AIAC Pacific recognized by Province of BC and ITA for commitment to training female apprentices

February 8, 2018

Kelowna, British Columbia – AIAC Pacific has been recognized by the Province of British Columbia and the province’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) for its contribution to the training of female apprentices. The recognition came at an event announcing an innovative partnership between the Industry Training Authority (ITA), AIAC Pacific, KF Aerospace, and Okanagan College to support apprentices in the aircraft maintenance engineering structures (AME ‘S’) program.

“A strong, skilled, diverse workforce is the future of aerospace success in B.C. and across Canada. There must be a strong network of support to ensure that women and underrepresented groups have the means and opportunity to succeed within the industry,” said Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC. “This initiative will help to open those doors for the next generation of aerospace workers in British Columbia. We’re proud to be a partner in this initiative and delighted to receive this recognition from Minister Mark and British Columbia’s Industry Training Authority.”

For more on the program announcement, read the Government of British Columbia’s press release.



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 nearly $28B 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 208,000 Canadians.



The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada founded AIAC Pacific in 2014 to promote and develop aerospace business in British Columbia by acting as an advocate for industry and facilitator with governments. Working in partnership with the Government of BC, AIAC Pacific is helping leverage the unique strengths of British Columbia’s aerospace industry to meet emerging global demand.



 Kristen VanderHoek

Senior Director, Communications & Marketing
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
(613) 778-8602

Mike Mueller
Vice President, Operations and Communications
AIAC Pacific
(604) 655-3566