Heather Bell

Heather has recently retired from the position of General Manager of the Vancouver Flight Information Region (NavCanada).  During her 33-year career in Air Navigation Services, Heather worked as a VFR Controller in several towers in British Columbia as well as an IFR controller in various specialties in the Area Control Center. Heather became the Manager of the Vancouver Area Control Center and then the General Manager where, before retirement, she was responsible for over 500 employees working across BC providing Air Traffic Control, Flight Information and Administrative support. During her time at NavCanada Heather was honoured to receive both the Chairman’s and President’s awards as well as being chosen Surrey Business Woman of the year in 2011.

Heather attended Simon Fraser University, is a graduate of the Directors College through McMaster University and has over 34 years of experience in the Aviation Industry. Heather is the Board Chair of the British Columbia Aviation Council and also sits on the board of the Aviation Leadership Foundation where she is Chair of the Leadership Learning Series.

Since retirement Heather’s consultation opportunities have included working with MDA corporation, a global communications and information company where she assisted on international procurement contracts, and the Vancouver Airport Authourity where she supported the development of the current YVR Master Plan.  Heather is currently consulting for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority and is excited to be involved in the formation of a new company, Iskwew Air. Iskwew Air is a 100% Indigenous woman owned company connecting travelers from Vancouver into BC communities.  Iskwew is focused on inspiring and supporting Indigenous tourism as well as offering Indigenized passenger and charter air service.

Heather lives in Richmond with her husband of 32 years, has two wonderful grown children, enjoys golf and loves to travel the world.