President and Chief Executive Officer
Calin Rovinescu was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada on April 1, 2009.
Mr. Rovinescu is also the Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB), the controlling body of the Alliance with each of the 27 member airlines represented by their respective CEO.He is a Member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and served as its Chairman from June 2014 to June 2015.
From 2004 until his re-joining Air Canada, Mr. Rovinescu was a Co-founder and Principal of Genuity Capital Markets, an independent investment bank.
Mr. Rovinescu first joined Air Canada in 2000 as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy, where he was Chairman of, and had oversight for many of the airline’s businesses including loyalty management (Aeroplan), regional carriers (Jazz) and maintenance, repair and overhaul (ACTS). He also had overall responsibility for a number of corporate functions including Legal, Information & Technology, E-Commerce, People, Labour, Government Affairs, Communications, Alliances and Corporate Secretariat. In addition, Mr. Rovinescu held the position of Chief Restructuring Officer during the airline’s 2003-2004 restructuring.
Prior to 2000, he was the Managing Partner of the law firm Stikeman Elliott in Montreal, where he practiced law for over 20 years in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, and was a member of the firm’s Partnership Board and Executive Committee.
Mr. Rovinescu received his LL.B from the University of Ottawa in 1980, his LL.L. from the University of Montreal in 1978, and his D.E.C. from McGill University in 1974. He is also the recipient of Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from each of the University of Ottawa and the University of Montreal, both awarded in 2014.
Head, Aircraft Finance
Aviation and Aerospace Group
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Toronto)
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Tim Andison is a partner in the Securities Group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Tim’s practice focuses on a wide variety of M&A, capital markets and other financing transactions, with a particular concentration in high-yield and other debt offerings, restructurings and liability-management transactions. He has acted for numerous underwriters, issuers, financial sponsors, lenders and borrowers based in Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. Before joining Blakes, Tim practised as a member of the capital markets group of a leading US law firm in its London, New York, Singapore and Toronto offices.
Andrew is currently Airline Marketing Director for Airbus, responsible for marketing the entire Airbus family of aircraft to airlines in North America, based in Washington DC.
Andrew joined Airbus in Toulouse in 2006 as A350 XWB Marketing Director, responsible for the A350’s market positioning from its launch through to definition freeze and first flight.
Prior to joining Airbus, Andrew was a partner in Prisma Aviation Services, a consultancy firm providing aircraft evaluation and trading expertise to operators and owners worldwide.
Andrew has almost 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry, beginning his career as an Avionics Engineer in British Aerospace and moving to a number of commercially focused roles in the Regional Aircraft side of the business. He has had the pleasure of engaging with most of the world’s major airlines over the course of his working life, culminating in many successful aircraft transactions.
Andrew was born in UK and holds a BSc Honours degree in Engineering from Durham University.
Executive Director – Asset Finance Group
Dana Barta is an Executive Director in the Asset Finance Group in the Global Capital Markets Division (“GCM”) of Morgan Stanley, based on NYC. Dana joined Morgan Stanley in January 2010 as an Associate and quickly moved through the ranks. Dana is instrumental in not only executing deals, but also a significant contributor to winning business in aircraft, royalty and equipment financings within the Transportation, Pharma and Media & Telecommunications space. In the aviation space, Dana has been involved in all Morgan Stanley EETC transactions since 2010, raising over $20Bn via domestic and international EETCs. Notable transactions include the $714MM Air Canada 2013-1 – First EETC to enjoy the full benefit of Cape Town, awarded the 2013 North American Deal of The Year by the AirFinance Journal as well the 2013 Editorial Award of the Year by Aviation Economics. Beyond her business responsibilities, Dana is a graduate of the GCM Emerging Leaders Program and is part of the firm-wide Rising Star Program for both VP and ED levels. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Dana worked at JPMorgan as an Analyst in Structured Credit Products and at Wachovia as an Associate in Structured Equity Products. In these roles, Dana was involved in structuring Synthetic Collateral Debt Obligations and Alternative Investments. Dana graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science and from Columbia’s MBA – the Executive Program in 2015 with Dean’s Honors.
Nathan is a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto with 30 years of experience in corporate and commercial finance. His practice includes a wide range of corporate finance, business and aviation transactions, including asset-based lending, secured and unsecured syndicated debt financing, project finance, debt restructuring, securities lending, aircraft purchases, aircraft finance and leasing, and aviation regulation.
Nathan has represented Canadian and foreign corporations, pension funds, banks, lessors and other financiers in connection with complex business and finance transactions in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, mining, telecommunications, hotel and hospitality, consumer loyalty programs, travel, medical and health, and sports and entertainment. He has also acted as counsel to aircraft financiers and air operators in the field of commercial aviation and regulatory law, regularly acting for financiers, lessors, purchasers and sellers of business and commercial aircraft and buyers of aviation businesses.
