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November 15, 2011 16:54 ET

Hope Air Honours NAV CANADA with Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Canada's air navigation service provider has been a valuable partner in "Getting Canadians To Getting Better"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2011) -

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The 2011 Outstanding Philanthropist Award presented by Hope Air to a member of the Air Transport Association of Canada has been awarded to NAV CANADA. The Hope Air Mission is to arrange free flights for low-income Canadians to get to specialized medical care that is not available in their local communities: this Award celebrates the generous contributions NAV CANADA has made to Hope Air and its Clients since 2003.

NAV CANADA has provided a variety of support to Hope Air since their partnership was formed: it has ranged from regular financial contributions to Hope Air's charitable mission; to waiving of fees for Hope Air volunteer pilots; to participation in charitable events that raise funds for Hope Air.

The support of NAV CANADA has made a great difference in the lives of Hope Air Clients across Canada. From northern Ontario, Fauzia and her two-year-old daughter Dinar must travel to SickKids Hospital in Toronto a few times a year for assessment and treatment of Dinar's neurological condition. Hope Air and our Volunteer Pilots, with the generous support of NAV CANADA, ensure that Fauzia and Dinar can make the trip, easily, in less than two hours, compared to the onerous drive of 12 hours or more each way.

Fauzia and Dinar's story is not unique: thousands of families and individuals face these challenges each day across Canada. Winter driving in a country like Canada presents even more concerns. Hope Air has the ability to eliminate the physical, emotional and financial stress their Clients experience by providing them with free flights to get to the specialized healthcare they need, but which is not available in their local communities.

"NAV CANADA's investment in Hope Air helps make air travel for health reasons accessible to all in Canada, particularly low-income Canadians in our smaller, more distant communities," says Hope Air Executive Director Doug Keller-Hobson. "NAV CANADA is sustaining and nurturing the Hope Air vision that everyone in Canada has access to the healthcare they need, despite distance or cost of travel."

In the first 10 months of 2011, Hope Air has arranged 3,946 flights – an increase of 36 per cent over the same time last year. In the previous week of November 6th to 12th, there were over 75 Hope Air flights taking place across Canada. Hope Air provides flights to people of all ages, with all illnesses from all across Canada.

"We are proud to support the exemplary work of Hope Air and the difference they make for thousands of Canadians in their time of need," said John Crichton, NAV CANADA President and CEO. "The generosity of the entire aviation sector, from the individual volunteer pilot to the contributions of the country's commercial carriers, to this cause is inspiring. NAV CANADA is pleased to be one of Hope Air's many supporters from within the industry along with the numerous corporations and foundations that contribute to this worthy effort."

"If you want to make a difference in the lives of Canadians it takes the type of focused investment that NAV CANADA has made in Hope Air over the last several years," says Doug Keller-Hobson. "This is why we are so honoured to recognize NAV CANADA with this year's Outstanding Philanthropist Award."

Andy Campbell, Vice President, Customer and Commercial Services, at NAV CANADA, accepted the Outstanding Philanthropist Award at the annual meeting of the Air Transportation Association of Canada in Montreal on Monday, November 14, 2011. The award was presented by Doug Keller-Hobson, Executive Director of Hope Air.

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About NAV CANADA

Marking 15 years as Canada's private sector civil air navigation services provider, with operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation. You can learn more about NAV CANADA at www.navcanada.ca

About Hope Air

Hope Air was founded 25 years ago to get financially-disadvantaged Canadians to specialized medical care that is only available in Canada's larger urban centres. Since then, Hope Air has expanded to provide free flights for all ages, with all illnesses, from all across Canada. In the first 10 months of 2011, Hope Air has provided 3,946 Flights: a 36 per cent increase over the same time last year. Hope Air operates three different flight programs: the Commercial Airline Donation Program, with flights provided by many of Canada's national and regional air carriers; the Volunteer Pilot Program, with private pilots contributing their skills and planes; and the Flight Purchase Program, which uses donated funds to purchase airline seats. Currently, 88 per cent of all revenue and in-kind donations are directly applied to Hope Air flight programs. We always work hard to keep administration costs low and our goal is to provide 90 per cent of all donations directly to the Hope Air Mission of Getting Canadians To Getting Better! Please visit www.hopeair.ca to learn more.

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