We are on the journey to transformation,
and we need your help to continue our mission.
JOIN US FOR OUR
The runway is in sight, thanks to a
new $750,000 matching gift from
the Richardson Foundation.
To support the final push to our $46 Million goal, Bob Williams issued two $300,000 matching gift challenges to the community at large.
We’re thrilled to announce that thanks to the support of more than 400 individuals, we’ve reached our goal! This means a total of $1.2 M has been raised through Bob’s match.
We’re so close to our goal!
Stay tuned for another matching opportunity, coming soon!
AN AVIATION ADVENTURE
The new Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada will not be the same museum that we closed in October 2018.
Our mission is to preserve and promote stories of aviation in western and northern Canada while inspiring, educating, and entertaining.
Our bold vision began to become a reality when the shovels broke ground on May 1, 2020.
In our new 86,000 square foot majestic home, the Royal Aviation Museum showcases the past, present, and future of Canadian bush flying, aviation, and aerospace in distinct thematic spaces.
The main exhibit floor features the “Richardson Gallery of Flight,” within which are exciting exhibits that follow our collection through history.
The second floor has an interactive science of flight exhibit, a unique airport observation area to watch planes taking off and landing, plus two classrooms and a banquet room.
The design and innovations planned for the new, world-class Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada will ensure that visitors will leave inspired, educated, and entertained with the rich history of Canadian aviation.
A wide range of powerful sponsorship opportunities is still available for many of our exhibits and artefacts.
WHAT WE STAND FOR
We will safely and ethically achieve the highest standards in museum operations and visitor experience
We will reflect the diversity of our community in the stories we tell, the experience we offer, and the leadership of this great museum
We will be responsible to our customers, members, founders, donors, funders, partners, employees, and volunteers in all decisions and actions
We strive to ensure we are accurate, transparent, and complete in the collections and stories and how we reflect them
We will protect our future through stewardship of our public trust, financial strength, and environmental responsibility
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada seeks to honour and commemorate the history of Indigenous Peoples and aviation in Western Canada while engaging with the complex history of travel, trade, and relationships in this place. We are committed to the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and to facilitating a safe space for reconciliation to occur.
The new home of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is located on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional territory of Anishnaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
Dr. D.S. Reimer
Exchange Income Corporation
The North West Company
The Tallman Family
George and Tannis Richardson Fund
Hartley and Heather Richardson
Jim McManes in honour of Frank McManes
RBQ Foundation in memory of Royden Richardson
The Paterson Foundation
The Winnipeg Foundation
Antti I. Aamio-Wihuri, Winpak Ltd.
Jim and Leney Richardson and Family
Johnston Group Inc.
The Hastings Family
Valerie MacKenzie and Family
Andrew and Kaitlyn Somers
Anne and Joe MacDonald
B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd.
Blain and Barbara King
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Doug Harvey and Maxim Truck and Trailer
Fast Air Executive Aviation Service
Jim and Janice Tennant Foundation
In memory of the MacDonald brother — Jim, Grant, and Edwin — from their families
Northern Lights Petroleum Ltd.
Robinson Family Foundation
Sanford and Deborah Riley
Taillieu Construction Ltd.
Tannis and Francois Chabot
Taylor B. Somers
The Murphy Foundation
Western Canada Aviation Museum Foundation Inc.
Access Credit Union
Assiniboine Credit Union
Bank of Montreal
Bill Parrish Sr.
Estate of Stan Wagner
Investors Group Financial Services
Kathy and Jim Rogers
Marg. MacLean and Dave McCann Family
Mauro Family Foundation
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Pollard Family Foundation
Power Corporation of Canada
The Asper Foundation
Thomas Sill Foundation
Bob and Joanne Banman
Bob and Marnie Puchniak
Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba
Doug and Verna Danylchuk, Peterbilt Manitoba
Golden West Radio
Murray Auto Group
Paul and Wendy Kuzina
Price Family Foundation
Reich&Petch Architects + Architecture49
Winifred Steinkopf Hall
In memory of William (Bill) Wehrle from his family
Bill & Margaret Fast Family Foundation
Burns Foundation Fund
Cambrian Credit Union
Canadian Propeller Ltd.
