Claire Lemiski lives and breathes aviation. After completing her Private Pilot License in High School in Ontario, she moved to British Columbia to continue flight training and pursue a degree in Geography at Trinity Western University. She now holds a Commercial Pilot License with multi-engine and instrument ratings.
Claire took summer jobs as a ramp attendant, dispatcher and skydive pilot. Then in 2007 she was a summer student in Bombardier’s Q Series Flight Test department in Toronto. This lead to a permanent position: first as a participant in the Graduate Development Program, and subsequently as a Flight Test Engineer, conducting tests for new part functionality, electromagnetic compatibility, engineering investigations, product enhancement, and performance. Keen to move from the jumpseat to the pilot’s seat, Claire earned her Dash 8 Q400 type endorsement in 2012 and now flies Bombardier’s corporate shuttle between Montreal and Toronto.
Claire’s involvement in aviation doesn’t stop when she leaves work. In Toronto, she was an active member of the First Canadian Chapter of the Ninety-Nines and Women in Aviation’s Upper Canada Chapter: participating in local outreach events and as a speaker at the 2013 biennial Canadian conference. She is also a check pilot for the deHavilland Employee Flying Club at Downsview. Now living in Montreal, she is in a leadership role with the Montreal Ninety-Nines and is a mentor for one of the chapter’s student pilots.