Gord Stevens lived with emotional turmoil for many years, including early in his flying life. Through a caring recommendation in 2007, he discovered mindfulness and meditation. Since that time, he has been exploring and adopting mindful awareness techniques while improving all aspects of his life including his self-awareness, situational awareness, resilience, and overall wellbeing. These pursuits have become a passion for Gord, and he incorporates them into his work in flight simulators, in classrooms, and in the cockpits of commercial aircraft.
Gord began flying commercially in January 2000, operating a Cessna 185 on wheel-skis. After joining a regional carrier that operated large floatplanes in 2005, he was invited into the training department in a line-indoctrination role. He has been training pilots in various roles ever since. He currently works at an international airline as a line-indoctrination training captain.
Gord has trained with Robyn Priest as a peer supporter, and volunteers in this role with the pilot’s association he is a part of.
Most recently, Gord is advancing his skills with course facilitation. In 2019 he trained with Mindfulness Without Borders to facilitate their evidence-based Mindfulness Ambassador Program. During the first several months of the Covid-19 pandemic, he used this training to facilitate several groups of pilots online, introducing skills for stress reduction and dealing with uncertainty in the airline industry. Realizing the unique nature of training pilots in awareness practices, Gord is now refining and implementing his own 6-8-week wellbeing courses and running them online for pilots around the world.
Gord joined Mindful Aviator early in 2020 as Director of Communications and Online Coaching. He offers individual and group training in Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS), consultations, industry support and group speaking engagements. To see when Gord’s next online class begins, click here.
Click the links below to listen to podcast interviews with Gord and Cardinal Aviation.