Contessa choose flying as a 10 year old in response to the generic question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We covered a few ideas; Firefighter, police officer, doctor, lawyer, and pilot. A false romantic picture was painted and that was it, she was hooked!
She joined the Air Cadets which became the breeding ground for a passion that continues today. Her employment path went from flight instructing, cargo, and private corporate flying to Captain with Jazz Aviation and then onto Air Canada. As well, Contessa is remains involved with the 99s, Canadian Women in Aviation, the Northern Lights Aero Foundation, among other industry volunteer efforts.
Contessa feels extremely fortunate to have chosen a career in aviation where she has been personally touched by the remarkable pioneers and outstanding leaders who have significantly contributed to the success of many women in the industry.