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Time to honour top women in aviation

Dec. 5, 2011, Toronto - With a mission to recognize excellence and inspire more women to enter the aviation and aerospace industries in Canada, the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights (EMNL) Award is now accepting nominations for its 4th annual Awards.

December 5, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

Named after Elsie MacGill, the world’s first female aircraft designer, the Awards will honour outstanding women in aviation and aerospace who have demonstrated determination, perseverance, leadership and courage throughout their careers.

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.

2012 marks a milestone for the EMNL Award. Due to the overwhelming success of the award in its first three years, the EMNL Award has expanded and will now honour women in four separate categories and awards: Flight Operations/Maintenance, Business, Government, and Rising Star. Honorees will be presented with their awards at the 2012 Gala Ceremony and Dinner in September, 2012.

Past winners of this prestigious award include Heather Sifton, former president and CEO of the Buttonville Municipal Airport; Kathy Fox, retired VP Operations for Nav Canada and currently an appointed member of the Transportation Safety Board; and Roberta Taylor, an aviation trailblazer and social activist who now teaches at the University of Victoria.


For more information about the award, sponsorship opportunities, and to nominate a woman in aviation and aerospace for the Award, please visit The nomination deadline is March 31, 2012.


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