Girls CAN Fly!: A celebration of women in aviation
TOUR the Flight Centre, MEET women pilots, LEARN more about the industry and try a FREE FLIGHT.* Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre will celebrate Women in Aviation by inviting you to bring your daughters, nieces, cousins, friends, and grand-daughters – ANY girls who are interested in the freedom of flight to enjoy a FREE day at our facility (located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport) and experience what a life in aviation is all about. *Free flights for girls aged 8-18 years only.
Thank you to everyone who came out for the 2017 Girls Can Fly event. It was a huge success! We look forward to seeing you again next year.
“Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done” – Amelia Earhart
2017 Keynote Speakers:
Anne Hoffman’s passion for aviation started at the age of four when she went up to the flight deck – multiple times – on a flight to Disney. She joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets to further pursue her aviation interests and soloed her first plane, a Diamond Katana, at 17. Anne began working for NAV CANADA, Canada’s air navigation service provider, as a summer student in 2008 and has had the privilege of working in the Office of Safety and Quality, Finance, Aeronautical Information Services and Air Traffic Control. She currently works at Toronto Pearson Control Tower, being only one of two females of 43 controllers, and received her Ground and Clearance Delivery qualifications in 2016. Anne has been completing her Geography degree part-time while working and plans to graduate within the year. Anne spends her time outside of the Tower going for runs and hanging out at home with her airline pilot husband, Kevin.
Contessa is a Q400 captain with Jazz Aviation, a Class 1 freelance flight instructor, a co-chair of the 2017 Canadian Women In Aviation Conference and an independent consultant. Contessa decided that aviation would be her passion at the age of 10, joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets at the age of 13 and earned a glider scholarship and license more than 21 years ago. Contessa has had a career as diverse and dynamic as the aviation industry itself, spanning training, cargo, corporate and airline operations. Flying coast to coast with Jazz keeps her connected to family. She satisfies her passion for grass roots aviation by working as freelance instructor and by flying recreationally. Contessa has found a wonderful support network among the lady pilots both in Canada and beyond to nourish her career. She is delighted to be in a position to give back to that community through the conference and various recruitment events.
Siobhan O’Hanlon is a 22 year old First Officer at Sunwing airlines. She graduated from the University of Waterloo Geography & Aviation program in June 2016 and was hired at Sunwing shortly after, as part of their new Cadet program. Throughout her time at university she volunteered for many aviation events and was an ambassador for the program. She’s currently based in Toronto and enjoys travelling in her time off.
Also featuring, Waterloo Warbirds.