Elsie MacGill Awards Gala – The Elsie

The 12th Annual Elsie Gala will be cancelled due to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support over the years and we look forward to celebrating the 2020 winners at the 2021 Gala. Read the full press release here. 

The Foundation’s national awards program, The Elsie MacGill Awards  ("The Elsie") was established in 2009, and each year honours up to eight women for their contributions in specific aviation and aerospace disciplines. Award categories are: Flight Operations, Government, Business, Education, Pioneer, Engineering and Rising Star.

Through a nomination and judging process honourees are named each year and they are recognized each fall at a gala dinner. The event highlights the honourees’ life history through a combination of visuals, display materials and speakers who have known her throughout her personal and business life.

Nomination Criteria

  • - determination and perseverance
  • - enthusiasm
  • - leadership
  • - personal accomplishments in aviation or aerospace
  • - the ability to inspire others
  • - a contribution over an extended period of time (exception: Rising Star Award)


Nominations open annually January 1 - March 31 (NOTE: Due to COVID-19, 2020 Elsie winners will be celebrated in 2021 and we look forward to accepting nominations again in Jan 2022.)


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Click here for the 2019 winners