Eric Christensen is the Regional Vice-President of Marketing for Embraer Commercial Aviation North America. His group is responsible for regional market analysis, technical sales support, industry intelligence and promotional strategy.
Previously Christensen held various leadership positions at SkyWest Airlines during a 26-year career, including Vice-President of Planning. As a member of the executive management team, he helped grow the airline from 24 aircraft to the largest regional airline group in the world with over $4 billion in annual revenues. He oversaw aircraft acquisitions and managed one of the world’s largest jet fleets of over 700 aircraft.
Christensen graduated with a BA in Accounting from Utah State University where he also earned an MBA. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, he is also an experienced commercial pilot with an instrument rating.
Rob Cowan is the Managing Director of Aviareto Limited, which operates the International Registry (IR) of Mobile Assets (Aviation) under the Cape Town Convention. The IR is an on-line business serving the global aviation finance industry from Dublin, Ireland. The role includes managing a highly secure, cryptographically enabled registry system that has systematic importance to the Aviation Finance industry and which is regulated by a UN body (ICAO). Stakeholders range from small to the very large including, medium sized corporates, aviation lawyers, airlines, aircraft leasing firms, aircraft manufacturers, banks and other finance institutions, governments and their agencies as well as several international organisations. Rob has developed a highly skilled team with a mix of online, cybersecurity, finance, aviation, compliance and diplomacy.
Previously, Rob held senior positions in Telecommunications and Technology for over 20 years. He has worked with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) focusing on network security and development. Prior to his time at the IAA, Rob was the Senior Manager of Network Operations at TyCom during the start-up phase, managing an international undersea cable network linking the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK. Rob had previously spent 11 years working for Galileo Ireland a leading provider of travel reservation systems and international data networking solutions as both General Manager of Business Development and General Manager of the Technical Department.
Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin in 1989, has several post graduate Telecommunications qualifications and an MBA from Dublin City University in 2009 where his focus was on strategy.
Executive Director / Chief Technical Officer
Ping An Aircraft Leasing
Gareth Delany is Executive Director and Chief Technical Officer at Ping An Aircraft Leasing. Gareth joined Ping An in October 2015, and is responsible for all aspects of technical and asset management of the Ping An aircraft portfolio.
Prior to joining Ping An, Gareth held the position of Senior Director, Head of Technical and Asset Management at ORIX Aviation, where he worked for ten years. He has also worked for Lufthansa Technik as a powerplant and test cell specialist, with particular emphasis on the operation and maintenance of various engine types.
Gareth holds a first class honours degree in mechanical engineering from University College Dublin and has eighteen years of experience in the aviation industry.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert J. Deluce is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable and respected airline owners and operators. He brings to the industry over 50 years of Deluce family experience in successfully owning, financing, restructuring, operating and managing a number of regional airlines in Canada.
His involvement in the aviation industry includes White River Air Services, norOntair, Austin Airways, Air Creebec, Air Ontario, Air Manitoba, Air Alliance and Canada 3000 Airlines.
He has been President of Deluce Capital Corp. since 1987, and is currently President and CEO of both Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Porter Airlines Inc.
Cameron Doerksen, CFA
Analyst, Industrials & Transportation
National Bank Financial
Cameron Doerksen is a Director and Research Analyst covering Transportation and Industrial stocks. Based in Montreal, Cameron joined National Bank Financial (NBF) in 2010 and has been covering Canadian airline and aerospace stocks for a total of 15 years. In addition to publishing company-specific and industry thematic research, Cameron also provides research support for all aspects of the financial markets business including fixed income, derivatives, and risk management solutions.
Cameron holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Manitoba and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
David R. Fiore
Deputy Vice President, Transport Division
Export-Import Bank of the United States
David Fiore is the Deputy Vice President of the Transportation Division of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (“Ex-Im Bank”). The Transportation Division is responsible for Ex-Im Bank supported financings of large commercial aircraft, business aircraft, helicopters and railroad-related equipment.
In addition to his responsibilities assisting the Vice President of the Transportation Division in managing the workload of the Transportation Division, David is also responsible for aircraft financings for a number of airlines based in Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean region. He has been involved with Ex-Im Bank supported financings for such airlines as Ethiopian Airlines, TAAG-Angola Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Cargolux and Norwegian Air Shuttle. In addition to his airline responsibilities, David is the lead loan officer responsible for Ex-Im Bank’s financings of U.S.-manufactured locomotives and rolling stock to railroads located in various countries including South Africa, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia.
