Senior Vice President
Jared is a senior vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co. with over 10 years of experience in transportation and structured finance. Jared manages financing deals for major airlines, aircraft lessors, and other transportation companies globally, utilizing his product expertise of EETCs, secured and unsecured bonds and loans, letter of credit facilities, warehouse facilities, and rail PTCs.
The depth and breadth of Jared’s involvement across the aviation sector helps him tailor solutions unique to each client’s individual financial needs.
Mr. Allen joined Airbus in 2006 and spent the first part of his career as a UK based Wing Design Engineer, working primarily within the Future Projects office and Composites Research Centre. He transferred to Airbus France based in Toulouse in 2010and has spent time in a number of Marketing roles includingFreighters and Leasing Markets.
In his current function Mr. Allennow works directly with the N. American airlines. In addition to his main marketing duties, Mr. Allen has also represented Airbus at a variety of external finance, cargo, transportation andforecasting conferences across Asia and the U.S.
He holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
Marwan Amr is Vice President, Counsel at Aviation Capital Group (“ACG”), an aircraft leasing company based in Newport Beach, California. Marwan manages all legal transactions with primary responsibility for leasing, trading, financing and OEM activates.
Prior to joining ACG, Marwan was Vice President at AWAS in their New York and Singapore offices, Vice President at Jackson Square Aviation in their San Francisco office, and a senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright (previously Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP) in their New York and Washington, D.C. offices.
Marwan received his B.A. in political science from the American University in Cairo, his J.D. from the University of Victoria, School of Law and his LL.M. from Temple University, Beasley School of Law.
Executive Director – Asset Finance Group
Dana joined Morgan Stanley in January 2010 as an Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Capital Markets (GCM) Division and quickly rose through the ranks. Currently an Executive Director, Dana is responsible for originating and executing deals in the Transportation space. In aviation, Dana has been involved in all Morgan Stanley EETC transactions since 2010, raising $25Bn+ for domestic and international EETCs in 30+ transactions. Notable transactions include:
– $500MM Delta 2015-1 – First “AA” rated tranche since 2007;
– $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;
– $663MM American Airlines 2013-1 – First time an airline has issued a EETC while still in bankruptcy;
– $2.2Bn American Airlines 2013-2 Refinancing – Largest refinancing, partially while American was in bankruptcy, and involving a tender offer for three prior issued EETCs;
– $425MM Continental Airlines 2012-3 “Super C”.
Dana is also a well-known figure in the Aviation Conference circuit, having attended and been a panelist at various AirFinance Journal Conferences as well as the Canadian Airline Investment Forums.
Beyond her business responsibilities, Dana is a graduate of the GCM Emerging Leaders Program and is part of the Morgan Stanley firm-wide Rising Star Program for both VP and ED levels.
Dana is one of the founders of Advancing Women in Aviation Roundtable (AWAR), a grass roots initiative started in Dublin 2015 and continued every year since then during the Aviation Finance Conferences as well as at various corporate offices, and which gathers select groups of senior men and women executives to examine the challenges and opportunities in retaining and advancing talented women in aviation financing industry.
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 respectively.
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, sponsored by Morgan Stanley.
Dana was born and raised in Romania and moved to the U.S. to attend college. She lives in New York City with her husband and newborn.
Mike De Santis
Head of Canadian High Yield Origination
President & CEO
Mr. Edmondson joined Air Georgian in November 1994 and as President directs Air Georgian’s day to day operations. Mr. Edmondson is the accountable executive for the airline and has over 20 years of experience in corporate and commercial aviation. Mr. Edmondson maintains his currency on various aircraft operated by Air Georgian and holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s License and is an Approved Check Captain. Mr. Edmondson held various line flying and management positions at Simo Air, an Air Ambulance and Cargo operator and before that he was responsible for the corporate aviation department at Green Forest Lumber.
Mr. Edmondson is a graduate of the Sierra Academy of Aeronautics in Oakland California and a graduate of the RCC Institute of Technology (formally Radio College of Canada) in Electronics Technology. Mr. Edmondson sits on the aviation advisory boards of both Georgian College in Barrie Ontario and Seneca College in Markham Ontario. Mr. Edmondson is a frequent speaker on topics relating to regional airline operations both at the college level and at a number of industry and investor events.
Mr. Edmondson is an active community volunteer having coached various youth football and hockey teams over the past 15 years. He is the President of the Barrie Women’s Hockey Association and volunteers as an advisor to a number of youth athletic programs throughout Ontario.
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.
