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The University of Waterloo Aviation Society invites the Canadian Aviation Safety Officers Partnership to join the students for four complimentary aviation safety webinars. Sessions are presented by aviation subject matter experts and aviation scholars who aim to introduce traditional and progressively innovative safety topics to both students and industry.

The registration for all sessions will close on Friday, March 12, at the end of the business day at 5 p.m.EST.  Note that if you plan to have more than one person from your company attending, you will need to sign up separately for each attendee as there are limited spots available.  Registration is on a first-come basis and is limited to 100 spots.

If you have any questions regarding the registration, feel free to contact the Aviation Society at

MARCH 9- 1100- 1200EST

Safety Culture and Safety Behaviour in Cross-national and Cross-organization contexts

Join us for the first Aviation Safety webinars with presented by Wesley Chan, a B777 pilot and a  Ph.D. Candidate at Cranfield University.  Originally from Ontario, Wes’s research examines safety culture and safety behaviour-national and cross-organization contexts. His consideration for power distance and other cultural dimensions, reconceptualize traditional ideas of safety have remain unresearched and unchanged in over 20 years.


MARCH 23- 1030-1200EST

Emergency Response Planning and Management- A First Air Flight 6560 Case Study

Join us for our second webinar of our Aviation Safety webinar series, presented by  Rozy LaPerriere, Aviation OHS & Safety Consultant , and John Murphy, Flight Safety Manager at Canadian North. The safety duo will be providing an informative session on the underdiscussed topic of emergency response planning and management in aviation. As emergency responders to the tragic events that took place on August 20, 2011, Rozy and John will be sharing their experiences and knowledge to showcase the importance of proper planning. 


MARCH 30- 1030-1200EST 

The Science of Survivability

Join us for the third webinar of our Aviation Safety webinar series, presented by Anthony Brickhouse, Professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  In this session, Anthony will be balancing investigative factors that determine survivability with information on things to consider when we fly.  In short, he will be discussing who lives, who dies, and why.


APRIL 6- 1000-1200EST

Safety and Discrimination 

Join us for the fourth and final webinar of our Aviation Safety webinar series.  This session introduces the relationship of discrimination and safety, by exploring Canadian aviation’s unexpected design of imbalances, and identifies the link between CRM and discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ and women-identified people in the flight deck. The session ends with the Canadian air carriers' actions to create safe workspaces for all.

Learn More About the Speakers
March 9

Wesley Chan:

Wesley is a current Boeing 777 pilot and PhD candidate at the Cranfield University School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing. He began his academic and flying career in Waterloo from 2008-2011, where he earned a BES in Honours Geography and did his initial flight training at WWFC. Wesley presently lectures for the University of South Australia Aviation program on their Hong Kong external campus, and is a member of the Hong Kong ALPA Technical and Safety Committee. Academically, Wesley has an MSc in Aviation Human Factors from Coventry University, and has published peer reviewed research on the effects of culture, particularly on cross-cultural and nomadic identities, on pilot and air traffic controller behaviours. His current research interests are on the effects of culture on situation awareness and human-computer interaction, with focuses on training design and accident investigation.

March 23

Rozy LaPerrière:

I started my aviation career over 30 years ago when I needed to pay the rent and answered a newspaper ad for a ticket counter agent at First Air based at the Ottawa International Airport.  My ability to speak French led me to a one-week assignment in Northern Québec.  My short stay in Kuujjuaq turned into 6 months and steered me to a multitude of jobs within First Air that awarded me a collection of experiences and friendships, for which I am forever grateful.

My introduction to Emergency Response came shortly after I became the Northern Agent Trainer when it was clear there was a gap in the plan.  There were no documented instructions for the Northern Agents to follow in the event of an accident.  Additional sections of the Emergency Response Plan were established and added to assist the Northern Agents. 

During my tenure at First Air, I acquired the Occupational Health & Safety file; promoted good will and fair allocation of claims as the Customer Relations Manager; was a key member of the committee which developed and implemented First Air’s Safety Management System; and became the Safety Manager for the company.

I’ve had other wonderful Safety Management opportunities in the aviation industry at a local Flight Training Unit and General Aviation Airport.  Recently I have branched out beyond the aviation industry and have accepted a new Occupational Health & Safety position here in Ottawa.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa and a Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety from Algonguin College.

John Murphy:

I graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley’s Aviation Management program where I completed my flight training as well. I started flying various light aircraft in Inuvik NWT and across the arctic. I proceed to flight cargo on a Gulfstream 1 out of Pearson for a number of years before flying B737’s out of Yellowknife for First Air. After leaving Yellowknife I went on to fly B737’s for Canjet Airlines based in Halifax before going back to First Air to fly my dream aircraft the C130 completing charters throughout the world.
After losing my license due to an autoimmune disease I began my career in Safety and Quality. I was the manager of flight safety for First Air, Sunwing Airlines, Pacific Coastal Airlines, and a private airline called Pacific Sky. I now manage the flight safety program for Canadian North Airlines based in Ottawa.
I hold various safety and quality certificates from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, The CCAA, DTI, and HFACS.


