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Soaring Above Challenges: BCAC 2024 Conference Nanaimo (YCD)

27 May 2024 @ 6:00pm PDT
29 May 2024 @ 4:00pm PDT
Event Details

Summary Agenda

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Summary Agenda




Special Keynote Speaker

Zara Rutherford, Record-Breaking Pilot, Activist

Zara Rutherford is a record-breaking pilot and a passionate advocate for women's empowerment and gender equality. In 2022, she achieved a remarkable milestone by completing a solo circumnavigation of the globe in a small aircraft, making her the youngest woman to accomplish this feat. Hailing from a family deeply rooted in aviation, Zara is dedicated to carrying forward this legacy and inspiring young women to pursue their aspirations while working to narrow the gender gap in aviation and STEM fields.

For more information about Zara and her amazing experiences, please visit


(Photo/Beatrice De Smet)

Travel Partners

Carrier                Promo Code Details


> To book a flight with this promotion code, access and enter your promotion code in the Promotion Code box.

> The booking is to be made to the following city: Nanaimo, BC - YCD (CA)

> The travel period begins Sunday, May 19th, 2024, and ends Wednesday, June 05, 2024.

> Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.







Premium Economy Low


Premium Economy High


Business Class Low


Business Class High


The code would be valid for travel 7 days pre and post the event date.

> Basic economy fares are not eligible for discount.


> 20 unique promo codes available.

> Each code will provide a 50% discount on the fare for ONE person, round trip.

> Each code can only be used once.

> Please contact Dave Frank  or call (1) 604.644.6426 to secure your promo code.

Applicable Fare and Markets: 50% off Basic, Bravo, Classic, and Encore fares to/from YCD

Sale Period: Feb 16 – May 23, 2024

Travel Period: May 24 – June 3, 2024

Terms and Conditions:

> Single use promo code, one passenger booking per round trip

> Discount is applicable to Basic, Bravo, Classic, and Encore fare types (base fare only)

> New bookings only

> Fares and seats are limited and subject to availability at the time of reservation

> May not be combined with any other program, promotion, or discounts

> Subject to applicable fare terms and conditions

Bookings can be made on our website or by contacting our Call Centre at 1-800-663-2872.


> Offers conference attendees a 20% discount off of FULL fare travel. (Lower fares may be available)

> Valid for travel May 25-30, 2024

> Please email for voucher


> Please contact Dave Frank  or call (1) 604.644.6426 to secure your promo code.

> Promotional Discount Code valid for all Go Yukon fares.

> Discount Value: 15%

> Discount Booking Period: March 20, 2024 to May 1, 2024

> Discount Travel Period: May 24, 2024 to May 31, 2024 
(Routing: Whitehorse to/from Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna)


Parking Partners

We're pleased to introduce a new, year-round Canada-wide partnership with Park'N Fly. Secure favourable parking rates and optional additional services at your home airport. When you reserve online with your local airport, put #1136298 into the "Discount Code" field.

Park'N Fly Rate Card


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Narrative Agenda








A sincere thank you to our amazing sponsors! Your support helps aviation and aerospace students achieve their dreams AND helps the BCAC continue to support the aviation and aerospace industry in British Columbia and beyond.

Want to donate? Consider donating to our Online Auction! Contact Dave Frank, Executive Director, to find out how. 


Sponsorship & Online Auction Opportunities



Please visit to view and bid on auction items generously donated by our Partners and Supporters. Thank you for supporting aviation and aerospace in BC.


Interested in sponsorship or making a donation? Please contact Dave Frank, Executive Director, at


Speaker and Panelist Profiles

Please Note All sessions are live except in unforeseen circumstances.

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Hotel Partner




Need accommodation?

The conference hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Nanaimo, currently has limited room availability for our conference dates (May 27-29). If the Marriott cannot accommodate you, we suggest the Coast Bastion Hotel. Coast Hotels is one of our valued Travel Partners and they offer year-round discounts to BCAC Members. (Please use code BCAC97. Proof of Membership will be required at Check-in.)



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This year's Add-on Events  start on Sunday, May 26th with a "tasting tour" of two local wineries – Blue Grouse Estate Winery and the Unsworth Vineyard and Winery – and the Red Arrow Craft Brewery. Transportation will be provided.

Our final stop on the winery/brewery tour will be the Red Arrow Craft Brewery in Duncan, BC.  This is a great place to grab a bite to eat before the bus ride back to Nanaimo. As we only have one hour at this location, it would be best to pre-order your food ahead of time. If you would like to pre-order, please email with your name, food order, and any dietary restrictions. All food will be on individual bills and can be paid for at the venue. Red Arrow Brewing Menu



On Monday, May 27th, the second Add-on Event is a tour of Coulson Aviation's Port Alberni facility. View the historic Martin Mars Water Bomber in situ before it's final journey to the BC Aviation Museum! Luncheon and transportation provided.

