The Western Drone Show
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Our list of speakers at the event will ensure that student, teachers, and school divisional administration are able to receive value, while we are still able to cater to the general drone industry stakeholders with industry-specific sessions, such as: “How to take the Perfect Aerial Photo!”


Sally French

The Drone Girl


Keynote Presentation
Sally French is a world-renowned expert in drones. She has been quoted as an expert in publications including The New York Times and Consumer Reports. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at South by Southwest (SXSW), Harvard Business School’s Making Robotics Fly” event, and has led multiple seminars at conferences including InterDrone and the Commercial UAV Expo. Sally was also named one of Fortune Magazine’s “4 top women shaping the drone industry.”
Sally first got interested in drones when she served as a photographer and producer at the Missouri School of Journalism’s drone journalism program in its inaugural year.The first “drone journalism” she did was produce a video for Harvest Public Media in which footage from a drone documents a prairie fire.

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Matthew Johnson, B.Ed., B.A., B.pE

M3 Aerial Productions Inc.

Topic: “Trigonometry from 400ft Up”
Matthew Johnson is currently the President and CEO of M3 Aerial Productions Inc., a Winnipeg-based RPAS training authority and services provider.
Matthew obtained three bachelor’s degrees from the University of Manitoba in Physical Education, Geography and Education.  He taught high school mathematics in Manitoba from 2012-2017, served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 10 years at the rank of Captain, and founded M3 Aerial Productions in 2015 as a aerial services-based business. As a teacher, Matthew first used drones in education as a tool to engage students in grade 9 mathematics.  While teaching at Elmwood High School, he discovered a marked improvement in student attention, interaction and involvement in lessons when a drone was used to demonstrate real-world applications, gathering data and analyzing it.  Students displayed high interest in trigonometry, surface area and volume units where the drone was used as a teaching tool.

Matthew was recently honoured to be listed as one of the Top 7 Drone Visionaries in Precision Agriculture, and among the Top 50 Drone Visionaries in a report issued by the Commercial UAV News.


Arif Kassum, B.ED., B.Sc

Frontier School Division

Topic: “Drones in the Classroom: How Frontier School Division Did It!”
Originally from Winnipeg, Arif serves as the Science Instructional Coach with Frontier School Division and holds degrees in General Biology from the University of Winnipeg, Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Saskatchewan, and Education from the University of Manitoba. 

In affiliation with the LEED-Certified Churchill Northern Studies Centre and with support from his former principal, Arif and the CNSC developed a new elective for students across the North to immerse in fieldwork and research experience with world-class environmental scientists.  Arif was recognized for his efforts in Churchill before accepting his new position as division science instructional coach.  In this role, Arif develops the science programming and provides professional development to 39 schools and over 6000 students across Northern Manitoba.

Arif developed a brand new initiative known as the "UAV Pilot Program" in Frontier School Division for the 2018-2019 school year.  Arif's Pilot Program successfully certifies teachers as UAV Basic Operations Pilots and equips schools with fully comprehensive high quality drone kits.  The program also provides his teachers with lesson plans from his UAV Teaching Guide which includes a course developed for high school students and connects drones to specific learning outcomes in science.  Arif was recognized with bravos from the Frontier School Division Board of Trustees for the new program which received attention from CBC News, the Winnipeg Free Press and CBC's The National. 


Bradley Hampson

Assistant Superintendent, Technology, Frontier School Division

Topic: “Drones in the Classroom: How Frontier School Division Did It!”

Bradley Hampson is the Assistant Superintendent, Technology at Frontier School Division. His career, beginning in robotics and electronics, has evolved over the years to become highly specialized in information and communication technologies and the critical roles they play in business management.

In addition to nearly 30 years in ICT, Mr. Hampson is a graduate of Athabasca University, receiving a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2007.   Bradley has received several industry recognized certifications and, believing in lifelong learning, continues his education to this day.

Bradley’s passion is creating and facilitating collaborative tools and environments; a focus which has led him to explore additional leadership roles in educational technologies including: 

  • President, MAETL 2016-2017

  • Board of Directors, Manitoba ASCD 2014-2016

  • Manitoba’s MERLIN Advisory Board 2017 - 2018

Bradley thrives on challenging the Status Quo.  He believes technology must play an important role in education by providing learning opportunities and access to resources that might not otherwise be possible. Driven by this belief, and with the help of an amazing group of professional technologists, Bradley and his team constantly strive to create new ways to deliver world-class opportunities in student and professional learning.

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Professor, Brandon University

Topic: “Integrating Drone Technology into the Post-Secondary Geomatics Curriculum”
Dion is currently Associate Professor of Geography and Environment at Brandon University where he teaches a suite of courses in the fields of Physical Geography and Geomatics. His research interests include paleo environmental reconstruction, land cover mapping and change analysis, and terrain modelling. He has been integrating UAV technology into these teaching and research interests since 2005; including flight and ground school training in collaboration with Matt Johnson of M3 Aerial Productions. 

