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.
Chef du service des affaires juridiques adjoint
Assistant General Counsel
Agnieszka Charysz began her career with the law firm of Bélanger Sauvé in Montreal before joining Transat as in-house counsel in 2000. In 2005, she was appointed to the position of Director, Legal Affairs for tour operator Transat Tours Canada Inc. which she held until she was appointed Senior Director, Legal Affairs for Air Transat in 2010. She was recently promoted to her current position of Assistant General Counsel.
She is a member of the Québec Bar and an alumni of McGill University in Montreal with 20 years of experience in law, including drafting and negotiating a large array of commercial contracts and handling complex litigation and insurance matters. She advises company executives on a daily basis and is a member of Air Transat’s aircraft acquisition and leasing team. She speaks four languages including French, English, Polish and Spanish.
Mike De Santis
Head of Canadian High Yield Origination
Mike De Santis
Mike has over 25 years of industry experience, focusing on credit oriented product. Mike has been active in the Canadian debt private placement market for his entire career and is at the forefront of the development of the Canadian high yield market. He joined TD Securities in 2005 as a Vice President and Director.
Prior to joining TD Securities, Mike was responsible for the origination, structuring and distribution of debt securities to the public and private institutional markets in Canada at a major Canadian investment bank. Mike also spent over eleven years as an institutional investor where he was responsible for private placement debt investments in a broad range of sectors including industrial, service, pipeline, transportation and energy. Mike has led transactions for a number of first time and repeat issuers to the public and private markets aggregating several billion dollars.
Mike holds a BA in Political Science/History from the University of Toronto and an MBA from The University of Western Ontario.
VP Business Development
Edvinas Demenius is a sales and project management professional with hands-on experience in developing and executing business strategies, managing complex projects, boosting sales, developing new products and building a customer relationship.
Mr. Demenius has an educational background in Tourism, as well as knowledge in aviation acquired at IATA Training and Development Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, supported by professional experience in Vilnius International Airport.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
George S. Douvas is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at DAE Capital where he supervises a legal team of nine transactional attorneys located in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States. The DAE Capital legal team handles all of the legal activity for a fleet of over 300 commercial aircraft, including leases, financings, purchases and sales, transitions,
repossessions and restructurings.
George has over 18 years of legal and aviation experience. Prior to moving in-house to AWAS in 2011, George was with the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP where he was Counsel in the firm’s aviation finance group. During his career, George as worked on many innovative and notable transactions within the aviation space.
George received his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1999, and his Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1994.
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.
Brian Evison is SVP of DAE Capital based in Seattle where he has lived for the past 20 years. He has been employed by DAE since 2006 and was previously employed by Boullioun Aviation. His current responsibilities include building and maintaining relationships and consummating aircraft leasing transactions with airlines based in North America. Brian has consummated multiple transactions with the following airlines: Air Transat, WestJet, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, LATAM, GOL and AZUL in Brazil, Aeromexico, Cayman Airways, SKY Airline in Chile, Virgin Australia and Air Niugini in Papua, New Guinea.
He holds an EMBA from the University of Washington in Seattle and Bachelor Economics degree from the University of New South Wales. He is a Past President of his Rotary club, Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club in Seattle. Due to his love of golf, he has been a walking scorer for the past three years at the RBC Canadian Open that will be held at the Glen Abbey Golf Course in Toronto during the week of 25 July. As an Australian he is a permanent legal resident of the US.
Vice President (Acting), Transportation Division
Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
David Fiore is the Vice President (Acting) of the Transportation Division of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank). The Transportation Division is responsible for EXIM Bank supported financings of large commercial aircraft, business aircraft, helicopters and railroad-related equipment. David has been with EXIM Bank for more than 27 years, and has approximately 20 years’ experience in transportation finance.
Prior to assuming his responsibilities as Vice President (Acting) of the Transportation Division in March 2018, David previously held the positions of Deputy Vice President (2014 to 2018) and Senior Loan Officer (2000 to 2014). As such, he was responsible for aircraft financings for airlines based in Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean region. He has been involved with EXIM Bank supported financings for Ethiopian Airlines, TAAG Angola Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Cargolux and Norwegian Air Shuttle.
David has a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University. David speaks French and Italian.
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.
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.
O2 Aviation Services
Arash is an accomplished aerospace executive based in Toronto and Orlando with over 20 years of operational and commercial aircraft sales and marketing experience. He is the founder and Executive Director at O2 Aviation Services Inc., where he successfully has arranged asset based transactions on behalf of OEMs, airlines, lessors and aftermarket suppliers.
In 1996 he started his career at de Havilland Canada as a Stress Engineer working on Global Express, Q400 and Challenger 300 certification programs. Through diverse roles at Bombardier, Embraer, GA Telesis and Universal Asset Management, his experience covers operations, support services, deal origination and asset placement as well as end of life asset disassembly services.
Fluent in English, French and Persian, Arash has his private pilot’s license qualifications and holds a glider’s pilot license.
