2022 Schedule 

Please note this schedule is subject to change.

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Time Location Name Name Description Speakers
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
7:00 PM - 9:00 PMHyatt - The PlaceryLeadership Reception. Sponsored by Aerium Analytics

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
7:00 AM - 8:00 AMBlackfoot B/C FoyerContinental Breakfast  
8:15 AM - 8:30 AMBlackfoot B/CWelcome from Aerial Evolution Association Chair - Michael Cohen Michael Cohen
8:30 AM - 9:20 AMBlackfoot B/CConference Welcome
  • Jordan Cicoria, Conference Chair
  • Michael Cohen, Chairperson of the Board
Jordan Cicoria Michael Cohen
9:20 AM - 9:40 AMBlackfoot B/CKeynote Speaker - Glen Lynch, Volatus Glen Lynch
9:40 AM - 10:00 AMBlackfoot B/CKeynote Speaker - Jason Berry, Air Canada Cargo

Cargo Drones leading the pathway for Advanced Air Mobility in Canada

Jason Berry
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break  
10:30 AM - 11:25 AMBlackfoot B/CTaking the Pulse - Talking Trends, What's Working and What's Not with Those Who Should Know

Pulling an International group together for an RPAS state of the union. Let's kick things off with a conversation with those "in the trenches" to give us some insight on where to set our sights and what landmines to avoid.

Moderator: Michael Cohen - AEAC

  • Glen Lynch - Volatus
  • Genevieve Dacambra  - Suncor
  • Ryan Coates - TC
  • Steve Magirias - DDC
Michael Cohen Glen Lynch Ryan Coates Steve Magirias
11:30 AM - 12:25 PMBlackfoot B/CBeyond BVLOS - A Futurist Look at How Autonomy, Vertiports, and IoT Will Shape Our Cities and Airports

Gathering together experts from the areas of “what’s next”, we’ll look at where the future of aviation infrastructure may take us and how cities, airports, individuals and organizations can prepare and what to get excited about.

Moderator: Chris Howe - CAAM

  • Bill Wimberley - Spright
  • Ken Reed - Skyway
  • Mammen Tharakan - Edmonton International Airport
  • Jordan Cicoria - Aerium Analytics


Chris Howe Bill Wimberley Kenneth Reed Mammen Tharakan Jordan Cicoria
12:30 PM - 2:00 PMBlackfoot FoyerLunch  
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMBlackfoot AI Breakout Session - Part 1 - RPAS Applications 1

Moderator: Jordan Cicoria - AEAC

  • Alexander Bilyk - From Toys to Tools - How Drones Have Changed the Business of Natural Resources Management
  • Timothy Webster - Using RPAS Data in Combination with Airborne Topo-bathy Lidar
  • Jurjen Vandersluijs -  Long-endurance BVLOS RPAS missions for arctic infrastructure and environmental mapping: validation of derived elevation and vegetation information
  • Saeedeh Madani for Sara Ashoori - Application of the RPAS Multispectral analysis for environmental monitoring
Jordan Cicoria Alex Bilyk Tim Webster Jurjen van der Sluijs Saeedeh Madani
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMBlackfoot CII Breakout Session - Part 1 - Industry Feedback

Moderator: Kate Klassen - AEAC

  • Steve Magirias - Drone Delivery Canada's Accomplishment over the Last Two Years
  • Trevor Bergman - Application of Heavy RPAS for True BVLOS in Energy and Utilities
  • Dan Juhlin - So you want to fly airside? Learnings from 5 years of airport operations
  • Lindsay Mohr - Deploying Cellular UTM Services in Canada - Learnings from Energy UTM Trails
Steve Magirias Trevor Bergmann Dan Juhlin Lindsay Mohr
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMChief MountainIII Breakout Session - Part 1 - Student Paper Competition Presentations. Sponsored by Drone Systems and Applications

Moderator: Iryna Borshchova - National Research Council of Canada


  • Boyan Zhou
  • Matthew Palmer
  • Teresa Krings
  • Wylee Squair

Presentations will be judged and awarded at the Awards Lunch - the final lunch of the conference

Iryna Borshchova
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMBlackfoot BSponsor Showcase - Volatus Showcase

Moderator: Danielle Gagne, Chief Storyteller and Head of Corporate Communications, Volatus Aerospace

  • Ben Ruszkowski, VP of Business Development, Synergy Aviation
  • Ali Miri, Director of Field Operations, Volatus Aerospace
  • Maude Pelletier, CEO of MVT Geo-Solutions
Danielle Gagne Ben Ruszkowski Ali Miri Maude Pelletier
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Break  
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMBlackfoot AI Breakout Session - Part 2 - RPAS Applications 2

