President & Eastern Zone Director
Sylvain first flew gliders in 1994 and is an active member of AVV Champlain, involved in training, towing, and in accounting as club Treasurer. He is a Class 1 glider instructor and hold a commercial power licence. He has organized the winter French ground school in the Montreal area since 1995. He is an aero-nautical radio examiner, aviation language proficiency test examiner, and an authorized person for gliding licensing. He owns a Pegase with two other partners. In his day job, he is a Drone chief pilot, a field production cameraman instructor and a supervising technician for CBC Radio-Canada in Montreal. He is proud to be part of this board that has such a wide variety of backgrounds and a huge involvement in the soaring community.
Secretary & Southern Ontario Zone Director
Stephen Szikora was first exposed to gliding as an Air Cadet in 1978 and earned his PPL in 1988 and his GPL in 1989. Stephen is currently a member at Toronto Soaring and was previously a member at York Soaring and Air Sailing, where he was club President for eight years. His motivation for joining the Board include improving the governance process and communication within the organization. When not flying gliders, towing gliders, pushing gliders, or fixing gliders, he likes to cut the club's grass.
Pacific Zone Director
Bruce has been fascinated with aircraft from an early age, but only after a familiarization flight in 1969 did he find his passion – the glider climbed, without an engine! Since 1983 he has pursued that passion to extract as much energy as possible from the atmosphere and to play chess with the sky, focusing on long flights in his wooden Standard Austria, the Scarlet Lady, and his Discus, Kilo Lima Lima. Not a tow pilot or an instructor (Class 4 medical), Bruce hopes he can contribute to the sport of soaring in Canada as a member of the SAC Board. He is retired and living on the West Coast, but is a bit of a soaring vagabond, enjoying flying at new sites. When not soaring, he can be found at the Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley Airport, polishing old aircraft, and promoting soaring to the aviation-minded folks he meets.
Treasurer & Prairie Zone Director
Jay began hanging around the airfield at the age of seven and started taking lessons as soon as he was able to reach the rudder pedals. He has been flying gliders continuously since 2001 and has a particular passion for cross-country. He is an active instructor and towpilot at the Winnipeg Gliding Club, has flown in several competitions and was the junior OLC champion for Canada for several seasons. Jay owns a share in an ASW-19 with two other partners and enjoys flying cross-country whenever possible. To fund his addiction, Jay works in business development at an aerospace company that overhauls jet engines, and enjoys playing hockey and golf when he can’t be in the air.
Alberta Zone Director
Jordan took his first glider flight in Ontario in 1995, a gift from his aunt that would cement a love of flying for a lifetime. He then joined the Air Cadet Program and moved out west to the mountains. A few years later, Jordan found the Cu Nim Gliding Club in 2010 where he shares his passion for learning and exploring XC flying. He is excited to further develop his skill set and knowledge base in the realm of wave and XC soaring. Jordan has been a professional motorcycle instructor for 10 years and hopes to share that safety culture while serving on the SAC Board.
Eastern Ontario Zone Director & Vice President
George has been flying gliders since 1998 and has been an instructor since 2004. He is currently the President and Chief Flying Instructor of Rideau Valley Soaring. George also coordinates the Ottawa Area Glider Pilot Ground School every alternate year and had given various theoretical lessons. George is the proud owner of an ASW-20 that he flies whenever he is not scheduled for instructing. George has recently retired from the Federal Government where he was a demographer, enabling him to carry out more mid-week flying and instructing duties.