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Student Aerospace Speaker Series

DAIR, in partnership with the Industry Operations Leadership & Management Program with McMaster Engineering, will launch an Industry-Led Speaker Series to enable students entering the Aerospace sector to learn more about opportunities, trends, skills and where the industry is headed here in Canada.

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Learn Directly From Canadian & International Aerospace Leaders

07 Feb 24 - 28 Feb 24



Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research (DAIR) & McMaster University have collaborated to craft a weekly speaker series where students seeking entry into the Canadian Aerospace sector will be able to learn directly from senior leaders, both within Canada and worldwide, on prevalent topics in the aerospace sector.

The Series hosts 4 Speaker Events, welcoming 12-16 aerospace industry and academic leaders. 

Enhanced Interaction

Each session will see panellists answer questions posed live, and as well captured through Mentimeter's interactive presentation platform.


Panellists will answer questions posed through Mentimeter and speak on prevalent topics and challenges faced by the industry within the first hour. 

Panellists will then remain for an additional 30 minutes for a live Q&A to understand and share mentorship advice to meet your key challenges.

Speaker Series Events

Register for one or all of the events.


Learn from speakers who have contributed to our DAIR speaker series events. Check back soon for confirmed speakers outlined for each event below.

Event 1

Emerging Trends, Challenges & Opportunities in Aerospace

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07 Feb 24 | 4:30 - 6:00 pm Est

Learn from senior industry leaders about Canada's post-pandemic state of the aerospace sector. Gain insight into emerging national and international trends as well as the challenges and opportunities available for new entrants into the Aerospace sector.

Event 2

Optimize, Understand & Leverage Academic Pathways into Aerospace

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14 Feb 24 | 4:30 - 6:00 pm Est

Learn from academic leaders supporting aerospace workforce development initiatives in Ontario and Canada. Speakers will share insight on prevalent topics shaping research within the aerospace sector and employer feedback on emerging skill development trends.

Event 3

Advanced Skill & Technology Development in Aerospace

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21 Feb 24 | 4:30 - 6:00 pm Est

Learn from both academic and senior business unit leaders as they share insights regarding emerging trends in skill development and advanced technological trends, from augmented and mixed reality, digitization, material science, sustainability initiatives and Artificial Intelligence applications. 

Event 4

Job Entry Strategies, Techniques and Best Practices 

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28 Feb 24 4:30 - 6:00 pm Est

Learn from hiring human resources, talent development, and senior operational leaders in the aerospace sector. They will share insights, strategies, techniques and best practices to enable students to gain rapid entry within the aerospace sector.


Register for the student speaker series events here.

Program Lead

Industry Operations Leadership & Management

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Ashan Corea

McMaster University

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Certificates of Completion Professional Programs

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