Snowbird’s first female pilot and commander to speak at NAIT
Lt.-Col. (Retired) Maryse Carmichael, who made history in 2000 as the first woman to ever fly with the renowned Canadian Forces’ Snowbirds, will be the keynote speaker at NAIT’s first Power Engineering Technology industry day.
After her tour of duty with the Snowbirds, Carmichael was assigned increasingly more challenging leadership positions within the Air Force, both at the tactical and operational levels. In May 2010, Carmichael was appointed commanding officer of the Snowbirds – a world’s first for a female aviator.
Carmichael’s personal experiences in high-stress situations, coupled with her unique perspective on team dynamics, offer an insightful view into effective leadership.
Power Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program. Graduates are in high demand, working as operators or managers for power and heating plants, as consultants with engineering firms and as boiler and pressure vessel inspectors.
WHEN: Thursday, May 15, 2014
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
WHERE: NAIT Main Campus
Shaw Theatre (in Building X on campus map)
11762 106 St. NW
NOTE TO MEDIA: Carmichael will be available to speak to media immediately following her keynote address.
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Lt.-Col. (Retired) Maryse Carmichael has been fascinated by aviation for as long as she can remember.
While attending the Bagotville Airshow at the age of six, she recalls being mesmerized by the pilot’s feats of precision and discipline. As soon as she was able, she followed in the footsteps of her three brothers and joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets with 630 Squadron, in Quebec City. She had one single goal in mind – to fly. At age 16 she realized her dream and was awarded scholarships for both her glider and private pilot wings.
Carmichael soon continued her aviation adventures as a military pilot, joining the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1990. Over her 22 year career, she accumulated nearly 3,500 hours on three main aircraft types; the Tutor jet trainer, the Challenger VIP Jet transport aircraft and the Hercules tactical airlift/transport plane.
In November 2000, Carmichael made history when she was selected to fly with 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the Canadian Forces’ Snowbirds. She was the Snowbird’s first female pilot and the first female pilot in the world to fly with a jet demonstration team.
After her tour of duty with the Snowbirds, Carmichael was assigned increasingly more challenging leadership positions within the Air Force, both at the tactical and operational levels. Specifically, she served as the operations officer position on 436 Transport Squadron, and as the deputy wing operations officer at 3 Wing Bagotville.
In May 2010, Carmichael was appointed as the commanding officer of the Snowbirds – another world’s first for a female aviator. She considers her time leading the men and women of RCAF’s Snowbirds to be the pinnacle of her career.
The recipient of many awards, Carmichael was recognized in 2006 in the Top 100 as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women Executive Network and in 2013 she was the recipient of the Elsie MacGil Northern Lights Award.
Now retired from the RCAF, Carmichael still shares her passion for aviation with her husband, Lt.-Col. Scott Greenough, an RCAF fighter pilot, and their two daughters.