David has a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University in Montreal. David is fluent in French and Italian.
Chair, Global Transportation Finance
Dean N. Gerber
Dean N. Gerber is the Chair of the Global Transportation Finance team at Vedder Price and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Gerber is regularly named one of the top aviation lawyers in the world by Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides (most recently in 2015), including in the “Best of the Best,” “Best of the Best USA” and “Aviation” categories, and he is routinely recognized by the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as one of the most highly regarded individuals in the world in aviation. In 2015, Mr. Gerber was ranked in Chambers USA’s Nationwide Transportation: Aviation: Finance and Illinois Banking & Finance categories, as well as in Chambers Global’s Aviation Finance category. In addition, Mr. Gerber was chosen as a Leading Lawyer for 2014–2016 in Banking & Financial Institutions Law, Corporate Finance Law and Securities & Venture Finance Law. He was also included in the elite Leading Lawyers list for the Finance—Asset Finance and Leasing category in 2014 and 2015 by Legal 500 United States and has been annually selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2008. In 2015, Mr. Gerber was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois.
Under Mr. Gerber’s leadership of the Global Transportation Finance team, Vedder Price was named Aviation 100 Law Firm of the Year 2015 and had a role in the China Deal of the Year, the PDP Deal of the Year and the Innovative Deal of the Year 2014 (Aviation Journal).
Mr. Gerber has extensive experience representing lessees, equity participants, lenders, credit enhancers, underwriters, governmental agencies and others on various aspects of aircraft finance. He regularly acts for parties involved in securitizations (including EETCs and pass-through certificates), operating leasing, mortgage and synthetic lease financings, cross-border leasing, leveraged leasing, government-supported financings, manufacturer-supported financings, bankruptcies, restructurings and workouts as well as purchase, maintenance and conversion agreements. He also has participated significantly in the development and structuring of financings involving export credit agencies.
Mr. Gerber, also a certified public accountant, is a frequent speaker at air finance conferences and legal forums, and he has authored numerous articles on equipment finance-related topics.
Boeing Capital Corporation
Nathaniel (“Nate”) Graddy is account manager at Boeing Capital Corporation. In this capacity, he works with internal partners and third-party financiers to develop and ensure comprehensive financing solutions for Boeing Commercial Airplane customers.
Prior to his current role, Nate served as account manager for capital markets and policy at Boeing Capital, director of international trade policy at Boeing Commercial, and director of operations and strategy for Boeing Japan. Before joining Boeing in 2011, Nate worked for Aflac International Inc. as deputy director of government affairs, based in Tokyo, and for Itochu International Inc. in Washington DC.
Nate holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a B.A. in history from the University of Florida. A native Floridian, Nate lives with his wife and four children in the Seattle area.
Alexander A. Green
Executive Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Secretary
Aircastle Advisor LLC
Alexander A. Green
Alexander A. Green is currently Executive Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Secretary at Aircastle, a publicly traded aircraft leasing company based in Stamford, Connecticut with a portfolio of approximately 160 commercial jet aircraft. Mr. Green’s responsibilities include aircraft acquisition, leasing and financing transactions, as well as general corporate and compliance matters. Prior to joining Aircastle in 2007, Mr. Green was an associate in the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where his practice focused on aircraft portfolio securitizations, EETCs and other secured financings. Mr. Green received an AB in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.
Pierre Houle was appointed Managing Director and Treasurer in September 2014 after several years as Treasurer and also serving at various levels within the Treasury department since joining Air Canada’s Graduate Program as a Financial Auditor in 1990. In addition to the usual treasury responsibilities, Mr. Houle is also responsible for all fuel hedging.
Prior to joining Air Canada, Mr. Houle worked for a chartered accountant firm in Montreal.
Mr. Houle is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (“HEC”) in Montreal. He also has a Master of Business Administration in business and international finance from McGill University in Montreal.
Senior Director – Regional Aircraft Transactions
Asset Transaction Group
GA Telesis, LLC
Arash Jahangir is an accomplished aerospace executive with over 20 years of commercial aircraft trading experience. Currently Jahangir is Senior Director, Regional Aircraft Transactions at GA Telesis, responsible for originating commercial airplanes, engines, inventory and services transactions.
In 2007, Jahangir successfully launched O2 Aviation Services, offering brokerage and remarketing services focused on regional aircraft on behalf of OEMs, airlines and lessors.
From 2009 to 2011, as Sales Director at Global Aerospace Corporation, Jahangir led significant growth by expanding landing gear and components MRO business globally.
From 2005 to 2009 Jahangir held successive marketing positions at Embraer, responsible for marketing the E-Jets aircraft family in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He played a key role in securing the first E-Jets order by a US based lessor.