Stan Gadek has more than 20 years of experience in the airline industry. He served as President, CEO and CFO of Sun Country Airlines, where he grew revenue and sales, reduced costs and improved customer service, resulting in four consecutive years of profitability.
He expanded Sun Country’s network to 34 domestic and international destinations and developed a vacation travel division, which created additional revenue diversification. Stan was also the past CFO of AirTran, a 140 Boeing 737 scheduled airline, which was sold to Southwest Airlines in 2011 for more than US$1.3 billion.
He has experience with other notable carriers including United Express, a brand of United Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Northwest Airlines.
Donald G. Gray
Head, Aircraft Finance
Aviation and Aerospace Group
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Donald G. Gray
Donald G. Grayis Head of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s Aircraft Finance Practice Group and Co-chair of the Aviation and Aerospace Group. He advises a number of aircraft lessors, financiers, manufacturers, and domestic and international airlines on aircraft finance and aviation commercial and regulatory law matters. Donald has advised on the financing or re-financing of more than 700 aircraft over the past 10 years and he played a leading role on behalf of aircraft lessors and financiers in every significant Canadian airline bankruptcy proceeding in the last 25 years, including Wardair, Odyssey International Airlines, Vacationair, Worldways, Nationair, Can-Air Cargo, Vistajet, Canadian Airlines International Ltd., Inter-Canadien, Canada 3000, Royal Airlines, All-Canada Express, Knighthawk, Air Canada, Jazz, Jetsgo, Zoom Airlines, Skyservice and Aveos, among others. Donald represented GECAS in the successful Air Canada Restructuring, which received an Airfinance Journal Deal of the Year Award in 2004. He recently represented the underwriters in Air Canada’s historic Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificate (EETC) financing of its latest 777 deliveries, which was the first “true” EETC completed by a non-US airline.
Donald was a Canadian delegate to the Unidroit/ICAO sessions, which enacted the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Aircraft in 2001. In 1999, he was a member of the drafting group in Rome, and in 2001, he was chair of the insolvency group in Montréal that prepared the final Cape Town insolvency provisions. He has also served on the Legal Advisory Panel of the Aviation Working Group (AWG), a group of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers and financiers, since the formation of the panel in 2000. Donald served as chair of the AWG Legal Panel from 2006 to 2008. Donald co-ordinated the Canadian airline advisory submissions to the Government of Canada in respect of the 2010/11 Aircraft Sector Understanding (ASU) OECD negotiations. He has also served as vice-president and general counsel of an international charter airline, an Air Canada regional connector, and an international cargo carrier. Donald also served as Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering, for the airline group. Donald is an active aircraft owner and IFR (instrument flight rules) rated pilot. He holds Canadian, United States and South African aviation documents.
Accordingly to Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers 2013Donald has “considerable experience” within the airline industry, is an “incredibly strong” aviation lawyer and clients rate him as “the only one for international matters”. Donald is recognized as the top aviation expert in Canada in Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best 2011 and is also recognized as a leading lawyer in aviation law and equipment finance law in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2011 and The Canadian Legal expert Directory 2010. He is listed in Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2010 in the area of aviation law. In Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best 2007, Donald was named as the top aviation expert in Canada and was the only Canadian named in the “World’s Top 25 Aviation Lawyers”. He is a contributing author to Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights and Aircraft Finance and provides the Canada chapter for the Airfinance Annual. He is also a frequent writer and speaker on the subject of aircraft finance, both nationally and abroad. Donald is a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Air Transport Association of Canada. He is also a member of the Canadian Business Aircraft Association. He was invited by Transport Canada Aviation to join the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council. Donald also acts as organizer and chair of the annual Canadian Airline Investment Conference held in Toronto each year.
Alexander Green General Counsel Merx Aviation Finance
Alexander A. Green is currently General Counsel at Merx Aviation Finance, a global aircraft leasing and management company headquartered in New York. Merx’s owned and managed fleet consists of 99 aircraft on lease to 49 airlines in 26 countries, with a value in excess of US$1.6 billion. Mr. Green’s responsibilities at Merx include aircraft acquisition, leasing and financing transactions, as well as general corporate and compliance matters.
Mr. Green joined Merx in 2018 from Aircastle, a publicly traded aircraft leasing company based in Stamford, Connecticut, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Secretary.
He was previously 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.
Managing Director and Treasurer
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.
Mr. Kim is a Canadian CPA CA and has been the CFO of Cargojet since 2010. Mr. Kim began his career at Ernst and Young in Calgary and has held financial management roles in various companies in the communications, marketing, relocation services, and broadcasting industries.
