SWIFT 22 Day 1 – Program Announced

SWIFT 22 is to be held at YUL in Montréal, and already a number of incredible speakers have been confirmed to present.

The schedule for the first day has six sessions, including two presented by the Canadian Airfield Pavement Technologies Group (CAPTG). The sessions will cover topics ranging from the psychological safety of staff, to methods of best practise for maintaining airfield pavements.

The first session, commencing at 09:00 EST, will be the Welcome Session, hosted by host airport’s Donald Desrosiers, Main Director of Airfield & Building Infrastructures Maintenance. Donald will be joined by YUL’s President, Philipe Rainville, CAPTG and the Department of National Defence’s Myron Thiessen, and Thomas Romig, Vice President Safety, Security & Operations for ACI. Philipe Rainville commented.

Donald returns to chair the second session of the day: Psychological Safety/Our People, focusing on HR to people strategy. The first presentation will be from Kim Hobbs, Director of Health & Safety at YVR, and Susan Sawatzky, the President of In-Scope Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in Human Risk Factors for high-risk industries across North America. The second presentation of the session will come from the host airport’s Talents and Transformation Team, Marie-Félicité Gignac, Director, and Natasha Audette, Business Partner of the Talents & Transformation Team.

When asked the value of SWIFT as a conference, Kim says: “The opportunity to meet and talk with people in the industry that share the same challenges and wins is so valuable. It allows for perspective, collaboration, understanding, and camaraderie on so many levels.  The aviation industry is so incredibly complex that even after 10 years of working within it, I am learning new aspects all the time.”

The first of the CAPTG sessions is Airfield Pavement Maintenance sponsored by Stantec. This session will be looking into best practises and emerging technologies. Dave Anderson of Associated Engineering will chair the session. Speaking alongside Dave, Chris Olidis of Applied Research Associates, Tim Smith from the Cement Association of Canada, and Mike Sucee, Canada Area Manager of Crafco.

Airfield Pavement Evaluation follows the maintenance session, chaired by Benson Nguyen of HATCH. He is joined by Peter-Paul Dzwilewski of APTech, Shila Khanal from Applied Research Associates, and Alain Duclos of Englobe. Benson Nguyen explains why he is looking forward to the conference “SWIFT is a great opportunity to catchup with colleagues and learn about the latest technologies in the aviation industry.  SWIFT allows you to rekindle past relationships as well as create new relationships with like-minded professionals.”

Safety Training & Competency will be chaired by Rich Brannan, Assistant Director of Field Maintenance, at Denver airport, with the session sponsored by Ennis-Flint/Airmark. Rich will be using the session to look at implementing airfield organisation and providing training and oversight to ensure effective airfield management. He will be assisted by Mike Anderson, Manager Training & Compliance at YYC, Dean Ervin, Director of Aerodrome Operations & Compliance at YEG, Fernando Lopez Calleja, MD of Modalis, and SMS Consultant Joanne Landry.

For Vehicles, Fleet Management & Strategy SWIFT committee welcomes you to this session on vehicle procurement & asset lifestyle, and the transition to zero emissions vehicles. This session will be chaired by Roy McLeod, EFC Aviation and former SWIFT committee chair, and he will be joined by Dr Justin Gammage, Senior Executive Advisor for Strategic Research Priorities and Industry Collaborations, Ontario Tech University alongside Philippe Stas, Director, Strategic Procurement (ADM), and Claude Hurtubise, Coordinator of Project Portfolios (ADM). The session is sponsored by Precise Parklink.

The day is sponsored by Tradewind Scientific.