The world of aviation is limitless. It’s welcoming, exciting, empowering, and ever-changing. Here – you find your passion.
From travel opportunities, to meeting new people, financial security, and company and lifestyle benefits, there are a boundless reasons to join the industry and millions of jobs that support it.
Aviation means being part of a diverse team, with varying roles requiring unique skill sets and providing differing opportunities. And with every major city in the world having an airport, it’s simply about finding the right role for you.
Elevate Aviation and its partners are proud to provide a platform for women to not only succeed in aviation, but thrive. Whichever path you choose, whether it’s soaring the skies as a pilot, meticulously circumventing delays as an air traffic controller, or making sure every plane is in tip-top shape as an airline mechanic, we’re here to support you.
There are a plethora of careers within the aviation industry, all of which are occupied by both males and females. Remember, for every plane in the air, there are hundreds of people working behind the scenes to keep things on track, from high-level business operations all the way down to technical care. Opportunity simply awaits.
NAV CANADA is a proud partner of Elevate Aviation and an integral piece of its goal to provide more women with the information and resources needed to consider and obtain a career in the aviation industry.
NAV CANADA owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation service (ANS). They manage 18 million square kilometres of Canadian and oceanic airspace. With 40,000 customers and 3.3 million flights a year, they are the world’s second-largest air navigation service by traffic volume.
Kendra Kincade, Founder and Chair of Elevate Aviation and longtime air traffic controller for NAV CANADA, set out to open horizons when she began recognizing the disproportionate female presence across the industry. Kendra is passionate about providing opportunities for women of all ages to attain knowledge and training in all its related professions. NAV CANADA has shown Kendra unparalleled support in her journey and recently made her the winner of the NAV CANADA Chairman’s Award.
Leave Ordinary Behind
Do you want to join a team that keeps aircraft moving safely and efficiently through Canadian Airspace?
A career in air traffic services puts you on the front line keeping aircraft moving safely and efficiently. These are challenging and rewarding careers, where no two days on the job are the same. There are two main professions in the field of air traffic services – Air Traffic Controller and Flight Service Specialist – each with their own specializations and a key role in one of the world’s safest air navigation services.
Founded in 1932, at Lexington field in North Waterloo, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) is deeply rooted in the Waterloo region. With its beginnings as a flying club, WWFC has continued to grow over the years, including being the driving force behind the development of the Waterloo Airport in its current location in 1950. WWFC managed the airport for over 20 years. Today WWFC is proud to offer a state of the art facility, is partnered with two prestigious post-secondary institutions – offering industry recognized training to individuals seeking a career in aviation and still strongly supports the general aviator. Waterloo Wellington is a not-for-profit corporation and is governed by an eight member volunteer board of directors who oversee the long term development and operation of WWFC and its programs.
Shawna Atkinson's Success Story
Shawna Atkinson says, life begins where your comfort zone ends. She’s a Flight Instructor and Team Lead at Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. Although she dreamed of aviation since she was a child, she entered the industry as a second career.
“I cannot remember a time when I didn’t love flying,” said Atkinson. “As far back as I can remember, I had a reoccurring dream. I would be soaring through the clouds - around an airport, over fields, cities, and water. Once I started my flight training, in the fall of 2013, the dreams stopped. I haven’t had one since.”
Her dream had become reality.
Growing up in a small town, in Saskatchewan, there wasn’t an airport or post secondary education available. “My parents were quite conservative with their views of male and female careers. A career in aviation never even entered my mind. A pilot? That would have been foolish to even entertain the idea,” she recalls.
Her daughters bought her an introductory flight for her birthday. “Up until then, I didn’t realize they were aware that I always had this hidden passion to fly. During that flight, all I could think about was getting this job.”
She says the moment that propelled her to go after her dream happened in 2014. Her brother-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer. “We spent a lot of time together and became very close. I developed a different perspective on life. He helped me to recognize that life is too short to be afraid to make a change and pursue your passion.”
It was hard work. “Every time I was confronted with having to write an exam I would be in tears for the week.” She says her self-doubt would take over, but the flying kept her going. “The academics part was tough. I had been out of school for a couple of decades. I had to learn how to learn all over again.” Having no classmates at the same phase of training, she remembers feeling isolated from other students.
When asked why she chose flight instruction as her path, she says, “reflecting on my previous careers, the most rewarding moments were always developing the skills of others, helping them attain their goals and celebrating their successes. Being a Flight Instructor allows me to do all of this and do what I love…. soar.”
She says the moments that reiterate that this is her calling include; seeing a student’s face after their first solo flight, congratulating a student when they achieve a licence or rating, and standing in front of a classroom of students; knowing I can positively influence their learning.
“I literally drive to work everyday with a smile on my face.”
Ever since Volvo of Edmonton first opened its doors, they have worked with passion, pride, and dedication to offer their clients great service as well as the very best products to maintain their Volvo’s pristine condition. If you’re a Volvo owner in Edmonton or elsewhere in Alberta, you can trust Volvo of Edmonton for your vehicle’s maintenance as well as for all of your genuine Volvo parts and accessory needs. At Volvo of Edmonton, you are the priority.
Volvo of Edmonton has been a proud supporter of Elevate Aviation since 2017, working together at the Edmonton Airshow, K-Days parade, Elevate Aviation golf tournament and as the Diamond Sponsor at the Elevate Aviation Inspire event.
InterVISTAS is a consulting company with extensive expertise in aviation, transportation, and tourism. They have completed work in over 75 countries, providing innovative solutions to over 500 clients globally. They aim to provide clients with results that achieve their short, medium-term goals towards their long-term vision. Their approach and strong track-record is credited by a team of experts, more than capable in providing clientele towards their next vision. This message is embodied in their name – VISTAS, which in many languages is defined as a view extending to the far horizon. In Italian, it connotes the ability to imagine the distant future. In Spanish, French and Portuguese, it means vision. To their team, it means seizing opportunities for clients that generating results, making progress towards their long-term vision.