Prior to joining Cargojet, Mr. Kim served as the VP Finance for CTV and CHUM Ltd. and VP Finance for Royal Lepage Relocation Services. Mr. Kim joined Cargojet in 2008 as VP Finance.
Senior Finance Director, Aircraft Financial Services
Kristi Kim is a Senior Director at Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC). A wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, Boeing Capital provides financing solutions to support the purchase of the company’s commercial aviation and space and defense products primarily involving third-party sources. Kim is responsible for coordinating customer financing requirements associated with campaigns, orders and deliveries for commercial airplane customers within BCC’s North America region. She also supports BCC’s global efforts on Export Credit engagement and helps customers seeking this source of financing. She has served in this position since 2012.
Previously Kim served as an Account Manager for the Europe and Middle East regions as well as Business Manager for the Aircraft Financial Services Team where she was responsible for managing the daily operations. In 2007, Kim did a special assignment in Corporate Treasury working in Treasury Operations and the Trust Investments. She began her Boeing career in 2003 in the Business Career Foundation Program, where she rotated through five different Boeing rotations; including Accounting, Financial Planning, International Relations, Procurement, and Investments.
Kim has a bachelor’s degree in finance from University of Washington as well as a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington. She and her family reside in the Seattle area. Outside of work, she enjoys playing with her son Dylan and dog Remy and volunteering at Literacy Bridge, a local charity that provides knowledge sharing tools to poor, rural areas globally.
Nathan Leavitt is a financial services attorney in Holland & Knight’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Aviation Team and Aircraft Finance Team. He represents world-leading aircraft operating lessors and financial institutions that support the commercial aircraft and airline industry. Mr. Leavitt is a transaction attorney who advises clients on the purchase, sale, lease, novation, interchanges, secured and unsecured financing (including pre-delivery payment financing) and securitization of commercial and business aircraft, engines and parts.
He focuses primarily on cross-border transactions, having guided his clients in deals with well more than 100 commercial airlines. He has a particular focus on transactions that involve airlines operating in Latin America.
In 2014, Mr. Leavitt undertook a nine-month secondment with the Latin America and Caribbean division of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). Mr. Leavitt also has practiced from Holland & Knight’s New York and London offices.
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.
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 Maintenanceat 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 practiced law with Coudert Brothers in Montreal.
Senior Legal Counsel
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.
Vice President, Commercial Operations
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
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.
Managing Director, Transaction and Business Development Leader
Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium
Since June 2017, Robert (Bob) Morin has been the Managing Director, Transaction and Business Development Leader of the Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium (AFIC), a groundbreaking collaboration between Marsh and a panel of highly-rated global insurance companies to offer a new way to protect the financing of purchases of Boeing commercial aircraft.
Prior to the launch of AFIC, Mr. Morin was the Senior Vice President of Business and Product Development at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank), and, prior to that, the Vice President of EXIM Bank’s Transportation Division for more than 15 years. During his time leading the Transportation Division, Mr. Morin oversaw the successful expansion of EXIM Bank’s aircraft financing program, as it grew from a portfolio of approximately 300 aircraft to more than 1,100 commercial aircraft leased to airlines and aircraft leasing companies around the world and securing more than $50 billion in EXIM Bank loan guarantees.
In addition, Mr. Morin was responsible for pioneering innovative new products and initiatives including EXIM Bank’s hugely successful capital markets product.
Mr. Morin was also a member of the U.S. delegation to the OECD that negotiated the Aircraft Sector Understanding, which established the guidelines for all export credits supported aircraft financings. In addition, Mr. Morin was a member of the U.S. delegation responsible for developing and negotiating the Cape Town Treaty on International Interests in Aircraft Equipment.
Prior to joining EXIM Bank, Mr. Morin was associated with the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York, where he represented banks and other financial institutions in international financings, including cross-border aircraft financings. Mr. Morin has degrees from the Columbia University School of Law and the Wharton School of Business and is a certified public accountant.
Regional Marketing Director, Commercial Aviation
Embraer North America
Senior Vice President Legal
Brenda has extensive aviation experience having been in-house with both aircraft and engine lessors and airlines. She started her aviation career as in-house counsel forCanAir 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 theRoyal 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.
Vice President, Industrials, Global Corporates
Tim O’Brien is an analyst at SEC-registered credit rating agency DBRS. Tim analyzes and rates companies in the manufacturing, services, logistics, forest products, mining, and construction sectors, among others.