From 1999 to 2005 at Bombardier and in Airline Support Services group, Jahangir was responsible for developing complete support services packages for inclusion in aircraft sales campaigns.
Previously at CaseBank Technologies, Jahangir managed SpotLight™ troubleshooting software business development and led software deployment at Air Canada Jazz.
In 1996 Jahangir started his career at de Havilland Canada and later with Canadair (Bombardier) as Stress Engineer working on the Global Express, Q400 and Challenger 300 certification programs.
Jahangir graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto in 1996 with Mechanical Engineering Degree, followed by MBA from Royal Roads University in Victoria in 2005.
Born in Tehran, he grew up in Iran, Belgium and Canada, and is fluent in English, French and Persian. He resides in Toronto with his wife and their three sons, enjoys soccer, skiing, biking, camping and motorcycle touring. He has his private pilot’s license qualifications and holds a glider’s pilot license.
Doug has a broad background involving more than 35 years in law, business and the not-for-profit sector. He has extensive experience in strategic business planning and implementation, line management and bottom-line accountability; all of which have been acquired within large companies; entrepreneurial early-stage companies and in the not-for-profit sector.
Doug started his professional career as a corporate lawyer in private practice with a major law firm in Toronto, becoming International General Counsel for Royal Trust based in London, England and then a senior executive with Royal Bank of Canada responsible for its international private banking operations in the United Kingdom. Since 2006, Doug has been the Executive Director of Hope Air; the unique national charity providing low-income Canadians with free flights to enable them to reach vital medical care which is only available far from their home communities.
Helen Kotsovos, Director – Financing at Air Canada, has been part of Air Canada’s Treasury Group since 1997. Helen is involved in all corporate financing activities at Air Canada, with the primary focus being aircraft financing. Helen is currently working on financing plans for Air Canada’s Boeing 787 aircraft that will be delivering until 2019.
Helen Kotsovos holds a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University (Montreal) and a Bachelors of Commerce in Finance/International Business from McGill University (Montreal).
VP Finance and Fleet Management
As Vice-President, Finance and Fleet Management, Candice is responsible for all of WestJet’s treasury and financial planning and analysis activities, including the financial leadership of WestJet’s fleet planning and management activities. With a growing and complex fleet, Candice leads the development and execution of WestJet’s fleet plan, oversight of new aircraft purchases, and handling of sales and lease returns, activities that are critical to the airline’s future success.
Candice was previously appointed WestJet’s Interim Chief Financial Officer from June 2015 to November 2015. In this role, she was responsible for the areas of Accounting, Financial Reporting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Treasury, Tax, Investor Relations, Internal Audit and Supply Chain. Candice is a Canadian Chartered Accountant (CA), a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA, IL) and has a bachelor of commerce from the University of Calgary.
Previously, Candice served as WestJet’s Vice-President, Controller, from October 2012 to May 2015, and as Vice-President, Treasurer from February 2008 to October 2012. Candice joined WestJet as Director of Internal Audit in January 2006. In her pre-WestJet days, Candice held various finance and accounting positions at a semiconductor manufacturer in Santa Clara, California, and began her career at a public accounting firm in Calgary, Alberta.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Jason’s practice focuses primarily on secured lending and structured finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on aviation, project finance and infrastructure. Jason has represented various aircraft lessors, manufacturers and financiers on aircraft finance and commercial aviation matters. He has also represented both lenders and borrowers in domestic and international transactions, which have included asset-based lending, project finance, public-private partnerships and both public and private debt and capital markets offerings.
Before joining Blakes, Jason worked at a major international law firm in London, England, practising in the global asset and project finance group. During this time, he participated in a secondment to General Electric’s Capital Aviation Services division in Ireland.
Shareholder – Head of the New York Capital Markets Group
Kevin MacLeod is the Head of the New York Capital Markets Group at Vedder Price and a Shareholder in the firm’s Corporate practice area. He represents issuers and underwriters in connection with capital markets transactions and other securities law-related matters. During the past five years, he has advised issuers or underwriters on more than 135 completed securities offerings with aggregate proceeds in excess of $50 billion.
Mr. MacLeod has centered his practice on offerings of debt and equity securities, particularly representing clients in capital markets transactions related to the aviation industry. Many transactions he has worked on have been recognized as “deals of the year” by industry publications. He has extensive experience with enhanced equipment trust certificates (EETCs), secured and unsecured high yield notes, aircraft lease securitizations and Ex-Im Bank guaranteed notes. Mr. MacLeod has also regularly advised companies on IPOs and liability management matters, such as tender offers and consent solicitations.
Mr. MacLeod is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Law Journal.
