The Air Cadet League of Canada enjoys the patronage of a number of partners in the aviation and aerospace community – corporations and professional organizations and associations. A number of these partners support our awards program. Below is an alphabetical listing of our league-industry partners.
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) is a member-driven, not-for-profit, national organization that promotes and facilitates Canadian competitiveness in the global aerospace industry. For over fifty years, the AIAC has worked with its members to develop what is today the fifth-largest national aerospace industry in the world. By collaborating with industry and with government to develop products, services, programs and policies that enhance Canadian aerospace companies, AIAC helps the industry to invest, innovate, and develop best-in-class capabilities in the civil, defence and space sectors. AIAC provides aerospace experience and exposure for cadets by providing access to its AGM and will assist the League in developing a national data base of tours and speakers for squadron use.
Air Canada Pilots Association
The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) represents the largest group of professional airline pilots in Canada. With some 3,300 members who fly passengers and cargo around the world on Air Canada and Air Canada rouge, ACPA serves a diverse and engaged membership. ACPA strives to be a leader in advancing their profession and aviation safety. They provide advocacy and representation for their members with a wide range of stakeholders. Since in 2009, ACPA has provided two annual Continuation Flying Awards.
Air Line Pilots Association
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) represents and advocates for more than 53,000 pilots at 31 U.S. and Canadian airlines, making it the world’s largest airline pilot union. Through unbiased, fact-based evaluation of airline safety and security issues, ALPA works to ensure that the airline industry remains safe. ALPA provides three critical services to its members: airline safety, security, and pilot assistance; representation; and advocacy. Founded in 1931, the Association is chartered by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Canadian Labour Congress. Each year ALPA provides four Continuation Flying Awards.
Air Transat is Canada’s leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 30 countries aboard its fleet of Boeing narrow-body and Airbus wide-body jets. The company employs more than 2,500 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries that distributes products in over 50 countries. Air Transat and the Air Cadet League have been in partnership since 2012; in 2016, Air Transat was a sponsor of the annual meeting of the International Air Cadet Exchange Association.
Air Transport Association of Canada
The Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), founded in 1934, serves as Canada’s national trade association for the commercial aviation and flight training industries as well as aviation industry suppliers. ATAC has been actively involved with the Familiarization Flying Program through partnerships with its member flying schools and provides an annual Continuation Flying Award. ATAC also provides career awareness materials and safety related educational materials for distribution to squadrons. ATAC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Air Cadet League of Canada that ensures that industry partners will engage with the youth of Canada and keep them interested in aviation.
Air Traffic Specialists Association of Canada
The Air Traffic Specialists Association of Canada (ATSAC) is the union local that represents approximately 700 flight service specialists who work at 56 airport advisory stations, eight flight information centres, one international flight service station and various regional and national head offices throughout Canada. Flight service stations provide local weather information and airport advisory services; while the country’s flight information centres deliver flight planning, in-depth interpretive weather information and en route advisories to aircraft operating in Canadian airspace. ATSAC provides an annual Pilot Training Achievement Award.
CAE Inc. is a global leader in providing comprehensive training solutions based on world-leading simulation technology and integrated training services. CAE Inc. was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Canada. CAE Inc. has the broadest training services network in the world and offers civil aviation, military and helicopter training services in 67 locations worldwide and trains more than 120,000 civil and military crewmembers annually. In addition to providing four Continuation Flying Awards annually, CAE Inc. generously supports the Quebec and Ottawa Valley’s Annual Aviation Day and provides simulator opportunities for cadets at their Montreal training centre. CAE also provides career awareness and educational materials for distribution to squadrons.
Canadian Airports Council
The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), formed in 1992, is the voice for Canada’s airports and its 48 members represent more than 100 Canadian airports, including all of the National Airports System (NAS) airports and most passenger service airports in every province and territory. The CAC has established itself as the reliable and credible federal representative for airports on a wide range of significant issues and concerns. The CAC provides two annual scholarships for cadets completing the Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Airport Operations; top academic performance and most improved cadet.