Please Note: Add-on Events are not included with conference registration. Seating for Add-on Events is limited so book now through the conference  registration webpage to avoid disappointment.


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Post-conference Casual Get Together

Join us for a casual, post-conference get together at the White Sails Brewery and Taproom at 125 Comox Road in downtown Nanaimo (across from Maffeo Sutton Park). White Sails has a wide selection of craft beers, ciders, and wines, as well as a delicious, locally-sourced food menu. 


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Local Attractions

The Nanaimo Bar Trail – Self-guided Tasting Tour

Take a sweet self-guided adventure through the streets of Nanaimo & Region! Stretching up and down the entire city, the Nanaimo Bar Trail takes you to experience the many deliciously creative interpretations of our famous treat. Stop by the Visitor Centre or any of the participating locations and pick up a Nanaimo Bar Trail Brochure so you can map out your route along the many stops.

Whale Watching Tour

Ever wondered what it’s like to see whales blowing and skimming across the ocean waters? Head out with Vancouver Island Whale Watch on a tour and keep your eyes peeled for orca, humpback, and other marine mammals!

Artisan Trail

For the ultimate artisan experience, we recommend driving along the Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Trail loop. There’s plenty of beautiful stops along the way, providing a chance to visit farms, meet local growers, and chat with artists who are famous for crafting one of a kind creations!

Click on the links below for more great ideas for fun activities to do:

Tourism Nanaimo

Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism

Tourism Vancouver Island


At this year's conference, local Alt Folk Duo "From The Earth" will be providing uplifting music for the Welcoming Reception at the Nanaimo Museum on Monday, May 27th.

We're also honoured to announce that Elder Lolly Good from the Snuneymuxw First Nation will make a presentation at our Welcoming Reception, supported by the Snuneymuxw Quam Qwum Dancers lead by Teacher Colleen Manson. 

On Tuesday, May 28th, RSM Productions will be providing us with a DJ to spin some mellow tunes for our Signature Dinner at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

Finally, we're providing a photo booth so conference attendees can have a fun memento of their visit. Props may also be provided!


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Vancouver Island Conference Centre (VICC)

An award-winning convention centre and event venue in downtown Nanaimo, within reach of all the amenities – from cozy accommodations and diverse restaurants to local shops and outdoor adventures.

The Vancouver Island Conference Centre has over 38,000-sq.ft. of meeting and banquet space.




At the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, our commitment to sustainability deepens each year. We started with award-winning green building practices, and have since evolved to include an extensive program of reducing waste, recycling, and sourcing products locally or regionally.

We’re always looking for ways to make a bigger impact. We recently added a solar-powered water pre-heating system, and future plans include ‘planting’ our green-ready roof. With every improvement, we look forward to working with clients to help them maximize the benefits of planning events that are even more sustainable. Read More



The Vancouver Island Conference Centre is committed to equal access for all.
We want all delegates and visitors, regardless of ability or age, to feel welcome – and we built our convention space with that in mind. We have wheelchair services, as well as accessible doorways, walkways, elevators, washrooms, and parking. Our facility complies with all federal, provincial and local accessibility regulations and laws, and it upholds the rights of people with disabilities.


Conference Centre Parking

Venue Parking Rates

2 hours $0.75
12 hours $7.00
Each additional hour. $1.00
24 hours $9.00
1 month $110.00
Statutory Holidays Free



Visit the Vancouver Island Conference Centre's website for helpful information on location, transportation options, etc.


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Please Note: If you have a food allergy or other dietary restrictions, please include this information when you register for the conference. Thank you.


WELCOMING RECEPTION – Recognizing Value of Scholarship

Coffee & Tea/No Host Bar

West Coast BBQ and Smoked Salmon Station
Canadian and Continental Cheese Board
Classic Assortment of Deli Sandwiches
Mini Beef Sliders
Spicy Chicken Skewer
Grilled Cajun Spiced Tiger Prawn Sticks
Mini Italian Meatballs
Goat Cheese, Brie & Olive Tartlet
Rice Paper Salad Rolls with Hoisin Sauce
Pesto Hummus on Sliced Cucumber
Nanaimo Bars


Denver-style Scramble (scrambled eggs, ham, peppers, onion and cheddar). Vegetarian option available.
Yukon Gold Potatoes.
Assorted breakfast pasties and croissants.
Seasonal fresh fruit and berries.
Chilled apple, cranberry, grapefruit and orange juices.
Freshly brewed regular & decaf coffee & a selection of traditional & herbal teas.

