Program of Events

Session times updated on August 16, 2023.

8:00 - 8:30AM - Registration & Continental Breakfast Social, Exhibits Open

Doors open at 8am. Parking is available on site. Grab some coffee and breakfast and explore the exhibitors in Marshall Hall.

Breakfast sponsored by: NAVBLUE, an Airbus company.

8:30 - 9:30AM - Introductions & Opening Panel

Our main program kicks off with introductions from WISA Director Suzanne Kearns and Advisory Committee Co-Chair Ibrahim Yimer, followed by the Industry/Government Leadership Panel. The introduction will set the stage for the events of the day.

The speakers on the Industry/Government Leadership Panel include: Walter Di BartolomeoAmaryllis NautonJean Thomassin

9:30 - 10:00AM - Networking Break

Coffee and snacks will be available. Explore exhibitors within the main hall and network with fellow attendees. 

10:00AM - 11:15AM

Marshall Hall Heritage Room A Heritage Room B Heritage Room C

Roundtable Speed Sessions

Three rounds of 20-minute moderated discussions led by academic and industry experts. Topics include aviation training centres, government funding, industry applications of academic research, and electric plane certification.

Graduate Student Three-Minute Thesis Presentations

Watch and cheer on our talented graduate students who will be presenting their Three-Minute Theses (3MT). In only three minutes with a single static slide, they will pitch their exciting topics and how their research will impact the future of aeronautics. 

Social Sustainability Panel – Human Factors and Training Technologies

How do we apply new and emerging technologies to support the workforce of the future? Explore research and industry insights into pilot training, assessment and monitoring, and applications of new technologies to address today’s challenges. 

ESG Reporting

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting aligns financial outcomes with social and environmental goals. If organizations create a unified approach to measuring their sustainability, it could exponentially increase their impact on the world. How can aeronautics set its own standards of ESG reporting, and how can we use it to ensure the industry’s long-term success? 

Speakers: Craig McClelland, Keith Johnson, Paul Parker,  Rick Rubin, Richard Shehab

Session Co-Chairs: Shi Cao, Martin Smith

Session Co-Chairs: Ewa Niechwiej-Swedo, John Craig

Panelists: Andrew Duchowski, Kevin GrahamBeth IrvingBen Thompson

Session Chair: Amr ElAlfy

Panelists: Charles H. Cho, Emily Nield, Marvin Pelletier

11:15AM - 12:15PM - Lunch

Lunch will be served buffet style in Marshall Hall. Enjoy open networking and explore exhibits and static displays.

12:15 - 1:30PM 

Marshall Hall Heritage Room A Heritage Room B Heritage Room C

Social Sustainability – Workforce Sustainability in Aviation

How do we attract and retain diverse talent to address the shortage of workers in the air transport sector? Panelists will discuss how we can build a viable and competent workforce, across all aviation professional groups, with equity and sustainability at its core. 

Environmental Sustainability – Net-Zero Energy Transitions

How do we reduce harm to our environment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050? This session will cover interdisciplinary efforts underway across fields such as hydrogen, sustainable fuels, operational mitigations and hybrid-electric technologies, as well as policy and funding considerations. 

Economic Sustainability – Advanced Manufacturing

Rapid advances in manufacturing technologies have emerged as viable solutions to economic sustainability in aviation and aerospace manufacturing. This breakoutsession will explore new ways of adapting part production to generate innovative parts with advanced capabilities and competitive advantages in performance. 

Economic Sustainability – Advanced Air Mobility

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) including electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, drones, and other aerial vehicles presents a promising vision of efficient and sustainable urban transportation. What are the vital components of robust AAM ecosystems? What physical and digital infrastructure needs to be put in place, as well as workforce development? 

Session Chair: Suzanne Kearns

Panelists: Houssam AlaouieTeara Fraser, Grant Stevens, Anna Smallwood

Session Co-Chairs: Jeremy WangXiaoYu Wu

Panelists: Jay Kirkpatrick, Juliana LisiNatesa MacRaeRussell Stratton

Session Chair: Mihaela VlaseaDerek Aranguren van Egmond

Panelists: Luc Pouliot, Geoffrey Fowler, John Barnes

Session Co-Chairs: JR Hammond, Derek Robinson

Panelists: Don Goulard, Sylvia Kolitsopoulos

1:30 - 2:00PM - Networking Break

Coffee and snacks will be available. Explore exhibitors within the main hall, network with fellow attendees and attend the Product Demo Breakout Rooms in Heritage Rooms A. Visit Heritage Room C for information on Canada's Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy and Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs).

2:00 - 3:00PM - Keynote from Commander Chris Hadfield

Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield will deliver the featured keynote address of the Summit. You won't want to miss this informative and inspirational talk which will explore how aviation and aeronautics can be a force for good, but must pursue a sustainable future.

Colonel Hadfield is a heavily decorated astronaut, engineer and pilot. He is an internationally bestselling author, musician and speaker whose presentations have been viewed millions of times over. In addition to his far-reaching accomplishments, Colonel Hadfield is an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo and was pivotal in structuring and launching the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA).

3:00 - 5:00PM - Student Career Fair

New this year, Colonel Hadfield’s keynote will lead directly into a student career fair at the end of the day for future talent to discover opportunities in aviation, aerospace, space and sustainability! 

5:00PM - Event Concludes