Porter Airlines Becomes Title Sponsor for 2016 Northern Lights Aero Foundation

March 29, 2016, Toronto, Ont. - The Northern Lights Aero Foundation (NLAF) is pleased to announce a landmark sponsorship from Porter Airlines that will significantly help foster the cause of honouring and empowering outstanding Canadian women who have made significant contributions to aviation or aerospace.

Each year, the national not-for-profit foundation honours outstanding Canadian women who have made a significant contribution in their field and who continue to lay the groundwork for other women to enter or excel in these industries.

The sponsorship is part of Porter’s commitment to encourage and advance women in aviation. It coincides with the launch of Women Soar at Porter, which aims to bridge the gender gap within all areas of their organization.

“Aviation is for anyone willing to work hard and with a passion for what they do,” said Robert Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines. “The Northern Lights Aero Foundation promotes values that are consistent with Porter's own efforts to inspire women to pursue aviation careers.”

Announcing the new sponsorship agreement, Anna Pangrazzi, President and Director of Sales for the Northern Lights Aero Foundation, said,

“When it comes to women in aviation, the synergies between our two organizations make this a natural alliance. I am thrilled that Porter Airlines has partnered with us, to help us showcase the amazing contributions that women are making to the industry and to inspire other women to consider careers in aviation or aerospace. This is a significant win for the foundation and reflects our growth on a national stage.”

Porter and the Northern Lights Aero Foundation will also work together to broadly promote women in aviation at the airline.

About the Northern Lights Aero Foundation

The Northern Lights Aero Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes outstanding Canadian women in aviation and aerospace. Its mission is to inspire and encourage increased participation of women in these industries by: heightening the visibility of honourees as role models; promoting awareness of the vast opportunities in all sectors; and ensuring organizations recognize and benefit from women's diverse and untapped talents. The Foundation’s national awards program, The Elsie MacGill Awards was established in 2009, and each year honours up to seven women for their contributions in specific aviation and aerospace disciplines. Award categories are:

Flight Operations/Maintenance (civilian), Government; Business, Education, Pioneer, and Rising Star.

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® and also rated as Best Regional Airline in North America by Skytrax.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston, Washington (Dulles), Pittsburgh and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Burlington, Vt., and Orlando-Melbourne, Fla.

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