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Helicopters Magazine
July 11, 2007
By Helicopters Magazine
Helicopters Association of Canada president Brian Jenner has been touring around the country in a mobile home this past 18-months, connecting with Canadian helicopter operators where they live. It has been an encouraging experience. Jenner likes what he hears. “Generally the economy is good and our members are looking forward to the show,” he told Helicopters. “It is always a positive sign when operators have both the time and the money to attend.”

Western Canada has traditionally been good to HAC and registration is already approximately 40% above the same time in 2003, when the convention and trade show last set down in Vancouver.

With two months to go, trade show space was already at a premium despite 85% more room for suppliers to display their wares. Thirty-one booths have spilled out from the main display area into the foyer compared with only seven (including Helicopters) two years ago. And British engine manufacturer Rolls Royce has added its name to the list of show sponsors, which include ACROHELIPRO, Agusta, AON, Bell Helicopter, Eurocopter, Marsh, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Standard Aero and Turbomeca Canada.

Keeping with the practice of continual improvement, regular attendees will notice some subtle but welcome adjustments from last year’s edition. The published HAC program, for example, is more detailed, giving delegates a sense of topics covered in each session along with a biography of the main speakers. Jenner also wants to encourage greater participation at the show’s eight Committee Bull Pit sessions. “Most delegates think that these sessions are closed off. But they are open to anyone who has something to say.”

A program highlight will once again be the keynote speaker. HAC regularly invites speaker’s whose connection with the helicopter industry is not immediately obvious, but whose experience and topics cause operators to stop and think. Last year it was Dr. Linda Duxbury, a professor from Ottawa’s Carlton University making a presentation on how to deal with generational differences in the workforce. This year, Brian Keating, the head of Conservation Outreach for the Calgary Zoological Society will present an analysis of the leadership capabilities of legendary British Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton.

Keating has travelled to the Antarctic on six expeditions, which included the re-tracing of the famous Shackleton Expedition of 1914-16. “Keating is a motivational speaker,” Jenner pointed out. “There are lessons he can teach about leadership.” Marsh sponsors this year’s speaker.

Now in its ninth year, the annual HAC convention and trade show continues to surpass expectation. One of the HAC organizers’ biggest challenges is to balance the show’s expected intimacy with its increased popularity, especially when it pitches its tent in the heart of the Canadian helicopter industry (more than 50% of civilian helicopters in Canada are based in Alberta and British Columbia). “We are at a point where I get more and more flabbergasted by the growth,” Jenner added.

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