Keynote - Before You Fly

Mark Dixon- Technical Team Lead Flight Operations, Ontario Region, Transport Canada / Government of Canada  

Safety and Reliability: Testing of Drones 

Don Topoworski -  General Manager, Ace, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Safety and Training of UAV/Drone Operations

Yifei Zhao - Operations Director, Altex / Humber College Media and IT Studies

The Sport of the Future + 21st Century STEM Education

Dalton Grover - Director of Business, PCS Edventures 

World Conservation and Improving our Communities Using Drones

Princess Aliyah Pandolfi - Executive Director, Kashmir World Foundation

Becoming a UAV Pilot

Brett Danks - Flight Instructor, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre

Robots and Drones that Learn to Empower Us

Prof. Dr. Angela Schoellig - Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies (UTIAS)

Advancing Beyond Visual Line of Sight

Mark Aruja - Chairman, Unmanned Systems Canada

Autonomous Control for the DIY Drone Enthusiast (on a budget no less)

​John Kost, Technology Entrepeneur

Redefine Autonomous Drone Deployment - Sci-fi to Realworld

Murry Wu, CEO/Founder, Reforges

DRONE LIGHT SHOW presented by

Join us for 1 of 4 sessions on November 26th or 27th and build your very own drone!

The Maker Garden has partnered with Marcus Dickinson from X4 Drones, Durham Regions leading drone store located in Pickering. In this 2 hour class you will put together a kit which you can customize and make your very own.

We’ll guide you through this step by step process where you’ll learn the basics of drone construction and Marcus will provide you with some basic information about drone safety and flying techniques.

For more information and to register click: 

Drone Fair Ontario is a 2 day event to celebrate drone technology in a fun and educational environment. We are excited to bring together vendors, innovators, professional pilots and enthusiasts for an event that will entice, educate and elevate drone technology. 

Teams from 4 of Ontario's top post-secondary schools compete in a skills competition of drone design, problem solving and flight. $2500 scholarship awarded to the winning team!


Attendees can register for the DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone Workshop run by Kashmir Robotics. This hands-on workshop will expose participants to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics through critical thinking, on the spot decision making and teamwork. Teams will build and fly a state-of-the-art drone, through integration of power and propulsion, avionics, mission planning, autonomous mission training, and piloting. Spots are limited. Advanced registration is required. More information and to register visit:

Race on! Some of Ontario's top FPV racers take to our gym course to show a little taste of what FPV racing is all about.  Presented by North GTA FPV Events .

Speakers - click for more info

Arrowonics create stunning visual lighting displays using drones. They will be presenting a drone aerial light show at the end of Day 1, Nov 26.

For more information on Arrowonics go here: 

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Transport Canada / Government of Canada

Unmanned Systems Canada

Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre

Gap Wireless

Henry's Camera



Humber College Media Studies and IT

University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies



Lift RC

PCS Edventures

Emax Hobby

Institute of Engineering and Technology


416 Drones

Ryerson Engineering


Model Aeronautics Association of Canada



The Maker Garden

Make a Drone at Drone Fair 2016 – 2 Hour Workshop

Kashmir Foundation  

Davinci Challenge: Build a Drone Workshop


Click to download the Davinci Challenge: Workshop Schedule for Drone Fair Ontario 



ACE Center for UAV Research 

at the University of Ontario Instiute of Technology

Drone OFF student challenge - click for more info

The ACE research and testing facility offers chambers and technology for climatic, structural durability and life-cycle testing. Facilities include one of the largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels (CWT) on the planet. In the CWT, wind speeds can reach 300 kilometres per hour with temperatures that range from -40 to +60°C. With our solar arrays and storm generators we can create any weather conditions imaginable, from sweltering jungle downpours to the paralyzing cold of an arctic storm. We use these chambers to test automotive and aerospace products, to improve the performance of elite athletes and to provide services to many other markets, including the unmanned aerial vehicle industry, civil engineering, film and television, and motorsports.

Scheduled tours and drone testing and flight demonstrations will be available at 12pm and 2pm both days. More information about ACE go here: