Montreal Branch

The RAeS Montreal Branch (RAeSMB) is one of over 60 branches worldwide and our vision is to provide a network and forum for the aerospace community in eastern Canada, to stimulate challenging dialogue on aerospace issues and articulate conclusions to representative bodies, and to mentor development of aerospace personnel.

The Royal Aeronautical Society Montreal Branch was initiated in 2002 with a lecture by the then President of the Society, Professor Ian Poll. Momentum was created in September 2003 with a lecture by Ron Davies, Curator of Air Transport at the Smithsonian Institution. The Branch was formally constituted at an Annual General Meeting on 7 October 2003.

The Montreal Branch is ideally situated in an extensive aviation community which includes the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Canadian Space Agency, Air Canada, Air Transat, Bombardier Aerospace, CAE, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Rolls-Royce, to name but a few.

Montreal is also home to educational institutions having dedicated aviation-related programs: the International Centre for Aviation Management Education and Research (AMERC), the Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI), McGill University with the Association for the Development of Aerospace Medecine (ADAM), the Air & Space Law Institute, and the Master in Aerospace Engineering program, the Ecole de Technologie Superieure; Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal; and the Ecole Nationale d'Aerotechnique.

Get in touch with the volunteers who organise the annual programme of activities or visit the Montreal Branch website for more information. 

Contact Details:

Chairman: Capt Donald L Van Dyke
Secretary: Andrew Dawe
Contact: Capt Donald L Van Dyke


Central to the Royal Aeronautical Society Montreal Branch are events which promote the exchange of aerospace knowledge. The Branch has a calendar of lectures with a sprinkling of field visits and social events. There are three main areas of events: Themed Lectures, annual Assad Kotaite Lectures and Nancy-Bird Walton Lectures.

Most lectures are open to the public.

Themed Lectures

The program of Themed Lectures is flexible and covers a variety of topics; technical, economics, regulatory/legal, and occasionally military subjects. 

Assad Kotaite Lectures

In 2004, the Montreal Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society established an annual named lecture in tribute to Dr. Assad Kotaite FRAeS, long-standing President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Fellow of the RAeS, and past president of the Montreal Branch This is the most prestigious event of the year for the Branch.

Nancy-Bird Walton Lectures

In 2016, the Montreal Branch established a named lecture in tribute to Nancy-Bird Walton AO, OBE, DStJ, pioneering Australian aviatrix and founder/patron of the Australian Women Pilots' Association. In the 1930S, defying the traditional role of females of her time, she became a fully qualified pilot at the age of 19 and the youngest Australian woman to gain a pilot's license.