SWIFT 2017
Maurice Best
Stantec Consulting

Maurice Best, P.Eng is a Senior Associate of Stantec’s Transportation Group and leads a multidisciplinary unit that specializes in the delivery of Airport (Airside & Groundside) Engineering project including Military Airfield facilities.  
He has successfully managed and delivered a variety of large and complex multidisciplinary projects for public and private sector clients.  Projects have ranged from large, maintenance facilities to state-of-the-art airports. He has extensive experience and is very knowledgeable in airport operations, safety, zoning, obstruction clearance requirements, and airside and groundside construction standards and practices, as well as a thorough knowledge of Transport Canada, FAA, ICAO and IATA standards.
Currently Maurice is involved with consulting activities on various airport projects including projects for Transport Canada, The Bahamas Ministry of Transport and Aviation and Department of Civil Aviation, the Airport Authority of Jamaica, and the Grantley Adams International Airport Incorporated (GAIA Inc.), Government of Barbados.
A strong risk management focus is fundamental to Maurice's approach. He has delivered projects using virtually every conceivable project delivery methodology and he leverages this experience to identify and control the opportunities and risks unique to each delivery approach. As a director/manager, he seeks to identify and control risks that threaten a project’s budget, scope or schedule before they materialize.
Specialties: Mr. Best has particular experience and capabilities in the design and construction of runways, taxiways, and terminal aprons.
Maurice currently is the AMCO (Airport Management Council of Ontario) Board of Director's Business Representative and is a member of CAPTG (Canadian Airfield Pavement Technical Group).
Additional information about Maurice and his projects can be found through his LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/maurice-best-p-eng-7747aa17
David Bradbeer
Vancouver Airport Authority
David Bradbeer is the program coordinator for the Wildlife Management Program at the Vancouver International Airport. He is responsible for assessing the risk of wildlife strikes and implementing mitigation actions, including active control and habitat management. David has worked on a variety of wildlife projects including wildlife conservation in agricultural systems and research on waterfowl habitat use.
Rich Brannan
Denver International Airport
Rich Brannan, Assistant Director of Field Maintenance at DEN, has a focus on operational excellence and has instituted key initiatives.  DEN is recognized as the quality standard in snow removal and, with his assistance, has received the nationally recognized Balchen Post Award in Excellence in Snow Removal in 2015-2016. He ensures quality work in pavement management, erosion control, and weed management maintaining FAA Part 139 certification.
Paul Brean
Pease Development Authority
Paul Brean is the Airport Director for Pease Development Authority in Portsmouth, NH. With 25 years in aviation Paul has worked in a variety of roles for legacy airlines and a large hub airport. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Management and serves on the Board of Commissioners for Beverly Regional Airport. He is a private pilot and an active member in the Northeast Chapter of AAAE.
Steven Broom
Dyer & Butler
I have been a safety professional for 19 years and during this time have gained practical experience within many safety critical industries. I believe in supporting and promoting positive changes to organisational attitudes and perceptions by challenging the firmly held beliefs to finding workable solutions which are of benefit to the individual, the organisation and the wider communities with which we interact.
Mike Carlson
Denver International Airport
Kevin Chee
Kevin Chee graduated in Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo in 1993 and is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario. He has been working in the field of airfield design and construction since 1992. He is currently the Senior Engineer of the Airside and Infrastructure design department for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority where he manages the airfield assets, 5-year capital restoration program, and in-house design for all restoration projects.
John Clark
Government of the Northwest Territories
John is a civil engineer who has lived in Yellowknife, NT since 1981. prior to joining the GNWT John spent over 30 years in the consulting engineering industry in Yellowknife.
Mary Coyne
Edmonton Airports
Mary Coyne is a Project Manager at Edmonton International Airport. She leads a broad portfolio at the airport, including all airfield pavement projects. She is a civil engineer who graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a focus on transportation and pavements. In her spare time, Mary is an avid cyclist, so she knows the importance of pavement smoothness.
Paul Cudmore
Team Eagle
Dave Cunningham
Denver International Airport
Dave began his aviation career in 1988 with Rocky Mountain Airways in Denver Colorado. After working for four airlines over 10 years he made the transition to airport management. In the 20 years that Dave has been with Denver International Airport he has worked in the Airport Communications Center, was an Airport Operations Manager and Incident Commander and is currently the Assistant Director of Operations.
Suzanne Davis-Hall
Calgary Airport Authority