Dan and Kelly Murray
Captain Dennis Giguere in memory of Captain Rene Giguere
Jean Giguere, C.M. and Family in honour of Captain Dennis Giguere
Derksen Plumbing and Heating
Don and Andrea Boitson
Dr. John M. Clearwater in memory of T. Murray Clearwater
Ernst Hansch Foundation
Harris Leadership Strategies
Honourable Gary Filmon and Honourable Janice Filmon
Innovair Industrial Limited
Kozminski Family Foundation
Nick Logan and Christine Skene
Perimeter Aviation Education Foundation
Robert Scurfield and Associates
Ron and Sandi Mielitz
Royal Canadian Properties
Steinbach Credit Union
View West Foundation
Balcaen Family Trust
Bituminex Paving Ltd.
Bruce D. Emberley
Clare T. Cove, ex R.C.A.F
The Family of Capt. Reuben Hadfield
Grant B. Hambley
Hubert and Bernice Kleysen
John R Davidson, P. Eng.
Ken and Barbara Webb
Lee and Wayne Anderson
Lesley and Lynn Bishop
Peter Mansbridge Charitable Foundation
Ray, Joan, Dylan, Travis, Gerilyn, Preston & Nathan Hoemsen
Rick and Judy Lovelace
Ron Jonkman and Kriss Major
Sheldon and Penny Bowles
Sigfusson Northern Ltd.
Chris and Lori Stevens
Eagle Aviation, Adventure Air, and Kississing Air
Frank and Betty Froebe
Michael and Brenda Evans Foundation
Muriel L. Sutherland
Red River Cooperative Ltd.
Ryan Henderson and Bruce Henderson
Terry and Wanda Slobodian
Tom and Moya Lindstrom
Winnipeg Flying Club
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, KG GCVO ADC(P)
Hartley T. Richardson, L.V.O., O.C., O.M.
Dr. Arthur V. Mauro, O.C., O.M., Q.C.
David T. Barnard, James W. Burns, O.C., O.M. (posthumous) Charles S. Coffey, O.C., Hon. Gary Filmon, P.C., O.C., O.M., Brian and Ruth Hastings, Duncan M. Jessiman, Edward Kennedy, Hubert T. Kleysen, Fred Mannix, O.C., Peter Mansbridge, O.C., Greg McDougall, Ramond McFeetors, Andrew Paterson, Dr. Donald S. Reimer, Calin Rovinescu, Bill Wehrle (posthumous), Maxwell W. Ward, O.C., A.O.E. (posthumous)
Dean Alfonso, Gary Bell, Barry Bembridge, Lynn Bishop, Don Boitson, Bruce Emberley, David Filmon, Helen Halliday, Andrew Hopkinson, David Johnston, Ron Jonkman, Kristin Long, James D. MacDonald, Barry Rempel, Terry Slobodian, Gary Timlick, Rennie Zegalski
Ron Jonkman | Chair
Bruce Emberley | Past Chair
Rennie Zegalski | First Vice-Chair
Barry Bembridge | Second Vice-Chair
John Davidson | Third Vice-Chair
Kacie Olbrecht | Treasurer
Andrew Stewart | Secretary
Major Geneviève Dussault
OUR DONOR STORIES
Jim McManes in Honour of His Father, Frank McManes
Jim McManes sponsored the museum’s iconic Canadair CF-104 Starfighter military aircraft to honor his late father, Frank McManes’s legacy – a decorated Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) World War II pilot. Frank McManes began life as a farm kid in …READ MORE
Northern Lights Petroleum
Northern Lights Petroleum is an Indigenous-owned and operated fuel distribution and logistics company based in Manitoba that serves Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across Canada. Indigenous communities helped pilots navigate and build relationships throughout the North and provided leadership and significant …READ MORE
VISION BECOMING A REALITY
Construction is now complete.
FUELS OUR FUTURE
Generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and all levels of
Government have fuelled our museum’s spectacular transformation.
The fuel tank has almost reached its goal of $46 Million. Can you help us top it up?
Click the “Donate Today” button to find out how!
You will be transferred to the museum’s secure donation page, hosted by Canada Helps