DBRS is an independent, privately held, globally recognized credit ratings agency with offices in Toronto, New York, Chicago, Mexico City, London and Frankfurt. DBRS strives to differentiate itself from competitors through a more pragmatic rather than mechanistic approach, in-depth research and unequalled mandate execution.
SVP and General Counsel
GECAS Asset Management Group
Jeanette L. Pinard
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.
Head of Strategy & Development
Elix Aviation Capital
Sruti Prakash Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel Jackson Square Aviation
Sruti Prakash is Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Jackson Square Aviation (“JSA”), an aircraft leasing company based in San Francisco, California whose portfolio consists of over 170 aircraft leased to 48 airlines in 26 countries. Sruti is responsible for a variety of transactions, including leasing, trading, financing, PDPs, and agreements with manufacturers.
Prior to joining JSA, Sruti worked at the law firms of Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Clapp Kelner in their New York offices, Udwadia & Udeshi in its Mumbai and Bangalore offices, and was a contract attorney for GE Capital Aviation Services in Connecticut.
Sruti received her JD from University of Chicago and her BA from University of California, Berkeley.
Vice President, Marketing
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America
Gordonstarted 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.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Michael Rodyniuk is President and Chief Executive Officer of Wasaya Group Inc. a company made up of three primary businesses, Wasaya Airways LP, Wasaya Leasing LP and Wasaya Petroleum LP serving First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario. An agent of change, Michael has been active in acquisitions, alliances, green field start-ups, corporate restructuring and airport development.
A seasoned aviation executive with over 25 years of management experience spanning the globe, Michael’s leadership experience includes serving legacy airlines (Air Canada, American Airlines, Swissair, United Airlines), low cost (WestJet, Air Canada’s ZIP), regional airlines (Exchange Income Corporation’s Bearskin Airlines, Calm Air, Custom Helicopter, Keewatin Air, Perimeter Aviation), Hawaii Island Air and Wasaya Airways) and contributed to start-up airlines (Volaris, LAN Argentina). He has experience in aviation finance and leasing through his participation with Willis Lease Finance Corporation.
Michael serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of West Canitest R&D Inc. (WestCaRD), an initiative of the General Electric Company, the Government of Canada and Standard Aero focused on research and development of aviation turbine engines. In 1989 Michael graduated from Mount Royal College (now University) in Calgary, holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Manitoba and is accredited by two United Nations agencies; Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as an International Airport Professional; IAP. In June 2018 Michael will graduate from the Institute of Corporate Directors with the Institute’s designation; ICD.D.
Senior Director, Corporate Ratings
Chief Commercial Officer
Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Benjamin is an entrepreneur with specialization in airlines, energy, and finance. As Chief Commercial Officer of Air North, Yukon’s Airline, Benjamin oversees Sales, Marketing, IT, Loyalty & Customer Experience Management, as well as Business Development of Ancillary Divisions in Charters, Groundhandling, and Commercial Fuel Sales. In particular, Benjamin acts as President & CEO of Air North’s Fuel Distribution Subsidiary, Chieftain Energy LP, which specializes in the transportation and sale of fuel, LNG, and lubricants in the Yukon, Alaska, NWT, and Northern B.C.
Benjamin holds a BCom from Carleton University and a MSc Financial Economics from the University of Oxford. He is also a Certified Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
Matthew Simonetti is a Director within the Global Structured Finance group of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. The 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 throughout the capital structure.
Within the group’s broad coverage, Matt focuses on aircraft-secured financings as well as global institutional investor development. Matt is responsible for coverage of airlines in the U.S., Canada, 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 was named under Airline Economics’ ‘Top 40 Under 40’ in 2016.
Matt has B.S. degrees in Economics and Finance from the Pennsylvania State University graduating in 2007 with honors.
Director of Product Forecasting
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
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.
Harry P. Taylor
Executive Vice President, Finance, & CFO
WestJet Airlines Ltd.
Harry P. Taylor
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.
Heather Wilson Director of Treasury
Jeffrey Wool Secretary General
Aviation Working Group
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 fromBlakes, a leadinginternational law firm, where he is specialcounsel, aviation policy.
Jeffrey is also a professor of global business law at the University of Washington and a senior research fellow at Harris Mancester 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 Cape Town Convention (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 ratificiation of, and compliance with, CTC.
Jeffrey coordinates all AWG projects, including on banking (capital requirements) reform, export credit, and cross border transferability of aircraft, and works with governments and international organizations around the world on a day-to-day basis.
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.