Auriol’s practice focuses principally on aviation commercial and regulatory matters. She has advised clients on matters relating to aircraft finance, the operation of unmanned air vehicles (drones), airline restructuring and insolvency, aircraft repossession, airline and pilot licensing and conflict of laws issues. Auriol gained industry experience while working for a Canadian airline in the operations, contracts, marketing and maintenance departments.
Auriol is the secretary of the Aviation Working Group – Canada Contact Group, an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association Air and Space Law Section, as well as a member of Women in Aviation and Women in Aerospace. She is also a commercial multi-IFR (instrument flight rules) pilot and an active member of the 99s, an international female pilots’ organization, where she is the secretary of the Constitutional Committee. Auriol is also on the Board of Directors for Hope Air, a not-for-profit organization that provides air transportation for Canadians requiring access to medical resources.
Auriol was awarded a scholarship from the International Bar Association Aviation Committee for her paper providing an analysis of the consequences of mandatory consumer protection legislation in respect of weather delays in the aviation industry and was recently named one of Wings magazine’s “Top 20 Under 40” in the aviation industry. She has been ranked in Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers and has been designated as an “Aviation Rising Star” in Canada.
Anna Maria Masciotra
Assistant General Counsel, Aircraft Financing & Maintenance
Anna Maria Masciotra
Anna Maria Masciotra is Assistant General Counsel, Aircraft Financing and Maintenance at Air Canada. In this role, she is responsible for advising Air Canada on all aspects related to the purchasing, financing and leasing of aircraft, engines and spare parts. She also provides advice on Air Canada’s other financing facilities. Anna is a member of the Aviation Working Group (AWG) – Canada group. In 2013, Anna led Air Canada on the financing side on one of the most significant aircraft financing transactions in aviation financing history, the first enhanced equipment trust certificate financing (EETC) outside of the US. Anna holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an LLB in Civil Law from the Université de Sherbrooke. She was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1991 and joined the legal department of Air Canada in 2002. Prior to joining Air Canada she practised law with Coudert Brothers in Montreal.
Senior VP, Scheduled Services
Peter McCart is Canadian North’s Senior Vice President of Scheduled Services. He joined Canadian North in 2013 as VP of Marketing and Communications. Based in Edmonton, Peter leads the Scheduled Service business unit to create and execute innovative, cost-effective strategies that promote growth and profitability of Canadian North’s passenger and cargo business.
Before joining Canadian North, Peter was eight years with Edmonton International Airport as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, where he oversaw the air service and business development programs and strategy management system. Previous to EIA, Peter held several positions over 18 years with Jazz Air Inc and its regional predecessor AirBC. His responsibilities included senior roles in airline operations, marketing, planning, and business process redesign as a GE-trained Master Black Belt.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University with a Major in Finance and a Minor in Marketing.
Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Services – Finance & Capital Markets
Export Development Canada
As Senior Legal Counsel – Finance & Capital Markets, at Export Development Canada, Cara supports the Aerospace Financing Team, providing legal advice on transaction structures and the financing and leasing of aircraft, engines and simulators in support of Canadian exporters. She also advises on the re-leasing, enforcement of security and repossession of aircraft. She advises internal clients regularly on the status and developments in the Capetown Convention on Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Aircraft Protocol and assists clients with queries related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding.
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Paul Meijers is SVP Sales & Marketing for part of Europe and Canada as well as the Marketing Executive responsible for the GECAS relationship with Airbus. In this role he is responsible for origination of aircraft lease and financing transactions with airlines in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Canada. Paul also negotiates the purchase of new aircraft from Airbus for GECAS and coordinates the commercial operations with the manufacturer.
Paul has 25 years of experience combined with expertise in aircraft evaluation, airline fleet planning and aircraft leasing and structured financing and has been involved in multiple big ticket transactions globally over the years. He has been with GECAS for the past 12 years.
Paul started his career in various commercial functions at Airbus where he held roles in Airline Marketing and Sales Financing. He later moved to Credit Lyonnais/PK AirFinance where he spent 5 years in aircraft financing working from their Luxembourg office and later in Toulouse as VP Marketing, mainly arranging asset-backed financing for commercial aircraft.
Paul is a Dutch citizen born in Paris. He has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University and MsC in Management from Boston University.
Vice President, Commercial Operations
Ross joined Bombardier in 1998 in the Contracts Department of Regional Aircraft. In 2000, he transferred to Sales in the International region, working in Europe, Africa and the Middle East over the next ten years.
In 2010, Ross moved to Bombardier Business Aircraft taking a role in the European Sales team. While at Business Aircraft, he also worked in the Strategic Accounts Group working with our largest fleet purchasers throughout the world.
