Gilles Ouimet former President and Chief Executive Officer of Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
During, Mr. Ouimet career that spans over 30 years, he occupied various senior finance and accounting positions such as Chief Financial Officer and Controller. With the Pratt & Whitney since 1977, he held various executive positions including. He has been Chairman of Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. of Pratt & Whitney Company since 2002 and serves as a Director. Mr. Ouimet served as an Independent Director of Domtar Inc., since 2004. He is a graduate in Engineering Physics of the Royal Military College, Mr. Ouimet also obtained an MBA with specialization in finance and is also a fellow certified management accountant (FCMA).
See Gilles present the Keynote Address on Wednesday June 17th.
Elaine M. Parker Vice President, Beyond Risk Management.
Elaine is a safety professional with over forty years of experience in the aviation industry.Throughout her career to date she has served in many senior management positions in operations, marketing, safety, security and training both in the public and private sector. She instructed for fifteen years at the University of Southern California's Engineering Department (in Aviation Safety) and has spoken at international conferences worldwide. Elaine has held an Airline Transport Rating for well over thirty years (IFR not current presently) however she frequently conducts operational and technical courses to remain abreast of the skills and knowledge requirements. In 2001 she was honoured by the Canadian Minister of Transport with the "2001 Canadian Aviation Safety Award" for her work to promote safety in all sectors of the industry. Elaine is also a director in Risky Business Productions Ltd. a video production company that produces safety and training videos as well as historical documentary projects.Elaine has been a full member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) since 1990 and has sat as a member of the executive of the Canadian Society since 1994.
See Elaine present the Introduction to and Implementation of CBAA Member SMS on Wednesday, June 17th.
Steven J. Brown, Chief Operating Officer, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
Steven Brown, chief operating officer for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), oversees all of the Association's activities relating to aircraft operations and flight department management issues, as well as the administrative, financial and human resources functions. Prior to joining NBAA on October 4, 2004, Brown served as a top official with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as vice president of operations planning. Brown also has previously served as associate administrator for air traffic services, managing the 35,000 air traffic controllers, maintenance and software technicians, flight inspection pilots and administrative personnel who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the nation's airspace systems. Before joining the FAA in 1998, Brown was president of the National Aeronautic Association and has served as senior vice president of government and technical affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He also has taught a number of aviation-related courses at Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the faculty; has worked for the Texas Aeronautics Commission; and has been employed as an air taxi pilot and full-time flight instructor. Brown is a graduate of the executive management programs at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Virginia and is a qualified aviation accident investigator certified by the University of Southern California. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's degree in industrial education.
Join Stephen for an NBAA Update during Wednesday breakfast, June 17th
Ron Dech Business Development Embraer Executive Jets
Two and a half decades of experience in both airline and executive jet aviation. A leader in global sales and business development of maintenance support programs. Hands-on technical skills, a working knowledge of aviation contract law and experience negotiating with high profile/high net-worth individuals. Ron is currently employed with Embraer Executive Jets, Customer Support. As a member of the Business Development Team, Ron sells maintenance support programs in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Caribbean categorized as the North American Geographic Region. Previous positions held at Embraer were as a Powerplant Specialist, Technical Support Specialist for executive jet owners and field service representatives and as a parts planning consultant. Earlier, Ron was employed at ExpressJet Airlines (formerly Continental Express) as a Maintenance Control Supervisor and a Powerplant Engineer.
Join Ron, Phil Dziedzic and John Winn for the session Pay-by-the-Hour vs. Scheduled Maintenance on Wednesday, June 17th.
Shawn Scott, Training Services, Scott International
Shawn is retired military with over 20 years of service. He served both in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army. After retirement as a Maintenance Test Pilot, he joined a major commercial airline as a Pilot Ground School Instructor in Boeing and Airbus aircraft programs, as well as teaching International Procedures integrating advanced cockpit systems. Since 2000, he has concentrated on the Business Aviation side of International Procedures training. He is a member of NBAA’s International Operators Committee and serves as a Subject Matter Expert within the industry. With Scott International Procedures, Shawn has prepared thousands of pilots for the intricacies of operating internationally.
