The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) has announced the recipients of its five Senior Awards for both its AERO and ASTRO events.
In a news release CASI said the McCurdy Award, C.D. Howe Award and the Roméo Vachon Award will be presented at the AERO 2019 conference in Laval on Wednesday, May 15 during the gala dinner.
The Trans‐Canada (McKee) Trophy was made at the Air Force Museum of Alberta in Calgary on May 5th. The Alouette Award will be presented at a later date to be determined.
The Awards and the recipients are:
The Trans‐Canada (McKee) Trophy – Colonel (ret) Don Matthews
The Trophy is awarded for outstanding achievement in the field of air operations. The achievement for which the Trophy is awarded may be a single brilliant exploit within the past year, or a sustained high‐level performance in recent years; pioneering of new areas of air operations and advancement of the use of aviation shall receive consideration over achievements serving no useful end. Qualifications as aircrew shall be a prior claim to consideration. The recipient shall have been a Canadian citizen at the time of the achievement.
McCurdy Award – Mr. Stephen McCullough, Bombardier Aerospace
The award is presented for outstanding achievement in the science and creative aspects of engineering relating to aeronautics and space research. The achievement must constitute the most significant contribution made in recent years toward the advancement of science and technology in aeronautics and space exploration, and must be worthy of special recognition. The contribution may be administrative in nature, but it must be directly related to science and technology, and have been sustained over a number of years at an imaginative and creative level above that which would normally be considered a competent and successful performance. The recipient shall have been a Canadian citizen at the time the contribution was made.
C.D. Howe Award – Mr. Rob Dewar, Bombardier Aerospace
The Award is presented for achievements in the fields of planning and policy making, and overall leadership in Canadian aeronautics and space activities. The achievement for which the award is given shall be of permanent significance, and its benefits to aeronautics and space activities in Canada shall have been unquestionably established. To this end, the recipient shall have sustained an outstanding personal performance in these fields for at least ten years and it shall be reasonably certain that the merits of his achievements will be unassailable in the light of history. The recipient shall have been a Canadian citizen and resident during the time the contribution was made.
Roméo Vachon Award – Mr. Jean‐Marc Leclerc, Bombardier Aerospace
The CASI Roméo Vachon Award was introduced in 1969 by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute in memory of one of Canadaʹs outstanding bush pilots. It is presented for outstanding display of initiative, ingenuity and practical skills in the solution of a particular challenging problem or series of challenging problems in aeronautics and space activities in Canada. The achievement for which the award is given shall be of technological nature, particularly practical skills, not necessarily in the scientific or engineering fields. The recipient shall have been a Canadian citizen at the time the contribution was made.
Alouette Award – M Frédéric Pelletier, KinetX Aerospace Inc.
CASI created the Alouette to recognize an outstanding contribution to advancement in Canadian space technology, application, science or engineering. The CASI Alouette Award may be presented to an individual, to a group, an organization or group of organizations, as appropriate to the nature of the contribution.
The full description and achievements by each recipient is detailed in the CASI press release (PDF).