The Board of Directors
President & Founder
Passionate about aviation since his childhood, he became a pilot in 1978. Camil takes every opportunity to share his passion with young people. In 2008, with the financial support of Bombardier, he launches Aviation Connection’s “Pilot Mentor Program” mentoring program, which allows young pilots engaged in professional training to accumulate more than 30 hours of flight time and an international experience. Camil is a professional in finance: From 1990 to 2017, he manages the portfolio of individuals and employees group retirement portfolios in different enterprises in partnership with several Canadian financial institutions. Since 2017 he is dedicated exclusively to the development and implementation of the Aviation Connection Aeronautics Training Program. The success of the program lies on the strength of the team and Camil is proud to work with a group of professionals and enthusiasts.
The Aeronautical Training Program (ATP) motivates students to learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with a hands on stimulating activity.
It introduces young people to aeronautics, engineering and allows them to discover the many career opportunities available in these sectors.
The ATP inspires teachers who collaborate in the program; It also emphasizes the importance of setting goals, developing plans to achieve them and understanding the need to develop skills in science and mathematics, critical elements of the jobs of tomorrow, on which our economy depends. The program also makes it possible to recruit and integrate more students from minorities.
Our schools play a vital role in the future of our society. These are the incubators of our workforce tomorrow. It is time for us to recognize the importance of their mission: businesses, governments, and the general public must make extra efforts to enhance their role and help develop strategies to increase the chances of success of our young people.
Quebec faces a major productivity challenge and the accelerated aging of its population. By stimulating education, we are helping to enhance the ability of our businesses to compete and stand out in national and international markets. This is the key to prosperity for all, especially for the regions that have taken the lead.
Our young people have great potential! That’s why we invite you today to help them grow in an environment that is conducive to learning engineering sciences, technology and discovering the world of aerospace.
Join a group of committed partners in the community. By supporting the Aeronautical Training Program, you are taking a step towards a greater tomorrow.
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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.
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, specialized in International Trade, she holds several important positions in various companies. Experience is a mode of constitution of knowledge: our experiences guide our choices and decisions, our know-how and our behavior. This is the foundation of the Aeronautical Training Program to which I am very happy to contribute.
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
CPA-auditeur, CA Senior II, Assurances, EY
Airbus A220 H.O. Customer Services & Engineering
Dr. Giovanni Beltrame
Professor in the Department of Computer and Software Engineering at the École Polytechnique de Montréal
Dr. Beltrame is a professor in the Department of Computer and Software Engineering at the École Polytechnique de Montréal. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2001, the Laurea degree in computer engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2002, the M.S. degree in information technology from CEFRIEL, Milan, in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, in 2006.
He worked as an engineer at the European Space Agency until 2010.One of his principal domain of expertise is Artificial Intelligence. He has published more than 100 papers in international conferences and journals, he is in the organising committee of several international conferences, and he is principal investigator on multiple projects funded by government and industry. Dr. Giovanni will supervise the work of 2 Polytechnique students assigned to develop the Aviation Connection ‘Artificial Intelligence & the drones’ course that will be offered to students starting September 2020. Dr. Giovanni will contribute his expertise to the Program.
P&WC Project Engineering and Transport Canada Delegate.Member OIQ and ASQ
Avrum’s career at Pratt & Whitney Canada spans 34 years in Engineering, Quality, Airworthiness and Sustainability. He has worked on almost all P&WC engine families, from design, development and certification through production, service and overhaul. Avrum Goldman has a B. Eng and M. Eng in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, with certificates for Six Sigma, Certified Quality Engineer and Sustainable Development. Avrum is passionate about mentoring and sharing his knowledge, delivering over 30 hours of seminars every year at schools, universities and in industry. He brings to Aviation Connection his technical knowledge as well as his experience coaching, mentoring and training at all education levels. Both his parents were teachers, so he just can’t help himself!
Co-founder of KEITAS Systems
Lahou Keita is the co-founder of Keitas Systems, a leading aviation software consulting, expertise and publishing company, based in Nantes, France, and Quebec City. Lahou is a French aircraft inspector specializing in maintenance engineering, and is an active member of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP). Lahou Keita’s aviation background is multinational and solid. In 2004, Lahou was selected as Project Manager for Aircraft Maintenance at Ruag Aviation, the Swiss government’s aircraft and engine maintenance center.
Prior to this role, Lahou joined the Aircraft Sales Division and worked at Jet Aviation, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, as a Maintenance Planning Engineer in Geneva. Lahou Keita arrived in Switzerland after having served as Aeronautical Technical Manager in 2002 at Le Bourget Airport, France, in one of the maintenance workshops of the French manufacturer of military and civilian aircraft, Dassault Aviation. Lahou Keita began her career in the mass and balance department at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris in 1990, where she was trained in the civil aviation operations technician competition at Orly airport. Lahou has a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and speaks five languages, including Finnish.
Aviation Connection is very pleased to welcome Ms. Keita in the team of advisors! Ms. Keita is an example of perseverance and commitment for our young people. Her enthusiasm in promoting aeronautics to high school youth and building bridges with industry professionals is greatly appreciated by the members of the team.
Advancement Officer, McGill University
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Development of the Artificial Intelligence program
Katherine Sheridan has longstanding enthusiasm for aviation and teaching that began with her involvement in Air Cadets. She is currently studying software engineering at Polytechnique Montréal as a varsity student-athlete. With a strong interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning, she plans to orient her career towards the intersection of aviation and AI. Katherine hopes to encourage the same enthusiasm in younger students through her work on Artificial Intelligence and the Drones with Aviation Connection.