Canadian Business Aviation Association
The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) is a non-profit association formed in 1961 as Canada’s voice for business aviation. Since its inception, CBAA has assumed an increasing leadership role in its advocacy for Canadian business aviation interests. With a membership of approximately 400 companies and organizations, including operators, management companies and suppliers, CBAA represents the entire business aviation community with a unified and collective voice. In addition to providing an annual Continuation Flying Award, the CBAA provides career awareness and educational materials for distribution to the squadrons as well as opportunities for cadets to attend CBAA training seminars and events.
Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace
The Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA) is dedicated to ensuring the Canadian aviation and aerospace industry has enough workers with the right skills to meet industry needs. The CCAA has developed detailed standards for aviation and aerospace occupations that provide nation-wide recognition of competencies and capabilities, and also serve as the basis for certification in specific trades. The CCAA provides career awareness and educational materials to squadrons, as well as opportunities for selected cadets to attend CCAA events. The CCAA provides its Aviation Maintenance Orientation Program core-curricula and the Interactive Multimedia Learning Tool for adapted use in both compulsory and optional cadet training. They also maintain an active “Youth Space” on their web site www.avaerocouncil.ca. The CCAA provides an annual scholarship for highest academic proficiency in the Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Aircraft Maintenance.
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) is a member-driven, not-for-profit national association whose mission it is to protect personal aviation and promote it as a valued, integral and sustainable part of the Canadian community. As partners since 2011, COPA provides a number of benefits and incentives not only for currently enrolled cadets but also for graduates of the programme. These include complementary subscriptions to COPA Flight newspaper, access for selected cadets to its AGM and COPA Flight meetings and the provision of guest speakers and safety information for squadrons.
College of Professional Pilots of Canada (CPPC)
The College of Professional Pilots of Canada (CPPC) was established in 2013 as a self-governing body to unify pilots across all segments of the industry. Safety, ethical conduct, continuous improvement and stewardship are the fundamental pillars of professional pilots and of the CPPC. The CPPC gives professional pilots a stronger, more influential voice at the tables of government committees and a seat at the table of committees that shape the industry. Through peer review, transparency, member support and democratic process, the CPPC serves to oversee, maintain and promote the calibre of professional pilots in Canada. As part of its stewardship of the profession, the CPPC promotes the training of professional pilots by contributing to an annual Continuation Flying Award to a deserving cadet.
Hamilton Watches, a division of the Swatch Group, the largest watch manufacturer and distributor in the world, was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. Their watches have been timing the skies since 1919, when the pioneering pilots of the era put their trust in the precision of its watches and navigation instruments. In addition to keeping the first American airmail service on track, Hamilton became the official watch of TWA, Eastern, United and Northwest Airlines, in the 1930s. In Canada, Hamilton is proud to support the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and worked with the crew to design an exclusive Hamilton Khaki Aviation only distributed to the Snowbirds members. Hamilton is also the Timekeeping Sponsor of some of the most prestigious Canadian aviation organizations such as COPA (Canadian Owners and Pilots Association), ATAC (Air Transport Association of Canada), the Webster Trophy Competition, the David Charles Abramson Memorial as well as the Air Cadet League of Canada. Hamilton Watches provides two pilot watches that are awarded annually to the top Power Pilot Scholarship cadet and the top Glider Pilot Scholarship cadet.
Jazz Aviation LP
Jazz Aviation LP is one of the largest regional airlines in the world, serving over 70 destinations in Canada and the United States, and providing customers with seamless connections to the worldwide networks of Air Canada and the Star Alliance under the brand name Air Canada Express. With the most flights to the most communities in Canada, Jazz is the airline that brings together family, friends and business. Jazz also offers private charters throughout North America to clients who enjoy travelling on their own schedule. Jazz provides an annual Continuation Flying Training Award. Jazz also facilitates the provision of guest speakers as a means to educate and enhance awareness of career opportunities for cadets and Air Cadet League members; provides career awareness materials and educational materials to the Air Cadet League for distribution to squadrons; and encourages its employees to support their local Air Cadet squadrons through the provision of appropriate human, financial and physical resources. As of 2017, Jazz offers two scholarships to Air Cadets who are interested in pursuing a career as a commercial pilot:
- The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism. Awarded to a full-time student accepted and enrolled in a Jazz APP-affiliated aviation program for outstanding contributions to safety, leadership and professionalism. The Award consists of a $3000 scholarship to one of the Jazz App programs.
