Call for Nominations for Outstanding Women in Aviation Award

Nominations are being accepted for the fourth annual Elsie MacGill Northern Lights (EMNL) awards. The awards honor outstanding women who have demonstrated determination, perseverance, leadership and courage throughout their aviation and aerospace careers. The awards’ mission is to recognize excellence and to inspire women to enter the aviation and aerospace industries in Canada.

The award will honor women in four separate categories: flight operations/maintenance, business, government, and rising star. Awards will be presented at the gala ceremony and dinner in September 2012. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2012.

Past award winners include Heather Sifton, former president and CEO of the Buttonville Municipal Airport; Kathy Fox, retired VP Operations for Nav Canada and currently an appointed member of the Transportation Safety Board; and Roberta Taylor, an aviation trailblazer and social activist who teaches at the University of Victoria.

The awards are named after Elsie MacGill, the first Canadian female aircraft designer. MacGill graduated from the University of Toronto’s engineering program in 1927, becoming the first Canadian woman to earn a degree in electrical engineering, and eventually became the first woman in North America with an advanced degree in aeronautics. Dubbed the “Queen of the Hurricanes,” she was pivotal in the design and production of the Hawker Hurricane in Canada during WWII.    

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