At our annual Silver Wings Awards gala celebration, the BC Aviation Council (BCAC) recognizes industry colleagues for specific achievements within the province’s aviation and aerospace industry. The BCAC also awards over $70,000 in annual scholarships to students that have made aviation and aerospace their career choice. We invite you to join us at this gala celebration with other industry leaders and influencers. The evening includes a vibrant awards ceremony, fine food, live entertainment, an online auction, a high-end travel raffle, a 50/50 draw, and superb networking opportunities. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dave Frank, Executive Director.
From 16:45 - 17:45, there is a reception for Women in Aviation and Aerospace hosted by the BCAC's Chair, Heather McCarley (Vantage Airport Group), and Vice-Chair, Cathy Press (Chinook Helicopters). Admission is by invitation and a voluntary donation to the Mary Swain Scholarship supporting women in aviation. For an invitation to the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Reception, please reach out to Heather McCarley via Dave Frank, Executive Director.
Registration now open.
Date: October 20th, 2022, 16:45 - 22:00
Venue: Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre West
3rd Floor, 1055 Canada Place, Downtown Vancouver
Time: 16:45 - 17:45 Chair's Women in Aviation and Aerospace Reception (By Invitation).
17:45 - 19:25 Networking, food service, music, online auction, travel raffle and 50/50.
19:25 - 21:00 Industry and scholarship awards celebration.
21:00 Travel raffle, 50/50 close. Winners announced 21:30.
21:00 - 22:00 Networking, dessert service plus online auction*.
Dress Code: Business, cocktail, flight uniform, or job interview attire. Black tie optional.
Pricing: BCAC Member $139
Student $40 (limited number sponsored)
Reserved Seating Requests: Tables for groups of eight are available but limited. Individual seating is available for those with mobility issues – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Online auction closes Friday noon.
Table seating is first come, first served; however, tables can often be reserved for groups of ten, half tables for five, and for mobility-challenged guests.
Send a reservation request to Dave@BCAviationCouncil.org and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs.
Note: Industry Awards were not presented in 2020-21 as most of the aviation and aerospace industry was trying to survive Covid-19.
Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Dave Curtis, Longview Aviation Capital
Acquisition of the entire Dash 8 program, the in‐production Q400 Bombardier Inc. program, and the rights to the de Havilland name and trademark in all Canadian transactions.
Back and Bevington Air Safety Trophy ‐ Airspan Helicopters
Implementation of a more sophisticated SMS and the hiring of a safety manager.
Environmental Award ‐ Smithers Airport
Installation of geothermal heating and cooling system.
Lifetime Achievement Award ‐ Glenn Oerzen
Supporter of BCIT’s Airline and Flight Operations program.
Robert S. Day Trophy ‐ Mike Hooper of the Nanaimo Airport
Contribution to Aviation/Aerospace in the Province.
William Templeton Trophy ‐ Vanderhoof Airport
New hangar and formation of the Vanderhoof Airport Development Society.
Hope Air Community Giving Award – Pacific Coastal Airlines
BCAC Member Support for Hope Air’s activities.
Scholarship Winners (2019)
Al Michaud Memorial Bursary ($1,000) ‐ Mathew Robert Mosveen, Victoria Flying Club
Anderson Family Private Pilot ‐ Flight Training Scholarship ($5,000) There are two Anderson Scholarships this year, one in the amount of $5,000 to Samuel Thiessen, BP Aviation, and $3,500 to Gavin Boothroyd, Pacific Flying Club
Anne and Rudy Bauer Memorial Bursary ($1,000) ‐ Rachel Allen, Victoria Flying Club
Barry and Jim Aviation Maintenance Graduate Scholarship ($3,000) ‐ Erick Beltran, University of the Fraser Valley
BC Airport Committee Airport Operations/Management Training Bursary ($2,000 x 2) ‐ Ian Garcia, BCIT, and George Mathews, BCIT
BCAC “Career” Training Scholarship ($1,000) There are two of these awards this year: Grant Diamond, Victoria Flying Club, and Nicole Wardstrom, Principal Air Ltd.
BCAC Flight Instructor Training Scholarship ($1,000) ‐ Jonathan Bloomquist, Pacific Flying Club
Conair Group Commercial Aviation Training Scholarship ($3,000) ‐ Anastasia Lisnevskaya, Pacific Flying Club
Ernie Alexander, Q.C. Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) ‐ Colin Stonier, Pacific Flying Club
HeliJet Helicopter AME Training Scholarship ($3,500) ‐ Paul Levesque, BCIT
Mary Swain Memorial Aviation Training Scholarship ($1,000) ‐ Renata Nicmans, Chinook Helicopters
John and Michelle Ward Memorial Flight Training Scholarship (Commercial Pilot) ($2,000) ‐ Thomas Clark, Pacific Flying Club
William Templeton Airport Operations Management Training Bursary ($1,000) ‐ Rachel Yang, BCIT
Other Awards (2019)
The Awards Committee is also pleased to advise that Harbour Air has chosen Victoria Grahn, Chinook Helicopters, as the winner of the Harbour Air Advanced Float Plane Endorsement Scholarship.
