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At our annual Silver Wings Awards cocktail dinner style event, the BC Aviation Council recognizes industry colleagues for specific achievements within the province’s aviation and aerospace industry. The BCAC also provides or coordinates over $60,000 in annual scholarships to students making aviation and aerospace a career choice. We invite you to join us on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at this gala celebration with other aviation and aerospace industry leaders and influencers. The evening includes an awards ceremony, fine food, entertainment, silent auction, high-end raffle, and great networking opportunities.

See Silver Wings Sponsorship Opportunities for corporate opportunities to support this event.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Venue: Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre West
3rd Floor
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

Time: Registration desk opens at 18:00
18:00-19:25 – networking, food service, music, silent auction, raffle
19:25-21:00 – awards and scholarship ceremony
21:00-22:00 – networking, dessert service, music, silent auction close (21:20)

Dress Code:  Business or cocktail attire.

BCAC Member $135
Non-Member $165
Spouse $99
Student $80

Reserved Seating Requests: Limited seating is available for those with mobility issues – contact us at info@bcaviationcouncil.org.

Discounted Airfares: Being finalized – In 2018 were available from our partners at Pacific Coastal (15% off Bravo and Classic Fares, new bookings only), promo code SilverWings2018; and, Central Mountain Air (book online using promo code BCAC18, 20% off new Econ and Flex fares only).

Discounted Hotel Rate: Being finalized – In 2018 was available from Coast Coal Harbour, 1180 West Hastings Street, three days pre and post-event, at $185/night but you had to book early


Celebrating the Following Winners for 2018


  • Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year – Aero Design Ltd. (Mountain Bike Racks for Rotary Wing Aircraft)
  • BCAC Environmental Award – Victoria Airport Authority (TenTen Creek Sediment Reduction Project)
  • Back and Bevington Air Safety Trophy – Doug Strachan, West Coast Helicopters
  • Robert S. Day Leadership Trophy – Pat Kennedy, Pacific Flying Club
  • William Templeton Airport Trophy – Northwest Regional Airport (YXT) (Terrace-Kitimat Airport Terminal Expansion Project)
  • Lifetime Achievement in Aviation – Peter Barratt, West Coast Helicopters – and – John Ward, Pacific Adjusters 


  • Anderson Family Private Pilot – Flight Training Scholarship, $5,000 – Jacob Loukianoff, Tylair Aviation/BP Aviation
  • Ernie Alexander, QC, Memorial Scholarship, $2,000 – Alex Mogyoros, Pacific Flying Club
  • Al Michaud Memorial Bursary, $1,000 – Brad Scott, Pacific Rim Aviation Academy
  • Anne and Rudy Bauer Memorial Bursary, $1,000 – Leo Cheung, Coastal Pacific Aviation
  • Barry and Jim Aviation Maintenance Graduate Bursary, $3,000 – No Applicants 
  • BCAC Airports Operations/Management Training Bursary, $2,000 x 2 – Kenneth Lieblich, BCIT Aerospace (only one recipient)
  • BCAC Career Training Scholarship, $1,000 – Suleyman Ilke Altindis, Victoria Flying Club
  • BCAC Flight Instructor Training Scholarship, $1,000 – Kieran Lapointe, Pacific Flying Club
  • Conair Group Commercial Aviation Training Scholarship, $3,000 – Victoria Grahn, Chinook Helicopters
  • Harbour Air Advanced Float Plane Endorsement Scholarship (50 hrs) – Katherine Cowly, Glacier Air
  • Helijet IFR Training (Rotary) Scholarship, $3,500 – Cristiano Leao Coehlo, Chinook Helicopters
  • Mary Swain Memorial Aviation Training Scholarship, $1,000 – Anastasia Lisnevskaya, BCIT Aerospace
  • Michelle Ward Memorial, $2,000 – Jennifer Zadorozniak, Victoria Flying Club
  • William Templeton Airport Operations Management Training Bursary, $1,000 – David Cojocar, UBC

BC General Aviation donations for scholarships awarded to:

  • Erissa Yong Bursary, $1,000 – Quintin Herat (Pilot/AME), Victoria, BC
  • Sparky Imeson Memorial Bursary, $1000 – Katie Cowley (Pilot), Squamish, BC
  • Onkarbir Singh Toor Memorial Bursary, $1,000 – Anne Stevens (Student Pilot and Mother of Two), Vanderhoof, BC

Did you know you can donate to the BCAC Scholarship program or individual scholarships?

If you or your company would like to set up its own scholarship with BCAC, contact Mark Duncan, Endowment Committee Chair to discuss options.