October 27, 2022
Northern Lights Elsie MacGill Awards Gala
— By Gus and Clara Corujo
The 13th annual Elsie MacGill Award Gala was held at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel on Saturday, October 22, 2022. The Elsie MacGill Awards program was established in 2009 by the Northern Lights Aero Foundation.
Named after aviation pioneer and human rights advocate Elsie Gregory MacGill, the awards program recognizes eight women across seven categories, including: Business, education, engineering, flight operations, government, trailblazer and two rising stars.
The Northern Lights Aero Foundation goal is to bring more recognition to women doing incredible work in aviation and aerospace in Canada. Below are this year’s Elsie Recipients:
Business Award – Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Air Canada Executive Vice President
Education Award – Stéphanie Angrand, instructor, Canadian Forces leadership school
Engineering Award – Damineh Akhavan, CEO of Global Women in STEM
Flight Operations Award – Kim Winsor, Air Canada training Captain
Government Award – Gisele Garceau, professional engineer and commercial pilot
Trailblazer Award – Marlene Shillingford, Chief Warrant Officer, 2 Canadian Air Division
Rising Star Award – Donya Naz Divsalar, CEO Caidin Biotechnologies
Rising Star Award – Zainab Azim,future astronaut Virgin Atlantic
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