Moderator: Kathryn McCulloch - AEAC

  • Bill Wimberley - UAS as a vital component of full chain-of-custody, multi-modal, hazmat medical delivery
  • Wade Hawkins - Utilizing Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) Operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) to Deliver Medical Supplies, Devices and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Indigenous Communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Wade Hawkins for Sara Ashoori - Airborne Ground Penetrating Radar Solutions
  • Stephanie Lapointe - Wildlife Detection, Monitoring and Mitigation using Thermal Imaging
Bill Wimberley Wade Hawkins Stephanie Lapointe
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMBlackfoot CII Breakout Session - Part 2 - RPAS Industry updates

Moderator: Ken Whitehead - AEAC

  • Mark Aruja - International Standards Organization (ISO) RPAS Standards development and Canadian involvement
  • Charles Vidal - NRC's Integrated Aerial Mobility (IAM) Program update
  • Dr. Bradley Wallace - Department of National Defence (DND) Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program
  • Dean Attridge - Drone Lessons from Ukraine. The Challenges for UAS Operators in Complex Military Operations
Mark Aruja Charles Vidal Brad Wallace Dean Attridge
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMChief MountainIII Breakout Session - Part 2 - FSAT Workshop - RSMS Online tool demonstation

Together with our founding sponsor COPA & RSMS developer AirMatrix, Aerial Evolutions Flight Safety officer will provide a hands-on demonstration of this latest online incident/accident free reporting tool.

  • Anne-Sophie Riopel-Bouvier - Aerial Evolution Canada
  • Maxime Lapierre - Flytbox
  • Ayaan Haider - AirMatrix


Anne-Sophie Riopel-Bouvier Maxime Lapierre Ayaan Haider
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMBlackfoot BSponsor Showcase - DDC Showcase 1 (4:00 - 5:00 pm) & FIXAR Showcase (5:00 - 5:30 pm)

Meet the DDC Team and Learn What’s on the Horizon

MODERATOR - Steve Magirias - Drone Delivery Canada
•    Michael Poma - Drone Delivery Canada
•    Sylvia Kolitsopoulos - Drone Delivery Canada
•    Reno Matthews
- Drone Delivery Canada

Product close up: multipurpose FIXAR 007 fixed wing VTOL

MODERATOR - Yulia Druzhnikova, Co-Founder, Director of Global Expansion - FIXAR
•    Ronald Schultz, Head of Sales, FIXAR
IlmārsTauriņš, Demo Engineer, FIXAR

Steve Magirias Mike Poma Reno Mathews Ronalds Šulcs Ilmārs Tauriņš
5:30 PM - 6:30 PMBlackfoot D / Exhibit HallWelcome Reception  
7:00 PM - 9:00 PMHyatt Place HotelArcfield Opening Night Reception - Invitation only

Thursday, November 3, 2022
7:15 AM - 8:15 AMBlackfoot B/C FoyerContinental Breakfast  
7:15 AM - 8:15 AMOkotoks RoomWomen in Drones Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by Field Law and Dentons

8:30 AM - 8:35 AMBlackfoot B/CMorning Kick-Off and Keynote Speaker Introduction

Michael Cohen - AEAC

Michael Cohen
8:35 AM - 9:00 AMBlackfoot B/CKeynote Speaker - Jacob Johnson - Program Management Director with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (Skunk Works)

Ideas on how to spark innovation: lessons learned from 75+ years of Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.

Jacob Johnson
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Enabling Innovation: Transport Canada Update

Hear about the work being done at Transport Canada to safely integrate RPAS into Canada's modern aviation system.  Key updates will cover various priority areas for the RPAS Task Force, including regulatory strategy, research and development, stakeholder engagement, and more.

Moderator: Ryan Coates - RPAS Task Force

  • Jeannie Stewart-Smith - Manager & senior Policy advisor, RPAS Policy, Regulations and Outreach
  • Jeremy Fountain - Manager, RPAS Operational Regulatory Development and Implementation
  • Josué Morissette - Manager, RPAS Traffic Management
  • Cindy Haughton - Team Leader & Safety Inspector, Flight Operations
  • Jason Rule - Safety Inspector, Flight Operations
Ryan Coates Jeannie Stewart-Smith Jeremy Fountain Josué Morissette Cindy Haughton Jason Rule
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break  
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM NAV Canada Update

Moderator - Alan Chapman - Director, RPAS Traffic Management (#RTM, #UTM)

  • Alexandra Officer – National Manager, RPAS Operations and Solutions     
  • Steve Bellingham - Manager, RPAS Solutions Engineering
  • Josue Morissette - Manager, RPAS Traffic Management


Alan Chapman Alexandra Officer Steve Bellingham Josué Morissette
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM RPAS in my Backyard - Social Acceptance Successes, Challenges and Engagement Strategies

When the next big hurdle isn’t technological or regulatory but social, how do we adapt? Hear what work is being done now to pave the way for what we know is coming and how you can be a part of the solution.

