Business Development Manager of Boundary Bay Airport
Active, Steveston BC, Life Boat society member and well known marine artist.
President; Canada Jetlines Ltd
Kirsten Brazier presented us a personal look at her event which hopes to enlighten the world to the role, or lack thereof, of women in aviation.
Kirsten holds Canadian Airline Transport Pilot Licences in both Fixed and Rotary wing aircraft and American Commercial licences for both as well. She started this event in Yellowknife in 2012 and it continued there in 2013. This year, 2014, the event was most successfully held at Langley Municipal Airport. The events in ‘12 and ’13 hold both held the record for the number of participants for International Women in Aviation. Always held close to International Women's Day, this year approximately 1300 girls and women got the chance to fly for free for their first time this year. The many volunteers from and including The Canadian Museum of Flight, The Fraser Blues, The Canadian Coast Guard and Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron No. 746 and many local helicopter companies to name just a few. Kirsten hopes that this is now the biggest event of its sort in North America. Kirsten learned to fly in many types of aircraft and prefers piston aircraft and turbine helicopters. She also learned aircraft maintenance as well, though she is not a licensed AME. She claims that it is a shame that more women are not in the business. We should be encouraging more girls to enter this exciting field. The difficulty apparently is getting the attention of the young ladies to know that they have a future in aviation. She uses social media to get to the young people to be aware of careers in aviation.
Speaker: Pam Ryan, Director of Planning and Community Relations
Pam has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, community consultation, communications, media relations and issues management. She has served in senior positions inpolicy, communications and planning for both the public and private sectors.
She has extensive experience working with the B.C. provincial government and with municipalities. Recent projects of note include the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project, South Fraser Perimeter Road, the Lions Gate Bridge Completion Project and the Low Level Road Project. She currently leads planning and Community Relations for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.
Pam is past president of the Strait of Georgia chapter of WTS, an international professional association for women in transportation and was appointed to the Vancouver CommunityCollege Board of Directors in 2012.