On International Women’s Day, Air Canada and CAE have announced the eight winners of the 2024 Captain Judy Cameron Scholarships. The two Montreal-based global aviation companies have again joined forces, to award scholarships to eight women from across Canada who are pursuing careers as commercial pilots or aircraft maintenance engineers. The four CAE recipients training to become commercial pilots will become CAE Women in Flight program ambassadors and play a key role in encouraging more women to pursue careers in aviation.

The Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship, now in its fifth year, was established in honour of Air Canada’s first female pilot. Scholarships are awarded annually by Air Canada and CAE in conjunction with the Northern Lights Aero Foundation, to foster the next generation of women in aviation.

“ Initiatives like CAE’s Women in Flight Program and the Captain Judy Cameron Scholarships are critical to attracting and supporting more women in making their dream of a career in aviation a reality,” said Marie-Christine Cloutier, CAE’s Vice President, Civil Aviation Performance, Strategy and Marketing. “CAE’s Aviation Talent Forecast anticipates a global need for more than 1.3 million new aviation professionals by 2032, and attracting underrepresented groups, like women, will help keep the industry aloft and allow it to thrive.”

"I'm incredibly excited that the Northern Lights Aero Foundation received a record number of applications for the Captain Judy Cameron scholarships this year. Kudos to Air Canada for initiating and building momentum for the program over the past five years, and to CAE for joining the effort in 2022 to encourage more women in their aviation careers," said Judy Cameron, Boeing 777 Captain at Air Canada (retired) and Director of the Northern Lights Aero Foundation. "Past recipients have become flight instructors, maintenance engineers, and commercial pilots across Canada. This year's recipients will inspire and support other women in their aviation journeys. Congratulations to the eight recipients and to Air Canada and CAE for generously funding the scholarships."

Air Canada award recipients:

  • Harnoor Bagarhy - Brampton, Ontario
  • Harman Bagarhy - Brampton, Ontario
  • Emily Contos - Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Chanelle Wilson - Coldstream, British Columbia

CAE Women in Flight Ambassadors:

  • Ashley Gellatly - Cargill, Ontario
  • Nyssa Hansen - Delta, British Columbia
  • Chloe Muhl - Grimsby, Ontario
  • Trisha Virdee - Innisfil, Ontario

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