Fred Stevenson was one of the original pilots of the Ontario Provincial Air Service, joining in 1924. He had served in World War I, being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Croix de Guerre and afterwards went to Russia to train pilots. He left Air Service in 1927, taking part in Western Canada Airway's airlift supplies during the study of the feasibility of establishing a seaport on Hudson Bay. He was killed in the crash of his Fokker Universal at The Pas, Manitoba, January 5, 1928. Stevenson Field in Winnipeg, opened later that year and now the city's main airport, is named after him. He was the first recipient of the Harmon Trophy, awarded to him posthumously in 1928.