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NextGen Environmental Research Inc.

Topic: How RADAR Satellites and Drones Make Travel on Lake Ice Safer
Paul is an interdisciplinary scientist committed to innovation and effective decision making. Paul holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Manitoba with diverse experience in land, water, and ice projects in sub-tropical, temperate, and sub-artic environments. Paul is adept at the design and implementation of technology solutions to monitor and solve scientific problems in diverse landscapes over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Paul has worked with the Canadian Space Agency,the World Bank, the Canada Center for inland waters, and on international projects funded by CIDA and the WWF.


Trevor Lyons

CBC | Blue Crow Aerials

Topic: “How to take the Perfect Aerial Photo!”
You might not be familiar with the name Trevor Lyons, but if you’re a Canadian with a television set, chances are you’ve seen his camerawork. From News events like the wildfires in Fort McMurray and flooding in New Brunswick to shows like Hockey Night in Canada and The CBC New Years Eve Special, Trevor has captured many of this country’s most memorable images.

After learning all the legalities and protocols of drone operation, Trevor launched Blue Crow Aerials. His client list has steadily increased as word of his endeavor spread. Trevor credits his company’s rapid growth to being a ‘known quantity’ and ‘trusted face’ on the scene. Now Chief Pilot at Canada’s public broadcaster, Trevor oversees the CBC’s RPAS department, as well as producing high quality aerials for shows like The Fifth Estate, The National and Provincial Elections across the country.

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Derek Yakielashek

NAV CANADA FSS Airport Operations Specialist/RPAS Coordinator,

Panel Discussion with NAV CANADA | Transport Canada | Unmanned Systems Canada
As an operational ATS, Derek Yakielashek has worked in Sioux Lookout, Ontario; The Pas, Manitoba; Winnipeg, Manitoba and an Arctic tour of duty in Resolute, Nunavut. Derek has endorsements for the Aviation Weather Information Service (AWIS), the advanced Pilot Briefing Service (PBS) and is a certified On-the-Job Instructor. His varied background and work history gives him an in-depth knowledge of the multitude of services that Flight Service Specialists provide to the aviation community from coast to coast.
In 2012, he created the first RPAS database and RPAS operational protocol at NAV CANADA and is responsible for all drone and remotely piloted aircraft systems/unmanned aerial vehicles coordination in the Winnipeg Flight Information Region. The FIR regularly authorizes over 1000 RPAS missions yearly. He also attended the Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAV Competition held in Portage/Southport in 2016 and 2018 as a judge.


Calvin Reich

Unmanned Systems Canada

Topic: “Insurance Need to Knows”
Panel Discussion with NAV CANADA | Transport Canada | Unmanned Systems Canada
Calvin has been involved in the UAV / RPAS Industry since 2011, and has been on the board of directors with Unmanned systems Canada since 2016.  His background is 17 years of commercial and aviation insurance, where he has assisted a number of insurance companies with building insurance product to adapt to the changing regulations of the UAV/ RPAS industry.  Prior to insurance Calvin has been involved in the aviation industry since 1992.  He holds a Commercial fixed wing pilots licence with his Multi Engine IFR, and float rating.  He has a good understanding of the rules and regulations and has been involved in the process over the years.  He is very active in spreading information with respect to the RPAS industry and has helped many operators to find the required information.  Calvin is the administrator on the Canadian RPAS Regulatory - Advanced Facebook group  which currently has one 2300 members.  He has been involved in educating operators on the legal requirements through various presentations across the country for a number of years.

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Justin Miller

Transport Canada

Panel Discussion with NAV CANADA | Transport Canada | Unmanned Systems Canada

Justin Miller is a Flight Operations Technical Team Lead with Transport Canada’s RPAS Task Force. Within the Task Force, Justin worked on the development of RPAS regulations that eventually formed the operational components of the Canadian Aviation Regulations Part IX. After the publication of the regulations in Canada Gazette II, Justin transitioned to lead the Flight Operations BLVOS Team which is responsible for current BVLOS operations and future BVLOS regulatory development. Prior to joining Transport Canada in 2010, Justin worked as a training Captain at a regional airline where he flew a variety of aircraft in airline and commuter roles. Justin is also a Class 1 Flight Instructor, general aviation pilot, and small business owner.


Zach Frappier


Topic: “Smart Sensors and Drones in Ag”
Zach Frappier is a Strategic Training Specialist with Sentera, a global leader in UAV and remote sensor manufacturing. The company is based Minneapolis, MN. Zach works with Sentera’s partnership network to provide technical training and support for research based projects and flight operations in an agricultural setting. Prior to Sentera, Zach worked as a crop insurance adjuster for several years and was part of UAV pilot team, operating drones to help adjusters assess damage. It was this experience that sparked Zach’s interest in drone technology and how he found a career with Sentera.