Join Scott for the session, Datalink ADS-B Technology, Wednesday, June 17th.
Stephen Wilcox, CMPresident, Total Aviation and Airport Solutions,Airport Manager, Oshawa Muncipal Airport
As President of Total Aviation and Airport Solutions, Mr. Wilcox currently serves as the Airport Manager for the Oshawa Municipal Airport tasked with managing all aspects of the airports day-to-day and long-term strategic operations. Mr. Wilcox’s aviation career began in 1979 and since then he has worked in a variety of aviation fields including, fractional aircraft ownership, air service operations, aviation fuel sales, aboveground fuel storage, live fire training and airport operations and management. As an industry leader, Mr. Wilcox serves as Chair of the Nav Canada Advisory Committee and he also serves as the President of the Airport Management Council of Ontario (AMCO). Mr. Wilcox received his private pilot’s license in 1978 and is an accomplished multi-engine instrument rated commercial pilot with over 6000 flying hours.
Join Stephen, Martin Lamprecht and Chris Wood for the session, Working with Business Airports, on Wednesday, June 17th
Martin Lamprecht Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, Business Development Consultant
Martin Lamprecht has a broad range of experience that includes the preparation of marketing studies and business development plans for all sectors of the aviation industry including airports, airlines, and suppliers of specialized aviation-related technologies. Martin has operated his aviation consulting business, Air Trans Source Inc., since 1991 (incorporated since 2008). In 2009, his firm acquired Momberger Airport Information, a global airport news service that has been published biweekly since 1973.
Join Martin, Stephen Wilcox and Chris Wood for Working with Business Airports on Wednesday, June 17th.
Merlin Preuss, Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs, CBAA
Merlin, who joined CBAA in March 2011, has over 40 years of experience in aviation and management, first as a pilot in the Canadian Air Force, then with Transport Canada, where he spent his last seven years in the public sector as the Director General Civil Aviation for Canada, and most recently as an aviation and management consultant. While Director General he oversaw the design, development and implementation of a Safety Management System (SMS) regulatory framework for the Canadian Aviation industry. He is recognized globally as an authority on risk management systems in aviation from an industry and regulatory authority perspective.
Join Merlin for Introduction and Implementation of CBAA Member SMS with Elaine Parker on Wednesday, June 17th and the Government Update on June 18th.
Michael Tretheway, Chief Economist and Chief Strategy Officer InterVISTAS Consulting Inc.
Dr. Tretheway is Chief Economist and Chief Strategy Officer the with InterVISTAS Consulting Group. He is a co-founder of the InterVISTAS Consulting Group and has served as its Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Tretheway earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin and served for 14 years as Associate Professor of Transportation and Logistics in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, where he continues as an Adjunct Professor. He is frequently an expert witness in court cases, tribunal and regulatory hearings and in arbitrations. He is a member of the Board of Experts of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Before co-founding InterVISTAS Consulting he served as Vice President of the Vancouver International Airport Authority and served on the Minister of Transport’s Airport Transfer Task Force advisory board. Dr. Tretheway has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Air Transport Management, the Quarterly Journal of Finance and Accounting, and Logistics & Transportation Review. InterVISTAS Consulting is owned by Royal Haskoning DHV. Dr. Tretheway is Technical Director of Business Line Aviation with RHDHV. He is a 2014 Leading Professional of the Royal Haskoning DHV Group, a designation awarded to those who are knowledge leaders inside and outside of RHDHV.
Join Mike for a review of the Economic Impact of Business Aviation in Canada on Thursday, June 18th.
