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Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame to Induct Four New Members in 2018

Members of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame are selected for their contributions to Canada’s development through their integral roles in the nation’s aviation history. The inductees in 2018 will join the ranks of the 228 esteemed men and women inducted since the Hall’s formation in 1973, bringing to 232 the total number of individual Members of the Hall.

            “In 2018 we will again be honouring four Canadians for their outstanding places in Canadian aviation,” says Hall of Fame board chairman, Rod Sheridan. “Their careers over several decades span a wide breadth of both military and civilian aviation. They have contributed to the building of airlines and aviation organizations, leadership in the air force, management of industry, development of aviation systems and establishment of air rescue services.”

            Plans for the annual gala dinner event and induction ceremonies are well underway. “We expect another complete sell-out for the celebration in Calgary,” says Rod Sheridan, “and I encourage early purchase of tickets for this premiere celebration of Canadian aviation development.”

            The four individuals to be installed as Members of the Hall in 2018 are:


Mr. John M. Bogie

            Born into an aviation family in the United States, John Bogie has made his home in Canada since the early 1950s, following service in the United States Navy, work as an airport operator, and as a very young charter pilot. In Canada, he quickly made a name for his charter and resource exploration work for Laurentian Air Services and Spartan Air Services, including the flight that identified the major iron deposit at Gagnon, Quebec.

            Complementing his civilian flying, in 1952 Bogie became, with Margaret Carson, a co-founder of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), serving as its first President and Chairman. Since that time, he has been an unswerving supporter of COPA, seeing it grow from modest beginnings to some 17,000 members.

            He served in most of COPA’s executive capacities and continues as an honorary director and life member. He still attends as many COPA events as he can, now into his 90s. His COPA accomplishments include simplified medicals for pilots and aviation liability group insurance now used by commercial carriers.

            John helped to create the Experimental Aircraft Association Canada organization, as well as a civilian pilot group for Search and Rescue as an adjunct to the military. Another entity he helped bring into being was the Canadian Business Aircraft Association (CBAA), first as an arm of COPA and then as a distinct entity. His Laurentian Air Services career ultimately took him to the presidency, to many initiatives to diversify its operations and to embrace the bilingual nature of the environment in which his company operated.

            A subsequent stroke of initiative allowed him to buy a large consignment of ex-US Army Beavers which were rebuilt and put onto the Canadian market. This constituted the largest single aircraft purchase of its kind in Canada and made Laurentian the Canadian centre for Beaver activity. John Bogie has continued to support Canadian aviation long after his retirement in 1992. He continues to enjoy the respect and affection of the aviation community to this day.


Gen Paul D. Manson, O.C., C.M, CD

            General (Retired) Paul Manson is one of the top-tier Canadian aviation personalities of his generation. His stellar military, industry and volunteer services are of the highest calibre. Manson’s spectacular 38-year RCAF/CF career culminated in his appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff from 1986 to 1989. As a fighter pilot, he commanded at every level of the air force and was instrumental as the Program Manager for the New Fighter Aircraft Program in the selection of the CF-18 Hornet to replace Canada’s aging fleets of CF-101, CF-104 and CF-5 fighters in the 1980s.

            Having retired, Paul Manson went on to a career in the commercial side of aviation for several years including service as President of Paramax, a large aerospace company. Subsequently  he held the position of Chairman for Lockheed Martin Canada.

            Perhaps of greater consequence was the challenge he then accepted to serve as the volunteer full-time chairman of the “Passing the Torch” campaign, which raised over $16M in support of the Canadian War Museum (CWM) and its quest to find and open a new facility in Ottawa after a tumultuous period in the Museum’s history. He served on the CWM’s parent Board as a trustee and chaired the Board’s committees devoted to the revitalized new museum.

            Paul Manson’s success at marshalling support and ensuring the completion of this significant national facility in 2005 will stand as a testament to his accomplishment. Following that period of dedicated work, he was the Chairman of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, and chairman of the board for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He has also functioned as a commentator on defence and national security issues. As a skilled musician, he plays trombone in an Ottawa-based swing band in his spare time.

            General Manson is the recipient of honorary Doctorate of Military Science degrees from Royal Roads Military College and the Royal Military College. He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002.


Dr. John Maris

            Dr. John M. Maris has had an exceptional 12-year career as an active Canadian Armed Forces operational pilot, test pilot, project manager and Canadian Space Agency team leader. For over 20 years, he has flourished as an innovator in creation of the electronic cockpit, and the development of technology and processes for systems and flight test certification, as well as the creation of industrial and aerospace research alliances.

            He has worked in Canada and the United States, as well as in New Zealand. John has also played important roles in the industrial organization sector through his chairmanship of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. He has been recognized for his work by all major Canadian, UK and US aerospace agencies. Significant accomplishments included his leadership of the team developing aviation systems, engineering for the robotic arm deployed on the International Space Station, conception of electronic charting and development of its underlying graphics library technology. John has also been involved with flight test standardization courses for the Bombardier C Series flight test personnel, and for flight optimization systems for NASA.

            Dr. Maris is a published author on a wide range of aeronautics subjects, holds numerous worldwide patents and serves on the boards of a range of academic and public sector agencies. In 2005, John was awarded Canada’s oldest aeronautical prize, the prestigious Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy for his contributions to Canadian aerospace. In 2006 he was presented with an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, the companion facility of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.


Dr. Dwight Gregory Powell, O.C.

            Dr. Greg Powell has an exemplary and notable 40-year career of leadership and innovation in the fields of emergency medicine, aviation, medical education and research. He is an internationally recognized leader in air medical transportation, critical patient care, emergency medical training and education. Dr. Powell is the founder of STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service) and its supporting Foundation. He is Professor Emeritus for Emergency and Family Medicine at the University of Calgary.

            Greg merged his aviation interest and medical education in the early 1970s, and those joint passions shaped his focus over the full extent of his career. His commitment to safety, innovation excellence in patient care, and the aeromedical delivery of that care are renowned. Those measures have saved countless lives in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

            Under his leadership, programs were implemented for night vision goggles, wire strike kits, and the development of heliports throughout the service areas, along with specific GPS approaches for each of them. STARS has been a significant contributor to an international aviation safety network. Dr. Powell also served as President of the Association of Air Medical Services based in Washington DC.

            In addition to his professional career, Dr. Powell has been deeply involved in volunteer work throughout Alberta and in the international aviation medical evacuation community. He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007.


Brief History of The Hall

            Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame office is located at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, south of Edmonton. The Hall’s displays are located in the museum’s hangar. The Hall was founded in 1973 and its inductees have come from all across Canada, having led extraordinary lives as military and civilian pilots, doctors, scientists, inventors, engineers, astronauts and administrators.

            Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame strives to increase the public’s understanding and interest in aviation history by making its displays, archives, records and artifacts accessible to current and future generations. The heroism and courage embodied in the Members of the Hall serve to kindle the spirit of adventure in Canada’s youth.

            The 2018 gala dinner and induction ceremonies will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, in the Sunwest Aviation hangar at Calgary International Airport.

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