COPA’s Volunteer Awards Program recognizes individuals and organizations who demonstrate an outstanding record of support for general aviation in Canada and aid in the promotion, growth and prosperity of aviation in Canada. Awards are presented at the COPA Convention each summer.

List of Awards

    Awarded annually to an individual(s) who has made a very notable contribution to general aviation in Canada.
    Presented to any COPA Member who has shown outstanding commitment to our objectives to maintain our Freedom to Fly.
    Presented to an individual that has made a substantial contribution to the past year’s COPA Flight magazine. Selected by the COPA Flight Editor.
    Awarded to COPA members who do something special to further COPA’s aims either singularly or over a period of time.
    Awarded to non-COPA members who do something special to support or promote general aviation.
    In appreciation for your personal efforts to advance, promote and preserve our Canadian Freedom to Fly.

Nominations for Awards


  • Normally, applicants and nominees must be residents of Canada and members of COPA. In some cases, it might be appropriate to honour an individual or organization with an award where the recipient is not a member of COPA. The Awards Committee shall make this determination.
  • Any individual or organization, public or private, is eligible to receive an award. The recognized contribution may be a single incident of an outstanding nature or continuous service to General Aviation over a period of time.
  • Currently serving members of the Board and Staff are not eligible for an award.

Selection Criteria

  • Awards should normally be for a contribution to general aviation in Canada.
  • The impact of the contribution should relate to improvements within aviation in areas such as safety, management, engineering, leadership, promotion etc.
  • The Award for Merit and Appreciation Award winners are selected by the Awards Committee from submitted nominations. The Awards Committee is informed of the nominations for the Presidents’ Award and Literary Award.
  • In the case of the President’s Award, the nomination of a recipient will be made by the President and CEO.
  • The Editor’s Award nomination will be made by the COPA Flight Editor and Publisher.

Make a Nomination

Complete the nomination form below to nominate a person or business for an award or download the PDF.

Volunteer Award Nomination Form

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  • Nominee Information

    (Individual / group nominated for the award)