Phil Dziedzic, Vice President, Corporate Development, Aurora Jet Partners
Phil has performed a number of roles during his aviation career. He was President and Chief Financial Officer for KnightHawk Inc., an air cargo company. He was also Director of Sales, Aviation for CIT Equipment Finance. In that role he provided financing for all general aviation aircraft including helicopters, turbo props, and business jets. In his current role as Vice President – Corporate Development for Aurora Jet Partners Phil is involved with the purchase and deliveries of new and used aircraft to the fleet including the financing, maintenance contracts and customer contracts. He is also involved in all budgeting and financial analyses for each aircraft and the company’s fractional business segment.
Join Phil, Ron Dech and John Winn for a discussion on Pay-by-the-Hour vs. Scheduled Maintenance on Wednesday, June 17th.
Roger E. Woolsey Chief Executive Officer Million Air/REW Investments Inc.
Roger E. Woolsey is the chief executive officer of Houston based Million Air, one of the largest fixed-based operation (FBO) chains in the world providing upscale, private aviation services to individuals and corporations. Million Air is a chain of fixed base operators (FBO) that provide aircraft charter, fuel, support services and maintenance through a chain of 30 separate franchises strategically located across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Woolsey has more than 25 years of aviation industry experience and is a second-generation aviator whose entrepreneurial drive and fascination with flying spans a lifetime. Woolsey initially entered the competitive market of music and entertainment industry air transportation, and branched out to air medical, cargo, aircraft sales, and management to clients worldwide. A growing need for additional space laid the foundation to progress to FBO ownership. In 1999, he acquired the Million Air-Houston FBO based at Hobby Airport. Million Air Houston’s revenue grew exponentially in three short years. The successful programs responsible for the rapid growth of the FBO inspired the acquisition of Million Air Interlink, Inc. the franchisor for the Million Air chain. Since then, the Million Air chain has repeatedly been named the best FBO chain in North America by aviation industry periodicals, and individual Million Air franchises have succeed in independent recognition winning some of the highest awards in the general aviation industry.
Join Roger for the session, The Changing Role of FBOs, on Wednesday, June 17th.
Aaron McCrorieDirector General, Aviation Safety Regulatory Framework Transport Canada Civil Aviation
Aaron McCrorie started his career at TC in 1999 as a Management Trainee and in 2007 he joined the executive ranks as Director, Surface Security Programs and Operations. In 2008, in addition to his regular duties, he took on responsibility for TC’s Special Events Secretariat, where he was responsible for coordinating the Department’s Olympic and G8 security efforts. From 2009 onward, he occupied a number of positions in the area of Security, which led him to a promotion in 2010 as Director, Aviation Security Regulatory Review. In 2011, Mr. McCrorie was a member of the Beyond the Border Working Group which negotiated the Perimeter Security Action Plan with the United States. Upon his return to TC he was appointed Director of Aviation Security Policy and was subsequently deployed as Director, Standards in 2012. Mr. McCrorie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Regina and started work on a PhD at York University. All degrees are in Political Science. Over the course of his career, Mr. McCrorie has established close working relationships with key stakeholders including airports, airlines and employee groups on the subjects of risk management and safety and security regulation. Effective April 2, 2015, Mr. McCrorie was appointed as Director General, Aviation Safety Regulatory Framework within Transport Canada, Civil Aviation.
Review the latest information from Transport Canada with Aaron at the Government Update session, Thursday, June 18th.
Bryan Dunn, Regional Sales Manager, StandardAero
Bryan is responsible for increasing market share in sales volumes and building reliable supporting customers relationships as a leading MRO in business aviation. Focusing on sales for all midsize and large cabin business jets inspections, modifications and avionics installations. As well as our one stop shop for all Honeywell Engines and APU for MPI, CZI, Core repair and Overhaul.Sales supporting all SA facilities SPI, AGS, IAH, LAX and the numerous Mobil Service Teams throughout US and Canada. Bryan is know known for his expertise in leading high intensity service programs and building business relations. Strong business acumen followed with technical experience to bring new sales opportunities in a very competitive market. Well-versed with executive level communication and cross-functional team collaboration to drive solid business results and improving the customer experience.
Join Bryan and Jerry Sanders for the session, The Future of Air Navigation Systems, on Wednesday, June 17th.
