Teara Fraser, Founder & CEO, Iskwew Air
Teara discovered her passion for aviation at age 30, on a trip to Africa when she experienced her first flight in a small plane. On her return home she decided to pursue her new passion, and in less than a year, she obtained her commercial pilot’s license. During the 2010 winter Olympics, Teara had the idea to establish an airline that could support Indigenous tourism by providing access to small, remote First Nations communities in British Columbia. Nine years later she turned her dream into a reality, officially launching Iskwew Air in Vancouver on International Women’s Day 2019. Iskwew (pronounced IS-KWAY-YO) is a Cree word for woman; the name was chosen to celebrate the first Indigenous woman owned airline, all women, and all those lifting women.