CCAA E-Bulletins 2016

CCAA E-Bulletin August 26, 2016

Hold the Date – National Labour Market Strategy Day for Aviation & Aerospace

On Thursday, 17th November 2016, the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace will be hosting the first national Labour Market Strategy Day. The meeting will run from 8AM to 3PM in downtown Ottawa, Ontario.

Join us as government, industry leaders and educators in the aviation and aerospace industry meet to analyse the current skills and labour status of the industry, and develop a strategy for the short, medium and long term futures. The end of the day will see the formation of the first Canadian Aviation & Aerospace Labour Market Advisory Committee to represent the national aerospace community in matters related to labour market policy and human resource development priorities.

Sponsorship packages are available which provide options for your organization to be recognized as a leader and supporter of this important event. Sponsorship ensures we can provide quality content, and accelerate the policy development which is crucial to our workforce. To find out more or discuss specific opportunities please contact Bernadette Terry on (613) 501-5316.


Career Focus Program:  2016 – Wage Subsidy for New Hires

CCAA administers the Federal Government (ESDC) Youth Employment Strategies wage subsidy program for new hires in the Aviation & Aerospace industry. The program provides financial assistance for employers. The subsidy provides 50% of a “new hire’s” salary to a maximum contribution of $15,000 per employee. The current program ends March 31, 2017. Enrolment is quick and easy. A very limited number of spots remain in the program.  To learn more about eligibility, and complete information for participating companies, please contact, Ron Wheatley, Director of Finance.


Upcoming CCAA Workshops Fall 2016

Toronto, ON

  • Quality Systems Auditor (2-day workshop): September 26 – 27, 2016
  • Corrective Action Plans (1-day workshop): September 28, 2016

Pitt Meadows, BC

  • Quality Systems Auditor (2-day workshop): September 27 – 28, 2016
  • Corrective Action Plans (1-day workshop): September 29, 2016

Chilliwack, BC

  • Quality Assurance Manager (1-day workshop): October 4, 2016

Workshop Details Here, and to register, please go to our Workshop Registration Form. To download the complete CCAA catalogue, click here.

If you are interested in a workshop but cannot attend one of those listed here, or are interested in any of the other courses in our training catalogue, please contact Kethy Sosso-Kolle, Training & Skills Development Coordinator, directly at 613-727-8272 x 261, or by email: Kethy Sosso-Kolle.

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CCAA Increases Its International Presence – Teaching in Panama City

Panama City from the Air
Panama City from the Air

CCAA travelled to Panama in April to present Human Factors and Quality Assurance in Aviation Training to the staff of a Major National Airline. As arranged through the Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian Embassy in Panama, Florence Touré, Manager Skills Development Solutions, also met with several local Aviation companies who have just begun to develop their SMS ‎programs, opening further opportunities for CCAA to provide Skills Development support.

At the Panama Canal, CCAA Quality Assurance in Aviation Instructor, Bernie Wurster, and Florence Touré, CCAA Manager Skills Development Solutions, April 2016
At the Panama Canal, CCAA Quality Assurance in Aviation Instructor, Bernie Wurster, and Florence Touré, CCAA Manager Skills Development Solutions, April 2016

CCAA was also selected to provide on line Human Factors training for a leading MRO in Brazil (translated to Brazilian Portuguese) and for the well-known Zodiac Aerospace in France.

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Glenn Priestley; New Executive Director of the Northern Air Transport Association

Mr. Glenn Priestley, CCAA’s former Director of Certification, Skills Development, and Corporate Partnerships, has been appointed Executive Director to the Northern Air Transport Association, NATA, succeeding Stephen Nourse.
Mr. Glenn Priestley, Executive Director NATA
Glenn, a dynamic and passionate Director at CCAA, will be missed on a day-to-day basis, but remains available to CCAA and its members to support the transition of his very important work to his colleagues.
Kerry Graham and Sohini Familli will take over Corporate Engagement and Certification matters, while Skills Development Solutions becomes the domain of Florence Touré, Manager of Training Solutions.

Executive Director Robert Donald expressed his sincere appreciation of Glenn’s enormous contribution to CCAA, mentoring his colleagues and the next generation, and his unbounded enthusiasm for his work in aviation safety.  “Glenn was to us, very simply, a valued guide to the Canadian aviation industry and to the people, politics and issues in play.”
Click here for more on NATA’s new Executive Director.

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Philip Sims Joins CCAA as Director of Program Development

Mr. Philip Sims
CCAA welcomes Philip Sims to our executive as Director of Program Development. Drawing on experience gained throughout his management career with British Airways, the International Air Transport Association, (IATA), and most recently with the new European Air Cargo Program, Cargo iQ, and IATA’s e-Freight program, Mr. Sims looks forward to working with CCAA on its priorities, quality systems, strategies and standard setting initiatives over the coming years. More about our new Director of Program Development.

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Upcoming CCAA Quality Workshops in Canada

Florence Toure Manager Skills Development
May 25-26:
Advanced Quality Systems Auditor workshop in Dorval, QC

June 14:
Quality Assurance Manager workshop in Thunder Bay, ON

July 5-6:
Quality Systems Auditor workshop in Calgary, AB

To register for a workshop, or to discuss your own skills development needs, please contact Florence Touré, Manager, Skills Development Solutions, 613-727-8272 ext. 261

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Corporate Relations: What is a partnership?

