Aviation for Women

JUL-AUG 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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22 AviationforWomen J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 PHOTOS COURTESY OF IRVING AVIATION I f you are flying in Canada, chances are you will be paying a visit to Irving Aviation, a world-class fixed base operation (FBO) with multiple locations across eastern Canada, New- foundland, and Labrador. The FBOs are one of the many busi- ness lines of Irving Oil, which was founded in 1924 by K.C. Irving in Buctouche, New Brunswick. Today Irving Oil, a WAI Corpo- rate member, remains a family-owned and privately held regional energy processing, transporting, and marketing company with headquarters in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Just like aviation, Irving Oil has a global reach. The company, which employs approximately 3,400 people, also has a fair number of women in executive-level positions, including Sarah Irving, executive vice president of Irving Oil. She is under- standably proud of the organization and the team. "Just last year we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Irving Aviation—a business all of us at Irving Oil are very proud of. Our teams work hard to provide the best possible customer experience—a home away from home on their travels," Sarah says. The Irving Aviation staff comes from diverse backgrounds. Chris Taylor, WAI 74396, and marketing manager of Wholesale & Specialty, began her aviation career as a member of the Canadi- an Air Force. She received her pilot training through the Canadian Air Cadet program. She also has degrees in journalism and the fine arts. This combination has enabled her to enjoy a successful career in marketing, of which the past six years have been at Irving Oil in St. John's. "Jet fuel and FBOs have a special place in my heart because of my experience in the air force," Chris says. When she describes a typical day at work, you may get a mental image of a juggler doing her best to keep all the balls in the air. "I perform the marketing support for several lines of business including jet fuel, fixed base operations, wholesale, marine gas oil, asphalt, and our lubricants division. My day changes from one minute to the next; every business line has their own special events, customers, and needs. I try to make sure F B O V I E W C A N A D I A N - S T Y L E F B O S E R V I C E B Y M E G G O D L E W S K I (l to r) Shaesta Waiz, Sarah Irving, Arthur Irving, and Darren Gillis

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