Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are converging at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum—one of three museums under Ingenium—Canada’s Museum of Science and Innovation—thanks to a new $1.5-million investment and multi-year partnership with NAV Canada, Canada’s not-for-profit air navigation service provider.
The partnership aims to inspire the next generation, from all walks of life, to consider a career in aviation.
Through the development of a permanent exhibition at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, an accompanying travelling exhibition and educational programming and materials, this long-term partnership is designed to raise public awareness about Canada’s dynamic aviation and space industry.
Rooted in discovery and innovation, the sector requires new talent to design, develop, deploy, and maintain sophisticated air traffic management technologies, in order to keep Canada’s skies safe for the future.
“With Canadian air traffic on the rise, there is a growing demand for skilled professionals in our industry,” said Neil Wilson, president and CEO of NAV Canada. “These are incredibly rewarding jobs; helping people of all ages and backgrounds learn about careers in aviation will bring tremendous benefits to the future of air travel in Canada. The new exhibition will offer a window into our industry; it will honour the men and women who make Canada’s air navigation service the safest in the world, while offering inspiration for some to become part of Canada’s future aviation story.”
To foster the next generation of industry leaders, innovators, and employees, the museum and NAV Canada are working together with national industry, government, and academic partners from the Aero/Space Network to engage directly with youth through special events such as Fly to the Future.
Currently under development, the interactive exhibition at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum will engage visitors by showcasing the history of air traffic control, today’s advanced technology and innovations, the many faces behind Canada’s air navigation system, and a glimpse at where the industry is headed.
A travelling exhibition, featuring similar artifacts and information, will take a cross-country tour to other museums and public venues across Canada. Both are scheduled to be unveiled in 2020.
NAV Canada is internationally recognized for its safety record, and technology innovation. Its air traffic management systems are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.