business Aviation
Speaker: Gray Norman, Regional Sales Associate, Textron Aviation

Norman from the BizAv Young Talent Initiative (BizAv YTI) will share insight into the growing world of business aviation, including a range of possible unique career opportunities from operations and management to AMEs and pilots. Now in its second year, with support of the Canadian Business Aviation Association, BizAv YTI focuses on aspiring aviation professionals and young professionals already working in the industry. Norman will also discuss the trajectory of his career as a sales associate with Textron, one of the world’s largest aviation companies.
2:30pm 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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