John Maris

John holds a PhD in Aviation Safety and Human Factors, Master’s degrees in Aviation Management and Aviation Science, and an undergraduate Aeronautical Engineering degree from prestigious universities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a member of the Order of Professional Engineers of Quebec.
John is an ambassador for Canadian aerospace on the world stage and one of the leading voices for small business within the Canadian aerospace community. His achievements have directly contributed to the advancement of Canadian aviation’s growth and global impact.
Throughout John’s career, he has remained an active community volunteer and mentor for students and young entrepreneurs. He participates on numerous university boards and has taught post-graduate university courses on a variety of subjects within the aviation industry.
John has received numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career and his contributions, inventions and patents in aviation and aerospace have earned him international recognition as a leader in his field. Among his many recognitions, John received the coveted McKee Trophy from the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and the Floyd Award from the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada for his outstanding and exceptional contributions to aviation in Canada. In 2018, John was admitted to the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, joining esteemed Canadian aviators, for his role in inventing the world standard in Electronic Aeronautical Charting, as well as for his twelve-year military service and contributions to the International Space Station program as manager during the early development of the Robotics Workstations that control the Space Station’s Canadarm2.
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation is honoured to present John Maris with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding and exemplary accomplishments.