Have you ever wondered why CCAA has partners not members?  Skills development is a process. This is why we strive to create lasting relationships with organizations that see the value in Standards and seek to improve employee competence.  We work with you to reduce your corporate liability by implementing systems which will improve efficiency and safety and which reduce quality escapes. We are passionate about the industry, and welcome the participation of industry members in the work that we do on behalf of aviation & aerospace in Canada. To find out more about corporate involvement in CCAA’s activities, click here.

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Executive Director of CCAA, Robert Donald, Speaks at ICAO Air Transport Symposium

Mr. Donald joined a distinguished panel of experts discussing “Aviation Specific Safeguards for Competition: issues in competition law and the role of ICAO.”

Mr. Robert Donald Speaks at ICAO Symposium:

The ICAO Panel on Aviation Specific Safeguards for Competition (from left to right), Capt. Martin Chalk, President, International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), Mr. Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General, Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), Ms. Silvia Gehrer, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority, Austria, [European Civil Aviation Conference, (ECAC)] and CCAA Executive Director, Robert Donald (missing from the picture Prof. Bijan Vasigh of Embry Riddle University) More


CCAA Corporate Engagement Activities

In the month of April, CCAA was fortunate enough to have some exposure at the MRO Americas Exposition in Dallas, thanks to Les Aalders, of ATAC and a member of the CCAA Board of Directors.  Later in April CCAA presented at ICAO’s Air Transport Symposium, and participated in the ICAO Fatigue Risk Management Symposium CCAA also attended the Helicopter Association of Canada’s Spring Reception in Montreal. In May, CCAA participated in the Airline Pilots’ Association of Canada conference in Ottawa, the MRO conference held in Montreal, organized by AeroMontreal and the Ontario Aerospace Council, as well as the National Airline Council of Canada’s Aviation Symposium in Ottawa.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
In addition, CCAA attended the NATA 40th AGM, Conference & Trade Show in Whitehorse. More

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, speaks at the Annual General Meeting of the National Airlines Council of Canada

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CCAA Registry of Quality System Auditors

At the request of the business aviation and air taxi industry; CCAA has developed a Registry for “operations-specific” certified Quality Systems Auditors.  For inquiries about qualification for the CCAA 604 Quality Systems Auditor designation and inclusion in the registry, please contact Kerry Graham Manager, Corporate Relations,  613-727-8272 ext. 237

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Customized Solutions to Develop Your Human Resources

CCAA continues to grow its “Customized Skills Development Solutions” program for Corporate Partners. Visit the CCAA website for details on our skills solutions here, or to find out how we can customize solutions to your needs, click here.

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Welcome New CCAA Corporate Partners!

CCAA continues to grow and serve the community.  We wish to welcome our new partners

Keewatin Air LP,

and Air Georgian Ltd.
Air Georgian

We look forward to working with all of our partners and thank those of you who have renewed your corporate partnerships. This support allows us to continue to support the unique needs of our industry.

Remember that corporate partners benefit from a 20% discount on in-class and online training.

For more information on corporate partnerships, please contact Kerry Graham Manager, Corporate Relations,  613-727-8272 ext. 237 or visit our website.

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Dangerous Goods Training in Canada

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Revision of Part 6 – Response from CCAA

In response to the proposed amendments to Part 6 of the Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, CCAA’s Robert Donald and Glenn Priestley shared their recommendations with the Chief, Safety Policy and International Engagement, Mr. Patrick Juneau.

CCAA has been working with Dangerous Goods policy and competency standards since the development of the CCAA Dangerous Goods Program Administrator Occupational Standard and Certification in 2013. This work was done with expert support of the Dangerous Goods Committee of the Air Transport Association of Canada, ATAC, and the Dangerous Goods Training Association, DGTA.

For the full text of CCAA’s recommendations to the Dangerous Goods Directorate, click here.

Labour Market Information:
Fast Facts on Canada’s Aviation & Aerospace Workforce

CCAA has completed the first phase of the labour market information project specifically designed to study and assess the workforce of the aviation and aerospace industry in Canada. This study allows for the first time, comprehensive reporting on the issues which impact decision-making for government policy, educational strategies, and career decisions of job candidates. Below is an extract on one important aspect of the workforce, educational attainment.

Educational Attainment

  • Only 5.2% of the Aviation and Aerospace Industry’s workforce did not complete high school, compared to 20.1% in the total Canadian workforce.
  • 22.6% of the industry’s workforce is composed of workers who only have attained a high school diploma, versus 25.6% for the total workforce.
  • Employees with post-secondary education make up 72.3% of the industry’s workforce versus only 54.3% in the Canadian workforce.
For more LMI insight, click here.

Helicopter Association of Canada – a Message from the President

Fred Jones, President and CEO of HAC, and member of CCAA Board of Directors
Mr. Fred Jones
Information Flow is Critical

Late last month, for two days, I attended the Transportation Safety Board's first-ever Safety Summit held in Ottawa. The theme of the event was Information Flow – getting the right information to the right people in a timely way. The TSB cited a number of recent accidents where the flow of information was broken, with disastrous results. The audience was composed of roughly 100 people (including three of HAC's members – namely VIH, Phoenix, and CHL), and a number of associations from all modes. 
The multi-modal conference (rail, marine, air, and pipeline) dealt with a number of sub-themes, including Emergency Response Planning; Flight Data Monitoring Programs;
the use of Cockpit Audio and Video Recordings; Media Relations; and Voluntary & Non-Punitive Reporting Programs, to name only a few.

