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Truly an international aviation pioneer, Deanna Brasseur was one of three women to earn their wings as pilots in the Canadian military in 1981. Eight years later she became one of only two female pilots in the world to fly the highly sophisticated, supersonic, CF18 fighter aircraft. Featured as an “Outstanding Canadian” in MacLean’s Magazine December 1998 Honor Roll Special Edition; selected as Success Motivation International Inc., 1998 World Client of the Year Award for Personal Achievement; listed in the 1999 Edition of Who’s Who in Canada; and inducted as a Member of the “Order of Canada” in February, 1999.Since Deanna Marie Brasseur,’s first presentation in 1982, Deanna Brasseur has shared the unique learning and experience of her life’s journey with literally thousands of Canadians. In 1994 she retired from the Military to write “Achieve It: A PersonaI Success Journal and establish Unlimited Horizons, a professional speaking, personal coaching and training business committed to ‘unlocking the magnificence within each and everyone’ through teaching the physiology and psychology of excellence.

 

“Top Gun Still Seeks Challenges Today!”Major (Retired) Deanna Marie Brasseur, CM CD, continues “living on the edge” and striving to “Be all that she can be!” Today With her extensive background in leadership, organization, personnel management and supervision, Dee established her own business, Unlimited Horizons. A Professional Motivational Speaker as well as a Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Dee continues achieving, educating and consulting as a Corporate and Personal Performance Coach.

Adding to her list of accomplishments, she has become a writer, co-author of “Achieve It! A Personal Success Journal” and contributing author to “Speaking of Flying” Personal Tales of Heroism, Humor, Talent and Terror from 44 Unique Aviators. As a result of the successful endeavors and positive experiences of the 1996 “Crazy Canards” team, the Canadian Precision Flying Association (CPFA) was subsequently incorporated and granted charitable status by Revenue Canada in mid-July 1998. The Association’s mandate is to continue promoting the sport of Precision Flying in Canada by building on and utilizing the knowledge gained by participating in Fort Worth, Texas.

On 3 February, 1999, at a ceremony held at Rideau Hall, Deanna Marie Brasseur was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honorable Romeo LeBlanc, Governor General of Canada. Considered the keystone of the Canadian system of honors, the Order of Canada pays tribute to Canadians who exemplify the highest quality of citizenship and whose contributions enrich the lives of their contemporaries.

A dynamic versatile speaker with a keen sense of humor guaranteed to; Entertain, Educate & Motivate!

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Kathy Fox selected air traffic control as a career in 1974, and worked at Transport Canada control towers in Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles, Saint-Hubert and Montréal-Dorval, as well as at the Montréal Area Control Centre.  From 1982 until 1986, she was responsible for air traffic control training at the CEGEP Saint-Jean-sur- Richelieu, a cooperative training program coordinated by Transport Canada and the Quebec Ministry of Education.Ms. Fox left operational controlling in 1992 to accept a developmental assignment with Air Traffic Services Headquarters in Ottawa, assuming progressively senior positions. She transferred to NAV CANADA in 1996 and became Director, Safety & Quality, in 1997; thenDirector, Air Traffic Services, in 1999. In 2000, she was appointed Assistant Vice-President, Air Traffic Services.  She became Vice-President, Operations, in 2003 and provided executive leadership and direction throughout NAV CANADA’s Operations Group. She retired from NAVCANADA in June 2007 and was appointed as a Member of the TSB in July 2007.Ms. Fox has been extensively involved in other aviation activities for over 45 years, including sport parachuting and commercial aviation. She holds an airline transport pilot licence and flight instructor rating, and has flown over 5000 hours. She is a recipient of the Fédérationaéronautique internationale Paul Tissandier Diploma and the Queen Elizabeth II Anniversary Medal for her contributions to sport parachuting in Canada.Among other awards and distinctions, Ms. Fox received the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award in 1999. In 2004, she was inducted into the Quebec Air and Space Hall of Fame. She received the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award in 2010 and the David Charles Abramson Flight Instructor Safety Award in 2011. She was also inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame and into the Women in Aviation International (WAI) Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2016 and 2018 respectively.Ms. Fox holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from McGill University. She also completed a Master of Science in Human Factors and System Safety with Lund University in Sweden.