Kellie Rittenhouse, Director, Aviation Services, Hangar Aviation Management
Kellie Rittenhouse is the Director of Aviation Services at Hangar Aviation Management, an aviation services company with five aircraft based at the Oakland County International Airport (KPTK) in Waterford, MI. Kellie is a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) and serves on the CAM Governing Board (CAMGB). A licensed dispatcher and former chair of the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Committee, Kellie’s passion for business aviation ignited while working as a part time customer service representative at a flight school and FBO in Bloomington, IL. She’s devoted her career to the pursuit of turning “plane” language into “plain” language, providing excellence in customer service and recognizing the individuals who make business aviation soar!
Join Kellie to find out more about the Certified Aviation Manager program on Wednesday, June 17th.
Jerry Sanders, Avionics Product Director, StandardAero
Jerry is responsible for looking downstream at issues that operators will be facing, and helping to find solutions for them via STCs, operations capabilities or creative problem solving with the avionics manufacturers. He brings 19 years of valuable experience as an Avionics Technician/Crew Chief and later as a Sales Manager with companies like StandardAero, Jet Aviation, General Dynamics. He also served in the US Marine Corps as an avionics technician. Jerry has completed technical training on various Falcon, Gulfstream, Hawker and Citation aircraft, and multiple courses on Rockwell Collins and Honeywell suites. He is known for being ‘can-do’ and creatively addressing avionics challenges both on the floor and in his current role. He resides in Houston, Texas with his wife and four children.
Join Jerry and Bryan Dunn for the session, The Future of Air Navigation Systems, on Wednesday, June 17th.
William (Bill) Oefelein Fixed Wing Instructor, Flight Research Inc.
CFI, CFII, MEII, ATP, FAA DER Test Pilot, Commercial Sea Plane
- NOTABLE TYPES & PROGRAMS:
Space Shuttle, DHC‐8, NA‐265, MB‐326
Master of Science, Aviation Systems, University of Tennessee Space Institute
Graduate, US Naval Test Pilot School
Graduate, US Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN)
Bachelor of Science with Honors, Electrical Engineering, Oregon State University
Commander, USN (Retired)
NASA Instructor Astronaut
USN Test Pilot School Instructor
NASA Spaceflight Medal
Antarctic Service Medal
Sea Service Ribbon.
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Commendation Medal Air Medal
Honored by the State of Alaska legislature as Alaska’s First Astronaut
Honored by Alaska Governor Murkowski for accomplishments and commitment to science
Winner 1993 McClaren Strike/Fighter Derby
Get the latest on Loss of Control from Bill, one of the sector’s leading trainers on Wednesday, June 17th.
Juan Muniz Supervisor, Global Regulatory Services Universal Weather and Aviation Inc.
Juan is recognized within the Universal family and with clients for his deep expertise in all of Regulatory Services’ 40+ functions. This is especially valuable given the constantly evolving landscape in the regulatory compliance space—an environment that can translate to unexpected time and money if you are not well up to speed on the latest requirements. Bilingual in English and Spanish and with a working knowledge of French & Portuguese, Juan is likewise considered the “go-to” expert for all Trip Support Services related to Mexico, including permits, SENEAM fees, and Mexico APIS. He has a frequently worked and met directly with DGAC, SENEAM, and INM in Mexico as an advocate for General Aviation. He was part of the early SENEAM process, and with his help, Universal was able to clear hundreds of operators who were black listed from operating to and over Mexican airspace. He has also been complimented on many occasions for being able to make last minute additions to Border Overflight Exemptions and TSA waivers given his close working relationship with CBP, TSA, and FAA. Juan holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Join Juan and his colleagues from Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. for the Mini-International Operators Conference session on Wednesday, June 17th.