In 2014, Ross was tasked with running the European region for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft as Regional Vice President, European Sales.
In August 2014, Ross assumed the role of Vice President, Business Acquisition, a role which encompasses Marketing, Deal Management, Sales Operations, Communications, Asset Management and Strategy for Commercial Aircraft.
In October this year, Ross assumed the role of Vice-President, Commercial Operations responsible for Strategy, Deal Management and Industry Affairs.
In April of 2014, Ross joined the European Regions Airline Association as a Board Member.
Prior to joining Bombardier, Ross practiced law at McMillan Binch. Ross holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from McMaster University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. Ross is also a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Ross is a native of Toronto and is married with two children.
Senior Vice President Legal
Brenda has extensive aviation experience having been in-house with both aircraft and engine lessors and airlines.
Brenda started her aviation career as in-house counsel for CanAir Cargo and Royal Airlines and later became the General Counsel of Canada 3000 until its bankruptcy in 2001.
Brenda then went in-house at GECAS and the Royal Bank of Scotland and was a partner at McCarthy Tetrault in Toronto where she acted for a number of aircraft and engine lessors and domestic and international airlines on finance and regulatory matters.
Brenda Nichols is currently a Senior Vice President Legal with Engine Lease Finance Corporation (ELFC), a spare engine financing and leasing company, headquartered in Shannon, Ireland.
Brenda obtained her law degree from Queen’s University and an LLM from the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill. Since graduation Brenda has practiced exclusively aviation law and she would not have it any other way.
Tetsuya “Ted” Nozaki
SVP – Sales & Marketing
MC Aviation Partners Americas Inc.
Tetsuya “Ted” Nozaki began his career in aircraft leasing and financing in 1989 at ITOCHU Corporation in Tokyo. In 1996, he relocated to Greenwich, Connecticut, accepting an assignment at ITOCHU AirLease, Inc , a US subsidiary of ITOCHU, as General Manager.
Ted joined Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) in 2002 to strengthen their aircraft leasing business. In 2004, MC Aircraft Management International Inc. (predecessor of MC Aviation Partners America Inc – MCAP) was established in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Ted accepted an assignment as General Manager. In 2007 MCAP relocated to Irvine, California. Ted is currently SVP – Sales & Marketing.
Ted also has been helping Airlink, a non-profit organization, as a volunteer, from its inception in 2009. Airlink works with airlines worldwide to provide non-governmental organizations with passenger seats and cargo space for free or at discounted rates so that such non-governmental organizations can transport emergency rescue/medical personnel and humanitarian goods in case of natural and manmade disasters. Ted was appointed as a board of trustee of Airlink in 2013.
Ted graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering (naval architecture). He is a certified rugby referee and runs fields over the weekend. Ted speaks English and Japanese fluently. Ted also can communicate in Spanish and Portuguese. Ted resides in Irvine, California with his wife, daughter, age 17, and son, age 15.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GECAS Asset Management Group
GE Capital Aviation Services LLC
Jeanette L. Pinard has been Senior Vice President and General Counsel for GECAS Asset Management Group since its inception in 2000. GECAS AMG has grown into three main business units – GECAS Engine Leasing, GECAS Asset Management Services(“GECAS AMS”), which formerly was named The Memphis Group – a leading aviation spare parts business. After working at a national law firm in New York City for a number of years, Jeanette joined GECAS as regional counsel for Asia in 1995 focusing on transactions in Asia. She created the legal platform for GECAS’ aircraft leasing business in China before taking over the role of General Counsel for GECAS’ engine leasing business. Raised and educated in Asia, Jeanette is a graduate of Princeton University and the George Washington University National Law Center, is fluent in Chinese and has many years of experience working in the aviation industry.
Vice President, Marketing
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America, Inc.
Gordon started his aviation career in Flight Test Engineering, on the de Havilland Dash 8 initial certification. With successive roles in Engineering, Operations Analysis, Airline Analysis, Marketing, Industry Strategy as well as Sales, Gordon has worked on industry leading Regional Aircraft Programs, and with OEM and airline leaders for over 30 years.
Of Canadian departures scheduled in 2016, 70% will be on aircraft with fewer than 80 seats. Regional aircraft preserve access to smaller communities and provide valuable high frequency services to business markets. The MRJ is bringing the next generation of aircraft technologies to improve those key services, and to reduce operating costs and environmental impact.
Gordon is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Aerospace Engineering program.
He is currently based out of Mitsubishi Aircraft’s, Dallas, Texas, Head Office.
