8:00 am - 9:00 am


Pick up your badge and network with industry leaders
9:00 am - 9:45 am

The Growth of Porter Airlines

Speaker: Lawrence Hughes, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Porter Airlines

9:45 am – 10:30 am

Exhibit Floor & Breakout Sessions

Use these 45 minutes to speak with exhibitors or join your breakout sessions
10:30 am – 11:15 am

Mach X, The New Generation of Fighter Pilots

Speaker: Billie Flynn, Test Pilot

11:15 am – 12:00 am

Exhibit Floor & Breakout Sessions

Use these 45 minutes to speak with exhibitors or join your breakout sessions

Powering Aviation with Avmax
12:00pm – 12:45 pm

Lunch, Networking, Exhibit Floor

Grab some lunch and continue your conversations with some of Canada’s leading aviation organizations exhibiting at Careers in Aviation
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Calgary; A Global Aerospace Powerhouse

  • Leslie Shier, Calgary Economic Development
  • WestJet
  • Mahdis Bisheban, University of Calgary
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Exhibit Floor & Breakout Sessions

Use these 45 minutes to speak with exhibitors or join your breakout sessions
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm


Speaker: TBD
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Networking, Exhibit Floor & Breakout Sessions

Use these 45 minutes to speak with exhibitors or join your breakout sessions
3:14 pm – 3:30 pm

Wrap up and Networking

Take the time to find that person you haven't connected with yet. Casual networking will continue until 3:30 pm when venue closes.


Billie Flynn
Test Pilot

Billie Flynn is a Senior Experimental Test Pilot (Fellow) and former Combat Commander with unmatched knowledge in advanced technologies in aviation, future fighter aircraft, and global defence topics. As one of the world’s most revered fighter pilots, with more than four decades of experience, Billie recently retired as the Senior F-35 Test Pilot from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, where he played an instrumental role in the development of F-35 Lightning II program. In January 2023, the Government of Canada finalized a deal to purchase 88 F-35A aircraft that will form the backbone of the Canadian Armed Forces for the next 40-plus years.

Prior to becoming a test pilot, Flynn spent 23 years with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was the first Canadian pipeliner pilot to be selected to fly RCAF’s newly acquired fourth-generation CF-18 Hornet, which he would then primarily operate out of Cold Lake, Alberta, and Baden-Soellingen, Germany, as well from Aviano Air Base in Italy during combat. Before retiring from the RCAF in 1999 as Lieutenant Colonel, Billie served as Commanding Officer of 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron and Commanding Officer of the Canadian Task Force Aviano during Operation Allied Force. He flew 25 combat missions over Kosovo and Former Republic of Yugoslavia. His combat unit received Battle Honours from Queen Elizabeth II, the first such distinction for a Canadian fighting unit since World War II. His military flying experience includes fighter and test pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, German Air Force, United States Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and NASA.

Flynn serves as a Global Strategic Advisor and Consultant in advanced aviation technologies and strategies, including his expertise in fifth generation and future fighter aircraft. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Fresno, a Master of Science degree in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Ottawa. Flynn attended the United States Naval Test Pilot School, graduating as an Experimental Test Pilot.

Lawrence Hughes
Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Porter Airlines

Lawrence Hughes is an accomplished human resources executive with a passion for optimizing organizational performance through people. As Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Lawrence is responsible for fostering a positive workplace culture and ensuring compliance with employment requirements throughout Porter’s growing team across Canada and the United States. He is adept at crafting and implementing effective HR strategies to drive business success.

Prior to his current role, he served as Porter’s Senior Vice President, People and Culture. His effective leadership and extensive experience managing complex HR projects help to build high-performing teams and cultivate talent across the company.

Before joining Porter in 2015, Lawrence owned and managed a Toronto-based HR consulting firm, and held senior HR leadership positions for companies such as Rogers Communications, West 49, and Roots.


Porter Hanger – Ottawa Airport

280 Convair Private
Ottawa, ON


Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport

2400 Alert Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 1S1

Booking deadline: April 12, 12pm

Group code: CAVIEX

Check in: 3pm | Check out: 11am

Phone Number: 613-288-9001

Group rate: $175/night + tax

The group rate is available between May 3, 2024 – May 5, 2024

A complimentary airport shuttle is included which can take guests staying at the hotel to and from the Porter hanger for our event, as well.

Click here to book online

Click “Book a Room”, and then on the next screen there will be an option to Edit Stay at the top to be able to change the dates to select a 1 or a 2 night’s stay.


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