- The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism and Diversity. Awarded to a full-time student accepted and enrolled in a Jazz APP-affiliated aviation program who has self-identified as Aboriginal, a person with a disability, a visible minority, or female; for outstanding contributions to safety, leadership and professionalism. The Award consists of a $3000 scholarship to one of the Jazz APP programs.
Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
Long & McQuade is the largest chain of musical instrument retailers in Canada, with over 70 locations from British Columbia to Newfoundland. They offer sales, rental and service of new and used instruments and professional audio products. They are also the leading seller of print music in Canada and offer music lessons at many of their retail locations. Long & McQuade are dedicated supporters of music therapy programs at children’s hospitals across the country and a number of other music-related charities. Since 2015, Long & McQuade has supported the Air Cadet League Music Awards for Excellence. Two awards are presented annually; one to an outstanding Air Cadet Pipe Band Musician and one to an outstanding Air Cadet Military Band Musician.
National Airlines Council of Canada
The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) is the trade association representing Canada’s largest national and international passenger air carriers: Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation LP and WestJet. They promote safe, environmentally responsible and competitive air travel through the development of policies, regulations and legislation that foster a world-class transportation system. Collectively, their member airlines carry over 50 million passengers annually, directly employ 46,000 people and create over 260,000 jobs. The NACC provides an annual scholarship for the most improved cadet in the Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Aircraft Maintenance.
NAV Canada is Canada’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) managing 12 million aircraft movements a year for 40,000 customers in over 18 million square kilometres – the world’s second-largest ANSP by traffic volume – with airspace that stretches from the Pacific West coast to the East coast of Newfoundland and out to the centre of the North Atlantic. They are the world’s first fully privatized civil air navigation service provider, created in 1996 through the combined efforts of commercial air carriers, general aviation, the Government of Canada, as well as their employees and their unions. NAV’s mission is to be a world leader in the provision of safe, efficient and cost effective air navigation services on a sustainable basis. By improving flight efficiency, they also help to reduce the impact of aviation activity on the environment. In addition to two annual scholarships for the Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Airport Operations, NAV Canada also provides tours of its facilities, provision of guest speakers and career awareness and educational materials for distribution to cadet squadrons.
Rockwell Collins Canada
Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the design, production and support of innovative solutions for their customers in aerospace and defense. Their expertise in flight-deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation and training is strengthened by their global service and support network spanning 150 countries. Rockwell Collins is committed to Canadian aerospace and defence as demonstrated by their ongoing investment in Canada for the development, production and support of advanced avionics and communications systems. Rockwell Collins Canada is headquartered in Ottawa. Rockwell Collins has been a supporter of the Air Cadet League of Canada since 2012 providing 16 cadets each year with Pilot Training Achievement Awards.
Since their first flight in 1996, WestJet has sought to provide safe, friendly and affordable air travel. They pride themselves on customer satisfaction and for a number of years WestJet has been named in the top ten of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures. Today, a company of more than 9,700 WestJetters fly to over 88 destinations across Canada and around the world in one of the youngest fleets of Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft. WestJet is the travel sponsor for the annual Air Cadet League of Canada Effective Speaking Competition. Every year WestJet provides flights for one cadet and one parent or escort per Provincial Committee to the League’s National Effective Speaking Competition.
WestJet Pilots’ Association
The WestJet Pilots’ Association (WJPA) is the recognized representation for WestJet pilots committed to enhance and enrich the lives and professional interests of their pilots through open and honest communication with the leadership team. WestJet pilots are a unified group of leaders committed to safety, productivity and professionalism that drives their culture and success. The WJPA provides an annual Continuation Flying Award.