John F. Pritchard is the Global Chair of the Aircraft Finance practice at Holland & Knight LLP, based in its New York office, and is very active in the financing and leasing of aircraft and other equipment and facilities. He has been ranked in the 25 world’s Best of the Best by the Legal Media Group in Aviation for the past 10 years. He represents lessees, lessors, lenders, borrowers and government guarantors in domestic and cross-border leases, purchases, financings, securitizations, workouts and foreclosures of aircraft and all types of equipment.
John is a prior Chairman of the Legal Advisory Panel to the Aviation Working Group dealing with the Cape Town Convention and continues to be an active member. Who’s Who designated him Aviation Attorney of the Year.
He is a Member of the American College of Finance Lawyers. He served as Chairman for the annual Euromoney Airfinance Legal Conference in Washington, D.C. from 1986 to 2004. Mr. Pritchard was the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aircraft Financing of the American Bar Association (ABA) from 1987 to 1994. He is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Bowdoin College.
Mr. Pritchard is the author of the US Chapter in McBain and Hames, Aircraft Finance: Registration, Security and Enforcement, Longmans; the chapter regarding “Aviation Workouts” in Rome, Business Workouts, Warren, Gorham & Lamont; the chapter on “Aircraft Leasing” in Wong, Equipment Leasing, Matthew Bender and the United States chapter in McBain, Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights, Sweet & Maxwell.
In 2013, John co-authored with David Lloyd, General Counsel of GECAS, an article in Issue 2 of the Cape Town Law Journal entitled Analysis of Non-Consensual Rights and Interests under Article 39 of the Cape Town Convention.
Alexander (Sasha) Rozenblyum
Senior Legal Counsel
Nordic Aviation Capital A/S
Alexander (Sasha) Rozenblyum
As Senior Legal Counsel with Nordic Aviation Capital A/S, Sasha is responsible for various leasing, financing and sale transactions in North and South America as well as other parts of the world. NAC is the world’s largest independent regional aircraft turboprop trading and leasing company.
Prior to joining NAC, Sasha was a senior associate with large law firms in both London, England and Canada focusing on asset (predominantly aircraft) leasing and financing acting for lenders, lessors and airlines. In addition, Sasha has worked for other major aircraft lessors and investment banks (in their aircraft finance division) and so has many years of varied experience in the aircraft leasing and financing industry.
Benjamin has a diverse aviation background. Benjamin began his aviation career on the front lines in cargo and on the ramp before obtaining his Commercial Multi-IFR and operating as First Officer on the Hawker Siddeley 748. After obtaining an MSc Financial Economics from the University of Oxford, Benjamin shifted his focus on finance and IT. He’s now responsible for managing Air North’s fleet and equipment acquisitions, and he is also actively involved in numerous other aspects of finance, strategy, commercial development, and IT.
Vice President, Asset Based Structure Finance
Matthew Simonetti is a Vice President within the Global Structured Finance group of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (“Citi”). Citi’s Global Structured Transportation Finance group is responsible for advising on and originating acquisition and corporate financings for the Firm’s transportation and infrastructure clients. Focus areas include secured lending, secured bonds, securitization, and private placement structures.
Within the group’s broad coverage, Matt focuses on structuring and origination of aircraft-secured financings as well as global institutional investor development. Matt is responsible for coverage of airlines in Canada, the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and certain regions of South America, Asia and Africa. In addition Matt is responsible for Citi’s turboprop and helicopter leasing clients. He has been involved in non-U.S. EETC financings for Air Canada, Emirates, British Airways, and Turkish Airlines, inaugural EETC’s for Hawaiian Airlines and Spirit Airlines, jetBlue’s private EETC, and numerous EETCs for the U.S. majors, beginning with Northwest Airline’s 2007-1 transaction. Apart from his transaction experience on ECA guaranteed bonds and lease portfolio loan facilities, Matt has advised global asset managers, pensions, and insurance companies on their transportation sector investment portfolios and alternative asset allocation strategies.
Matt has B.S. degrees in Economics and Finance from the Pennsylvania State University graduating in 2007 with honors.
Director, Market Forecast
The Boeing Company
Wendy Sowers leads Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ (BCA) analysis of airline industry market conditions. In her current role, she directs the development of Boeing’s annual Current Market Outlook – a 20-year global forecast for air traffic and airplane demand – as well as near and mid-term market analyses supporting BCA’s business and strategic planning.
Wendy has been with BCA for almost 20 years in a variety of roles including product marketing, strategy, and supply chain management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and English from The College of William and Mary, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington.