Jorge Alva, Regional Director of Operations, Latin America and Caribbean, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
Jorge Alva is an expert on business aviation operations and ensuring maintenance of global standards, safety and compliance at the ground support level throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2011, he has served as Regional Director of Operations, Latin America and Caribbean, for Universal Aviation. Prior to his current role, Jorge, who has been with Universal Aviation since 1999, served as Operations Manager for Universal Aviation Mexico – Toluca. Jorge’s experience also includes 18 years as a flight engineer, where he accumulated more than 8,000 flight hours. Jorge has a mechanical engineering degree from Universidad Iberoamericana and a graduate degree in business strategy and development from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Join Jorge and his colleagues from Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. for the Mini-International Operators Conference session on Wednesday, June 17th.
Laura Everington Manager, Regulatory Services, Universal Weather and Aviation Inc.
Laura is a preeminent authority on U.S. and international regulations providing consultation to thousands of operators on regulatory issues (EU-ETS, Visa Waivers, TSA Waivers, Customs, Permits and more), and one of the industry’s most sought-after speakers on regulatory topics. She played an integral role in developing Universal’s eAPIS and EU-ETS service offerings and is regularly consulted by the Federal Aviation Administration and Customs and Border. Laura’s best asset is her ability to take multi-layered, complex regulatory jargon and explain it in a manner that makes sense to operators. For that reason, Laura ﬁelds thousands of calls per year from clients and non-clients alike, who ask her for the latest regulatory information and her advice. A naturally gifted orator and member of the NBAA’s Security Council and Regulatory Issues Advisory Group, Laura is one of the industry’s most requested and respected speakers. By her own estimate, she has presented at more than 100 industry events.
Join Laura and her colleagues from Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. for the Mini-International Operators Conference session on Wednesday, June 17th.
Larry Lachance, Vice President, Operations, Nav CanadaAs Vice President, Operations,
Larry Lachance is responsible for providing overall direction and guidance to the operational performance of the Company, ensuring the safe, efficient and cost effective management of air traffic services and aeronautical information services.Mr. Lachance began his career as a VFR Air Traffic Controller with Transport Canada in 1977. After qualifying as an IFR Controller in 1980, he became a supervisor in 1983 and a Standards Officer in 1988. He continued to assume progressively more senior positions, including Unit Chief of the Quebec Tower and Terminal Control Unit (TCU) and Operations Manager of the Montreal ACC.Since transferring to NAV CANADA in 1996, he has served in numerous senior operational positions including General Manager, Montreal Flight Information Region (FIR), Director, Safety and System Performance, and Assistant Vice President, Operational Support.He has been the designated Canadian representative on the ICAO North Atlantic System Planning Group (NAT SPG) since 2007.
Dolores Johnson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Million Air
Ms. Johnson joined the Million Air team with an impressive resume including over 30 years in general aviation. Her general aviation career began as a CSR in an FBO where she eventually became the General Manager and maintained over 70% of the market share providing excellent service.
Johnson has also worked in many other areas of business aviation including a national catering provider, various charter operators, as well as a consulting role with an international weather and service provider. With customer service and marketing at the forefront of her focus, she is very well known and respected in the aviation community.
All of this experience led Ms. Johnson to become involved in various organizations through the years including NATA, NBAA and CBAA. Dolores was the first FBO employee to hold a position on the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Committee and co-founder of the S & D Advisory Group. She was also instrumental in working on the renowned NATA Safety 1st program developing training modules while also serving on this committee.
In her spare time, she volunteers at many local events in California including Make-A-Wish Foundation, local airshows, Special Olympics, and is serving her second term as a Santa Barbara Airport Commissioner. In her spare time, she volunteers at many local events in California including Make-A-Wish Foundation, local airshows, Special Olympics, and has served as the Santa Barbara Airport Commissioner.