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 Director, Financing
Helen joined Air Canada in 1992 and has been part of the Company’s Treasury Group since 1997. Helen is involved in all corporate financing activities at Air Canada, with the primary focus being aircraft financing and diversifying and expanding the Company’s funding base. Helen is currently working on financing plans for Air Canada’s Boeing 737 Max aircraft.In regard to its Boeing 787 order, the Company has now taken delivery of 35 of its 37 Boeing 787 aircraft, with two remaining for next year.
Helen Kotsovos holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Concordia University (Montreal) and a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree in Finance/International Business from McGill University (Montreal).
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.
Lisha is an associate at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and works principally on secured lending and structured finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on aviation and project finance. Lisha also advises on aviation commercial and regulatory matters for financiers, lessors, investment funds, manufacturers and other participants in the aviation industry. She has experience with aircraft repossession and representing lessors in restructuring and insolvency matters. While at Blakes, Lisha worked on an external secondment for the Aviation Working Group at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, on an international project to facilitate the cross-border transfers of aircraft.
Before joining Blakes, Lisha practised in the global finance and project finance groups at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York.
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 primarily advises clients on capital markets transactions and the U.S. securities laws. He has advised issuers and underwriters on hundreds of securities offerings with aggregate proceeds in excess of $70 billion.
Kevin’s practice centers on offerings of debt and equity securities, particularly for airlines and aircraft lessors. He has extensive experience with EETCs (enhanced equipment trust certificates), aviation asset structured finance transactions, investment grade notes and high yield notes. He was pleased to advise on Air Canada’s inaugural EETC offering and other securities offerings.
Originally from Montreal, Kevin received his LL.B/B.C.L. from McGill University and his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Concordia University.
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.
Over 30 years experience in the aviation industry as a leader and entrepreneur. Founder of Enerjet, WestJet and Morgan Air LLP/Air Partners/Aircraft Works. Responsible for strategic planning, operational procedures and regulatory compliance, and leading the entire organization with passion, conviction and expertise in aviation and in business.
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.
Jorge Nasser is the Regional Marketing Director for Embraer North America and has over 13 years of aviation experience in the airline industry.
Jorge started his career at Embraer as an aircraft performance engineer, responsible for several projects that improved the E-Jets family. He has also held a global marketing position in the product strategy team at Embraer’s headquarters in Brazil, where he was directly involved in the definition of the future programs to be developed by Embraer Commercial Aviation. Since 2013, he has been a member of the North America marketing team, based in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Jorge earned his bachelor’s degree in 2004 in Aeronautical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
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.
Managing Director – BCC Americas
Boeing Capital Corporation
Dave Parker is Managing Director for The Americas & Leasing regions for Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company that is responsible for arranging, structuring and providing financing solutions to customers of Boeing products. Dave leads a dedicated team of finance directors to find innovative financing solutions for Boeing’s customers, energize the capital markets and improve finance infrastructure.
Previously, Dave spent seven years working in Boeing Commercial Airplanes Sales where he had responsibility for customers in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and the Caribbean.
Dave has held a number of positions at BCC since 1999, including Marketing Director for the Latin America and Asia regions. He has some 22 years’ experience with The Boeing Company, including stints as a buyer of spare parts for out-of-production aircraft and managing the production phase-out of the 737 Classic airplane. Prior to Boeing, Dave participated as a partner in the start-up and operation of an equipment leasing business.
A Spanish speaker, Dave Parker holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Business Administration from Seattle University. He is a graduate of the 2014 Stanford Executive Program. In his spare time Dave enjoys working on ‘this old house’, cycling, and attending his children’s activities.
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
Philippe joined Elix Aviation Capital in July 2015, initially as Head of Marketing. In his current role of Head of Strategy & Development, he is the custodian of Elix’s franchise value, with a focus on Elix’s portfolio strategy and the development of the leasing platform and systems. In collaboration with Commercial colleagues, Philippe continues to support Elix’s engagement with North American and Latin American customers.
Philippe’s professional experience is aligned with Elix’s mission as an operating lessor with deep specialization in the regional aircraft and regional airline market. Philippe spent 19 years with Bombardier Aerospace in Engineering, Airline Analysis and Marketing roles and served as Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s Vice President of Marketing from 2008 to 2014.
Throughout his career, Philippe has been a frequent contributor and speaker at aviation industry conferences and seminars. Philippe earned a BSc (Honours) in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University (CA), an MSc in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the University of Washington (USA) and holds a Professional Engineer’s License in Ontario, Canada.
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
Joe Rohlena is a senior director in the Corporate Finance group and the lead analyst covering the North American airlines and aircraft backed EETCs.
Joe joined Fitch in 2010 as a member of the industrials team. Prior to joining Fitch, Joe’s experience included five years of credit analysis and lending in roles at the captive finance arm of a large manufacturing corporation and for an industrial real estate investment trust.
Joe earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Missouri. He is also a CFA charter holder and is a member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Chicago.
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).
Jim Scott is the president and CEOof Flair Airlines, an ULCC airline in Canada serving twelve cities with a fleet of seven Boeing 737-400 aircraft . Previously, as CEO,he has taken one start-up company public and has led numerous private organizations as president or chairman. Jim also has extensive airline operational experience being a former airline pilot, including flying the Boeing 747-400.