The conference presenters were very engaging, and a number of them described the information-flow circumstances leading up to accidents of their own. Through the use of Breakout sessions, the conference was intended to encourage some dialogue among industry members of the same species, and to facilitate some cross-pollination between modes. All-in-all, the conference was a success, and we know that the TSB is counting on the Association representatives in attendance to circulate the lessons-learned to all of their members, in the hope that everyone will benefit from the some of the tricks-and-tips being employed by the different modes. 

A formal summary of the proceedings will be made available to all participants in about 30 days, and the results will be circulated through the HAC Newsletter to all interested members and Associates. For more information about the Helicopter Association of Canada, please contact Barbara Priestley, Member Services. For more information on the Transportation Safety Board Summit 2016, please click here.

Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, News

Guillaume Côté named Vice President, Technology and Innovation for AIAC
On May 9, 2016 Jim Quick, President & CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) announced that Guillaume Côté has been appointed as AIAC’s Vice President, Technology and Innovation. As part of an AIAC partnership with the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), he will also act as CARIC’s National Director.

Mr. Côté will manage the association’s innovation policy files including AIAC’s Innovation and Technology Committee, ensuring that industry speaks with a strong and clear voice on technology-related issues, particularly in the context of the government’s Innovation Agenda. He will also support the strategic development of CARIC’s national network in order to ensure that collaborative research projects leverage every region’s strength.

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CCAA Board Meeting in Winnipeg

The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace’s next  Board of Directors meeting will be taking place in Winnipeg on Thursday June 16th.

CBAA to Host Golf Tournament for Hope Air July 5, 2016 - Calgary

This annual tournament will take place at the start of the Canadian Business Aviation Association’s Annual Convention, July 5-7, in Calgary. Support a great cause on Tuesday, July 5th, at the beautiful Inglewood Golf and Curling Club in Calgary. Fees include return transportation from convention hotel, continental breakfast and BBQ Lunch. Click here to register.

Upcoming Industry Events

Tue May 24, 2016 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
CANSEC | Canada’s Global Defence & Security Trade Show
Wed May 25, 2016
IATA Annual General Meeting
Wed Jun 01, 2016 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm

For a complete list of upcoming industry events, click here.


Continued from Glenn Priestley...
Mr. Donald continued, “CCAA, and the industry as a whole, has gained immeasurably from his definitive work at CCAA. His passion for worker safety and the programs he developed as industry resources range from quality management for CEO’s to comprehensive training of ramp and airside workers out there doing the everyday work in every conceivable environment. We’ll miss him, and wish him great success in his new responsibilities.”
And, from the NATA announcement of Glenn’s appointment as NATA’s Executive Director.   “A number of you may already be familiar with Glenn, as he has had a long career in Canadian Aviation. His career began as a commercial pilot and, along the way, he has worked at Transport Canada as an inspector, at the Canadian Owner's and Pilot's Association, the Air Transport Association of Canada, and the Canadian Business Aviation Association.  More recently, since 2009, Glenn has been with the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace as Director of Corporate Partnership, Accreditation, & Certification. He has a passion for the industry that we look forward to being applied at NATA in support of our efforts to create safe and efficient operating environment for Northern and remote air earners.”

Continued from Philip Sims...
Mr. Sims has worked with CCAA in the past, providing valuable insight and analysis on CCAA’s position and activities within the sector to support strategic decision-making by the executive. He provided fresh options on strengthening our relationships with partners, proposals to grow existing business, and how to develop new markets. CCAA is pleased that Mr. Sims has agreed to join the team and looks forward to planning our strategic path with the benefit of his experience and insights.

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Importance of Corporate Support for Industry Skills Standards
What we do with industry
CCAA works with its’ Corporate Partners to implement a company specific skills development program, which includes:

  • Implementing applicable Competency Standards for various occupations (trades) based on the 29 CCAA developed Occupational Standards with associated Logbooks developed for the aviation and aerospace industry.
  • Training and certifying company appointed Evaluators to oversee employee skills development.
  • Providing skilled workers with professional certification.
  • Providing specific skills development in the area of Quality Assurance, Safety Management Systems, Human Factors and Management Best Practices.  Courses can be delivered in company or some may also be accessed on-line. 
  • Direct Corporate Benefits of CCAA Skills Development System
  • CCAA provides companies with evidence of workers and management competencies, especially useful for third party audits, insurance investigations, and contract applications.
  • Transport Canada Advisory Circular (AC) 573-003 lists CCAA standards that are recognized by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) for technical personnel working in Approved Maintenance Organizations (AMOs).
  • Increases Company’s professional profile as safety, security and environmental concerns are addressed in all skills certification, leading to increased worker efficiencies, and overall increased company productivity. Decreases liability when solutions are implemented. 

Continued from Robert Donald Speaks at ICAO...
Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace is proud to have been represented by Executive Director Robert Donald on an ICAO panel moderated by Professor Brian Havel of DePaul University’s International Aviation Law Institute. The debate focussed on the necessity, practicability, and the form of competition safeguards.

Topics included:

  • Competition safeguards are in whose interest?
  • Difference between competition law (process and procedures to modulate effects on consumers) and policy (bilateral rules to protect the competitor).
  • ension between rules and policy.
  • Role of ICAO – not a new competition regime, but facilitate harmonization, promote liberalization and model provisions for bilateral agreements
Participants in the symposium included representatives from the US Department of Transport, the World Bank, Embry-Riddle University, the Airports Council International, the International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden, Air France, Fedex, Quatar Airways, the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and many other leading aviation groups.

