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

Visit the Abbotsford Airshow’s Wall of Honour

Vision & Mission

Our Vision: To foster a passion for aviation and inspire dreams to take flight.
Our Mission: Showcase aviation excellence, deliver unique experiences and education.
Our Core Values
  • Leadership: We lead by example in our industries, the aviation world, and in our local community.
  • Innovation: We evolve as an organization to remain relevant to those we serve.
  • Partnership: We seek out collaboration with like minded organizations for the benefit of all.
  • Community: We create a positive impact on all of our communities.

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.

The Board of Directors may be reached at: [email protected]

Board of Directors
  • Ken Kendall, Chair
  • Jasna Deluce, Vice-Chair
  • Sandy Tiwana, Treasurer
  • Alison Ebbs, Secretary
  • Jonathon Dugdale
  • John English
  • Dianne Garner
  • Ledell Kendall
  • Dave Ouellet
  • August Rinz
  • Tom Timm

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 complete our ONLINE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM.