The Current and Future Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Canadian Aviation and Aerospace

The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to participate in a series of focus groups in Montreal, QC. The gathering will take place on the traditional lands of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk), Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat and St-Lawrence Iroquians nations. 

You are welcome to participate in ONE or BOTH meetings! We also encourage you to pass this invitation to an employee, a colleague, educator, labour leader or other industry-related stakeholder who would be interested in participating and contributing their ideas on these topics.

  • The Current and Future Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Canadian Aviation and Aerospace

Date: Thursday, June 13th, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm

  • Shaping the Future of Our Canadian Skies - Increasing the Participation of Women in the Aviation and Aerospace Industry

Date: Thursday, June 13th, 2019
Time: 12:30pm - 4:00pm

  • ALL participants are invited to attend a complimentary networking lunch at 12:30PM
  • • Refreshments and a light snack will be served at the break during each focus group
  • • Please advise of any dietary restrictions
  • • The discussion will take place in English, however, simultaneous translation in French is available if desired
  • • Free parking is available on premises


The event is FREE, but space is limited. We encourage you to confirm your participation as soon as possible by registering on EventBrite (click here) or email us: 

Ø  Emily Lecompte – Focus group on Indigenous peoples (613) 727 8272 / 1-800-448-9715 x 228

Ø  Kethy Sosso-Kolle – Focus group on Women (613) 727 8272 / 1-800-448-9715 x 261



In 2018, the CCAA completed a labour market study that determined the need to recruit 55,000 new workers in Canadian aviation and aerospace by 2025. With the looming labour shortage in key occupations such as pilots and aircraft mechanics, our industry needs a meaningful strategy to ensure we can access highly skilled and trained talent from under tapped and/or underrepresented groups. 

Two fruitful sessions in October 2018 showed a widespread consensus on the importance of workforce development initiatives in our industry. (The sessions were Transport Canada’s Aviation Summit and CCAA’s Labour Market Strategy Day). In particular, the breakout sessions at the CCAA meeting focused on the challenges to the recruitment and retention of Indigenous peoples and women in our industry. This generated much interest and was a great start -- now we are inviting you and other stakeholders to validate these findings and move the conversation forward. 

Studies show that between 2006 and 2026, more than 500, 000 Indigenous people will be entering the labour market. Studies also shows that there are still very few women in those positions where we expect shortages – only 6% of mechanics and 7% of pilots are women. These results show an important opportunity for our industry. 

Funded by the Government of Canada, the CCAA is hosting a series of focus group sessions across Canada. This is your chance to provide input and learn about supportive practices for the advancement of Indigenous persons and women in the aviation and aerospace industry. The data collected will contribute to our industry’s National Action Plan of best practices and recommendations for stakeholders.

General Information


June 13, 2019 - June 13, 2019


Centre Québécois de Formation Aéronautique (CQFA), 640 avenue Orly, suite 130, Dorval, QC. H9P 1E9