The Silver Wings Celebration is here!
It's not too late! Tickets are still available for this premiere event - our convenient online registration webpage will accept registrations right up to and including the event. Join your friends and colleagues as we celebrate our scholarship recipients and industry award winners - fine dining, entertainment and networking included.
Our Venue The Silver Wings Celebration is being held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, (VCC) located on Vancouver’s waterfront. This award-winning convention centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world as well as convenient access to all the major amenities in the downtown core.
Mobility Challenged? The VCC facility is designed to provide an accessible environment, with open spaces, ramps, and elevators throughout to create easy access for guests using mobility devices. There are also complementary wheelchair services and TTY-payphones. There is also a mobility table you can request from any Volunteer or let Dave know beforehand.
Sustainability Matters. From the design of the VCC's double LEED® Platinum-certified facility, the use of the latest green technologies, to the adoption of green operating practices, the VCC is committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible. Plus we have introduced live plant centre pieces! Scout out your favourite plant to take home at the end of the evening. They all need caring homes. Printing has been greatly reduced. Scan the QR code found on each table for the current program and many other event details.
A Good Night's Sleep. If you're already joining us but still need a place to stay, consider taking advantage of the BCAC Hotel Discounts Program. This program is available for your use all year long - business or pleasure - not just Silver Wings. Our partners in the hospitality industry are offering reduced room rates for Silver Wings Celebration attendees.
The hotels closest to the VCC are:
Using the BCAC Hotel Discounts Program, the Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver still has rooms available for $319. Please note that the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre's discounted rooms have sold out.
A Smooth Flight. Need to get to Vancouver for the Silver Wings Celebration? We can help! Our Travel Partners have generously offered amazing discounted fares just for Silver Wing Celebration attendees. Sorry, these are for Silver Wings travel only.
Our travel partners include:
For promotional codes, discounts, terms and conditions, please visit the Silver Wings Celebration registration page and select the "Travel Partners" tab.
Support Aviation and Aerospace Students. The BCAC administers Canada’s largest aviation and aerospace Scholarship Award Program, disbursing over $70,000 to deserving students enrolled in aviation or aerospace education programs throughout the province.
Our Silver Wings Celebration includes an Online Auction of items graciously donated by our amazing benefactors and supporters. Half of the proceeds are dedicated to the BCAC's Scholarship Award Program while the other half support new and existing programs and services such as our extremely popular Youth Engagement Program.
Please visit our Silver Wings Online Auction to view all of the items on offer - we're sure you'll find something to pique your interest! Currently, bidding is at 29.5% of fare market value so there are deals galore. Auction closes noon Friday.
Win-Win-Win. Another way that Silver Wings Celebration's guests can help the BCAC support a healthy and thriving aviation and aerospace industry in BC is to participate in our High-End Travel Raffle and 50/50 Lottery. This opens as soon as we receive our gaming licenses and close 9pm Thursday. Winners will be announced before the 10pm end of the Celebration. You do not have to be present to win.
The 50/50 Lottery needs no further explanation. The High-End Travel Raffle is fantastic! Three prizes: tickets for two anywhere Harbour Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines and Air Canada provide scheduled services - including all international points. Our thanks to these three amazing BCAC Supporters.
Visit 50/50 Lottery and High-End Travel Raffle to learn more and get your tickets. Goes live soon.
Music and More. We're so pleased that our favourite jazz trio, PK3, will be joining us again for this year's Silver Wings Celebration. Not to be outdone, our intrepid piper, Kevin McQuiggin, will also be piping our scholarship winners into the awards ceremony. We're trying something new this year by having a caricature artist, Cory Van Ieperen, provide our guests with "corycatures" that they can take home and enjoy for years to come.
Fine Dining BC Style. Silver Wings wouldn't be complete without a wide variety of delicious gourmet offerings to satisfy everyone's taste. The carnivores among us will enjoy two different carving stations while the vegetarians/vegans will enjoy fresh, thoughtfully-prepared dishes.
The VCC's "Taste of Vancouver-Where the Pacific Rim meets West Coast Cuisine" includes Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan choices. For a mouth-watering look at the menu, please visit the Silver Wings Celebration registration webpage and check out the "Menu" tab.
Questions/Concerns/Compliments? Email Dave directly at, you guessed it, Dave@BCAviationCouncil.org. We look forward to seeing you at your Silver Wings Celebration!
YVR becomes first airport in Canada to achieve Level 4+ Airport Carbon Accreditation
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has received Level 4+ Airport Carbon Accreditation by Airports Council International, making it the first airport in Canada and only one of three in North America to achieve this status.
The Level 4+ accreditation recognizes YVR’s role in setting a course for its own carbon reduction while actively working with aviation partners to drive broader emissions reductions.
“At YVR, we have a long history of innovation and sustainability and are proud to be at the forefront of creating a greener, more resilient future for our airport and aviation as well as our community and the economy that supports it,” said Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO at Vancouver Airport Authority. “Achieving this new level of certification is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and innovative mindset of our YVR team and business partners. I look forward to continued progress toward our ambitious climate goals as we collaborate with industry and government to decarbonize our sector.”
YVR is advancing work under its Roadmap to Net Zero Carbon and remains on track to become net zero by 2030 and one of the greenest airports in the world. Work includes following four decarbonization pathways that outline actions necessary for the airport to reduce emissions from its direct operations, referred to as Scope 1 and 2 emissions. The pathways are green fleets, energy conservation and electrification, replacing fossil fuels with renewable alternatives, and strategically purchasing carbon removals to close the gap. (READ MORE)
(Source: YVR Media Relations, Photo: Kasian Architecture). Visit the BCAC Sustainability Resources for BC on our website.
Prince George breaks ground on world’s largest hydrogen refuelling station
Hydra Energy has now broken ground on the world’s largest hydrogen refueling station in Prince George, which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the heavy duty trucking industry.
This marks the first project in the company’s western Canadian hydrogen corridor, which will serve B.C. and Alberta-based heavy duty trucks that have been converted to run on both hydrogen and diesel using Hydra’s zero cost co-combustion conversion kits.
“We realize that part of the response to climate change is lower our CO2 emissions whenever and wherever possible. Hydra Energy announced last fall that it has the technology system to equip commercial trucks transports by hydrogen fuel which results in 40 per cent lower emissions,” said Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dolleen Logan during the ground-breaking ceremony.
“Now that Prince George will be home to the world’s largest hydrogen refueling station, that is exactly the direction - lowering emissions - that our members can support.”
Hydra’s new Prince George refueling station and hydrogen production will be located on five acres on Sintich Road, will produce 3,250 kilograms of hydrogen per day and can refuel as quickly as diesel and up to 24 converted trucks each hour across four bays.
The station's low-carbon hydrogen is being produced from two on-site, 5 megawatt electrolysers with electricity coming from BC Hydro, The province's main electricity utility with 31 hydroelectric facilities throughout the province. (READ MORE)
(Source: Prince George Citizen, Hanna Petersen). Prince George is home for our June 5-7, 2023 conference focussing on the social-economic impacts of aviation and aerospace.