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Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards Celebration 2023

26 Oct 2023
5:45pm - 10:00pm PDT
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Event Details


At our annual Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards Celebration, the BCAC recognizes aviation and aerospace industry colleagues for specific achievements. As well, we disburse almost $100,000 through our Scholarship Awards Program to hard-working students enrolled in aviation and/or aerospace programs in British Columbia. We invite you to join us at this annual gala Celebration at the Vancouver Convention Centre West for an evening of fine food, live entertainment, an online auction, a 50/50 draw, a vibrant awards ceremony and unparalleled networking opportunities.

Registration now open.



Additionally, BCAC's Chair, Heather McCarley (Vantage Airport Group), and BCAC's Vice-Chair, Cathy Press (Chinook Helicopters) host a pre-event Women in Aviation and Aerospace Reception from 16:45-17:45. Admission is by invitation and a voluntary donation to the Mary Swain Scholarship fund which supports women in aviation. For an invitation to the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Reception, please reach out to our Chair, Heather McCarley, via Dave Frank, Executive Director.


October 26th, 2023, 17:45 - 22:00

Vancouver Convention Centre West - 3rd Floor, 1055 Canada Place, Downtown Vancouver


16:45 - 17:45 Chair's Women in Aviation and Aerospace Reception (by invitation).
17:45 Main Reception: Networking, food service, entertainment, online auction and 50/50 Lottery draw.
19:25 - 20:45 Industry and Scholarship Awards Celebration.
21:00 50/50 Lottery close.


50/50 Lottery winners announced (must be present to win).
21:00 - 22:00 Networking, dessert service plus online auction (Online auction closes November 9th, 2023, at 21:00.)

Business or cocktail, flight uniform, or job interview attire. Black tie optional.



BCAC Member $142
Non-Member $189
Spouse $115
Low Income Student/Recent Graduate $35 (limited number sponsored)



Tables for groups of eight are available but limited. Reserved seating is also available for guests with accessibility challenges - for information, please contact us directly at (or simply ask one of our friendly volunteers for assistance at the event).


Click here to view a PDF of the Sponsorship Opportunities.

Questions? Please email

Table Reservations

If you're interested in reserving a table for your group, please contact Dave at and we'll do our best to accommodate your request.

Tables can be reserved for groups of 10, or half-tables for five, and for guests with mobility issues. Otherwise, seating is 'first come, first served'.

Questions about the event? Contact us at

Arrive in Style for the Silver Wings Celebration

Our travel partners are offering preferred rates to our Silver Wings event guests. See details below:

Air Canada


Promo Code: P8QANTA1
Terms & Conditions:
>  To book a flight with your promotion code, access and enter your promotion code in the Promotion Code Box.
> The booking is to be made to the following city: Vancouver, YVR (CA)
> The travel period begins Thursday, October 19, 2023 and ends Friday, November 03, 2023.
>Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
>For North America; 5% applies on standard fares, 10% on flex fares & higher. For International Travel' 10% on standard fares & higher.

Pacific Coastal Airlines

Promo code: SILVERWINGS23-######
Applicable Fare and Markets: 50% off Bravo, Classic, and Encore fares to/from YVR
Sale Period: Oct 13 – 26, 2023
Travel Period: Oct 21 - 29, 2023
Terms & Conditions: Single use promo code, one passenger booking roundtrip. Discount is applicable to 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 via PCA's website or by calling 1-800-663-2872.

NOTE: Please email for your unique promo code prior to booking.

Central Mountain Air

Promo code: SILVERWINGS2023
Discount: 50% discount
Sale Period: 17 Oct to 26 Oct
Travel Period: 21 Oct to 29 Oct
Terms & Conditions: Return to/from YVR only. Book on


Promo code: BCACSW2023
Discount: Allows attendees of BCAC Silver Wings Awards with a 20% Discount for FULL Fare travel.
Sale/Travel Period: The discount is valid October 25-27, 2023, to allow pre/post travel time.
Terms & Conditions: Reservations may be made with one of our Helijet Reservations Agents, quoting the code to them at 1.800.665.4354, or book onlineat and enter the code in the Coupon Box under the fare subtotal.


Coming to Vancouver for the Silver Wings Celebration?

