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Nominations now open for NLAF awards

The Northern Lights Aero Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 8th Annual Awards Program. Each year, the national not-for-profit foundation honours outstanding Canadian women who have made a significant contribution to aviation or aerospace, and who continue to lay the groundwork for other women to enter or excel in these industries.

January 27, 2017  By Northern Lights Aero Foundation

The not-for-profit’s award program, the Northern Lights Aero Foundation’s Elsie MacGill Awards – The Elsie, is named after aviation pioneer and human rights advocate Elsie Gregory MacGill, the world’s first female aircraft designer. MacGill graduated from the University of Toronto’s electrical engineering program in 1927 and later became pivotal in the design and production of the Hawker Hurricane in Canada during the Second World War. During her career, MacGill was appointed to the Canadian Royal Commission on the Status of Women, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The foundation is always working on new initiatives and 2017 brings the introduction of our new brand, new Northern Lights Aero Foundation logo and our new website We also recognize Porter Airlines as our top sponsor in 2017.

The 2017 winners will be selected by a judging panel comprised of industry experts and veterans, and will be honoured at the Elsie Awards Gala in the Toronto area on Saturday, September 30, at the Toscana Conference Centre.

To nominate an outstanding woman, or for more information about the Northern Lights Aero Foundation and sponsorship opportunities, visit:


Nominations submission deadline is March 31, 2017.


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