Mr. Scott is a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada, where he obtained both a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree.
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.
Kenneth I. Swartz Special Advisor – eVTOL & Director of the Americas Region
The Vertical Flight Society
Kenneth I. Swartz
Kenneth I. Swartz is Special Advisor, Electric-powered Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft with the Vertical Flight Society (VFS), where he is also Director of the Americas Region.
Founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, VFS is the world’s oldest organization supporting technical innovation in vertical flight.
Ken is alsoPresident of Aeromedia Communications and a leading aviation journalist.
His25+ year aerospacecareer includes senior marketingand communications positions with aircraft manufacturers (e.g. Bombardier), regional airlines and helicopter operators, as well as numerous consulting projectswith aircraft lessors, MROs and companiesdevelopinghelicopters, jet engines, flight simulators and commercial and business aircraft.
As an aviation journalist, Ken has published 2,000+ articles, co-authored corporate histories (e.g.P&WC, CAE)and is Contributing Editor of Helicopter International, Vertical, Vertiflite, eVTOL.newsand Skies magazines.
In 2010, Ken won the Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) prestigious “Communicator of the Year” award.Hestudied Political Science at UBC in Vancouver and Hebrew University in Israel,and completed graduate studies in Communications at Concordia University.
Veronica Tang is Director, Legal and Assistant Corporate Secretary at WestJet Airlines. She advises on all aspects of finance and fleet, including with respect to aircraft purchase, sale, financing and leasing transactions and other corporate financing facilities, as well as on securities and general corporate law matters. She is also responsible for providing corporate secretarial and governance advice and support, including liaising with WestJet’s Board of Directors.
Veronica is a member of the Alberta bar, and holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degrees from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining WestJet in 2012, Veronica practiced securities, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions law at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Calgary.
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.
Douglas Walker Managing Director, Global Head of Coverage
Seabury Consulting, Accenture
Doug is a Managing Director and Global Head of Coverage at Seabury Consulting & Corporate Advisory. In that capacity, he leads the firm’s origination efforts and executes a wide variety of projects for airline and institutional investor clients in the areas of corporate and aircraft finance, aircraft acquisition and trading, mergers, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.
Over the course of his 20-year career, Doug has worked with more than 30 carriers, raised or provided more than USD15 billion in debt and equity capital, and restructured more than USD20 billion in financings through both in- and out-of-court proceedings.
Prior to joining Seabury, Doug held a similar role at SkyWorks Capital, where he was a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Investment Banking. Prior to joining SkyWorks, Doug was Senior Vice President, Marketing-Americas at SMBC Aviation Capital and its predecessor, RBS Aviation Capital, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of new leasing and debt financing business with airline clients in the Americas. Before that, Doug was Managing Director and Senior Counsel at United Airlines, where he was responsible for general corporate finance, aircraft finance, and the company’s extensive Chapter 11 reorganization. Doug began his career as an associate with Perkins Coie LLP, where he focused on corporate finance, aircraft finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Doug is a member of the boards of AirWheel Investments, the Wings Club and the American Airpower Museum.
Heather Wilson Director of Treasury
Heather Wilson joins us from WestJet Airlines where she has been part of the WestJet team for the past 11 years, most recently in the role of Director, Treasury. Heather and her team of passionate WestJetters are responsible for the execution and administration of the Company’s daily treasury operations, investments, financial risk management, corporate debt and aircraft leasing, as well as supporting the airline’s fleet management program through the procurement of additional aircraft capacity. Prior to joining treasury, Heather held senior roles on WestJet’s accounting and legal teams. Heather is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA).
Christopher Wong Associate
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Chris’ practice focuses primarily on secured lending and structured finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on aviation and project finance. He advises on aviation commercial and regulatory matters for financiers, lessors, investment funds, manufacturers and other participants in the aviation industry.
Chris also provides advice to lenders and borrowers in both secured and unsecured financing transactions (bilateral and syndicated loan structures), project finance and asset-based lending.
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.
Senior Vice President, Marketing – North America
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.
Senior Vice President, Aviation Finance
Deputy Regional Head of the Americas
DVB Bank SE
Beng is a Senior Vice President and the Deputy Regional Head of the Americas, based in the New York office of DVB Bank. He is responsible for originating, arranging and structuring debt transactions with airline and aircraft leasing companies, while also providing solutions through a range of products including sale and leaseback, aircraft asset management and aviation financial advisory services. He is personally responsible for managing and growing a multi-billion dollar loan portfolio.
Over the last 8 years at DVB, Beng worked in various capacities and locations within DVB, most recently being based in Singapore and managing aviation clients in Asia-Pacific. Prior to DVB, Beng worked at the Economic Development Board of Singapore, where he developed the Aviation sector and made venture capital and strategic investments in the Technology sector. He was instrumental in shaping government policy to grow the aircraft leasing ecosystem and anchored the largest single aerospace investment in Singapore (the Rolls-Royce “Facility of the Future” for aerospace engine manufacturing). He holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.