This webinar will examine the progress being made and challenges being faced by the business aviation community as it pursues environmental strategies to meet the sector’s commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It will explore the big issues of the day, examining the pressure the sector is facing from green protest movements and potential exclusion from some airports on environmental grounds; the progress business aviation is making on Sustainable Aviation Fuels and Book & Claim; and discuss the technological and operational progress being made to reduce emissions. It will feature leading players to explain developments to date and what to expect in the coming year.
Director General, International Business Aviation Council
Kurt Edwards joined IBAC as the Director General in 2012 and leads business aviation advocacy through IBAC’s 15 member associations located across six continents. He has overseen IBAC’s increased outreach to industry, greater engagement with the International Civil Aviation Organization, growth of IBAC’s codes of best safety practices for business aircraft operators and ground handlers, and redoubled commitment to environmental programs. Prior to IBAC, Mr. Edwards held various senior-level positions in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responsible for liaison with European authorities and for global environmental matters.
Vice-President Business Development & Commercial Services, Pratt & Whitney Canada
Christopher (Scott) McElvaine was named Vice President, Business Development & Commercial Services at Pratt & Whitney Canada in January 2022. Drawing on his knowledge of trends and market factors, he provides leadership in planning, directing and managing our next product and service strategy transformation.
Senior Vice-President Strategy & Sustainability, Clay Lacy Aviation
Scott leads strategic development activities and directs marketing, sustainability, and workforce development initiatives across Clay Lacy’s diverse line of business jet services. He is a third-generation pilot whose business aviation expertise spans a wide spectrum of disciplines. His passion for aviation started early. Upon receiving his B.S. in business management from Biola University, he became a Certified Flight Instructor with instrument and multi-engine instruction privileges. In 2000 he began working as a dispatcher for an aircraft management and sales organization with four aircraft that grew to over 75 business jets in 25 cities in the U.S. and China. During his 14-year tenure he served as operations manager, sales director and then vice president of marketing and aircraft management.
Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs
Ève Laurier is Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs at Bombardier. A seasoned professional and senior executive leader, Ève brings more than 20 years of knowledge and experience in public relations, communications, corporate marketing and branding to Bombardier. Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, focused on designing, manufacturing, and servicing the world’s most exceptional business jets. Bombardier’s Challenger and Global aircraft families are renowned for their cutting-edge innovation, cabin design, performance, and reliability. Bombardier is also a leading force in making business aviation more sustainable. Ève’s mandate is to steward the brand journey internally and externally, around the world, and lead the company’s community engagement, employee and customer outreach. She is known to be a leader who shows genuine care for her teams and peers, and her accomplishments and strong involvement towards philanthropy and her community have contributed to her recognition as a role model for future generations of women. Based in Montréal, Québec, Ève holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from McGill and HEC Montréal and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University.