Moderator: Erika Carrasco - Field Law

  • Jeannie Stewart-Smith – TC
  • Ryan Walsh - Valqari
  • Dean Ervin – Edmonton International Airport
Erika Carrasco Jeannie Stewart-Smith Ryan Walsh Dean Ervin
12:30 PM - 2:00 PMBlackfoot B/C FoyerLunch  
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMBlackfoot AI Breakout Session - Part 3 - RPAS Applications 3

Moderator: Kate Klassen - AEAC

  • Shahab Moeini - Autonomous Robotic Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for Environmental and Industrial Applications
  • Patrick Foré - Performing Search and Rescue in a BVLOS scenario: a game changer
  • Courtland Penk - Beginning of the Paradigm: Airborne Non-Destructive Examinations
  • Nathan Darby - Tasker: UAV Mission, Asset, and Personnel Management Software for Enabling Greater Adoption of UAVs in Canadian Airspace
Shahab Moeini Courtland Penk Nathan Darby
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMChief MountainII Breakout Session - Part 3 - Research Supporting Regulatory Frameworks

Moderator: Michael Cohen - AEAC

  • Steve "Lux" Luxion - ASSURE Research & Activities Update
  • Charles Vidal - Scientific research to support RPAS regulatory development
  • Iryna Borshchova - The Canadian Vertical Lift Autonomy Demonstration Project: Full Scale Vertical Lift Autonomy Research and Technology Development in Canada
  • Awantha Jayasiri - Multi-sensor based perception and navigation planning of full-scale helicopters
Stephen Luxion Charles Vidal Iryna Borshchova Awantha Jayasiri
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMBlackfoot BIII Breakout Session - Part 3 - Field Law Showcase (2:00 - 3:00 pm )

Coffee + Counsel

Join the lawyers from Field Law for an unscripted chat about legal issues pertinent to the RPAS sector in Canada. Your questions guide the discussion, and we provide our legal perspectives. Topics covered could include federal regulations, privacy, corporate finance, intellectual property and more!

Moderator: Erika Carrasco - Field Law

  • Richard Stobbe
  • Charlene Lipchen
  • Graham Martinelli
Erika Carrasco Richard Stobbe Charlene Lipchen Graham Martinelli
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMBlackfoot CSponsor Showcase - Lockheed Martin Showcase

Lockheed Martin has a vision for JADO where the current hub-and-spoke type sensing and C2 architectures are replaced by fully-distributed, open-architecture networks, connecting all domains to achieve a speed of operation that has not been seen before. In this chat we will share some of our experiences in fielding JADO systems and outline some recommendations for making JADO a reality.

Moderator: Declan Sweeney - AEAC

  • Jacob Johnson
  • Ryan Hutchinson
  • Mike Baker
Jacob Johnson
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Break  
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMBlackfoot AI Breakout Session - Part 4 - UTM

Moderator: Iryna Borshchova - AEAC

  • Mihai Rozsa - Velary - Power Line Inspection
  • Cole Rosentreter - Beyond BVLOS - Autonomous DAA
  • Mahmoud Abdelraman - BVLOS: Endgame
  • Pascal Chiva-Bernard - Anatomy of a level 4 autonomy system for GNSS-Denied mapping, exploration and reconnaissance
Mihai Robert Rozsa Cole Rosentreter Pascal Chiva-Bernard
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMChief MountainII Breakout Session - Part 4 - Autonomous Operations

Moderator: Trevor Bergman - AEAC

  • Ronald Schultz - UAV and AIR TRAFFIC SAFETY: Secure UAV systems, risk mitigation and the best learnings from the big aviation for a safer sky
  • Kevin Di Filippo - Northstar: Finding your way in contested environments
  • Genevieve Dacambra (Suncor) / Flight Insight (Derek Krivak) - Suncor Airspace Management System: Harmonizing UAV operations into Aviation Operations in the Energy Sector
Ronalds Šulcs Kevin Di Filippo Derek Krivak Genevieve Dacambra
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMBlackfoot CIII Breakout Session - Part 4 - Export Development workshop: Learn how to explore new markets and global opportunities

Moderator: Elliot Hewitt - Prairies Economic Development Canada

  • Matthew Lariviere -CCC
  • Stephane Krahulec -EDC
  • Ronnie Prasad - BDC
  • Amanda McNaughton - GAC
  • Stefania Schoenert - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Elliot Hewitt Matthew Lariviere Stephane Krahulec Amanda McNaughton Stefania Schoenert
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMBlackfoot BSponsor Showcase - SAIT (4:00 - 5:00 pm) & Arcfield Canada (5:00 - 5:30 pm)

This SAIT Sponsor showcase will outline their DCPL course (Drone professional Pilot License) initiatives, required testing and certification of heavy lifting long endurance RPAS systems, and necessary changes in the certification process to meet market demand

