The team
The Board of Directors
Camil Dumont

Camil Dumont

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. 

President's word

Dear visitor,

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.

We invite you to contact us

Camil Dumont

Jean-Denis Marcellin

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.

Catherine Tobenas

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, 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

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

CPA-auditeur, CA Senior II, Assurances, EY

Advisors
Robert Dewar

Robert Dewar

Airbus A220 H.O. Customer Services & Engineering

Robert Dewar, is an example of determination, well positioned to acknowledge the need to promote aerospace careers and build tomorrow’s workforce.
Jean-Luc Pitre

Jean-Luc Pitre

Director of Massey-Vanier School, Cowansville QC

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.
Antoine Moreau

Antoine Moreau

President & Co-Founder, MAD Aerospace

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.
Avrum Goldman

Avrum Goldman

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! 

Vijithan Rajaratnam

Vijithan Rajaratnam

Engineering Student ÉTS

Recognition of student engagement Genie + was awarded to Vijithan! The presentation of the medal by the Lieutenant Governor General (photo) is proof of his dedication on the scientific, technological, administrative, social, community or cultural levels, in the realization and promotion of activities of student life. at ÉTS.

We are proud to welcome Vijithan in our team!

A long-time passionate aeronautics enthusiast, Vijithan joins the Aviation Connection team to add a scientific component to the Program bringing amazing experiences. He graduated from the École de Technologie Supérieure in Mechanical Engineering and was captain of the Dronolab Scientific Student Club for 2 years. He led his team to glory: the ETS Dronolab team from the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal is in first position at the competition of AUVSI Student UAS, the most important competition in the world !. This success follows another record success at the USC-STC Student UAS 2019 competition. Vijithan will graduate at the end of the 2020 session. He will continue to work with our team to develop AERO 1, 2, 3 and 4 he will bring his expertise and especially great passion and dedication.

Michaëlle Dumont

Michaëlle Dumont

Advancement Officer, McGill University

Michaëlle obtained  her Pilot License at the age of 17 and a few months later, she participated in the McKenzie River Air Rally aboard a small plane, Cessna 172 and reaches the Arctic Circle !! Her participation in this annual event as a volunteer allows her to share her passion every year with a group of pilots of various nationalities. Michaëlle recognizes the advantage of having lived unique experiences that allowed her to surpass herself. The surpassing of oneself is an asset, a vector of improvement and progression which makes it possible to ensure a future up to the expectations. By joining the Aviation Connection team, Michaëlle wants to help young people move towards a bright and promising future.
Instructors
Gabriel Sigouin

Gabriel Sigouin

Instructor

 

I am a commercial pilot currently in training to complete my ATPL (Air Transport Pilot License) exam. During a trip to Australia in 2015, I fell in love with the experience and decided to become a pilot to discover the world. Once I complete my exam, I will continue giving instruction and become an airline pilot. I have another passion: soccer! I have been playing since I was 5 years old. I have always been the captain of my team and I enjoy sharing my passion with young people.
Jérémy Rodriguez-Ruis

Jérémy Rodriguez-Ruis

Instructor

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.

Jonathan McGarrell

Jonathan McGarrell

Instructor

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.

Denis Taralunga

Denis Taralunga

Instructor

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.

Kahina Gagnon

Kahina Gagnon

Instructor

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.
Noah Bernardin

Noah Bernardin

Instructor

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.

Amandine Morlet

Amandine Morlet

Instructor

I am currently in the process of obtaining my private pilot’s license, which I am doing in parallel with my studies in electrical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. I have always been attracted by aeronautics, but it is largely thanks to the polytechnic student committee: PolyAir, that I was able to develop this passion through visits to various aviation industries and the meeting of people working in the field: aeronautics, both pilots and technicians or engineers. As an instructor for Aviation Connection, I wish to transmit my passion among the youngest who are lucky to have introductory courses in aeronautics from high school through the program of aeronautical training.

Amir Dimitri

Amir Dimitri

Instructor

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.

Parent’s Regional committee

Mélanie Viel, is in charge of the Aviation Connection’s Parent Committee in Granby, Cowansville, Farnham. Mother of 2 boys including one, Cody, 13, enrolled in the robotics / aeronautics program at Massey Vanier School in Cowansville. Cody joined the program in January 2018. Through this powerful program he has found his way for the future, a career in Aeronautics !. I am very pleased to support Aviation Connection to ensure the continuity of this wonderful program.

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