James C. Floyd Award

The James C. Floyd Award is an annual award that recognizes an individual or team that has made an exceptional contribution to Canada’s aerospace industry. This year’s James C. Floyd Award is sponsored by Pratt & Whitney Canada.

Congratulations to Rob Dewar and the CSeries Aircraft Program Team, winners of the 2016 James C. Floyd Award!

James C. Floyd Award 2016 winners

Front row (L to R): François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer, Aerospace, Bombardier Inc.; Jim Quick, President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC); Rob Dewar, Vice President, CSeries Aircraft Program, Bombardier Inc.; Alain Bellemare, President and CEO, Bombardier Inc. Back row (L to R): Fred Cromer, President, Commercial Aircraft, Bombardier Inc.; members of the Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Program Team

Award Objectives and Requirements

The James C. Floyd Award acknowledges individuals or a team that has made an outstanding contribution to the Canadian aerospace industry. This contribution may be a technological, political, entrepreneurial, research-based, policy-based or student accomplishment, of which the significance and impact warrants an exceptional level of recognition.


Any individual or team from an AIAC member company, Canadian university, college or research institution, or government department may be nominated for this award. Nominees of all ages and experience levels — including students and individuals that have recently entered the workforce — will be considered.

Nomination Requirements

Nominees must demonstrate at least one of the following achievements:

  • The successful completion of a program or research project that has had a significant, positive impact on the Canadian aerospace industry within the last five years
  • An outstanding act, effort, contribution or demonstration of service to the Canadian aerospace industry that has occurred within the last five years

Additional factors that may be considered include the nominee’s initiative, perseverance, creative problem-solving skills, contribution to the public perception of the industry at home and abroad, creation of partnerships, involvement in the broader aerospace community, and the nominee’s people management and leadership abilities.


James C. Floyd’s Legacy

James C. FloydJames C. Floyd is one of the great figures in Canada’s aviation history. As chief designer for Avro Canada, Mr. Floyd played a central role in the development of some of the greatest planes ever produced in Canada, including the C-102 Jetliner, the CF-100 fighter and the Avro Arrow. Members of his design and engineering team later played key roles in America’s Apollo project to put a man on the Moon.

After the cancellation of the Avro Arrow project, Mr. Floyd established his own international aviation consulting company and made contributions to a number of state-of-the-art projects around the world.

In 1950, Mr. Floyd became the first non-American recipient of the Wright Bros. Medal for his work on jet transport technology, specifically the design of the Avro Canada Jetliner, the world’s first regional jet passenger aircraft. He was consultant to the British Ministry of Technology on the Concorde project from 1965 to 1972.

Mr. Floyd was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 1993.