Note: In 2013, Whos Who Legal referred to CCAA’s Executive Director as “The brilliant Robert Donald [who] has extensive experience in international aviation, national, and international transactions.” In Whos Who Legal 2015, Mr. Donald is recognized as “One of Aviation’s most highly regarded individuals, “a famed regulatory lawyer with deep knowledge of aviation matters.”


Continued from CCAA at NATA AGM...
CCAA provided a special Risk Assessment Processes presentation to the Northern Air Transport Association, NATA at their 40th conference.  The fast-paced, 90-minute presentation focused on airport hazards such as runway condition, animal control as well as operational remote access risk management. This presentation was well received in Whitehorse, and is now available to all organizations.

In May CCAA connected via webinar to CASOP, in Vancouver and attended ATAC’s Spring Event in Ottawa.  These events provide us with opportunities to personally connect with the industry and ensure that we are meeting industry needs regarding competency with skilled labour.  Don’t be shy to find us and discuss how we can help your organization.  Would you like to meet us while we are nearby? Please contact Kerry Graham, Manager Corporate Relations for more information or to coordinate your corporate visit.

Continued from CCAA's Response to Revision on Dangerous Goods Regs Part 6...
Full text of the letter to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate follows; with CCAA response to the proposed amendments to the regulations in Part 6; those pertaining to training.

April 5, 2016

Mr. Patrick Juneau
Chief, Safety Policy and International Engagement
Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Dear Mr. Juneau,
The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) is pleased to submit the following comments pertaining to the recent request for views on potential amendments to TDGR Part 6. I recognize that you have participated in briefing sessions on the work CCAA has done and apologize to the extent what follows is redundant, but given the importance of the subject, thought it would be useful to provide an overview.
The CCAA is a not for profit, national standards organization, incorporated in 1993. With funding from ESDC CCAA has developed 29 occupational standards (competency profiles) a program for certification of competency in those 29 trades and occupations, 13 national curricula and an accreditation program for the Aviation and Aerospace industry. CCAA engages with industry, labour educators, industry associations and government in its work promoting skills development and addressing the demographic needs of the aviation and aerospace industry. We are proud to have partnerships with over 200 Canadian organizations including Transport Canada.
CCAA developed the first national program for Dangerous Goods Program Administrators (DGPA) at the request of, and with support from, the ATAC Dangerous Goods Committee. The program includes an industry validated national occupational standard (competency profile) as well as a certification program and a written exam. The development of the DGCA was funded largely by ESDC.
CCAA has extensive experience in developing National Standards, certification of competency, developing national curricula, and in the accreditation of standardized national training programs. 
Transport Canada Airworthiness Circular 573-003 is one example of where our Standards have been recognized by regulators. Our standards, certification, curricula and accreditation programs are also well respected by industry and educators. 
The CCAA DGPA was developed for transportation by air. It could form the basis for a program for all modes of transport. 

TDGR Part 6 Discussion Paper #1
Developing a framework for a modern TDG Training Regime
CCAA agrees with the premise of Discussion Paper #1. We note in particular the following extract from the discussion paper:
“TC is considering various options to ensure that all persons involved in the handling, offering for transport, transporting, or importing of dangerous goods are “adequately trained”. These options include: competency-based training and assessment; standardized curriculum and standardized tests; certification of individuals and accreditation of training institutions; as well as other options.”
As mentioned above, together with TDGR experts, CCAA has developed a training and certification program for TDGR professionals which includes the occupational standard (competency profile) for a DGPA as well as a written examination and certification process. We also have extensive experience with accrediting training institutions.
Attached are several documents which provide additional information on the CCAA DG PA and the exam process. Also attached is a presentation providing additional information on the DGPA as well as CCAA Standards, Certification and Accreditation programs.
TDGR Part 6 Discussion Paper #2
Competency-Based Training and Assessment
CCAA agrees with the goal of competency- based training and assessment (CBTA) for the transportation of dangerous goods. CBTA is the basis of all CCAA Occupational Standards and our Certification program.

We also agree with the stated intention to develop the competencies in conjunction with industry. As noted previously, many of the competencies have already been identified for the CCAA DGPA. 
With respect to the Potential Option identified in Discussion Paper #2, this is precisely what CCAA did to develop the competency profile for the DGPA. Specifically we worked with numerous partners including industry, national and regional partners, ESDC and the ATAC Dangerous Goods Committee to develop a competency framework and certification program. The competency framework is the basis for the 1 and 2 day training programs we developed but could equally form the basis of a full curriculum.
The exam was also developed by subject matter experts (DGR and educators) as part of the project funded by ESDC. The exam consists of a bank of questions, which are used for testing of individuals wishing to become certified. The bank of questions is larger than what is required for an examination, such that different questions can be used for subsequent exam sessions. Much of this material could be incorporated into the generalized test contemplated in the discussion paper, although the generalized test would require additional questions and would need to address modes of transport other than air.

TDGR Part 6 Discussion Paper #3
Standardized Tests
CCAA agrees that there is no currently recognized standardized curriculum (based on a national standard) and test which allows employers, via institutions, to uniformly and consistently test and certify their employees involved in the transport of dangerous goods. The CCAA DGPA is however a good foundation for such a program. As noted the DGPA is focused on transport by air. Also it is focused on the competency required by those responsible for management of a DG program, not necessarily the person actually shipping or handling the dangerous goods. There are obviously countless programs which address those requirements, although as noted in the discussion paper, there is a lack of standardized curricula and assessment. 