Suzanne is a Certified Sustainability Professional, a Certified Environmental Management Systems Auditor and a native Australian who adopted Calgary as her home nearly three years ago. Suzanne has over 20 years’ experience in the international resources industry, where she progressed from the early days of coordinating land access agreements with local communities in Africa to implementing a Sustainability Strategy at an executive level for a multi-billion dollar, multi-national Mining Corporation.
John Depman
Penhall Company
John F. Depman, PE Senior Estimator, Penhall Company Based in Baltimore, MD Worked for Caltrans in the early 1980's before moving into private practice, now with over 35 years of experience in the diamond grinding, grooving and pavement restoration/preservation industry. Graduated from the University of Delaware; Registered Professional Engineer in Maryland and Delaware.
Donald Desrosiers
Aéroport de Montréal
Donald Desrosiers has been Manager, Facilities Maintenance, at airport authority Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) since 2006, where he leads 180 employees and is responsible for the maintenance of airport buildings and infrastructures at Montréal-Trudeau and Montréal-Mirabel international airports. He previously worked as a production supervisor at the Davie Shipyards in Lévis, Québec, and as a marine mechanic for the Canadian Forces. He holds a certificate in organizational leadership from the École des Hautes Etudes commerciales (HEC) in Montréal, and a marine mechanic degree from the Institut Maritime du Québec, Rimouski.
Alain Duclos
Englobe Corp
Alain Duclos is Principal Pavement Engineer with Englobe Corp. Alain has a BASc. and a MASc. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Pavements. He has worked on airfield evaluation, design and management since 2000 on a wide range of facilities including small municipal airfields, large international airfields as well as military facilities.
Drew Dutton
University of Waterloo
I completed my BASc in Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2016. I am now pursuing my MASc at Waterloo with Dr. Susan Tighe. My thesis work is intended to be of consequence to the airfield industry, and look forward to developing my career in the field. I love playing hockey whenever I can.
Charles Enders
9 years with the FAA. 30 years as pilot with a major air carrier. 33 years as a pilot for the West Virginia Air National Guard 167th Airlift Wing flying the Lockheed C130.
Doug Francoeur
Calgary Airport Authority
Doug Francoeur, is the Director Compliance & Safety at the Calgary International Airport. In his current role he is responsible for regulatory compliance, security, contractor safety and emergency preparedness. Doug lead the runway activation for Calgary’s new parallel runway. Previously Doug held positions that include; Airport Manager at the Edmonton City Centre Airport, Manager Airport Services for ATCO Frontec and Coordinator for Marketing and Real Estate at the Edmonton City Centre Airport.
Ken Fyvie
SNC Lavalin Inc.
Ken Fyvie is a Senior Airfield Pavement Specialist in the Airports + Aviation practice at SNC Lavalin Inc. He has over 40 years experience of consulting related to airfield pavement maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation and construction project design, including project oversight, in Canada, and internationally. He is working in the role of Owners Representative (Project Manager) for the South Runway Overlay Project (2017) at Vancouver International Airport.
John Gadzinski
Four Winds Aerospace Safety
John Gadzinski has flown as an F-14 carrier pilot during two combat tours. In 1996 he joined Southwest Airlines and later served as air safety chairman for the pilot association and then as director of safety for the Coalition of Airline Pilot Associations. John was a member of the numerous NTSB investigations involving runway excursions as well as the TALPA ARC. Currently he is president of Four Winds Aerospace Safety Corp.
Guy Heneault
Transport Canada
Guy Heneault is the Program Manager of the Aerodrome Standards Division within the Standards Branch of Transport Canada. Under his current job responsibility, he manages the development of regulations, standards and guidance materials related to Aerodromes. M. Heneault is also the Canadian member and Vice-Chair of the ICAO Aerodrome Design and Operations Panel which oversee the developments of international standards and recommended practices related to aerodromes.
Jessica Hernandez
Englobe Corp.
Jessica Hernandez has worked for Englobe Corp. since 2002. She is Englobe’s Senior Pavement Engineer and Director for Soil & Material Engineering – GTA. Jessica is an expert in pavement engineering, having worked on numerous road projects. Jessica is also an expert in airfield pavement engineering, and has worked on numerous airport pavement design, planning, construction and rehabilitation projects across Canada.
Kimberley Hobbs
Calgary Airport Authority
Marla Hughesman
Dr. Logan Jones
Dr. Logan Jones got his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Alberta and his Masters and PhD from ISAE in Toulouse, France. His PhD thesis was on modeling the friction between an aircraft tire and the runway. At Airbus, he has worked on the development of Airbus’ Runway Overrun Prevention System and he now works within NAVBLUE, an Airbus subsidiary, on the development and deployment of technologies aimed at improving runway safety.
Rudy Kellar
NAV Canada
As Executive Vice President, Service Delivery at NAV CANADA, Rudy Kellar provides leadership and direction for Operations, Technical Operations, Engineering, Customer & Commercial Services, and Technology Sales ensuring effective alignment of these key functions in the provision of safe, efficient and cost effective air traffic services.

