2018, Volume 3, Issue 3 - Winter 2018

Manitoba Aerospace honours industry excellence

On November 22, Manitoba Aerospace held its 17th annual Aerospace All-Stars Awards of Excellence in Winnipeg. The event recognizes partners or individuals involved in or with the aerospace and defence industry, who have demonstrated excellence in a variety of areas, from leadership to business growth. Award winners are nominated by their industry peers.

Four recipients were recognized this year for their outstanding achievements:

Innovation Category

Presented to the Canadian Composites Manufacturing Research and Development Team – Knife Edged Fairing Composite Technology Demonstrator.

Team members include: Boeing Canada – Winnipeg, Convergent Technologies, Magellan Aerospace, ASCO, PCM, AVCORP, National Research Council, Red River College, Composites Research Network – University of British Columbia, and the Composites Innovation Centre.

Education & Training Category

Presented to Greg Link with the Technical Vocational High School (also known as Tec Voc).

Industry & Government Collaboration Category

Presented to Jim Prendergast of the National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program.

Builder Category

Presented to Kim Westenskow, managing director with Boeing Canada Operations Ltd.

“The annual All-Stars Dinner is an ideal forum for recognizing excellence in our aerospace community,” says Manitoba Aerospace Chair Ron Drepaul. “The dinner is also a major fundraiser for the Manitoba Aerospace Student Endowment Fund. Through the generous support of individuals, companies, and organizations over the years past, this fund has raised over $305,000, and has helped 107 deserving students.

“Ultimately, this endowment fund is a win-win situation — larger numbers of students will be able to benefit from specialized schooling, and the number of high-quality young people in the aerospace and defence industry will also increase. All of this together will only serve to strengthen our industry.”

Manitoba’s state-of-the-art aerospace and defence industry is the largest in Western Canada, and is the third largest aerospace hub in the country, producing and selling more than $2.1 billion dollars of products and services annually. Aerospace is one of the province’s premier sectors, directly employing more than 5,000 highly skilled Manitobans.

About Manitoba Aerospace

Manitoba Aerospace is a not-for-profit sector association that works to connect the local aerospace industry to national and international markets, and also aims to develop a world-class workforce to meet industry’s needs through partnerships with Manitoba educational institutions and other key stakeholders.