BC General Aviation scholarships awarded to:
Erissa Yong Bursary, $2,000 – Erik Urquhart
Onkarbir Singh Toor Memorial Bursary, $1,000 – Mark Daniel Pua
PK3 Jazz Trio
PK3 has performed together for over 15 years. Our start began with engagements in Tahiti, Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as the Lower Mainland and other regions of BC. This professional jazz trio prides itself on a great feel and interesting arrangements. To date, PK3 has performed at well over 400 private events at Vancouver's finest establishments and venues. Some of our previous clients include, Indigo Books, Honda Canada, Seaspan, IKEA, TD Bank, China Airlines, Rocky Mountaineer and Air Canada. Vist PK3's website to learn more.
From 4:45PM - 7:25PM, Portrait Artist Cory Van Ieperen will be sharing his talent with our guests, providing them with a fun memento of the evening! Have a seat in Cory's chair and Cory will provide you with a fun caricature that you can take home with you. Visit Cory's website to learn more.
Piper Kevin McQuiggin
As per Silver Wings tradition, our scholarship recipients will be paraded into into hall by our esteemed Piper Kevin McQuiggin. Peter is a former flight instructor at Pacific Flying Club!
Coming to town for the Silver Wings Celebration?
Take advantage of the BCAC's Hotel Discount Program. The BCAC is proud to offer our members exclusive hotel rates with our hotel partners. (Please note: for a limited time during COVID-19, these rates are open to all BCAC Supporters.)
The participating hotels closest to the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre are the Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver, the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront and the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Of course, there are also several hotel partners located near YVR, if that's most convenient for you.
Please Note: The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre has SOLD OUT of BCAC Hotel Discount Program rooms. Make sure you check out our other Hotel Discount Program partners as well!
Arrive in Style for the Silver Wings Celebration
Our travel partners are offering discounted rates for our guests! Arrive in style with Pacific Coastal Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Air Canada, Harbour Air or Helijet. See details below:
|Pacific Coastal Airlines||
Promo Code: SilverWings22
|Central Mountain Air||
Promo Code: BCAC22
Promo Code: N9KEW2Z1
Promo code: SW-22
Promo Code: BCACSW2022
Silver Wings Celebration Almost Here!
One of the most popular (and important) aspects of our annual Silver Wings Scholarship and Industry Awards Celebration is the Online Auction. As you may already know, 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. Half of the proceeds from the Online Auction directly support this Scholarship Award Program. The remaining half of the proceeds are used to support other BCAC programs and services that, in turn, support the aviation and aerospace community in BC, especially our extremely active Youth Engagement Programs.
This year, our first in-person Silver Wings Celebration since COVID, we have a host of amazing auction items graciously donated by our benefactors and supporters. Please visit our Silver Wings Online Auction webpage to view all of the items on offer - we're sure you'll find something to pique your interest!
Please Note: The deadline to donate to the Silver Wings Celebration auction has passed. Please consider donating to the BCAC's Scholarship Award Program. Please contact Dave Frank, Executive Director, at email@example.com for more information.
Click here to view the details of our high-end Travel Raffle and the 50/50 Draw!
Taste of Vancouver - where the Pacific Rim meets West Coast Cuisine
V = Vegetarian GF = Gluten Free DF = Dairy Free VE = Vegan
From 5:45PM - 7:45PM:
• Smoked BC wild salmon on dark rye
• Wild prawn, saffron tomato emulsion (gf df)
• Roasted vegetable tarts, Okanagan chèvre (v)
• Tokyo salmon, daikon salad, yuzu ponzu (df)
• Yakitori chicken skewers with green onions and sesame seeds (gf df)
• Cauliflower spinach pakoras (gf ve)
• Pan seared Weathervane scallops with miso sauce and bonito flakes (gf df)
• Vegetable samosas (ve)
• Mini spanakopitas (v)
• Chive and cheese Gougeres (v)
• Assorted maki sushi (served on lacquer trays) including spicy tuna, California, kappa maki, salmon and yam tempura rolls
• Farmer's market crudité with tzatziki and hummus (gf v)
• Spinach and ricotta ravioli, tomato basil sauce (v)
• Penne Alfredo with seared chicken, shiitake mushrooms and roasted peppers
Carving Station One: Pepper-crusted AAA Alberta beef top sirloin (gf df)
Carving Station Two: Mustard-crusted free range turkey breast (gf df) or Provençal roast lamb legs (gf df) PENDING
PLEASE NOTE: Carving Station options come with a selection of condiments and rolls.
From 8PM - 10PM, there is an amazing selection of desserts, cheeses, gourmet coffee and teas.