Chris Wood, Airport General Manager, Region of Waterloo International Airport
Chris Wood landed at the Region of Waterloo International Airport in September of 2009 taking on the role of Airport General Manager. Chris was previously employed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), holding positions in Operations, Strategic Planning, Facility Activation and Consulting Services at Toronto Pearson Airport. During the opening of Pearson’s new Terminal 1, he managed the logistics, resources, and the execution of trials, and oversaw the shutdown and deactivation of Terminal 2. Through GTAA Consulting Services, Chris conducted peer reviews for the British Airports Authority and the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation. Chris also managed the successful activation of Terminal 5 for JetBlue Airways at JFK International Airport in New York City. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technical Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an honours diploma in Airport Operations and Management from Georgian College. He is an accredited member of the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE), and holds a private pilot’s license. Chris has taught various aviation courses at Georgian College, and holds a Board position on the International Association of Airport Executives Canada as well as the Airport Management Council of Ontario.
Chris’s aviation career began 19 years ago at the Region of Waterloo International Airport where he spent a summer working at the Waterloo-Wellington Flying Club as a ramp attendant. Originally from Brantford, he currently lives with his wife and two children in Ayr, Ontario.
Jeff Phipps, Chief, Operational Air Worthiness, Transport Canada Civil Aviation
Jeff Phipps started his aviation career at a very young age flying with his father, Colin, who was a Commercial Pilot and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. In 1987 Jeff completed his basic training in Avionics Maintenance at Canadore College in North Bay and obtained an E rated Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) license. Jeff worked as an AME, Shop Foreman, and Production Manager for various Approved Maintenance Organizations and Regional Air Operators in Canada. In 1993 Jeff obtained his FAA A&P Certificate. Then in 1995 Jeff obtained his M2 rating on his AME license for Transport Category Aircraft. Jeff joined the Airworthiness Branch of Transport Canada Civil Aviation as an Airworthiness Inspector in 1995. In 2001 Jeff was promoted to Chief, AME Licensing & Training and was later transferred to various positions at the Chief level all within the Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing Branch.
Following a major reorganization of Transport Canada in 2010 Jeff was transferred to his current position, Chief, Operational Airworthiness, within the Standards Branch.
Elliot, VP Avionics Systems, Jetcraft Avionics
Elliott joined Jetcraft in 2007 with a 40 year background in avionics systems
including repair, modification, flight test, certification, documentation,
sales and training. At Jetcraft, Ken has developed the HUD Vision Access
product program of distributorship for a new enhanced flight vision system
(EFVS) for aftermarket business aircraft. He also works with the government and
broader aviation community to promote and educate key individuals on Low
Visibility Operations. Ken served in the British Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm where
he gained his early avionics training and education. He began his civilian
aviation career in Muscat, Oman followed by CSE Aircraft Services in Oxford,
U.K. then gaining 10 more years of hands on experience in both Kenya and South
Africa. In the US since 1990, Ken was formerly with ElectroSonics that
became part of Garrett Aviation (now Standard Aero), holding executive
positions in avionics, sales and customer support. Ken holds Six Sigma green
belt certification and is active in the AEA, NBAA, FAA’s NextGen NACSC as task
group lead, RTCA 213 and chairman of SAE’s G20 Airport Lighting committee.
See Ken present on Enhanced Low Vision Operations, June 17th.
Terry Yeomans, Program Director International Standard for Business
Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH)
Just into his 31st year of business aviation experience. Currently Program Director for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). IS-BAH demonstrates industries commitment to promoting a positive safety culture and the harmonisation of aviation safety best practices and standards around the world.
Previous position included responsibility for coordination and supervision (ground logistics) of ad-hoc business aviation flights operating to and from the UK’s various airports for a major International flight service company. In 1999 gained BS EN ISO 9002:1994 QMS approval later receiving approval to BS EN ISO 9001:2008. Also managed ground operations for MAGEC Aviation a London based award winning FBO and charter operation.
Wide range of exposure over the years to all levels of activities from suppliers to end users including Head of State. Former industry association representative at a number of high level meetings including those connected with the planning for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Regular attendee at International business aviation events making a number of presentations. Past Council member and deputy Chairman for the British Business & General Aviation Association (BBGA) and council member (and Treasurer) of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).
Join Terry for the session, The Impact of IS-BAH on Business Aviation Operations on June 17th.