Assortment of freshly baked gourmet cookies
Assortment of chilled juice
Freshly brewed regular & decaf coffee & a selection of traditional & herbal teas

Butternut squash with toasted cumin soup
House Salad with radicchio, romaine, arugula, watercress, spiral vegetables, julienne beets, fennel and carrots in an avocado vinaigrette.
Fresh baked rolls
Char-grilled 6oz chicken breast with sesame-ginger glaze. Served with rice and seasonal vegetables.
Vegetarian Option: Grilled vegetable phyllo with quinoa-stuffed bell peppers.
Baked cheesecake with blackberry coulis

Scones – white chocolate, raspberry or cheddar
Freshly brewed regular & decaf coffee & a selection of traditional & herbal teas

Roasted tomato & tarragon soup
Traditional Caesar salad
Dinner rolls
Baked Wild BC Salmon Fillet & Sauteed Prawns, veggies and potatoes
Vegetarian Option: Spinach & ricotta cannelloni with roasted garlic & sun-dried tomato sauce

Pure Platinum Dessert Buffet:
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Variety of Cheesecakes
Assorted Biscotti
Nanaimo Bars
Crème Caramel
Chocolate Fondu & Fresh Fruit
Pineapple, honeydew & Cantaloupe
Poached Pear & White Chocolate Strudel
Squares & Tarts
Whipped Cream, Fruit Coulis & Vanilla Cream Anglaise


Assorted of freshly-baked muffins, Danish pastries and croissants
Scrambled eggs
Bacon and maple pork sausage
Fried Yukon Gold potatoes and yams
Assortment of mini-yogurts and seasonal fresh fruit and berries
Chilled apple, cranberry, grapefruit & orange juices
Freshly brewed regular & decaf coffee & a selection of traditional & herbal teas

Assortment of house-made granola bars
Assortment of freshly-sliced fruit
Assortment of chilled juices
Freshly brewed regular & decaf coffee & a selection of traditional & herbal teas

Mix of sandwiches and wraps: smoked turkey, roast beef, vegetarian
Yukon Gold potato salad
Thai noodle salad
Chef’s Choice assorted desserts