TDGR Part 6 - Discussion Paper #4
Certification and Accreditation
As noted above CCAA has extensive experience with certification and accreditation. We agree with the statement of the issue, and the background. CCAA agrees that accreditation of training organizations would be an important step to increasing safety. It is noted the discussion paper states that accreditation could potentially be administered by TC. CCAA agrees that TC is responsible for the administration and oversight of the program. However we would suggest that accreditation and audits could very well be handled by organizations endorsed by TC, under the oversight of TC. We agree that accreditation should be time limited.
With respect to certification, both options outlined have elements to commend them. On balance and subject to additional details, CCAA would view the first option as being more practical.
In summary, TDGR Part 6 Discussion papers highlight the weaknesses in the current provisions and set out a useful roadmap for revision. CCAA has done extensive work, which we believe aligns with the objectives set out in the discussion papers. We welcome an opportunity to assist TC in any way we can. I would welcome a face to face meeting at your convenience.


Robert Donald
Executive Director


Continued from LMI Fast Facts...

Educational Attainment in Aviation & Aerospace Workers
Educational Attainment % Share of Aerospace Industry % Share of Total Workforce
Less than high school education 5.2% 20.1%
High school education 22.6% 25.6%
Post-secondary education 72.3% 54.3%
Total 100% 100%
Taken from the 2016 CCAA Aviation & Aerospace Labour Market Information Report

A note about support for the CCAA LMI project: Economic Social Development Canada has funded the CCAA LMI Project, and many of our partners are very supportive of this initiative and have encouraged their membership to participate. Although the work is ongoing, we’d like to thank;

  • AIAC and AIAC Pacific – Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
  • ATAC – Air Transport Association of Canada
  • CBAA – Canadian Business Aviation Association
  • HAC – Helicopter Association of Canada
  • NATA – Northern Air Transport Association
  • MAHRC – Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Council
  • MAA - Manitoba Aerospace Council
  • OAC – Ontario Aerospace Council
  • And the many individuals from the Eastern Region, various organizations in Quebec, and elsewhere who took time make us feel welcome and to speak with us about this important workforce.
For more information on the study of Canada’s Labour Market in Aviation & Aerospace, to participate, or to obtain a copy of the report, please contact CCAA’s Senior Project Manager, Theresa Davis-Woodhouse, 613 727 8272 ext 247.


AIAC News continued...

Mr. Côté’s appointment is part of a partnership between AIAC and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), where he served as Deputy Director in the Aerospace, Marine and Defence Branch. The Interchange Canada program allows public servants to take on assignments outside of government as a way to support increased collaboration between government and key stakeholders such as the aerospace industry.
Mr. Côté has held several roles in the federal government as a senior advisor in industrial, technology and innovation policy, and has a background in innovation and industrial policy research. As a researcher, his examination of the role of industrial policy in the making of high-tech clusters, including aerospace, led him to a PhD in Urban Studies from INRS and a Doctorate in Geography and Planning from Toulouse II.

“Collaboration between industry and government has always been central to Canadian aerospace’s long-term success and competitiveness, and today’s announcement exemplifies the strong spirit of partnership that we enjoy with both government and CARIC,” said Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC. “Mr. Côté’s background in research and government policy and his commitment to collaborative innovation and industrial policy make him an ideal candidate for this role. We are delighted to welcome him to AIAC and are confident that his presence will enhance our members’ ability to innovate, compete, and support Canadian economic growth and leadership.”

Denis Faubert, CARIC’s President & CEO, said, “We are extremely pleased to have Mr. Côté join the ranks of our organization. CARIC has put its faith in the combined efforts of the various players in the aerospace industry, with the aim of ensuring Canada occupies a leading position in today’s marketplace by promoting innovation through Research & Development projects. As National Director of CARIC, Mr. Côté will further advance the organization’s strategic support to industry members and the research community. It is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Côté to our team knowing his work will serve to foster CARIC’s corporate vision.”

About AIAC:
AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector.  As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes over $29B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 180,000 Canadians.
For information:
Kristen VanderHoek, Director of Communications
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
613 232-4297 x225


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CCAA E-Bulletin March 2016

Thank you CCAA Corporate Partners!

Thank you to all of our corporate partners who have already renewed their 2016 corporate partnerships. We appreciate your support and we will continue to work together with you to support both your company's needs and the industry as a whole.    

With your corporate partnership you are entitled to a 20% discount on both our online training programs as well as our in-class workshops. To use your discount, please include your 3 digit corporate number on your registration form.

Along with a discount on CCAA skills development products, our team is available to discuss how we can address issues that are unique to your organization.  If you are interested in learning more about CCAA's company specific skills development, please contact Kerry Graham at 613-727-8272 ext 237 or by email at

Did you know? Upon renewal of your corporate partnership you receive a complimentary access to either our Human Factors online training program or one module of the online Canadian Aviation Regulations program.  This is a small way for our team at CCAA to say thank you.  

If you have any questions regarding your renewal, the complimentary access, or would like more information please contact Kerry Graham at 613-727-8272 ext 237 or by email

CCAA Corporate Engagement 

The CCAA team has been busy this February, visiting Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, Moncton, and Victoria.  Through various activities, we had the opportunity to engage with industry and discuss how CCAA can help to ensure consistency, effectiveness and efficiency with competency and processes to ensure the industry has enough skilled labour.  

If you would like to meet with CCAA and discuss how we can help your organization, please contact Kerry Graham at 613-727-8272 ext 237 or by email at to coordinate your corporate visit.

CCAA Labour Market Information (LMI) Project

CCAA completed the first data collection for the Labour Market Information Project in the fall of 2015.  The survey inquired about the current labour market conditions and challenges facing the industry.  It focused on the hiring challenges and skills gaps by occupation, training preferences, education needs, and business conditions.  Employers who have responded to this survey represent 52,000 workers across Canada, approximately 35% of the industry’s workforce.