Take advantage of the BC Aviation Council Partners Rate at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver (our Lead Hotel Partner for this event) or stay at the Westin Wall Centre at YVR Richmond. Reserve your room through the dedicated BC Aviation Council Partners Rate webpage or call 1-800-663-9255 and tell the reservation team that you want the "BC Aviation Council Rate" for the Silver Wings 2023 event.

Additionally, the Sandman Hotel Vancouver Downtown is offering a favourable rate for BC Aviation Council guests, as is the Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport and the Sandman Signature Vancouver Airport Hotel & Resort at YVR. When you book your room through the Sandman website (using the links listed here), type BCAVIATION in the Promo Code field to receive the BCAC Partners Rate.


For more information and helpful links, visit our "Hotel Partners" webpage.

Questions? Contact us at

Industry Award Winners

Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year – The Drone Initiative, UBC

William Templeton Airport Award (Best Public Aviation Facility)Alberni Valley Regional Airport, Port Alberni

BCAC Environmental Award – YVR Sustainability Initiatives/Net Zero By 2030

Robert S. Day Outstanding Contribution Trophy - O.C. (Doby) Dobrostanski, Founder and Champion of the Texada Aerospace Camp for Youth

Back and Bevington Air Safety Award – BC Wildfire Service

Robert Hope Pursuit of AME Excellence Award – Curtis Newby, Remote Community Instructor

Lifetime Achievement Award – Doug McCrea, President, Central Mountain Air

BCAC Chair’s Extraordinary Service Award – (Not Awarded)


Congratulations to our 2023
Industry Award Winners!

2023 Scholarship Award Winners

Al Michaud Memorial Bursary ($1,000) Kensington Hewson, Mount Royal University

Alpha Aviation Multi-IFR Training Scholarship ($5,000) Spencer Holborn, BCIT/PFC

Anderson Scholarship ($8,000) Oliver Strim, Coastal Pacific Aviation

Anne and Rudy Bauer Memorial Bursary ($1,000) Eunjin Huh, BCIT

Barry and Jim Aviation Maintenance Graduate ($3,000) Benjamin Porter, Okanagan College

BCAC Aviation and Aerospace #1 ($2,500) Michaela Chroustova, Fort Langley Air

BCAC Aviation and Aerospace #2 ($1,250) Jamie Coutts, Pacific Flying Club

Conair Group Commercial Aviation Training Scholarship ($3,000) Spencer Holborn, BCIT

Emil Oucharek Rotary Commercial Pilot ($1,500) Terra Samson, JoinAir Helicopters Inc.

Ernie Alexander, Q.C. Memorial Scholarship ($2,500) Matthew Munro, BCIT/PFC

Francois Leh Flight Instructor Training Scholarship ($1,500) Richard Willison, Glacier Air

Harbour Air AME Scholarship/Internship #1 ($3,000) Bryce Brown, Northern Lights College

Harbour Air AME Scholarship/Internship #2 ($3,000) Ashley Egroff, Okanagan College and Northern Lights College

Harbour Air AME Scholarship/Internship #3 ($3,000) Alea McLaren, BCIT

Helicopter AME, IFR or eVTOL Training Scholarship ($5,000) Sue Land William Ko, BCIT

John and Michelle Ward Memorial Flight Training Scholarship (Commercial Pilot) ($2,000) Brian Poole, Sea Land Air Flight Centre

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) ($1,000) Kendra Huttema, BP Aviation

Langley Aero Club ($500) Alexander Smith, Montair Aviation

Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief Dolleen Logan Scholarship ($3,000) Shannon Munro, 49 North Helicopters Okanagan

Lynn Denison Foster BCIT Scholarship ($1,000) Hiu Yan Rebecca Shek, BCIT

Mary Swain Memorial Aviation Training Scholarship ($1,000) Leana Temoana, Executive Compass Flight School

Nanaimo Airport Commission (YCD) Airport Employee Training ($1,250) Molly Copeland, BCIT

Pacific Coastal Airlines, Daryl Smith Memorial Indigenous Youth Aviation Scholarship ($10,000) Alexee Gustafson, BCIT

Pacific Coastal Airlines, Paul Biglin Memorial Indigenous Youth Aviation Training Scholarship ($10,000) Charlotte Gibson, BP Aviation

Pacific Coastal Airlines, Sheldon Smith Memorial Pilot–AME Aviation Training Scholarship ($10,000) Jared Roffey, Cornwall Aviation

PAMEA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Scholarship ($1,000) Carter Smith, BCIT

PetroValue Scholarship ($2,500) Susan Fraser, BCIT

West Coast Pilot Club ($500) Kirk Wilson, Airborne Management

William Templeton Airport Operations Management Training Bursary ($1,000) Hanish Trivedi, BCIT


Congratulations, 2023 Scholarship Award Winners!



