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Speakers And Presentations

Speaker Schedule

9:30Tanya ChernovaIntroduction
9:45Panel PresentationHow To Become A Career Pilot
11:05Samatha Reid and
Melody Philistin
WestJet Maintenance
Graduates of Centennial College
11:40Megan KeepingFirst Officer at Porter Airlines
12:15Navreet SainiAerospace Engineer at PAL Aerospace Engineering
1:00Panel PresentationHow To Become A Career Pilot (repeated)
2:20Seattle Tobin-Green408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton
2:45Katie GammieCaptain at FlyGTA Airlines

Passenger Safety Briefings

9:40, 11:00, 11:35, 12:10, 12:55, 2:15, 2:40 (and 3:15 if necessary)

How To Become A Career Pilot - 9:45 and 1:00

Do you wonder what are the possibilities for becoming a pilot as your career ? There is a shortage of pilots, so now is a great time to pursue it.

A panel will present the various approaches to having a career as a pilot:

  • Flight School - Manny Rosario, owner of Durham Flight Centre
  • Aviation College - Nicky Godfrey, Chief Flight Instructor at Seneca College
  • Military - Captain Cindy Mausser, CAF Attractions and Diversity Officer / Pilot

Julie Beverstein, Assistant Chief Pilot, Recruitment and Retention, Porter Airlines will talk about what Porter Airlines is looking for in a pilot.

There will be a question and answer period, and the panelists will be available at their exhibits afterwards to talk to you.

Julie Beverstein - 9:45 and 1:00

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Julie Beverstein is the Assistant Chief Pilot, Recruitment and Retention at Porter Airlines.

She flew for Air Georgian out of Toronto Pearson, and now she flies as a Training Captain for Porter. She flies with all their new pilots, and First Officers that are upgrading to Captain.

Julie has a Bachelor of Science from the University Of Toronto.

During the Career Pilot Presentation, Julie will be discussing what the airlines are looking for in prospective pilots.

Katie Gammie - 2:45

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Katie Gammie is a Captain at FlyGTA Airlines, where she flies scheduled routes from Toronto Island to Niagara, Waterloo and Barrie.

She graduated from the University Of Waterloo Geography And Aviation program.

Katie flew new places every week as a charter pilot on a King Air 200, and flew as First Officer for two years flying a Phenom 100 jet, including medivac flights.

Katie's presentation will describe her training and flying activities.

Nicky Godfrey - 9:45 and 1:00

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Nicky Godfrey graduated from the Seneca College aviation program. She has towed gliders, and has worked as a Flight Instructor, Operations Manager, Charter Pilot and Pilot Examiner.

She has been the Chief Flight Instructor for Seneca College since December 2015.

During the Career Pilot Presentation, Nicky will discuss the integrated degree and pilot rating approach offered by colleges and universities.

Megan Keeping - 11:40

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Megan Keeping is a First Officer at Porter Airlines, flying the Bombardier Q400.

She began her training with the Royal Canadian Air Cadet glider program. She has worked as a flight instructor and has flown as a First Officer on a Pilatus for Wasaya Airways, and a Beech 1900D for North Cariboo Air.

Megan will make a presentation discussing her experiences becoming a pilot.

Captain Cindy Mausser - 9:45 and 1:00

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Captain Cindy Mausser is the CAF Attractions and Diversity Officer / Pilot at Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Southern Ontario Headquarters.

Cindy piloted the CC130H Hercules while posted to the 413 (Transport and Rescue) Squadron in Greenwood, NS, and was awarded a Chief of the Air Force commendation for her demonstrated leadership and organizational ability.

She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

Cindy will present the military training path during the Career Pilot Presentation.

Melody Philistin - 11:05

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Melody Philistin graduated from Centennial College's Aircraft Maintenance program with full accreditation.

She has worked with WestJet for 3 years, where she completed her apprenticeship and received her Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's license at age 21.

Melody will present her education and career path.

Samantha Reid - 11:05

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Samantha Reid graduated with honours from Centennial College's Aircraft Maintenance program.

She has been working full time at WestJet for two years in the maintenance department as a Furnishing Technician.

Samantha is getting ready to interview for the Aircraft Maintenance - Apprentice position.

She will present her education and career path.

Navreet Saini - 12:15

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Navreet Saini is an Aerospace Engineer at PAL Aerospace Engineering.

There are many interesting careers available in aviation in addition to piloting aircraft. Engineering is one of them !

Navreet has a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from Ryerson University.

She is currently engineering avionics (radios, navigation and control systems) and has previously worked at Bell Helicopter and Bombardier Aerospace.

Navreet will present her education and career path and describe how to become an engineer.

Lieutenant Seattle Tobin-Green - 2:20

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Lieutenant Seattle Tobin-Green is a lifelong aviation enthusiast, earning her pilots license at 16.

She graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2016, when she also received her commission.

Seattle currently works with 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton.

Her presentation will discuss her aviation training and activities with the military.


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