Director, Structured Finance
Kathleen Steven has been involved in export financing for more than 25 years. She joined Bombardier in 1994 and is Director, Structured Finance, responsible for structuring and arranging financing for Bombardier’s commercial aircraft customers in North America. Prior to 2002, her focus was on financing Bombardier’s customers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia/Pacific. Prior to joining Bombardier, Kathleen was a financing manager at Export Development Canada where she underwrote and negotiated loan financing for Canadian companies exporting goods and services to the Middle East and East Africa, and OECD countries. Kathleen participates in the Aviation Working Group’s Export Credit subcommittee and is a frequent speaker at conferences on issues related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding. Kathleen holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a BA Economics Co-Op from Concordia University. She is based in Toronto.
Head of Export & Agency Finance
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Harry joined WestJet as Executive Vice President, Finance & CFO in October 2015. Harry is responsible for accounting, financial reporting, financial planning & analysis, investor relations, internal audit, procurement, treasury and tax. Before joining WestJet, Harry spent more than 20 years in retail and consumer packaged goods. He held senior finance and operating leadership roles with Canadian Tire Corporation, Holt Renfrew, Home Depot, and Frito-Lay in both Canada and the United States. Harry began his career in professional services, serving clients for McKinsey & Company for five years and Ernst & Young for three years.
Harry earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1983, a Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1985 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario in 1988.
Head of Marketing, Americas
Nordic Aviation Capital A/S
Neville Taylor joined Nordic Aviation Capital in 2010 and is Head of Sales, Americas. For two years before joining Nordic Neville represented MDT UK Limited a London based boutique investment bank and aviation finance house in the Americas. Prior to MDT, from 1997 to 2007, Neville was Vice President Structured Finance at Bombardier with responsibility for the sales finance team for their commercial aircraft programs worldwide. Before Bombardier Neville had a twenty year career in corporate banking and asset based finance with Barclays and members of the CIBC group. Neville has a BSc from the University of Guelph and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Bert van der Stege
Vice President, Commercial
Bert Van Der Stege
Bert was appointed a Vice President at First Air in November 2013. He is responsible for all commercial and ground service activities on a day-to-day basis, as well as the restructuring and strategy development at the airline.
Bert has a strong 18 year track record in the industry with extensive experience in all parts of the world. Born in the Netherlands, he studied international business administration at universities in Groningen (NL), Auckland (NZ), Mainz (DE) and London (UK) and began his career as a management trainee at Lufthansa.
He then joined Lufthansa Consulting in 2001, where he worked with various airlines in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Being a member in the start-up project with Etihad Airways, he also managed restructuring projects with Garuda, Philippine Airlines, Tarom, Air Madagascar and delivered change management projects for Aegean, EgyptAir and Kuwait Airways. In 2004 Bert joined Lufthansa’s passenger airline division as Manager Strategy & Alliances, where he led projects on strategy development, acquisitions and integrations, as well as new revenue sharing joint-ventures dubbed ‘alliances within the alliance’. In this role, he also had day-to-day responsibility for codeshares, joint-ventures and the expansion of Star Alliance. Three years later, Bert was appointed Head of Sales & Marketing at Lufthansa’s Miles & More frequent flyer program, developing the program into a stand-alone profit center, before moving to Arik Air to manage the commercial team as their Vice President in charge of the turnaround. Before coming to Canada, Bert oversaw all commercial and ground service activities and the continuing start-up development at RwandAir, Africa’s fastest growing airline.
Since coming to Canada, Bert has been instrumental in the turnaround at First Air. After 4 years of substantial losses, 2015 marked the return to profitability at Canada’s largest independent regional airline.
Aviation Working Group (AWG)
Jeffrey Wool is the secretary general of the Aviation Working Group, a not-for-profit international industry group that works on the development of policies, regulations and rules designed to facilitate advanced international aviation financing and leasing. Jeffrey acts in that capacity on secondment from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where, based in London, he is Firm’s head of aerospace law and policy. Jeffrey is the condon-falkner professor of global business law at the University of Washington School of Law. He is also an associate member of the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and a senior research fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. He is the president of the UNIDROIT Foundation.
Jeffrey has been centrally involved, on behalf of AWG, in the development, negotiation, and national ratification / implementation of the CTC. He chaired the group that prepared the initial draft of the Aircraft Protocol, chairs the International Advisory Board for the CTC’s International Registry, and is the executive director of the Oxford – UW CTC academic project. He now leads a global project promoting and assessing compliance with CTC.
Vice President, Capital Markets & Marketing
Jackson Square Aviation
John Yanney joined Jackson Square Aviation in 2011 and is responsible for North America marketing and origination. Prior to joining Jackson Square, John was a Senior Analyst to the Chairman and CEO of Colony Capital, an international private equity firm, where his primary focus was evaluation and execution of new investments. He began his professional career with Morgan Stanley working in their Investment Banking Division. John received his B.S. in Business Administration (Corporate Finance) from the University of Southern California.