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KF Aerospace founder Barry Paul Lapointe named to Order of Canada

By Skies Magazine | June 27, 2024

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Barry Paul Lapointe, founder and chair of KF Aerospace, has been named a member of the Order of Canada.

Lapointe is among 83 new appointees to the order, announced June 27, 2024 by Governor General Mary Simon.

“The Order of Canada recognizes individuals who have made positive and lasting impacts on communities here in Canada or who have brought honour to our country abroad,” said Simon in a statement.

Lapointe is being recognized for his contributions to Canada’s aerospace industry, and as a philanthropist.

KF Aerospace is Canada’s largest commercial aeronautical maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, and supports both Royal Canadian Air Force pilot training and nationwide aircraft maintenance engineering instruction.

As a philanthropist, Lapointe has contributed to post-secondary institutions and recently opened the KF Centre for Excellence in Kelowna, B.C., which houses a collection of rare aircraft that tells the story of aviation in B.C. with an “interactive twist.”

Lapointe started KF Aerospace in 1970 in Kelowna and has grown it to a company with 1,200 employees. The company operates facilities in Kelowna and Hamilton, Ont.

The KF Cargo division provides an air cargo feeder network, with Purolator Canada as its primary customer, and boasts 99 percent fleet on-time dispatch reliability.

Lapointe recently opened the KF Centre for Excellence in Kelowna, B.C., which houses a collection of rare aircraft that tells the story of aviation in B.C. Shawn Talbot Photo

KF Defence Programs provides selection, basic and advanced pilot training and in-service support for the RCAF in Southport, Man.

KF is also a founding partner of SkyAlyne—along with CAE—that will provide state-of-the-art aircrew training through the Future Aircraft Training (FAcT) program.

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours.

It includes appointments for three levels: Companion (for outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree), Officer (for achievement and merit of a high degree), and Member (for distinguished service to a particular community, group or field of activity).

Lapointe was previously inducted to the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 2019.

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