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Northern Lights seeking to award top women in aviation, aerospace

January 19, 2016  By Northern Lights Award Foundation

The Northern Lights Award Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 8th Annual Awards Program. Each year, the national not-for-profit foundation honours outstanding Canadian women who have made a significant contribution to Aviation or Aerospace, and who continue to lay the groundwork for other women to enter or excel in these industries.

The not-for-profit’s award program, the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights (EMNL) Awards, is named after aviation pioneer and human rights advocate Elsie Gregory MacGill, the world’s first female aircraft designer. MacGill graduated from the University of Toronto’s electrical engineering program in 1927 and later became pivotal in the design and production of the Hawker Hurricane in Canada during the Second World War. During her career, MacGill was appointed to the Canadian Royal Commission on the Status of Women, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The foundation is always working on new initiatives and 2015 brings the expansion of the Rising Star award category from one nomination to two from all regions of Canada.

The 2016 winners will be selected by a judging panel comprised of industry experts and veterans, and will be honoured at a Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony in the Toronto area on Saturday, October 1, at the Toscana Conference Centre.

To nominate an outstanding woman, or for more information about the Northern Lights Award Foundation and sponsorship opportunities, visit: www.northernlightsaward.ca. Nominations submission deadline is March 31, 2016.



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