2020 Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award Gala Cancelled

For Immediate Release: 05/31/2020                                                                                                                                             

TORONTO, May 31, 2020 – The Northern Lights Aero Foundation announced today that the 12th Annual Elsie Gala will be cancelled due to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancelling this event has not been an easy decision, but we truly believe it is the wisest choice in these circumstances. The safety of our community is most important. We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support over the years and we look forward to celebrating the 2020 winners at the 2021 Gala. We are excited to announce the 2020 Award winners this fall.

A message from former Northern Lights Aero Foundation President, Joy Parker Blackwood;

“This is and will continue to be a very difficult year for all of us in our personal and business lives. Incremental revitalization is starting, but getting back to a near-normal will unfortunately take months. The Northern Lights Aero Foundation will survive for a new and brighter day.  Recognizing and promoting women, and diversity, in the Canadian aviation and aerospace industries is an on-going need and we are here, front and centre, fulfilling this mandate. I also wish to introduce our new President, Kathleen Lang.  Kathleen has been a long-time valuable board member, who is currently employed by Bombardier. Our very best to everyone.”

About the Northern Lights Aero Foundation

The Northern Lights Aero Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes outstanding Canadian women in aviation and aerospace. Its mission is to encourage women in Canada to succeed in careers in aviation and aerospace by: recognizing and celebrating the achievements of accomplished women; engaging in outreach, facilitating mentorship and providing scholarship opportunities. In support of the mission, the Foundation inspires and encourages increased participation of women in these industries by: heightening the visibility of honourees as role models; promoting awareness of the vast opportunities in all sectors; and ensuring organizations recognize and benefit from women's diverse and untapped talents.

The Foundation’s national awards program, The Elsie, was established in 2009, and each year honours up to eight women for their contributions in specific aviation and aerospace disciplines. Award categories are: Flight Operations, Government, Business, Education, Pioneer, Engineering, and two Rising Stars. For more information, please visit, and follow @NorthernLightsAero on Facebook and Instagram.