Member at Large
CATHY PRESS is CEO of Chinook Helicopters. As the first female helicopter flight instructor in Canada, she is driving the aviation industry forward and has grown Chinook to be an internationally recognized flight school specializing in helicopter and aeroplane pilot training. Cathy’s current focus is on the development of simulation products to assist in high level training programs aiming to become a national leader in VR flight simulation training.
Cathy completed her first solo at 16 years of age and is currently the only person in Canada that holds a “Transport Canada Pilot Examiner” status in both aeroplanes and helicopters. Cathy acts as chair for the flight training committee for HAC (Helicopter Association of Canada) and is a board member for BCAC (BC Aviation Council), as well as the IWF BC (International Women’s Forum). In 2019, Cathy was named one of Women’s Executive Network: Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women to add to her already impressive list of aviation accomplishments and awards.
Cathy has always taken a hands-on approach in supporting individuals who are starting both aviation and business careers. She continues to be passionate about helping others to reach their goals as an educator and mentor.