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Algoma University School of Business and Economics Celebrates Official Launch of Aviation Programming

Mayor Patrick Brown of Brampton and Captain Doug Morris among dignitaries in attendance

(MISSISSAUGA, ON – Aug 30, 2021): This past Friday, a group of aviation industry, academic and political leaders, including Mayor Patrick Brown from the City of Brampton, joined faculty, staff and administrative personnel from Algoma University at Pearson International Airport to officially celebrate the launch of the new innovative aviation programming. The University’s School of Business and Economics (SchoolBE) will commence the Aviation Management Professional Program (AMP) and the Aviation Management Certificate (AMC) programs at its Brampton campus this Fall.

Established in partnership with Flight 6ix, the programming will be offered at Algoma’s growing campus in the heart of downtown Brampton. This strategic initiative was created for those interested in pursuing careers in the growing aviation industry, including those wishing to become pilots. Algoma University is one of only three universities in Ontario to offer aviation management programming, with the External Advisory Committee actively planning to bring additional new programming ideas forward for the School of Business and Economics to consider. 

“The aviation programming officially launched with our partners today builds upon an expanding slate of options available to students wishing to pursue university-level studies in Brampton. As we emerge from the pandemic, significant growth is expected within the aviation industry – in fact, Canada is expected to face a shortage of 3,000 pilots and 55,000 workers overall in the aviation industry by 2025, our programming addresses these needs directly” shared Cathy Denomme, Director of the Algoma University School of Business and Economics. 

In addition to curriculum focussed on aviation management, students interested in learning to pilot an aircraft will have the option to receive flight training from Flight 6ix, a Transport Canada certified flight training establishment and pilot school. Flight 6ix boasts a team of well-established aviation industry veterans, and their instructors have experience from a range of major airlines including Air Canada, WestJet, Emirates, Etihad, Saudia, Qatar Airways, and Air India.

“Pilots and aviation professionals in Canada often have to partake in their academic education endeavours and flight training programs in isolation resulting in valuable time lost,” notes Waseem Javed, Chief Executive Officer at Flight 6ix. “A specialized degree with the presence of a multi-dimensional education platform through Algoma University and inclusion of flight training through Flight 6ix, not only fill that much-needed gap but provides future aviation professionals the ability to enter their careers possessing skills which would otherwise have taken years to develop.”

Captain Doug Morris, a well-known pilot and member of the School BE Aviation Advisory Committee, served as keynote speaker at the event.   ‘Captain Doug’ – who currently flies the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, has logged over 25,000 flight hours during his illustrious career while also writing a monthly column for Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and authoring four books on aviation – applauded Algoma’s efforts to expand post-secondary options in the aviation field while highlighting the need for pilots to develop sound business management skills. For further information on both aviation programs or the Algoma University School of Business and Economics, please contact schoolbe@algomau.ca.

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