Our History

The Abbotsford Airshow was born in 1962 as a partnership between the Abbotsford Flying Club and the Abbotsford Rotary Club to promote aviation at the Abbotsford Airport. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the Fraser Valley’s largest and most exciting annual events. Through the support of volunteers, sponsors and spectators alike, the Abbotsford International Airshow delivers an annual economic impact of more than $6-million and contributes more than $100,000 each year to local charities,  community groups and youth organizations.

The Airshow is now organized by the Abbotsford International Airshow Society, a BC non-profit entity managed by a small staff and overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Read more about the history of the Abbotsford Airshow

Vision & Mission

Our Vision
  • To be a premier showcase of aviation excellence and inspire dreams to take flight.
Our Mission
  • To produce Canada’s best air show, be a leader in our community and give back. The Airshow will educate and inform future generations, ignite a passion for flight and foster relationships that help grow the Canadian aerospace industry.
Our Core Values
  • Excellence – Exceeding the expectation of guests, members, volunteers and the community through quality performances, experiences and service.
  • Passion– Fostering passion for aviation and inspiring people to be involved in aviation through education and experience.
  • Community – Engaging with and contributing to our community.
  • Integrity – Being accountable through good stewardship, teamwork and transparency.
  • Leadership – Being a leader in the airshow industry by living our vision, mission and goals. Willingness to collaborate and engage in all relationships to enhance aviation.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors manages the governance affairs of the Abbotsford International Airshow and sets the tone for its operations, ensuring our Vision, Mission and core values are the foundation of everything we do. The board is diverse in competencies and skills that work together for the betterment and sustainment of the Abbotsford International Airshow.

The Board of Directors consists of 11 members who meet regularly and participate on a variety of committees. Directors are elected by the Airshow Society Membership each year at its Annual General Meeting, with 3 of 11 positions elected by the Abbotsford Flying Club. Directors do not receive remuneration for their services; however, they may be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses incurred while fulfilling their duties.

The BC Societies Act and the Airshow Society’s Bylaws define the role and responsibilities of the Board in strategic planning, goal setting, policy making, performance monitoring, asset protection, accountability obligations and setting the standards for society conduct as well as defining areas of governance and board evaluation. The Society’s Constitution, Bylaws and Policies are available upon request to any member of the society in good standing.

If you wish to contact the Board of Directors, they can be reached by email at: [email protected]

Board of Directors
  • Stacey Irwin, Chair
  • Ken Kendall, Vice-Chair
  • Stu McIntosh, Treasurer
  • Alison Ebbs, Secretary
  • Trevor Claus
  • John English
  • Dianne Garner
  • Ken Hildebrandt
  • Steve Stewart
  • Tom Timm
  • Ruth Wiebe

Airshow Society

Membership in the Abbotsford International Airshow Society provides you with an opportunity to support the future of the Airshow and influence its strategic direction through attendance at annual general meetings, voting for the Board of Directors, and even participating on our Board as a director or committee member. By being a member, you help the Airshow Society secure grants that are crucial to the financial security of the organization.

Airshow Society Members also enjoy invites to member-only events, exclusive member updates, and other unique benefits. If you love the Airshow and want to support its future, become a member today! Annual membership dues are $10.00 and include the following member benefits:

  • Access to special membership events, updates and offers
  • Ability to vote in the Annual General Meeting
  • Opportunity to run for a seat on the Board of Directors
  • New members receive a limited-edition Challenge Coin

To apply to become a member, please download & complete the form below and send to [email protected].