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The Board of Directors

Camil Dumont, President & Founder

Passionate of aviation and pilot since 1978, Camil counts more than 2000 hours of flight.

In 1999, he became First Vice-President of the Quebec pilot association ''Association des Pilotes de Brousse du Québec'' and created, with the help of volunteers, the Air Rally. As a volunteer and President of the Organizing Committee, from 2000 to the present day, he supervises, with highly qualified pilots, the flights of some 30 private aircraft and international pilots as part of this annual event which covers Canada, the Caribbean and Central America.

Youth has always held a great place in all the activities that he organizes: Children and teenagers are invited to discover aviation, pilots and often participate in introductory flights offered by volunteers.

In 2007, he formed Aviation Connection, a non-profit trustee of the Governor General's Cup of Canada, created in 1953 by the Honorable Vincent Massey, the first Governor of Canadian origin.

In 2008, with the financial support of Bombardier Aeronautics and International Air Rally, he launched the Aviation Connection Pilot Mentor Program, which allows young pilots engaged in professional training to accumulate more than 25 hours of flight with a Mentor. This training was highly appreciated by several employers who took into consideration not only the number of hours but especially the international flight experience earned under this program.

From 1990 to April 2017, Camil manages the portfolios of a clientele including of companies and individuals, in partnership with several Canadian Banks.

Aviation Connection is now a charity and Camil is putting his commitment to young people, his passion and his many years of teaching experience at the University of Ottawa, Collège Vanier and Collège André Laurendeau in Montreal at the service of Aviation Connection and the creation of aeronautical training programs.

Catherine Tobenas, Managing Director

As a co-founder of the Aviation Connection Aeronautical Training Program, Catherine has been involved in the development and direction of the organization since its inception. Rich in professional and personal experiences acquired since the age of 20 in various countries, including 10 years in the United States, she holds several important positions in various companies. Experience is a mode of constitution of knowledge. The experience guides our choices and decisions, our know-how and our behavior’ 'This is the foundation of the Aeronautics Training Program to which I am very happy to contribute

Christian Tremblay, Director

Christian has been a private pilot for fifteen years and has joined Aviation Connection board in 2012. Christian is passionate about flying and enjoys building light aircraft. Christian was a Director at the Recreational Aircraft Association (RAA 415), Canadian chapter based at St-Hubert. He is working on 2 recreational aircraft: A CH640 from Zenith Aircraft (in aluminium) and an amphibian aircraft, an Osprey II (wood and fiber glass). Christian know very well challenges and joys of recreational aircraft buildings projects.

IT Manager Banque Nationale,
Private Pilot since 2003

Jean-Denis Marcellin, Director

Jean-Denis Marcellin is a professional pilot by career, but a versatile communicator by profession. He loves to connect with new pilots, to share his passion for aviation. Outside of work, he dedicates his free time to promoting Aviation and, more particularly, specializes in CRM through the proper understanding of the Human Factor and Leadership in the cockpit.

Philippe Paulez, Director

Philippe Paulez is a CPA, CA working for Ernst & Young as an auditor since 2012. From his experience, he gained knowledge from various industries and distinguishes himself by his ability to adapt and desire to learn. He is happy to put his skills at the service of Aviation Connection in order to help young students in their pursuit of excellence and a promising future.
CPA, CA, Senior Accountant II Ernst & Young


Robert Dewar

Robert Dewar, is an example of determination, well positioned to acknowledge the need to promote aerospace careers and build tomorrow's workforce.

Vice-President and General Manager Bombardier CSeries Program

Jean-Luc Pitre

Mr. Pitre has a fifteen year experience as school principal for the Val-de-Cerfs School Board. He has worked in 8 different schools both in primary and secondary.

Focusing on results, dynamic and committed, Jean Luc Pitre collaborates actively with his teachers to interest young students in their studies and improve their academic results. Supported by Science and Technology professors, Mr. Pitre welcomes the PFA program with enthusiasm in his school.

Director of Massey-Vanier School

Julie Edwards, Advisor

Ms. Edwards has spent her entire career with the Eastern Townships School Board. The last thirteen years of which have been as an administrator at the elementary and high school levels.

Never one to accept the status quo, Ms. Edwards’ focus is to improve the experiences of her students through innovative teaching and learning strategies. Having the opportunity to participate in the PFA program not only fits the vision Ms. Edwards has for MVHS but also adds a very exciting piece to the puzzle that is a solid education.

Administrator, Eastern Townships School Board

Michaelle Dumont,

Michaelle loves challenges. Soon after earning her Private Pilot License at the age of 17, she participated to the McKenzie River Air Rally in a Cessna 172. She volunteers for the International Air Rally every year and is actively involved in the logistics and promotion of the IAR since June 2016.

Marketing & Business Development, International Air Rally

Pavel Arias

Since his childhood, Pavel dreamed of aviation. He is now an experienced operations manager at Bombardier Aerospace. Trained initially as an aircraft mechanic, he has accumulated nearly 21 years in the field, through Bell Helicopter and Rolls-Royce Canada. His project management experience, continuous improvement and supervision allowed him to gain thorough knowledge of his field. Pavel got his private pilot license in 2010 and now owns his own plane.

Operations Management, Bombardier Aerospace
Director, Canadair Aeroclub