The resulting data was validated with stakeholders in focus groups in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Toronto in the fall of 2015.  Industry and educators had an opportunity to review the LMI data, both nationally and regionally.  Additional validation meetings were held in Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton in February 2016. 

The first LMI report, based on the survey results, was sent to all project and focus group participants in February.  If you would like a copy please contact Theresa Davis-Woodhouse at 613-727-8272, ext. 247 or by email at or contact Leslie Hogan at 613-727-8272 ext. 225 or by email at

CCAA Executive Director Robert Donald speaking at the Labour Market Information Presentation in Ottawa on February 10, 2016.

Innovative Curricula Development

The CCAA Labour Market Information Project has highlighted some of the key skills gaps in the aviation and aerospace industry.  We have had the opportunity to discuss these challenges and related training needs with industry and educators at the LMI focus groups as well as during our corporate visits.

As a result of these discussions, CCAA is looking for industry support and participation in the development of new curriculum and upskilling programs to help alleviate the skills gaps in the industry.  We aim to develop new programs following these guidelines:

  • Consortium development with key employers and formal post-secondary training institutions
  • Using that consortia – develop and implement innovative curriculum in response to labour market skills requirements
  • Development of complimentary work-integrated learning programs to ensure graduates are more work-ready

The topics put forward by industry to date are:

  • Leadership and Communication skills for aviation and aerospace
  • Supply chain management for aerospace
  • Aerospace Machinists
  • Mechanical Component Technicians
  • Avionics Upskilling
  • Hands-on Experience for Aerospace Engineers

CCAA has developed these six topics into concept papers, which provide additional details on each.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Leslie Hogan at 613-727-8272 ext. 225 or by email at

CCAA Accreditation for CFP des Moulins 

On February 18th, CCAA participated in a press conference at the CFP des Moulins (CFPM), in Terrebonne, QC.  CFPM announced the CCAA Accreditation for its professional training program (aircraft composites repair and fabrication) and the Certification of its instructors.

The accreditation process began in 2014 and included the validation of the program content, in accordance with CCAA’s national standards, an onsite audit of their facilities and the Certification of their instructors (ie. validating their skills against CCAA’s Occupational Standard).

The CCAA is proud to support an institution that maintains industry standards and recognizes the importance of addressing the future needs for skills related to the repair of composite materials.

The CFPM offers two new training seminars in aircraft composites repair, with two levels of specialization.  The course is designed for aviation technicians working in manufacturing or maintenance, who wish to acquire practical experience in the repair of structural and non-structural composites.  The Level 1 seminar will be held from March 7th to March 11th 2016 and the Level 2 seminar will take place from March 28th to April 1st 2016. If you are interested in these seminars you can register at

Members of the CFP des Moulins staff pose at their press conference in Terrebonne, QC, announcing the launch of its CCAA Accredited Training Program.

CCAA Announces Company Specific Occupational Standard Customization

Following industry requests, CCAA can now provide a customization service to develop company specific competency profiles (Occupational Standards) that are specific to your organization.  These custom standards help to create a more flexible skilled workforce.  For example, the Aircraft Structures Technician Certification can now be harmonized to include suitable elements from the Aviation Non-Destructive Inspection Technician or Aviation Welding Technician standard.

For airports or organizations requiring a competent certified ground support workforce, CCAA has three standards to offer:

  • Basic Airport Safety and Security Certification (which includes a workshop)
  • Aviation Ground Services Technician (certifies skilled workers on all supporting service vehicle elements and can be modified to fit specific operations)
  • Aircraft Refueller (can be combined with the above standards)

For more information on this customization, please contact Glenn Priestley by email or by phone at 613-866-2374.


CCAA Develops and Delivers New “Factors that Affect Human Performance” for Refuellers Course

This innovative program includes an operations assessment, senior management consultation, and a needs analysis, in order to design a specific certification program which includes:

  • Certification workshop including Quality Assurance, Safety Management Systems and Human Factors elements
  • Workplace peer skills review
  • Certification of individuals
  • CCAA designated trainer

The program has already been delivered on multiple occasions and has been extremely well rated by participants.

CCAA Corporate Liability and Accountable Executive Workshops

Workshops which address increased product liability and the need for greater management awareness of skills and techniques to better engage and empower the work force are now available.

CCAA has consulted with senior managers at leading aviation and aerospace organizations. We have listened and responded to concerns regarding: the stress to meet production goals, the importance of managers and skilled workers understanding the need to maintain the required standard, and the importance to support all employees throughout their professional development.  The series, which promotes technical workers to supervisory positions, includes:

  • Accountable Executive and Corporate Liability Workshop for Senior Managers
  • Ethical Decision Making Workshop for Managers

For a consultation on your specific workforce skill develop needs, please contact Glenn Priestley at or by phone at 613-866-2374.

Upcoming Training

March 21 & 22, 2016: Advanced Quality Systems Auditor Workshop (English) Pitt Meadows, BC 
April 4, 2016: Quality Assurance Manager Workshop (English) Salmon Arm, BC
April 5, 2015: Corrective Action Plans Workshop (English) Salmon Arm, BC
April 6 & 7, 2016: Quality Systems Auditor Workshop (English) Salmon Arm, BC
April 8, 2016: Company Aviation Safety Officer Workshop (English) Salmon Arm, BC
April 20, 2016: The Helicopter Association of Canada and the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace are pleased to offer - Company Aviation Safety Officer Workshop (English) Montreal, QC

Every Friday from April 8 to May 27, 2016: The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace and  McGill, School of Continuing Studies are pleased to offer - Quality for Industry Professional Development Program (8 Modules) - (English) Montreal, QC  

For more information on CCAA online programs, please contact Christelle Grondin and for more information on CCAA workshops and in-class training, please contact Florence Touré at

To see our full calendar of upcoming training, please click here.

