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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve temporarily suspended the Aviation Innovation Podcast™ – our regularly scheduled series of conversations with entrepreneurs, business owners and executives in the aviation and aerospace sector.

But we’re not going away. Instead, we’ve launched a new series on leadership in turbulent times called VUCA World. V-U-C-A stands for Volatility… Uncertainty… Complexity… and Ambiguity – words that especially resonate these days. We’re not only going to explore the impact the global pandemic is having on business but also the implications for leadership in an increasingly VUCA world.

Tune in to the VUCA World Podcast, and stay tuned for Season 2 of the Aviation Innovation Podcast some time later this year.

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Welcome to the Aviation Innovation Podcast

Welcome to the Aviation Innovation Podcast, hosted by Eugene Hoeven! The show will interview the movers and shakers in the business today, the pioneers of yesterday, and bring you the stories of the innovators and entrepreneurs in our aviation industry.

Learn of the innovations and emergent technologies affecting aviation and air transport, the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship in our sector, as well as the strategies and tactics for success.


Unity of Purpose – AiP 008

For young entrepreneurs, navigating the path to successful growth can be elusive and intimidating. Searidge Technologies, begun in 2004 by two enterprising neighbours in Ottawa,…
Eugene Hoeven
4 January 2020

I have had the good fortune to work with Eugene Hoeven when he was with CANSO and the air traffic management (ATM) industry was grappling with what to do about the looming cyber threats and risks. Eugene quickly assembled a team of industry players to establish CANSO’s ATM Security Workgroup (ASWG) and within 6 months published the CANSO Cyber Security Risk Assessment Guide, which was well-received and highly praised as a resource for organizations on the practical steps they should take to develop resiliency in cyber security. Throughout the process, Eugene exhibited vision and leadership that resulted in the successful delivery of the project.

Jeff SnyderFormer Vice President, Cyber Programs, The Raytheon Company

I’ve known Eugene Hoeven from when NAV CANADA was created in 1996, and he represented the airline industry in the establishment of the service charges regime as the sole source of funding for the company. His leadership in bringing together the user community to focus on cost effective services and flight efficiencies helped lay the foundation for NAV CANADA to become one of the world’s most respected air navigation services providers. I was therefore only too happy to see Eugene move on to CANSO to represent the air navigation services industry at ICAO, where he continuously enhanced its reputation and influence in the international aviation community.

Neil R. WilsonPresident and CEO, NAV CANADA

SADC has retained the services of EH&A for our business development activities in Canada to help grow the aerospace, MRO and logistics cluster for the Amsterdam Airport Area. Throughout this process, Eugene Hoeven has shown to be very responsive and supportive of our efforts – a natural connector and facilitator – that has resulted in a number of new relationships and leads for direct investment in the Netherlands.

Jeanet van AntwerpenCEO & Joep Schroeders, Manager Foreign Investments

Eugene Hoeven is a strategic thinker and natural connector, and has been of great help in getting Unifly in front of decision-makers who require an unmanned traffic management (UTM) solution to safely integrate drones into the airspace. During the term of our engagement, Eugene advocated on our behalf and supported us in building an ecosystem of stakeholders with an interest in UTM – including Transport Canada, NAV CANADA, drone operators and other solutions and service providers. This ultimately positioned Unifly as a preferred technology partner to provide the UTM platform on behalf of NAV CANADA.

Marc KegelaersCEO Unifly