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Northern Lights seeking inspiring women who shine

Jan. 23, 2013, Toronto - Do you know an awesome woman in aviation or aerospace? With a mission to recognize excellence and inspire more women to enter the aviation and aerospace industries in Canada, the Northern Lights Award Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 5th annual Awards.


January 23, 2013
By Carey Fredericks

Each year, the national not-for-profit Foundation recognizes the outstanding achievements of Canadian women in aviation and aerospace.

The Foundation’s award program, the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights (EMNL) Awards, 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.   

Due to the overwhelming success of the award program in its first four years, the Foundation has added two new award categories for 2013 and will now honour women in six separate categories: Flight Operations/Maintenance, Business, Government, Education, Pioneer, and Rising Star. Honourees will be presented with their awards at the 2013 Gala Ceremony and Dinner in September.

Past winners of the prestigious award include Heather Sifton, former president and CEO of the Buttonville Municipal Airport; Kathy Fox, appointed member of the Transportation Safety Board; aviation trailblazer and social activist Roberta Taylor; missionary pilot Regina Jordan, Ministry of Natural Resources helicopter pilot Mary Ellen Pauli, Nicole Saulnier, owner and operator of Georgian Bay Airways, and Bombardier flight test engineer Erika Kangas.  

To nominate an outstanding woman in one of the six award categories, or for more information about the Foundation and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.northernlightsaward.ca. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2013.