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(DRAFT) Soaring Above Challenges: BCAC 2024 Conference Nanaimo

27 May 2024 @ 4:00pm PDT
29 May 2024 @ 5:00pm PDT

Conference Registration

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BCAC Member (Includes all meals and reception)
29 May 2024
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Non-Member Individual (Includes 1 year membership, all meals and reception) 29 May 2024 $525.00
Non-Member Corporate (Includes 1 year membership, all meals and reception) 29 May 2024 $925.00
Speakers/Major Sponsors/Approved Volunteers/Media/Guests (Includes all meals and reception) 29 May 2024 Free
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Sunday Wine Tour 26 May 2024 $49.00
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Coulson Aviation Tour 27 May 2024 $49.00
Event Details


Soaring Above Challenges:  Innovations & Resources for Tomorrow’s Skies




Sunday, May 26, 2924

Cowichan Valley Tasting Tour: Vineyards and Cideries TBA – Limited seating


Monday, May 27, 2024

11:00   Coulson Aviation Tour and lunch - Port Alberni – Limited seating

18:00   Welcoming Reception: Nanaimo Museum


Tuesday, May 28, 2024 – Conference Day 1

06:30   Morning Walk: Nanaimo Harbour

07:30   Breakfast and Registration

08:30   Conference Opening Welcome

08:45   Panel 1: Shaping Future Aviators: Excellence and Innovation in Aviation Education

09:45   Refreshment Break

10:15   Panel 2: Advancing Risk Management: Innovations and Best Practices

11:15   Panel 3: Rescue from Above: Innovations and Challenges in Emergency Air Services

12:15   Lunch + Keynote Speaker

13:15   Panel 4: Breaking Barriers: Empowering Diversity in Aviation

14:15   Refreshment Break

14:45   Panel 5: Pacific Northwest Skies: The Role of Aviation in Regional Tourism

15:45   Emcee Wrap Up

18:00   Signature Dinner – Keynote Speaker Zara Rutherford


Wednesday, May 29, 2024 – Conference Day 2

06:30   Morning Walk:

07:30   Breakfast & Registration

08:00   Conference Day 2 Welcome

08:05   Speaker: Exploring Global Economic Trends: Insights, Challenges, and Opportunities

09:30   Panel 6: Sustainable Skies: Advances in Green Aviation

10:30   Refreshment Break

11:00   Panel 7: Innovative Flight: Exploring Cutting-Edge Aviation Technologies

12:30   Lunch – Royal Canadian Airforce 100-year celebration

13:45   Conference Summarization and Feedback for Next Conference

14:30   Casual Tour Military Museum

18:00   Unofficial Gathering Place for Dinner – White Sails:




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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.

(Photo/Beatrice De Smet)



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.


Interested in Sponsorship? Please contact Dave Frank, Executive Director, at


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

Hotel Partner

Our "Soaring Above Challenges: BCAC 2024 Conference Nanaimo" is being held on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, BC, at the new Courtyard by Marriott Nanaimo at 100 Gordon Street.

Promotional Room Rate

More information regarding promotional room rate will be available closer to the event date.

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Travel Partners

More information about our Travel Partners for this event will be available closer to the event date.

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Carrier                Promo Code Details

Confirmed. Details
available Feb. 29th




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



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. Check them out!


Visit our "Travel Partners" tab to view information about conference promotional rates from our generous supporters.


To view a larger version of the "Downtown Nanaimo" map, click here.


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Coulson Aviation & Alberni Valley Regional Airport Tour and Lunch (Add-on)

Details coming soon!


Sunday Winery Tour (Add-on)

Capacity limited. Not included in conference registration. Meet in the lobby of Courtyard by Marriott Nanaimo hotel at 3:10 pm to board the bus. Transportation and scintillating conversation provided. More details coming soon!


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


Coming soon!


The Vancouver Island Conference Centre Nanaimo provides on-site catering. Specific menus will be available shortly! Please Note: If you have a food allergy or other dietary restrictions, please include this information when you register for the conference. Thank you.

Questions? Please contact

Vancouver Island Conference Centre

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.


Venue Layout



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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27 May 2024 @ 4:00pm PDT
29 May 2024 @ 5:00pm PDT

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  • Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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

In particular, book airfares early.. YVR-YXS return, all in, currently at $249 (April 20th)

Hotel rate of $169 good until May 5th.

Looking forward to seeing you!