Halifax, N.S. – The world’s top airfield safety, operations and maintenance professionals will come together in Halifax this September to take part in SWIFT 2017. SWIFT (Summer Winter Integrated Field Technologies) is an annual conference to discuss the latest trends and technologies for improving the safety and efficiency of airfields around the world.
This is the 39th SWIFT Conference and the first time it will be held east of Montreal. This year’s conference will be located at the Westin Nova Scotian, September 18-21, 2017, and will be hosted by the SWIFT Planning Committee and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
“We are very enthusiastic about hosting this year’s SWIFT conference,” says Jeff MacMillan, Director, Operations, Halifax International Airport Authority. “We have participated in SWIFT for a number of years and this year, not only will we have an opportunity to see the latest technology the industry has to offer, our peers will have the chance to see what our great city, our province and our airport has to offer.”
Hundreds of international airfield professionals are expected to attend the four-day conference, which will include a one-day equipment expo at Halifax Stanfield’s Combined Services Complex. The event will also feature distinguished speakers including keynote Major General Lewis MacKenzie, President of General MacKenzie Enterprises.
“One of SWIFT’s greatest assets is the diversity of attendees; the vast expertise gathered in one spot, sharing ideas and best practices,” said Marc Gervais, Director Airside Operations at the Ottawa International Airport Authority, and SWIFT Executive Committee member. “The lineup of sessions this year, coupled with the Equipment Expo, will offer a strong showcase of innovation and leadership.”
Registration for SWIFT will open on Friday, March 17. For more information please visit www.swiftconference.org
SWIFT brings together the airport industry to learn about new pavement design, construction, evaluation and maintenance techniques, materials, chemicals, systems and equipment available to keep airports safe and operational while addressing any challenges, at minimal cost, during all seasons.
About Halifax Stanfield
Halifax Stanfield is Atlantic Canada’s principal full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients with access to markets across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean Basin, Europe and Asia. It’s the only airport in Atlantic Canada to offer Canada Customs services on a 24 hour, seven day a week basis, and U.S. preclearance. The Airport, a major economic generator valued at over $2.7 billion to the provincial economy, serves over 3.9 million passengers and processes more than 33,300 metric tonnes of cargo. A recognized innovator in the global airport industry, Halifax Stanfield is the first airport in North America to offer a self-service baggage drop system for all passengers and is consistently ranked among the best airports in the world.