Mr. Kellar currently serves on the executive committee of CANSO, and is on the Board of Directors for ATCA.

Russell Knight
Heathrow has recently released it's new sustainability strategy Heathrow 2.0. This presentation will outline the challenges of turning in theory into action at a major hub airport. It will cover a range of innovative approaches to environmental issues including managing de-icer runoff, handling international catering waste and sustainable use of utilities.
Jason Kumagai
SIX Safety Systems
Jason Kumagai is a Senior Human Factors and Fatigue Specialist with Six Safety Systems based in Alberta, Canada. He brings over 20 years of experience in Human Factors / Ergonomics across a range of industry sectors, including oil & gas, defense, rail, road transportation and healthcare. Jason has developed and implemented Fatigue Risk Management Systems and has assisted with the development of industry guidelines. Prior to joining SIX Safety, Jason has held senior positions with ATKINS, Alberta Health Services, and some of the largest Human Factors consultancies in Canada.
Kevin Lacey
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
In 1999, Kevin joined the Greater Toronto Airports Authority as a Maintenance Manager providing day-of maintenance support to the Facilities and Airfield at Toronto Pearson International Airport. In 2000, Kevin focused on Airfield Maintenance as the Senior Manager Field Services and Planning. Kevin began his current role as the Associate Director of Airfield Operations in 2012.
Guillaume Lemieux
Bill Lonergan
Chicago Department of Aviation
Bill Lonergan has over 30 years in the aviation industry having worked at Boston Logan, Chicago O'Hare, and LAX, in a broad range of areas of including, airport operations, aircraft maintenance, public safety, customer service as well as emergency management.
Donghui Lu
University of Waterloo
Donghui Lu is a Ph.D. candidate working with Professor Susan Tighe at the University of Waterloo. She has developed a passion for studying implications of climate change on pavement infrastructures. She’s particular interest is in pavement risk assessment and management under Climate change, especially floods/extreme precipitations. She aims to adapt pavements to future climate and promoting pavement resiliency.
Major-General (Ret'd) Lewis MacKenzie
When it comes to being a leader, few people—anywhere in the world—can approach the level of experience and credibility that military hero Major-General (ret’d) LEWIS MACKENZIE has reached. Considered the most experienced peacekeeper on the planet, MacKenzie distills four decades of experience into ten practical and enduring lessons that will enhance anyone’s leadership style.

Lewis MacKenzie has commanded troops from dozens of countries in some of the world’s most dangerous places: the Gaza Strip, Vietnam, and Central America. For his lifetime achievement in protective services, MacKenzie, in 2006, was named a member of The Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour. From his interactive workshops on becoming a better leader to his commanding talks on global military, the post-9/11 world and where Canada fits in, Lewis MacKenzie—a natural and commanding storyteller—speaks with charisma and expertise. MacKenzie doesn't just talk about leadership; he demonstrates it.

In Sarajevo, during the Bosnian Civil War, while leading troops from 31 nations and under fire from all sides, MacKenzie famously managed to open the Sarajevo airport for the delivery of humanitarian aid. As a result he became the only Canadian, military or civilian, to be awarded a second Meritorious Service Cross. During that time, the BBC said MacKenzie was interviewed more than any other human being over a thirty-day period in the history of television.

MacKenzie retired from the Canadian Forces in 1993. His book, Peacekeeper: The Road to Sarajevo, was a #1 bestseller, and an award-winning documentary based on it, A Soldier’s Peace, has aired in over 60 countries. His follow-up book, Soldiers Make Me Look Good, was released in 2008 to critical acclaim. Since his retirement from the military, Lew MacKenzie has been under contract to CTV and CBS and frequently appears on many international TV and radio networks as a commentator. He is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail and is in demand as a lecturer on the subject of leadership. Mackenzie is currently the president of Major General MacKenzie Enterprises. He also assists in fundraising for the International Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering.


Jeff MacMillan
Halifax International Airport Authority
Jeff Mattson
Metropolitan Airports Commission
Steve McKeown
Team Eagle
Gary Mitchell
American Concrete Pavement Association
As ACPA’s Vice President of Airports and Pavement Technology, Mr. Mitchell is responsible for technical and market development programs specifically focused on airfield pavements. Mitchell holds a Master’s Degree in Structural and Construction Engineering from North Carolina State University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He holds licenses as a Professional Engineer in the states of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
George Nowak
Henry Oberholster
Associate Director Energy and Fleet (2013)

Leadership and Management in Toronto Pearson Airport’s  heavy mobile equipment including snow fleet, light fleet, a Central Utilities Plant, a airport wide high voltage distribution system fully backed-up with an 117MW Cogeneration facility.