March 30

Anthony Brickhouse:

 Anthony T. Brickhouse is an associate professor assigned to the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation at the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Before joining the faculty of ERAU, he served as the Assistant Aviation Safety Program Manager for the Daytona Beach campus. Before joining the aviation safety staff at ERAU, he was assigned to the Vehicle Performance Division of the Office of Research and Engineering at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, District of Columbia. During the span of his career, he has investigated numerous aircraft accidents and safety events. Since entering academia, Professor Brickhouse has been involved in research surrounding flight operational quality assurance (FOQA), airport ground safety, the use of flight recorders in accident investigation, survivability/crashworthiness, and the mental health aspects of accident investigation. Professor Brickhouse holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (spacecraft design) with minors in mathematics/aviation safety and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Science with a specialization in Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems. He completed doctoral coursework at the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University, with a focus on higher education leadership in aviation and conflict resolution. Professor Brickhouse is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and is a full member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI), serving on their General Aviation Safety and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Working Groups. He is also the International Coordinator of Student Outreach and Mentoring for ISASI. In October of 2020, Brickhouse was awarded the prestigious Reese Dill Aviation Safety Medal of Honor by the Aero Club of New England.

April 6

Erica Fuhr:

Erica Fuhr is the Manager, Corporate Culture & Diversity with Chorus Aviation.  Erica began her aviation career in 2005 with the regional carrier Jazz, part of the Chorus group of companies. Holding the role of Diversity & Inclusion Manager from its inception in 2009, she was responsible for initiating a D&I strategy for the organization. Collaborating with various internal teams for a holistic approach, many initiatives have been implemented over the last ten years striving to embed diversity & inclusion into the corporate culture. Since June 2019, Erica has been supporting the organization with her newly created role in Corporate HR, to further evolve and align DEI initiatives across Chorus’ subsidiaries. Most recently, she has been developing programming to intentionally connect inclusion with overall employee safety. Erica is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP) and holds a certificate in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University. 

Molly McCullough:

Molly McCullough is currently working as a curator for Parks Canada. She holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from University College London, and has worked in curatorial, collections, exhibitions, and visitor services at national museums in Canada and the United Kingdom. Molly is interested in material culture and interpretation; she has co-written the forthcoming Material Traces of War: Stories of Canadian Women and Conflict, 1914-1945.

Noreen Newton:

My first job in the aviation industry was as a flight instructor was in 1980 at the Victoria Flying Club. Passionate about a career piloting airplane, my journey took me East to Calgary and then North to Fort St. John, where I was hired as the Chief Flight Instructor of a small flying school, which was part of a larger charter operation.  In March of 1987, I was hired as a first officer on a Twin Otter at a regional airline: AirBC.  Thirty-four years, many thousands of hours, and different aircraft types later, I still fly for the airline that grew out of the merger of five regional airlines. I continue to be passionate about my career choice.
With almost forty years of experience as a pilot, I returned to graduate school in 2018 to research why so few women were attracted to the aviation industry.  The women I interviewed demonstrated how to create a culture of safety in the airline industry. 

Braeden Lavigne (he/him):

Braeden Lavigne , co-researcher of That’s So Gay: A Mixed-Method Study of Anti-LGBTQ+ Language Effects on Flight Safety in Canada, is a proud member and advocate of the LGBTQ+ community. His research has garnered the attention of various organizations seeking to improve culture within aviation. As a student in the Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology program at Seneca College, he has gained experience in multi-crew flight environments, human factors, crew resource management, air taxi turboprop operations and air carrier operations. He is also a licensed pilot holding multiple ratings including his Group 1 Instrument Rating and experience on various aircrafts and avionic types. Outside of aviation, Braeden pursues a passion for cuisine, and takes pleasure in not only preparing dishes, but enjoying them as well, such as he did during his time living abroad. 



Michael Cho:

Michael Cho is nearing completion of the Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology Program at Seneca College.  He has recently concluded his final phase of flight training with the completion of his Group 1 Instrument Rating and is looking forward to commencing multi-crew training with an emphasis on air taxi turboprop and jet operations.  As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Michael is a proud co-author of That’s So Gay: A Mixed-Method Study of Anti-LGBTQ+ Language Effects on Flight Safety in Canada.  What started as a research idea based on personal experiences and observations has quickly surpassed all expectations.  He is pleased to have been given the opportunity to present the paper’s findings to Chorus Aviation and the Aviation Safety course at the University of Waterloo.  

Angeline Ram:

Angeline’s 18 years in the industry of aviation started as a flight attendant summer job.  Her career spanning almost two decades includes auditing quality assurance, safety, AVSEC, SMS, CRM, organizational culture,  training design and facilitation, and safety system design and implementation, specializing in EASA CAMO and MROs/AMOs.  After completing her MSC in Air Transport Management in 2018, she continued her doctoral studies at the University of Waterloo, while she continued to work full time while undertaking part-time studies. In 2020, due to her lived experiences of observing and experienced normalized discrimination in the workplace and the acceptance by management, she resigned and entered academia full time to research the lived experiences of diverse peoples in Canadian aviation.

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