The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is pleased to announce its sixth annual Kenneth Molson lecture, “Eyes on the Sky.”
Join us to hear more about Canadian-led innovations in air navigation and air-traffic control. Learn about the amazing technologies that keep people and cargo safe in the skies above us.
This year's lecture features a panel of speakers from NAV CANADA, which owns and operates Canada’s civilian air-navigation system. NAV CANADA’s experts will offer insight into the cutting-edge technologies that have positioned Canada as the world’s best provider of air-navigation services.
Covering three million square kilometres of airspace, Canada has long been known for its expertise in air-traffic management technology.
The evening also includes light refreshments, and will be moderated by Erin Gregory, Assistant Curator, Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
- Anthony MacKay, Assistant Vice-President, Air Traffic Services
- Ben Girard, Vice-President, Operational Support
- Kendra Kincade, Air Traffic Controller
Anthony MacKay is Assistant Vice-President, Air Traffic Services at NAV CANADA, where he is accountable for the safe, cost-effective and efficient delivery and management of all air traffic services within NAV CANADA’s Flight Information Regions (FIRs). He is also responsible for providing the overall direction for components of its Air Traffic Services (ATS) Service Delivery strategic plans, and for directing the talent management of specialized personnel in the FIRs.
Anthony started with NAV CANADA in 2005, and has led the Flight Operations Team as Manager Flight Inspection, Chief Pilot, Approved Check Pilot, and Operations Manager. As the Flight Operations team developed and was reorganized over the years, Anthony became Director, Flight Operations in 2014, with oversight of Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) and Navigation and Airspace added to the directorate in 2017.
Prior to joining NAV CANADA, Anthony spent nearly two decades in the airline industry, working with companies that included with Air Canada Jazz and Provincial Airlines.
As Vice-President, Operational Support, Ben Girard provides strategic leadership in the development and implementation of programs and practices that include ATS Standards and Procedures, Flight Operations, Aeronautical Information Management (AIM), Navigation and Airspace, and ATS Systems Integration. In addition, he maintains responsibility for the coordination of Space-based ADS-B deployment.
Ben started as an air traffic controller in 1989. From 2004 to 2016, he occupied various positions within operations management, including Director of Standards and Procedures, and General Manager of the Montreal FIR.
Ben then served as Assistant Vice-President, Operational Support, and most recently as Assistant Vice-President, Operational Support—Program Implementation, Space-Based ADS-B Aireon, which encompassed the coordination of all internal and external requirements for the Space-based ADS-B Aireon program.
Kendra Kincade is an Edmonton Terminal air traffic controller for NAV CANADA. Her long career as an air traffic controller led her to recognize the very limited female presence within the industry. She set out to remedy the situation, founding Elevate Aviation in 2015, a non-profit organization promoting gender balance in the aviation industry.
The organization now offers mentorship programs, bursaries and cross-country tours. In 2018, Status of Women Canada — now the Department for Women and Gender Equality — awarded nearly $500,000 to Elevate Aviation towards a three-year national project aimed at empowering women to secure stable, economically advantageous careers and to create inclusive work environments in aviation.
In March 2019, Kendra cut the ribbon on the Elevate Aviation Learning Centre in Edmonton. The Centre will provide programs for high school students, Indigenous peoples and women, introducing them to careers in aviation. She is currently acting as an Employer Brand Specialist for NAV CANADA.