Erika Kangas

Erika Kangas grew up in northern British Columbia and Sudbury, Ontario. Excelling in math and science, and wanting to pursue a career in aviation she moved to Toronto to attend the Aerospace Engineering program at Ryerson University. She was selected to be a participant in the Ryerson Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (RIADI) program. In 2006 she worked as a summer intern in the Engineering department at Pratt & Whitney Canada and Bombardier Aerospace DeHavilland Site in 2007/2008. In her final year at Ryerson she was elected as student chairperson for RIADI, where she honed and perfected her management skills.

After completing her degree in Aerospace Engineering, Erika was hired by Bombardier. As a member of the Graduate Development Program she worked in a variety of groups including, Liaison, Airworthiness, Flight Test and Mechanical Systems. She began working in the Flight Test Engineering Group for the Bombardier Q400 program as a Flight Test engineer. Erika was the Flight Test engineer on board the first biofuel flight in Canada.

Erika is involved in many voluntary programs and tours at Bombardier. The Children's activity encourages youth to learn and pursue aviation and engineering related interests. Tours include students from the Seneca College aviation management program, Ryerson University, University of Toronto engineering department, and women in aviation groups.

She is currently working towards her Canadian Private Pilot certificate.