The Canadian Airports Council is a proud supporter of the Air Cadet League of Canada. Each year, the CAC provides two annual scholarships each to 1) the cadet with the highest academic standing and 2) the most improved cadet attending the Advanced Aviation Technology Course -- Airport Operations summer training course.
Founded in 1941, the Air Cadet League of Canada consists of its National Headquarters, situated in Ottawa, and 12 Provincial/Territorial Committees. The League, in partnership with the Department of National Defense, provides support for the 450+ Air Cadet squadrons, spread across our entire great nation.
24,000 cadets, committed and passionate young men and women between the ages of 12 and 18, are enrolled in these squadrons.
The aims of the Air Cadet League are:
To develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership;
To promote physical fitness; and
To stimulate the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.
Since 2005, the League has entered into over 13 formal national memoranda of understanding/letters of agreement with various elements of Canada's aviation and aerospace industry. One of the primary objectives of the League, through these partnerships, is to increase cadet awareness of career opportunities in aviation and aerospace industries.
Of interest, figures received on a regular basis from Transport Canada and the Canadian Airline Pilots Association reveal that one out of every five private pilots in Canada, at the present time, are former Air Cadets, and that 63 percent of the commercial airline pilots flying today also had their start as Air Cadets.
CAC Gerry Bruno Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2016 in cooperation with InterVISTAS and is intended to celebrate the leadership and innovation of Gerry Bruno, the founding CEO of InterVISTAS Consulting and a respected leader in commercial airport management.
The scholarship is intended to foster similar qualities in tomorrow’s leaders. Mr. Bruno’s career in aviation has included government service, airport marketing and strategic planning, aviation policy and aviation consulting. Gerry’s approach to addressing problems and issues is always based on solid analysis, understanding the law and policy context of aviation in society, innovative thinking, and collaborative advocacy for the sector. Mr. Bruno has had a lifelong appreciation of the role of education throughout his career, earning two degrees, supplemented with airport specific studies and accreditation.
Independently administered by the Canadian Airports Council (CAC), in cooperation with ScholarshipsCanada, this scholarship recognizes students with high academic achievement who are working toward a career in aviation management, planning, marketing and/or policy. Participation is available students registered in any associated Canadian university or college program. The scholarship is awarded every two years at the Airports Canada Conference. Applications will also be available through several universities and colleges where programs offering related studies are available.