March 12 - 13, 2016: The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! Abbotsford, BC
April 6 - 8, 2016: Atlantic Region Aircraft Maintenance Conference Moncton, NB
April 21, 2016: NACC Symposium - Unleashing the Power of Aviation: Jobs, Trade & Tourism Ottawa, ON
April 25 - 26, 2016: Aerospace Innovation Forum - 5th Edition hosted by Aéro Montréal Montréal, QC
April 25 - 27, 2015: Northern Air Transportation Association Conference Whitehorse, YT
April 27, 2016: CRIAQ's 8th Research Forum Montréal, QC
April 28, 2016: Doing MRO in Canada Conference Montréal, QC
May 17 - 18, 2016: Air Transport Association of Canada Spring Event Ottawa, ON
June 16, 2016: CCAA Board of Director's Meeting Winnipeg, MB
July 5 - 7, 2016: Canadian Business Aviation Association's Annual Convention & Exhibition  Calgary, Alberta
November 1 - 3, 2016: National Business Aviation Association's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition Orlando, FL
November 10 - 14, 2016: Helicopter Association of Canada's 2016 Western Conference Edmonton, AB
November 15 - 16, 2016: Aerospace Industries Association of Canada's 2016 Canadian Aerospace Summit Ottawa, ON
November 15 - 17, 2016: Air Transport Association of Canada's 2016 National Aviation Conference & Tradeshow Vancouver, BC

For a full list of upcoming event details and links please click here.

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CCAA E-Bulletin - January 2016

Welcome New CCAA Corporate Partners!

In 2015, CCAA signed up 19 new corporate partners.  We are pleased to welcome the following companies who began their partnerships with CCAA last year: Aerotec Engines Ltd., Air Inuit Hydro Québec Division, Air Transat, Applus RTD Canada LP, Aurora Jet Partners, CAE Canada Inc., DSS Aviation Inc., Envirotech Aviation Inc., GoodSpirit Air Service, MDS AeroTest, Morgan Aviation Structures Inc., Nor-Alta Aviation Leasing Inc., Oceanview Helicopters, Société de protection des forêts contre les insectes et les maladies, TransCanada Turbines, Transport Canada Aircraft Services, the Township of Manitouwadge, Upper Valley Aviation Ltd., and Wasaya Airways LP.  We look forward to working with all of our partners this year.  

For more information on corporate partnerships, please contact Kerry Graham at or visit our website.

CCAA Corporate Relations

As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on industry support in order to serve you.  We continually strive to strengthen corporate relationships and increase awareness of how we serve the industry.  Please note that corporate letters to renew for 2016 were sent out January 18th.  

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Kerry Graham at 613-727-8272 ext 237 or by email at

The Results Are In – Labour Market Information on Canada’s Aviation & Aerospace Industries

In November and December 2015, CCAA conducted three Labour Market Information sessions - in Winnipeg, MB, Richmond, BC, and Toronto, ON.  CCAA reported on the results of the first data collection cycle and sollicited comments on the results.  These sessions confirmed the skills shortages results that CCAA had documented with the recent LMI survey.

Additional validation sessions will be held in February this year, in Montreal, Ottawa, and Moncton.  

Please see our 'Upcoming Events' section below for more details and keep an eye on our website and upcoming E-Bulletins for future LMI Meeting dates.

For information on the LMI Study, please contact Theresa Davis-Woodhouse at or Leslie hogan at  

CCAA at the ICAO World Aviation Forum

CCAA staff were in attendance of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) World Aviation Forum, which was held November 23 - 25, 2015 in Montreal.  This event was held to highlight ICAO’s 'No Country Left Behind' initiative and to foster improved collaboration through ICAO among states, industry, and business community partners.  CCAA was invited to a private meeting with the President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the Vice President of the Council (representative from Cameroon), Mr. Englebert Zoa Etundi and the permanent representative for Morocco, Mr. Aziz Boulmane to discuss the Canadian model for skills development and how it might assist other stakeholders.  CCAA also met with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Morocco.  For more information on the Forum, please click here.

Pictured aboved from left to right: CCAA Executive Director Robert Donald, ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, CCAA Skills Development Solutions Manager Florence Touré.

2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit

Congratulations to the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) on hosting yet another successful Aerospace Summit in November 2015.  The event provided a venue for industry professionals, executives, and government officials to discuss possible avenues of collaboration and growth.  For more information on the 2015 Summit, please click here.

Above, CCAA Executive Director Robert Donald discusses with Petro Lypovenko, President of the Association "Airports of Ukraine" of Civil Aviation and Yevgen Treskunov, Founding Partner  of Aviaplan & Senior Advisor at the Wicks Group.  

Above, CCAA Executive Director Robert Donald meets with Guy Ellis, Dean, School of Transportation at the British Columbia Institute of Technhology (BCIT), and Gordon Turner, Associate Dean, Aerospace at BCIT.

Submit your Nominations for the Northern Lights Awards 

Nominations are now open for the Nothern Lights Awards, which recognize outstanding women in aviation or aerospace.  Nomination fields include: Flight Operations/Maintenance, Business, Government, Rising Star, Pioneer, and Education.

