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Women in Aviation Conference in Montreal

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Women interested in all aspects of aviation should mark their calendars for two important dates this year. The Canadian Women in Aviation (CWIA) Biennial Conference will be held at Montreal, Quebec, June 15 to 18,which is organized by the Canadian-based Women in Aviation, International (WAI) chapters, as well as independent groups. Ahead of that conference is the WAI Conference in Reno, Nevada, later this month.

The Montreal conference is a multidisciplinary forum featuring speakers from various fields of expertise: Women; civilian and military as well as business representatives, students and professionals from Canada and abroad will present on a common theme: women within aviation including armed conflict.  Aviation historical, sociological, cultural perspectives will be presented through concurrent information sessions. Other scheduled activities include a welcome reception, trade show, guided tour of aviation establishments, and a banquet.

The WAI Conference is being held at Reno, Nevada, February 24 to 26. With the theme “Inspire, Enthuse, Innovate,” the WAI Conference will include seminars, workshops, networking events, speakers, and a commercial exhibit area. The conference concludes Saturday evening, February 26, with WAI’s annual banquet where more than $500,000 in scholarships are awarded. The 2011 group of pioneers will be inducted into WAI’s Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Lieutenant Colonel Maryse Carmichael, Snowbirds commander; John and Martha King, co-owners of King Schools Inc.; Rod Machado, CFI, author and aviation humorist; Maria Sastre, COO of Signature Flight Support; Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. chief of Naval Operations; and Mark Van Tine, president/CEO of Jeppesen. 

“Our keynote speakers cover the broad range of interests our members have,” said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “From those members with military careers to corporate pilots, mechanics, technicians, behind-the-scenes managers, dispatchers, caterers, flight instructors, and those who fly or participate in aviation in their own way just for fun, our speakers present a variety of viewpoints and expertise.”

In the Exhibit Hall, attendees will find more than 110 exhibitors ready to serve them with fascinating products tailored to women interested in aviation or participating in aviation and aerospace careers, and of course, our jobs fair. Women in Aviation, International, also runs a virtual job fair the entire month of February through Aeroindustryjobs.com. Participation is free for WAI members and corporate members alike. 

Finally, conference participants may attend more than 50 different Education Sessions and Professional Development Seminars on February 25 and 26, all included in their conference registration. Education Sessions are listed at www.WAI.org/11conference/2011_conf_edsessions.cfm. These sessions are geared for students, professionals, and those who just love aviation for the fun of it.

Secure online registration is available at www.WAI.org/11conference. Discounted registration is available for military personnel and full-time students.
Women in Aviation, International, is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities for women and men who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. For more information, contact WAI at 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, Ohio 45381, or by phone 937-839-4647, fax 937-839-4645, or website www.WAI.org.

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