Economic Security for Women through Aviation

Elevate Aviation Receives $426,410 in Funding from Federal Status of Women

 Left to Right: Kendra Kincade, Elevate Aviation Founder and Chair; Nicola Crosbie, Elevate Aviation Board of Directors; Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre; and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women Canada.

Left to Right: Kendra Kincade, Elevate Aviation Founder and Chair; Nicola Crosbie, Elevate Aviation Board of Directors; Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre; and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women Canada.


Grant funding in the amount of $426, 410 to Elevate Aviation was announced at the Edmonton International Airport this week. 

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women Canada and Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre made this huge announcement on May 4, 2018. Two other grant recipients were on hand (APEGA and the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association) as the Minister discussed the importance of building economic security for women through this funding.

The funding from the Status of Women Canada, a federal government organization that promotes economic, social, and democratic equality for women, will go towards a three-year project completely orchestrated and managed by Elevate Aviation. The project is called “Creating Economic Security for Women through Aviation”.

Elevate Aviation's mission is to help women thrive and succeed through aviation. "Through this funding, we will be able to help more women achieve economic security through successful careers in aviation. Supporting women as they pursue their dreams in aviation is our mission, and with this funding, we will be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of women in Canada." Kendra Kincade, Founder and Chair of the Board of Elevate Aviation.

 Members of Elevate Aviation - Left to Right: Nicola Crosbie, Board of Directors; Sophia Wells, Director of Advocacy; Laura Foote, Director of Operations; and Kendra Kincade, Founder and Chair.

Members of Elevate Aviation - Left to Right: Nicola Crosbie, Board of Directors; Sophia Wells, Director of Advocacy; Laura Foote, Director of Operations; and Kendra Kincade, Founder and Chair.


The three-year project will examine why more women don't look at aviation as a career for economic security. Data collected during the study will be used to develop recommendations for aviation companies across Canada, with a long-term goal of more women in the industry, relieving the pressure of the worldwide aviation shortage.

Elevate Aviation will work with industry partners to develop an action plan to establish and implement ways to create economic security for women through careers in the aviation industry. They will investigate why there are so few women in aviation, and what can be done to attract, retain and promote women within the industry. 

It will also entail analyzing aviation organizations and collecting data to see if the environment is attractive and inclusive of women. In addition, relationship supports will be investigated in order learn more about the barriers we are aware of, what barriers we may not yet be aware of, and ways to overcome those barriers. This includes aviation companies and professionals, airports, members of parliament, and schools just to name a few.

The two main objectives of this project are: 1. Use data and statistics gathered from inside and outside the aviation industry to develop an action plan addressing the gender imbalance in aviation and to increase economic security for women. 2. Implement and ensure accountability of that action plan by working directly with aviation companies.

Elevate Aviation will be collaborating with other organizations that champion inclusion and diversity. By engaging with these groups, they can use their expertise and avoid duplication of previous work. They are currently seeking aviation companies who wish to participate and implement the recommendations inside their companies and analyze the results.

Confirmed partners on the project are:

  • NAV Canada
  • Porter Airlines
  • COPA
  • North Cariboo Air

By the end of our three-year project, Elevate will have recommendations for companies to find and retain women in the workforce.

"When women are without good jobs and stable incomes, we all bear the costs and consequences. Investing in the middle class and those working hard to join it means investing in women's economic security so they, their families and their communities can prosper. Our government knows that when we invest in women, we strengthen the economy for everyone, and that's why these projects are so important: they are creating the right conditions for women to thrive in their careers – and their lives. By funding organizations that will target the barriers holding women back, we are ensuring that all Canadians – regardless of gender – have a real and fair chance at success." -The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P., Minister of Status of Women

Any questions or comments may be directed to kendra@elevateaviation.ca or laura@elevateaviation.ca