At a young age, Maryse Carmichael was introduced to aviation by her family. As a teenager, she joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets with 630 Squadron, in Quebec City, where she obtained both her glider and private pilot licenses.
She started her adventure as a military pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990. Over her 22-year career, she accumulated nearly 3,500 hours on three main aircraft types; the CT-114 Tutor, the CE and CC 144 Challenger and the CC-130 Hercules and was posted to ten Canadian Forces bases throughout Canada.
In 2000, Maryse became the first woman to fly with the Canadian Armed Forces Aerobatic Team, the Snowbirds. Then, in 2010, for three years, Maryse served as the squadron’s Commanding Officer, leading a team of 90 highly dedicated individuals. Another first for women.
She now works for CAE, as Canada Region Communications and Government Relations Manager.