To learn more about the awards or to nominate an outstanding woman in the industry, please click here.

Algonquin College Mechanical Design Course - Request for Projects

Alonquin College is accepting requests for small (or not so small) projects that you may need assistance designing and building.  If there is a chance that you or your company may have a project for the Algonquin College Mechanical Design Course (which runs from January - May 2016), please contact Richard Lacelle, Professor, Manuafcturing Engineering Technician, at 613-727-4723 ext 2414 or by email at  

Custom Human Factors In Class Workshops & Online Training

CCAA now provides customized Human Factors workshops for companies.  Many companies use CCAA's online training followed by classroom workshops designed using company specific data and case studies.  We encourage companies to book their custom Human Factors training at their own facilities. This service is available in both English and French.  To schedule a course, please contact CCAA Skills Development Manager Florence Touré.

Pictured above, CCAA's Florence Touré delivering custom Human Factors classroom training.

CCAA also had its very popular Human Factors online training course translated to Brazilian-Portuguese for a new client.  If you are interested in having the course available in other langauges (e.g. for your facilities in other countries or for your suppliers) please contact Florence Touré or Christelle Grondin.

New Course offered by CFP des Moulins (Corporate Services)

CFP des Moulins is now offering an Aircraft Composites Repair course.  

The course is designed for aviation technicians working in manufacturing or maintenance, who wish to acquire practical experience in the repair of structural and non-structural composites. This introductory course covers all methods of repairing high-performance aeronautical composites, allowing participants to gain practical work guidelines.

The training course covers the following areas: damage assessment, repair techniques, hot bonder cures and other alternative methods. It also aims to familiarize participants with terminology that is specific to aeronautical composites repair, including bagging materials, specialized repair equipment, principles of traceability and repair.

For more information follow the link:

Upcoming Training

The Quality for Industry Professional Development Program will be launched in Manitoba, Toronto, Quebec and New Brunswick in the first and second trimester of 2016.
March 1, 2016: Company Aviation Safety Officer Workshop (English) Toronto, ON
March 2, 2016: Accident/Incident Investigation Course (English) Toronto, ON (Course description to come shortly)
March 3, 2016: Quality Assurance Manager Workshop (English) Toronto, ON
March 4, 2016: Corrective Action Plans Workshop (English) Toronto, ON
March 21 – 22, 2016: Advanced Quality Systems Auditor Workshop (English) Pitt Meadows, BC
April 4, 2016: Quality Assurance Manager Workshop (English)  Salmon Arm, BC
April 5, 2016: Corrective Action Plans Workshop (English) Salmon Arm, BC
April 6 - 7, 2016: Quality Systems Auditor Workshop (English) Salmon Arm, BC
April 8, 2016: Company Aviation Safety Officer Workshop (English) Salmon Arm, BC

CCAA Corporate Engagement 

In 2015 we strengthened our corporate relations and communications to better serve our partners and the industry.  We held numerous meetings with both existing and new corporate partners to discuss and implement company specific skills development and certification programs.  We will continue to engage employers, workers, educators, professional associations, government, and our partners & affiliates in 2016.  Visits are currently being organized for Montreal and Halifax.

If you would like to set up a corporate visit, please contact Kerry Graham at 613-727-8272 ext 237 or by email at

CCAA Corporate Briefings

Glenn Priestley, Director, Corporate Relations, Accreditation and Certification, will be providing an Accountable Executive and Corporate Liability Briefing and a How to Develop a Company Specific Skills Development Program Briefing at the upcoming Canadian Aerial Applicators Association's Conference in February.  For more information on these briefings, please contact Glenn Priestley at


E-Bulletin Submissions

As a service to our partners, CCAA would be happy to include information on your organization in future E-Bulletins.  If you have any upcoming events or would like to provide information on your company in a future E-Bulletin, please contact Sarah Leclair at

Upcoming Events

February 10, 2016: CCAA Labour Market Information Presentation & Luncheon Ottawa, ON
February 11, 2016: AéroPortail: Vitrines 2016 Montréal, QC 
February 12, 2016: CCAA Labour Market Information Presentation & Luncheon Montréal, QC
February 18, 2016: CCAA Labour Market Information Presentation & Luncheon Moncton, NB
February 18 - 20, 2016: Canadian Aerial Applicators Conference Victoria, BC
February 24, 2016: CCAA Board of Director's Meeting Ottawa, ON
March 2 - 3, 2016: Manitoba Aviation Symposium 2016 Winnipeg, MB
March 12 - 13, 2016: The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! Abbotsford, BC
April 25 - 26, 2016: Aerospace Innovation Forum - 5th Edition hosted by Aéro Montréal Montréal, QC
April 25 - 27, 2015: Northern Air Transportation Association Conference Whitehore, YT
April 27, 2016: CRIAQ's 8th Research Forum Montréal, QC
April 28, 2016: Doing MRO in Canada Conference Montréal, QC
July 5 - 7, 2016: Canadian Business Aviation Association's Annual Convention & Exhibition Calgary, Alberta
November 1 - 3, 2016: National Business Aviation Association's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition Orlando, FL
November 10 - 14, 2016: Helicopter Association of Canada's 2016 Western Conference Edmonton, AB
November 15 - 16, 2016: Aerospace Industries Association of Canada's 2016 Canadian Aerospace Summit Ottawa, ON
November 15 - 17, 2016: Air Transport Association of Canada's 2016 National Aviation Conference & Tradeshow Vancouver, BC

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