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The Board of Directors
Camil Dumont, President & Founder
Passionate about aviation since he was very young, he became a pilot in 1978. Camil took every opportunity to share his passion with the young.
As the leader of largest group flying events, since 2000, he always made sure kids were invited to meet pilots and share great moments visiting planes and sharing stories, sometimes taking flight ! Kids love planes !
In 2007, he formed Aviation Connection, a non-profit organisation, trustee of the Governor General's Cup, created in 1953 by the Honorable Governor Vincent Massey.
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 all expenses covered with the support of 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, unique in North America.
From 1990 to April 2017, Camil managed the portfolios of a clientele, companies and individuals, in partnership with several Canadian Financial Institutions.
His experience as a support teacher at the University of Ottawa and teacher at the College Vanier and College André Laurendeau in Montreal mixed with his experience in aviation and passion, laid a good foundation for the Aeronautical Training Program.
The success of the program lays on the strength of the team and Camil is proud to work with a group of passionate people like him aiming at great results.
Catherine Tobenas, Managing Director
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
Philippe Paulez, Director
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
David Rancourt, Eng. jr, PhD
Mr. David Rancourt is an assistant professor at the Université de Sherbrooke since January 2017. His research interests include aircraft design (aircraft, helicopters, drones), electric propulsion and systems engineering. He is Director of the Sherbrooke Institute of Design and Training in Aerospace Engineering (IFC-GAS). David graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta with a PhD from his research on the development of a new electric propulsion helicopter. Pilot for more than 16 years, he has been involved in the Air Cadet Program since 2004. David participated as an engineer (and test pilot) of the aircraft ÉPERVIER, a single-seat aircraft made of composite materials.Dr. Rancourt will contribute his expertise to the development of the Aeronautical Training Program.
Assistant Professor, CREATEK Research Group
Faculty of Engineering, Sherbrooke University
Conceptual aircraft designer, Antoine holds a Master's Degree in aerospace engineering from the ''École de Technologie Supérieure'' (ÉTS) and a DESS from UQAM in transportation equipment design. His work experience includes Bombardier Aerospace, GE Aviation and Aeronautic Development Corporation. He has worked as a certification specialist on the Seawind 300C in St-Jean sur Richelieu. He is also a private pilot and aviation enthusiast since his early childhood. Mr. Moreau contributes his expertise and experience to the development of the Aeronautical Training Program.
President & Co-Founder, MAD Aerospace
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 ATP 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 ATP 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
Mr. Brouillard has been teaching for a little over twenty years. He currently teaches science and mathematics at Massey-Vanier High School.
His journey has often put him in close contact with the world of aviation. Having taught mechanical manufacturing techniques for 8 years, he had the opportunity to visit almost all companies in Montérégie that manufacture airplane parts during the supervision of his trainees. His passion for aviation, however, began during his childhood while accompanying his father in aeronautical exhibitions. Even today, he sometimes goes to lunch at the airport restaurant on Sunday morning with his three young daughters to see the planes take off and land. He always caresses the dream of undertaking flying lessons until his daughters can fly on their own.
Sciences & Mathematics Teacher
Massey-Vanier High School
Instructor Aviation Connection - AERO 1
Having worked in light aviation for more than thirty years, Pierre is an M1 category aircraft maintenance technician. Self-taught and perfectionist, he has done many repairs in areas such as structure (sheet metal and interfacing), painting (partial and complete) and avionics (installation / modification, EMS, EFIS).
Pierre obtained a private pilot license with a night rating, for the simple purpose of understanding and meeting the needs of clients who use his services. He has more than 650 hours of flight on tricycle and classic train. In addition, Pierre was responsible for a maintenance control system for a small helicopter charter company, a system he himself designed and required a good understanding of Transport Canada's Canadian Aviation Regulations.
Instructor - Mechanic
Aviation Connection - AERO 1
Owner of Aviation R Goulet since February 2009 with over 18 years of experience in the field of aviation. Project Supervisor C-Check ATR 42/72, Dash 8, Embraer 135/145 170/190, MD 80, CRJ 200, online maintenance on Dash 8, Boing 737 and MD 80. Sébastien explored several facets of aviation to this day. With already 8 years in general aviation as owner, mechanic and avionics specialist, he holds a M1, M2 and private pilot license: An asset for his customers.
Co-Owner Aviation R Goulet
Mechanic M1, M2
Owner of Aviation R. Goulet since September 2015 with over 17 years of experience in aviation. Technician and project leader C-Check ATR 42/72, Dash 8, CRJ 200, Embraer 170/190, online maintenance on Dash 8, Boing 737, MD 80. Foreman of a maintenance base on Dash 8 for the guard Dutch coast overseas. Jimmy acquired experience as a representative of the new generation of ATR 600 Overseas. With already 2 years as owner of Aviation R Goulet and as mechanic and structure technician, he holds M1 and M2 licenses, and is a great asset to Aviation R. Goulet.
Co-Owner Aviation R Goulet
Mechanic M1, M2
McGill University Advancement
University studies in literature and economics in Paris led Robert Sirdey to a career in Switzerland: Co-creation of Education & Training Corporation and then creation & management of Mediacom, a communication agency in Geneva. Journalist, filmmaker, reporter and pilot, Robert Sirdey has covered the entire world for documentaries and several magazines, including two published by Mediacom itself. His field of expression includes aviation, both in terms of events and techniques. It also includes the design of multimedia teaching programs.
Writer and filmmaker
Kahina Gagnon is a private pilot and is currently completing her Commercial Pilot License. She obtained her glider pilot license at age 16 with the Air Cadet Program. Kahina is now a glider flight instructor and trains younger Cadets during the summer. She completed a DEC in Pure Science and wants to make her passion for aviation a career as a commercial pilot. She shares her knowledge with air cadets and as a trainer with Aviation Connection to encourage young girls and boys to persevere in the aeronautics field.
Instructor Aviation Connection
AERO1 - ATP