Moderator: Lynda Holden – SAIT

  • Shahab Moeini – Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems (CIRUS)
  • Stephanie Lapointe - Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems (CIRUS)
  • Alister Schreiber – SAIT

Moderator:        Blair Boyd, Arcfield

  • John Molberg, Canadian UAVs
  • Doug Hanna, BVLOS Innovation Centre
  • Dan Juhlin, AERIUM Analytics
Stephanie Lapointe John Molberg Dan Juhlin
5:30 PM - 6:30 PMExhibit HallBusiness Mixer  
Friday, November 4, 2022
7:15 AM - 8:15 AMBlackfoot B/C FoyerBreakfast  
7:15 AM - 8:15 AMOkotoks RoomNetworking Continental Breakfast   
8:15 AM - 8:30 AMBlackfoot B/CMorning Kick-Off and Daily Re-Cap  
8:30 AM - 9:30 AMBlackfoot B/CIndigenous Aerial Innovations - The Evolution of Drone Use for Indigenous Communities

Hear from our indigenous innovators on how aerial technologies are enabling an empowered and equitable future where communities can reclaim autonomy and ownership over their land and livelihood.

Moderator: Kristin Kozubeck, AEAC

  • Jo-Anne Tabobandung - FNTI
  • Darian Edwards - CAAM
  • Jacob Taylor - Indigenous Aerospace
  • Kimble McComb - Moose Cree First Nation Economic Development
  • Kim McLean - Stinson Aerial Service


Jo-Anne Tabobandung Jacob Taylor Kimble McComb Kim McLean
9:30 AM - 10:20 AMBlackfoot B/CBVLOS in Alberta: A Case Study for Municipal Advancement

A thought-provoking fireside chat around on the usages of BVLOS in municipalities and the barriers, applications and benefits - Alberta Provincial Project

Moderator: Denean Tomlin, Arcfield

  • Michael Richard - Sturgeon County
  • Bassem Dawoud - Living Labs Calgary Lead
  • Sean Greenwood - Canadian UAVs
Denean Tomlin Mike Richard Bassem Dawoud Sean Greenwood
10:20 AM - 11:10 AMBlackfoot B/CAerial Evolution Showcase

Moderator:  Michael Cohen / Jordan Cicoria

  • Anne-Sophie Riopel-Bouvier and Ayaan Haider -FSAT (10 mins)
  • Jacob Taylor - Indigenous Committee (7 mins)
  • Dan Juhlin and Iryna Borshchova - Regs Committee  (7 mins)
  • Bruno Chapdelaine - Student Competition (10 mins)
  • Dominique Chabot - Drone Systems and Apps (5 mins)
  • Fireside Chat


Michael Cohen Jordan Cicoria Anne-Sophie Riopel-Bouvier Jacob Taylor Ayaan Haider Dan Juhlin Iryna Borshchova Bruno Chapdelaine Dominique Chabot
11:10 AM - 11:40 AM Break  
11:40 AM - 12:30 PMBlackfoot AI Breakout Session - Part 5 - Technical Innovations

Moderator: Erika Carassco - AEAC

  • Maude Pelletier - Scaling Drone Capabilities Through Payload Modularity
  • Chris Brosinsky - RPAS Airworthiness Requirements: Supporting the Evolution to High Risk BVLOS Approvals
  • Dr. Heather Vooys - Airports, Drones, Software Development, machine Learning, Computer Vision... Blending Technology and Safety
Erika Carrasco Maude Pelletier Chris Brosinsky Heather Vooys
11:40 AM - 12:30 PMBlackfoot BII Breakout Session - Part 5 - RPAS Applications 4

Transport Canada Workshop – SFOCs: Tips, tricks & what’s new

Moderator: Jason Rule - Safety Inspector, Flight Operations

Jason Rule
11:40 AM - 12:30 PMChief MountainIII Breakout Session - Part 5 - AEAC Industry Survey Overview Presentation

Moderator: Declan Sweeney - AEAC

Declan Sweeney
11:40 AM - 12:30 PMBlackfoot CIV Flight Reviewer Standardization Seminar

Moderator: Kate Klassen - AEAC

Open to Flight Reviewers, this session brings together TC and industry to help ensure consistency in the delivery of reviews, best practices from experienced reviewers, and updates from TC. A must-attend for Reviewers!

This will be a pre-recorded presentation with a live Q&A

  • Frank Brzobohaty - TC - pre-recorded
  • Brady Gilchrist - Gilchrist Aeronautics
  • Kate Klassen - Q&A Facilitator with TC


Brady Gilchrist Frank Brzobohaty
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Break  
1:15 PM - 2:45 PMBlackfoot B/C FoyerAerial Evolution Association Canada Annual Awards & Lunch   

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