Questions? Please contact

ACI World, Jennifer Desharnais

ARC Aviation Renewables Corp., Allister Wilmott

Aeroedge Consulting Inc., Mark Duncan

Air Canada, Serge Corbeil

Air North, Yukon's Airline, Benjamin Ryan

Alberta Aviation Council, Bram Tilroe

Alpha Aviation Boundary Bay Airport, Kyle Smaaslet

Avra Law, Steve Michoulas

BC Aviation Council, Dave Frank

BC Hydro, Clint Mowbray

BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Reg Faubert

BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Tara Moorhouse

BC United, Shirley Bond

BC United, Dorothy Titchener

BCIT Aerospace, Cheryl Cahill

Boeing Canada Operations Ltd., Pierre Ruel

CATCA, Andrew Worthington

CCAA, Ryan Geddes

COPA, George Farrington

CYPR Prince Rupert International Airport, Michael Pucci

Campbell River Airport, Leanne Terry

Campbell River Airport (YBL), Dennis Brodie

Canadian Advanced Air Mobility, JR Hammond

Canadian Airports Council, Chris Phelan

Canadian Aviator Publishing, Steve Drinkwater

Central Mountain Air/Northern Thunderbird Air, Carrie Colville

Chinook Helicopters, Cathy Press

Cielo Carbon Solutions, Fred Haynes

City of Prince George, Simon Yu

Comox Valley Airport, Mike Atkins

Comox Valley Airport, Alex Robertson

Conservative Party of Canada, Todd Doherty

Dexterra, Jeff Tassone

PG Airport Authority, Lindsay Andreza

Executive Aviation, Lionel Mendes

Executive Aviation, Rodney Stinn

GS5, Scott Cadwell

GroupHEALTH North Benefits and Pensions, Graeme Lodge

HM Aero Inc., Adam Martin

Hatch, Harvie Buitelaar

Integrity Flight Support, Geoff Bowering

Jenny Huynh, Jenny Huynh

KPMG LLP, Derek Dougherty

Kelowna International Airport, James Hall

Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, Dolleen Logan

Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, Kevin Brown

NADAS - CZNL, Rupert Robin

NAV CANADA, Scott Williams

NAV CANADA, Monty Cook

NAV CANADA, Katie Fedevich

NAV CANADA, Brett Oram

NAV CANADA, Julie McLellan

Nanaimo Airport Commission, Keith Granbois

Nanaimo Airport Commission, Don Goulard

Nanaimo Airport Commission, Naomi Thomas

Nav Canada, Thomas Urbanovitch

Nelson and District Airport Society, Rupert Robin

North Cariboo Air (charters), Cal Anderson

North Peace Airport Services - Fort St. John YXJ, Stacy Smith

North Peace Airport Services - Fort St. John YXJ, Noreen Smith

Pacific Rim Aviation Academy, Aman Moparti Rao

Paladin Security, Jason Cage

Paladin Security, Jordan Parent

Prince George Airport Authority, Kaitlyn Joyce

Prince George Airport Authority, Kristy MacLean

Prince George Airport Authority, Michelle Kenny

Prince George Airport Authority, Trevor Gust

Prince George Airport Authority, Geoff Stocks

Prince George Airport Authority, Diane Bertram

Prince George Airport Authority, Kelly Olsen

Prince George Airport Authority, Gordon Duke

Prince George Airport Authority Board of Directors, Katherine Scouten

Prince George Airport Authority Board of Directors, Emily Cheung

Prince George Airport Authority Board of Directors, Sandra Rossi

Prince George Airport Authority Board of Directors, Alain Lefebvre

Private Pilot, Brian Beek

City of Quesnel, Tommy Grant

Refinery Designs, Dorothy Duke

Regional District of Fraser Fort George, Lara Beckett

(Retired) De Havilland Canada, David Curtis

Russell Audio Visual, Mat Walker

Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, David Gillen

Tetra Tech, Doug Francoeur

Tourism Industry Association of BC, Walt Judas

Tourism Prince George, Colin Carson

Transport Canada, Soha Masaeli

Transport Canada, Yanick Sarazin

Transport Canada, Warren Walrond

Transport Canada, Thomas Kwan

Transport Canada, Dillon Germain

Vancouver Airport Authority, Jacob Mach

Vancouver Airport Authority, Trevor Boudreau

Vancouver International Airport Authority (YVR), Russell Atkinson

Vancouver International Airport, Margaret Comiskey

Vantage Airport Group, Heather McCarley

Vantage Airport Group, Edwin Ratuski

Vantage Airport Group, Sade Olanipekun-Lewis

Victoria Airport Authority, Sarah Venn

Victoria Airport Authority, Ken Gallant

West Kootenay Regional (Castlegar) Airport, Maciej Habrych

Winnipeg Airport Services Corp (WASCO), TrevorZemliduk

Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd., Sean Rickards

Transportation Options

Both the Tourism Nanaimo and the Vancouver Island Conference Center websites have excellent webpages describing all the ways to get to Nanaimo, BC. To view a larger version of the "Downtown Nanaimo" map below, click here.

Additionally, check out the "Travel Partners" tab to learn about the airfare and airport parking discounts on offer!


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Conference Registration

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
BCAC Individual/Corporate Supporter (Includes all meals and reception)
24 May 2024
Sale Ended
BCAC Student/Recent Graduate Supporter (Does not include dinner nor reception)
24 May 2024
Sale Ended
Non-Member Individual (Includes 1 year Individual Supporter membership, all meals and reception)
24 May 2024
Sale Ended
Non-Member Corporate (Includes 1 year Corporate Supporter membership for all your organization’s people, all meals and reception)
24 May 2024
Sale Ended
Speakers/Major Sponsors/Approved Volunteers and Guests/Media (Includes all meals and reception) 29 May 2024 Free
Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
Sunday Wine Tour
26 May 2024
Sale Ended
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Coulson Aviation Tour
27 May 2024
Sale Ended
Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
Delegate Guest to Welcoming Reception
24 May 2024
Sale Ended
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Delegate or Community Guest to Zara Signature Dinner
24 May 2024
Sale Ended
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Tourism Nanaimo Guest to Economic Outlook Breakfast
24 May 2024
Sale Ended
Delegate Guest to Economic Outlook Breakfast
24 May 2024
Sale Ended

27 May 2024 @ 6:00pm PDT
29 May 2024 @ 4:00pm PDT

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  • Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Welcome to the BC Aviation Council’s premier annual Spring Conference. Book early to avoid disappointment. Some events are limited.

In particular, book airfares early. We have several great travel partners, however, airfares are increasing - especially about 15 days ahead of your travel dates.

The conference hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Nanaimo, still has limited dates and rooms available at $228 plus taxes per night. 

If you need assistance with anything, reach out to me directly at

Looking forward to seeing you!


Dave Frank

Executive Director, BC Aviation Council