Our Silver Wings event will enjoy the musical stylings of the Seth Kitamura Trio featuring Seth Kitamura on drums, Raphael Agustin on bass, and Patrick Kao on guitar.

Please welcome our new Piper, Alastair Lee. Alastair is an Honours Graduate in Sound Engineering from the Art Institute of Vancouver. He has been a member of the World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band since 2008 and has appeared with the pipe band at various venues throughout the world including the Lincoln Centre in New York City, and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow (sometimes on keyboard as well as pipes). Alastair is also a prominent solo piper in the Pacific Northwest and has won many top awards including the prestigious “A Marches” and “A Strathspey & Reel” at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban, Scotland. While piping is his first interest, he enjoys playing many instruments and composing his own music.


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.




Silver Wings 2023 Online Auction

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 the largest aviation and aerospace Scholarship Award Program in Canada, disbursing almost $100,000 to hard-working students enrolled in aviation or aerospace education programs in British Columbia. Half of the proceeds from the Online Auction directly support our Scholarship Awards Program, the remaining half support other BCAC programs and services including our extremely popular Youth Engagement Programs, i.e. monthly "Hangar Hangout" events.

We have a wide array 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!

Questions? Contact us at

Sponsorship or Donation Inquiries? Contact

50/50 Draw

A 50/50 draw will be held over the course of the evening.:

1 for $10; 3 for $20; 9 for $50; 20 for $100.

Draw held immediately following the awards ceremony. Must be present to win.

If choose to donate to one of the BCAC held scholarship funds, you will receive a charitable tax receipt for the entire amount plus 15 minutes of fame!

Taste of Vancouver – Where the Pacific Rim meets West Coast Cuisine

Selection of hors d’oeuvres:

Smoked BC wild salmon on dark rye
Wild prawn, saffron tomato emulsion (df/gf)
Spinach, artichoke and ricotta cheese tarts (v)
Tokyo salmon, daikon salad, yuzu ponzu (df)
Yakitori chicken skewers with green onions and sesame seeds (df/gf)
Cauliflower spinach pakoras with house-made mint chutney (ve/gf)
Bacon wrapped scallops with maple pan jus reduction (df/gf)
Vegetable samosas (ve) served with tamarind chutney
Mini spanakopitas with sundried tomato tzatziki (v)
Chive and cheese gougeres (v)
Assorted maki sushi including spicy tuna, California, kappa maki, salmon and yam tempura rolls. Served with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce
Hummus, tzatziki with grilled pita (v)
Spinach and ricotta ravioli with tomato basil sauce (v)
Penne Alfredo with seared chicken, shiitake mushrooms and roasted peppers
Lime scented coconut panna cotta (ve/gf)
Macarons pastel (v/gf)


Carving Station
Montreal style beef brisket (df/gf)
on small rolls with sauerkraut and gravy (df)

Paris Crêpes
8” crêpes prepared with your guest’s choice of fillings: Nutella (chocolate hazelnut), real lemon curd, or strawberry mascarpone (v)

(v) = vegetarian   (gf) = gluten free   (df) = dairy free   (ve) = vegan

Women in Aviation and Aerospace Reception

BCAC’s Chair, Heather McCarley (Vantage Airport Group), and BCAC’s Vice-Chair, Cathy Press (Chinook Helicopters) are hosting a pre-event Women in Aviation and Aerospace Reception.

   Date:     October 26th, 2023
   Time:    16:45 - 17:45
   Where:  Vancouver Convention Centre

Admission is by invitation and a voluntary donation to the Mary Swain Scholarship fund which supports women in aviation.

For an invitation to the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Reception, please reach out to our Chair, Heather McCarley, via Dave Frank, Executive Director.

26 Oct 2023
5:45pm - 10:00pm PDT

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