19-22 June 2019 • Ottawa


Every conference is centered on a carefully curated theme, which serves as a unifying point of reflection throughout the event.

Women in aviation cannot be limited by what we see before us, because we are capable of so much more than we realize. When we consider our futures, we each focus on the point on our horizon that represents our current goals, hopes and dreams. But sometimes when we gain a little altitude, we start to notice possibilities that lie beyond the limited horizon we could see from the ground.

Our goal in 2019 is to envision what lies beyond our collective horizons. You will make friends, explore opportunities, get lost in thought, have brilliant ideas and discover exciting new possibilities. Perhaps the experience will solidify your original goals, or maybe you will find that those goals are only part of a larger vision you want to explore. We want the CWIA 2019 conference to take you there!

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431 (AD) Squadron Snowbird practice Canadian Women in Aviation 2019 Conference

Why Should You Attend?

Forge Friendships
& Allies

It’s a tough world out there. From cockpits to control centres and shop floors to boardrooms, our journey becomes easier when we have people we trust for advice and compassion.

Meet Pioneers
& Heroines

Share a glass of wine with the first women to fly fighters or captain a Boeing 777, and enjoy plenty of chances to chat with trailblazing women in all sectors of aviation.

Learn from
Industry Leaders

You’ll hear from experts on a variety of topics, from UAVs to negotiation and everything in between. Interested in a particular topic? Send us a suggestion!

Tour the

A cornerstone of our program, we dedicate one morning to a professional show-and-tell. Get to know your area of aviation better, or discover something new!

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The Program

Just like our bodies, our mind thrives when we feed it a colourful and varied diet. Download the CWIA 2019: Beyond Horizons program today.

Canadian Women in Aviation Conference Registration


19 June 2019

Conference Registration & Kick-Off Cocktails

Deanna "Dee" Brasseur Canadian Women in Aviation


20 June 2019

Keynote Address by Dee Brasseur, followed by a day of mainstage panels.


21 June 2019

Tours, followed by an afternoon of talks and panels on emerging technology and solutions to current industry concerns.

Karen McCrimmon Canadian Women in Aviation


22 June 2019

Seminars and panels on building skills and perspectives to push Beyond Horizons

Evening Gala with an address by Ms. Karen McCrimmon

Who We Are

CWIA is a collective of women who work in Canadian aviation. Our community is founded on the philosophy that we are greater than the sum of our parts. We strongly believe that diverse and inclusive industries are more innovative, competitive and profitable. That’s why our conference is focused on providing a forum for women to network, discuss aviation best practices, and plan for individual and industry improvement.

CWIA Core Values

Drive Connection
& Teamwork

Be Self-

Speak Up

Listen, to

Serve &
Inspire Passion

Build & Shape
a Better Future

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Your Conference Experience

Here’s what you can expect at CWIA2019:

A stimulating 4-day program
A main stage and two break-out rooms host a series of talks, panels and seminars that will inspire and educate
Engaging social spaces
Get to know the spectacular women attending the conference and chat with our sponsors over some coffee and cake between talks
A busy social calendar
In addition to the Gala that closes the conference and the nightly entertainment calendar, you'll find impromptu get togethers in the accommodations to maximize your social experience
CWIA gift bag
Specially crafted in collaboration with our sponsors
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Yellow Aircraft Canadian Women in Aviation

Here's What People Are Saying About Us

I continue to attend the CWIA conference to reconnect with friends I’ve made over the years. There are many fun activities and tours, and the speakers are inspiring. I always leave the event feeling motivated and re-inspired to contribute to the aviation community.

Lisa Graham

Attending the 2017 CWIA Conference has been an amazing experience for me. The women I met and the inspirational stories I heard over that week have changed me and have reshaped my career path. I walked in quite shy and reserved as I only knew a handful of people, but I walked out inspired and empowered having found numerous role models and a wonderful mentor. The presentations I attended have taught me to face my fears of crowds and public speaking and believe in myself.

Kate Latis

Coming from a family of non-aviators, I am super blessed for the relationships and the sisterhood that I have gained after attending my first conference.  It is my honour and excitement to nourish this tribe in a variety of little ways.  It is our joint small contributions that generate a support network to feed the individual and make room for more women in aviation as a whole.  My heart cup fills from all these ladies involved.

Contessa Bishop
1940s women aviation mechanics Canadian Women in Aviation
Contemporary woman military aviation mechanic Canadian Women in Aviation


CWIA 2019: Beyond Horizons would like to express a sincere thank you to our generous sponsors, patrons and friends. If your organization is interested in supporting CWIA, e-mail to learn more.

Our Location

Algonquin College
Ottawa, ON

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Nepean, ON
K2G 3G7

Algonquin College

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