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April 9, 2016

8:30am to 9:00am
Check in, pick up your badge and network with industry leaders!
9:15am to 9:30am
Trend watch: the Jazz story, industry trends and more!
Jazz is Air Canada's largest regional partners with 74 destinations in Canada and the United States. It is one of Canada's top employers for young people and a top diversity employer. What goes into keeping a busy airline with over 680 flights a day flying? Learn the exciting Jazz story and gather valuable insider insight and emerging industry trends that will help you plot your career course.

Keynote speaker: Steve Linthwaite, vice president, flight operations, Jazz Aviation LP
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'.

Speaker: Jim Armstrong, Helicopter Pilot and Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, Essential Helicopters
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
The corporate approach: Business aviation opportunities
Business aviation is a powerful economic tool for corporate Canada. There are 1,900 business aircraft in Canada supported by a network of FBO's (fixed base operators) across the country. Many of the jets in Canada's corporate fleet are as sophisticated and complex as the most modern commercial airliner. Learn more about this fascinating aviation sector, and the skill sets needed to fly Canada's corporate leaders. Learn also about the exciting new corporate aircraft that are arriving at Canadian airports.

Speakers: Marshall Myles, president and director, Skyservice Business Aviation; Lyn Shinn, vice-president, Central Region, HondaJet Sales and Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales
11:00am to 11:30am
Building blocks: The world of aerospace
You love aviation and aerospace but the cockpit doesn't interest you. Not to worry, the sky is the limit when it comes to opportunities in Canadian aerospace, including building airplanes from the ground up. And a career that keeps those aircraft in the sky can be equally as rewarding. Canada has a thriving aviation and aerospace industry and is home to some of the world's most prestigious companies. This session unpacks the Canadian aerospace industry and introduces you to a world of opportunity.

Speaker: Stan Kuliavas, Vice President of Sales & Business Development at Levaero Aviation
11:30am to 1:00pm
Lunch, mentoring & networking
Grab some lunch (available for purchase on-site), take a tour of the Jazz hangar, and continue your conversations with our aviation professionals at our mentor tables and exhibits!


  • Jacqueline Bailey, VP Inflight, Sterling/ICFS Aviation Group
  • Stan Kuliavas, Vice President of Sales & Business Development at Levaero Aviation
  • David Lane, Deputy Fire Chief, Training and Development Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute
  • Mike Rosenlund, Program Development Officer, Air Cadet League of Canada, Ontario Provincial Committee
  • Amr Yosry, Program Supervisor, Licenced Commercial Pilot, Ground School Instructor, Rockwell Collins 
  • Jeff Thorn, Manager, Security Operational Support, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • John Ventresca - Associate Director, Aviation Programs and Compliance (Aviation Services), Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Litsa Sharma – Manager, Terminal Operations Support (Customer Terminal Services), Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Dean Dunbavin – Portfolio Delivery Manager (IT), Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Paul Fernandes – Manager, Operations Terminals (Customer Terminal Services), Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Natalie Moncur – Senior Advisor, Communications (Communications), Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Jason Fogg, VP Operations, MAG Canada
  • Anne Pangrazzi, President and owner, Apex Aircraft Sales Ltd.
  • Jeslene Bryant, Human Resources Business Partner, Air Georgian
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: Tim Anderson, owner, Anderson Aviation Services; Professor, Fanshawe College, Norton Wolf School of Aviation.
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: Marissa Duchscher, Q400 Captain, Jazz Aviation
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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