Heather Pilot is President of Pilot Hill Ltd., the company that produces The Best Defence Conference each November in London, Ontario. https://bestdefenceconference.com
Pilot Hill Ltd. provides consulting services to companies focused on supply chain and strategic partnership opportunities. Services include lead generation, introductions, and site selection services.
Heather has a strong background in economic development and stakeholder relations. She worked for the London Economic Development Corporation from 2000-2017 as Director of Business Development. While developing a profile of the defence cluster in Southern Ontario, her passion for the sector grew and she created The Best Defence Conference in 2010. She left LEDC in 2017 to form Pilot Hill Ltd. and to take the conference into the private sector.
Heather provided her leadership skills as the Director-Canada for New York State’s Empire State Development from 1996-1998 in Toronto and prior to that as Director-Canada for the North Carolina Department of Commerce from 1991-1995 (Toronto) managing their business affairs for trade and investment in Canada.
Starting her career with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Heather crafted export training programs for Ontario SMEs as well as leading trade missions abroad.
A strong advocate for promoting Women in Defence (WiDS) she has worked to make their Speed Mentoring Program an integral part of the conference .
Recognized for her efforts in creating awareness of the strong defence and advanced manufacturing cluster in Southern Ontario, she was nominated and selected as one of Canada’s Top 20 Women in the Canadian Defence World for 2018 by Esprit de Corps magazine. She was the 2018 recipient of the London Convention Centre Ambassador Awards and serves on McMaster University’s Aerospace and Defence Advisory Committee.
She has recently contracted with Western University to provide business development services for the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research https://www.eng.uwo.ca/fraunhofer/ and promote the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium. https://www.amconsortiumontario.ca/