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Teara Fraser and Cathy Press join the community of Canada’s most influential women leaders

Richmond, BC (November 21, 2019) – The British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) announced today that Teara Fraser, Iskwew Air CEO and Cathy Press, Chinook Helicopters CEO have been named Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2019 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners.

The list of Top 100 Winners was released today, paying tribute to the outstanding women across Canada who advocate for diversity in the workforce and inspire the next generation of leaders.

Past Award Winners include Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author, Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut, Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications, Christine Magee, President, Sleep Country Canada, Michaëlle Jean, former governor-general of Canada, Heather Reisman, founder and CEO, Indigo Books & Music, and Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

“Today we are congratulating and celebrating the landmark achievements of these two extraordinary leaders, both members of the British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC).  Cathy and Teara are courageous changemakers, strong role models, and brilliant entrepreneurs who are boldly making a difference in the aviation industry”, said Heather Bell, Board Chair of BCAC.

Métis woman Teara Fraser was named in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters Award category which recognizes women who have broken new ground with landmark achievements forging pathways for future generations and making a great contribution to Canadian society.

Cathy Press was named in the Industry Sector and Trades category which recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women through their inspiring work and advocacy in underrepresented sectors.  This award recognizes Cathy for her vision and leadership - empowering women, creating change, and removing traditional barriers.

Bell observed, “these awards come at a time when the future of the aviation and aerospace industry depends on diversifying the workforce and these two champions are paving the way. We need more women, those identifying as women, and Indigenous peoples for this industry to continue to thrive and serve Canada’s communities.”


About the British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC)

BCAC promotes, stimulates and encourages the development, growth and advancement of aviation and aerospace in British Columbia. The sector supports British Columbians in their lives every day. BCAC, in partnership with members, stakeholders, and the community, positively influences the well-being of British Columbia’s aviation and aerospace sector. It is only by innovating and finding new ways to work together that we will continue to see a visible, connected and thriving aviation and aerospace industry in BC. 

The British Columbia Aviation Council is a 340 member-driven charitable organization established under the British Columbia Society Act.

For media inquiries or to comment for the British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC), please contact:
Dave Frank
Executive Director, BCAC

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Award Winner Cathy Press of Chinook Helicopters, please contact:
Cathy Press
CEO, Chinook Helicopters

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Award Winner Teara Fraser of Iskwew Air, please contact:
Teara Fraser
CEO, Iskwew Air Inc.