Mohamed-Ali has been very close to technology since his childhood.
Little by little, he discovered a passion for computers, curious to understand how his computer and video game consoles worked, and enrolled in introductory programming and robotics courses.
Currently a student in Computer Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, and member of a technical drone society, he cultivates a marked interest in robotics and machine learning, and wishes to transmit his knowledge to students in order to develop at home an interest in the world. exciting drones and artificial intelligence.
Development of the Artificial Intelligence program
After a career as a musician, Antoine Pelegrin delved head-first into science. His interest for mathematics lead him to a degree in statistics at Université de Montréal and then to computer science through machine learning and AI. He is now completing a DESS in computer engineering at Polytechnique Montréal.
Jonathan McGarrell is 23 years old. “I have almost finished my flying training in the integrated program of an aviation school in Saint-Hubert. To date, I have accumulated more than 150 hours of flight. and I plan to finish my classes in December 2018. I will then have my ATP (A) license. My next goal is to get my flight instructor rating. My dream is to have a career in the airlines. . Much of my life experience has been of the aquatic nature. I was part of the top swimming teams for 10 years Swimming taught me the effort needed to set and achieve goals. These laps in the pool may not have provided me with specific pilot skills, but they taught me the values of effort, communication and team spirit. Swimming has given me an incomparable work ethic. I am happy to pass on my knowledge and passion to high school students through the Aerospace Training Program.
My life time goal, becoming an airline pilot, has been the thread of my studies and my professional career. At the age of 13, I did a discovery internship at the “Montpellier Mediterranée” airport. Later, during my engineering studies at SUPMECA, I did an internship at the “Aéroclub de l’Hérault” mechanical workshop in Montpellier as well as an exchange semester at the Politecnico di Milano to emphasize my aeronautical specialization. Meanwhile I took advantage to discover the first piloting sensations through the gliding experience. Afterwards I worked 2 years as aeronautical engineer in a joint venture between Safran and Rolls-Royce ( Aero Gearbox International ). Thereafter I had eventually the means to undertake the integrated ATPL pilot training and I chose Montréal for its high density of aeronautical companies. I’m delighted to be able to share my knowledge with the students and show them all the possible jobs the aeronautical field has to offer.
My name is Félix Blondin-Sesé and I am 22 years old. Becoming a pilot is a child’s dream. Since I was little, I am surrounded by pilots in my family. I love traveling and I have been lucky to take several planes in my life; These are the two things that fuel my passion for aviation! Since I was little, when going on vacation, I always asked the pilots if they could let me enter the cockpit . The last time I did it a few years ago was when I went to Mexico and the pilots let me sit with them for the whole flight. That’s when I decided it was the job I wanted to do. It will now be two years since I enrolled in a flying school to become an airline pilot. I still have to pass my IFR (Instrument Flight Rating) test and write the ATPL (Air Transport Pilot License) exams to start looking for work. I love being an instructor for Aviation Connection because it allows me to share my passion with young people who are interested. In addition, it helps me to remember the basics of aviation that we must not forget.
My name is Eric and I’m 22 years old. I have always been passionate about aviation. I remember when I was going on vacation with my family, I was always excited about going to the airport. Seeing all the organization around it: the flight crew, the ramp and the aircraft itself fascinated me. After completing my Cegep in Sherbrooke in Human Sciences, I decided to travel and go see the world. It was during that time that I decided to pursue a career in aviation. When I came back, I moved to Montreal to start this new adventure. I am happy to share my knowledge and passion an introduce young people to the wonderful world of aviation.
I developed a passion for aviation at a very young age. I joined the cadets and I became a glider pilot at age16, and became a pilot at 17. Also a glider pilot instructor at age 19. I am about to beginning my professional pilot training for a career in the airlines. It is a pleasure to introduce high school students to aviation in the AERO 1 course and to show them how airplanes fly so that they can take an interest in aerospace. and studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM, helping them acquire an interest for the new technologies of the future.
Noah Bernardin has been part of the Air Cadet program for four years now. It is in this program that he has received most of his knowledge and experience in aviation. He spent two summers in a row at the Air Defense Museum in Bagotville and is currently completing his prerequisites to enter a Canadian Armed Forces Pilots Training Program and a Bachelor’s Degree in Military History in Kingston. Noah is now an Air Cadet Instructor, as well as Aviation Connection instructor. Noah wants to develop a passion for aviation among young people and transmit his knowledge and passion.
After completing my private pilot license in France, in 2018. I decided to move to Montreal to become a professional pilot. When my training is completed in a few weeks, I plan to start my career in Quebec and take advantage of the many opportunities the province offers, before considering a career as an airline pilot. Aviation Connection’s Aeronautics Training Program allows me to share my passion and knowledge with young people while introducing them to the incredible range of interesting trades that allow, all together, to fly great machines.
I dreamed of being pilot since my youngest age. I still remember my mother, who saw me playing with my planes and telling me that one day I will be a pilot. Today, I am living this dream. I am finishing my training to get my ATPL. Then I would like to find a job outside Canada to gain experience. I was also a scout leader for several years. Where I work with young people to make them discover their full potential and push them to follow their dreams. With Aviation Connection, I can put my two passions together and show young people how airplanes work and show them that they too can achieve their dreams by putting work into it.
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