Sep 2010: General Manager, Airfield Maintenance, GTAA

Aug 2003: GM Energy and Utilities, GTAA
March 2000: Engineer, (UMA) Aecon Engineering
2009 – 2011 Schulich School of Business, General Management
1985 – 1989 University of Johannesburg, B. Eng Civil Engineering


Chris Olidis
Applied Research Associates, Inc
Chris Olidis, P.Eng., is Principal Engineer with Applied Research Associates, Inc. in Toronto. Mr. Olidis has over 30 years of experience in the design, evaluation and management of pavement related infrastructure. He has extensive experience with pavement performance and life cycle cost models, pavement analysis and design, pavement management, and construction materials engineering on major transit, highway, and airfield pavement facilities across North America.
John Ostrom
Metropolitan Airports Commission
John Ostrom is the Manager of the Airside Operations Department at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and has been involved in airport operations for the past 33 years. John has been actively engaged in airport wildlife management for many years and was instrumental in the development and implementation of AAAE's airport wildlife hazard management courses.
Neil Pritchard
Heathrow Airport
Neil Pritchard is an Aviation professional with 11 years’ experience, at the world’s busiest International airport – Heathrow.

Neil currently Leads the Strategy and Development for Airside at Heathrow and is driving the Transformation agenda that is required in Airfield & ATM. Accountable to deliver the infrastructure, technology and process requirements to ensure Heathrow can meet its daily operational demands trough to meeting capacity and expansion master planning requirements.
Prior to this role Neil was Head of Airside during 2011, leading the £32m ($51Canadian) Winter Resilience programme at Heathrow with the accountability for Airside Operations and Transport  and Airfield Asset, Maintenance & Facilities.
John Roberts
International Grooving & Grinding Association
John Roberts is the Executive Director of the International Grooving and Grinding Association (IGGA).Prior to IGGA John worked on projects ranging from radioactive cleanups to reconstruction of the Manhattan Bridge. John also owned a concrete contracting company in New York where he specialized in the construction concrete pavements and structures. John was an honor student graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
Robert Rodden
PNA Construction Technologies
Robert Rodden’s 9 years of experience with the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) focused on developing tools to support and advance the industry. Prior to joining PNA, Robert served dual roles as the Executive Director of the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) and as a Roads and Infrastructure Solutions Research Engineer at Lafarge-Holcim’s global research center in France.
Dr. Craig Rutland
US Air Force Civil Engineer Center
Dr. Rutland is the Air Force Pavements Subject Matter Expert with 32 years of civil engineering experience. He is responsible for Air Force standards for design, evaluation, construction, repair, and management of pavement systems. Dr. Rutland sponsors the development of new pavement evaluation, construction, and repair technology. He chairs the DoD Pavements Discipline Working Group and NATO Airfield Pavements Team.
Chris Stewart
Michael Thornley
Transport Canada
Michael Thornley is an Aerodromes Standards Inspector for Transport Canada, based in Ottawa, Ontario. Mike joined Transport Canada this year following a 27 year career as a Canadian Air Force pilot, during which time he flew the Hercules, Airbus and Challenger aircraft. In his current role Mike is primarily responsible for the implementation of TALPA/GRF in Canada.
Dr. Susan Tighe
University of Waterloo
Professor Susan Tighe, PhD, PEng is the Norman McLeod Professor and Director of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology at the University of Waterloo. She has over 20 years of experience in pavement design, construction, management and engineering. She has worked on projects across Canada and also in Australia, Chile, China, New Zealand and the United States. Most recently she received the Ontario Society of Professional Engineering Medal for Research and Development.
Marc Mario Tremblay
UQAC Anti-icing Materials International Laboratory AMIL
Robert Tyrer
Greater Sudbury Airport
Robert has been in the airport industry for 32 years. He joined the team in Sudbury in 2002, prior to that he served as the airport manager in Moosonee for 17 years. Amongst other duties Robert is responsible for administering the ACAP applications and projects at the Sudbury Airport. He has overseen a number of projects including runway rehabs, wildlife fencing, apron upgrades, terminal building construction and upgrades and several equipment acquisitions including the upgrading of fire trucks.
Ludomir Uzarowski
Golder Associates
Ludomir Uzarowski, P.Eng., Ph.D. is a Senior Pavement and Materials Engineer and a Principal with Golder Associates with 42 years of experience. His experience in airport pavements includes evaluation, design, construction and various aspects of asphalt and concrete technology. Ludomir has published 60 technical papers and prepared 130 technical presentations. Ludomir is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo.
Peter Van Mispelaar
Peter has been with TRILO since 1989 and has been the Commercial Director since 2008. Having recognized the specific need for wide area cut and collect systems for airports, he initiated and continues to serve as the project lead for TRILO at airports. Peter has spoken on the subject at ICAO / CARSAMPAF Latin America, FAHM / UK in the name of the World Birdstrike Association (WBA), and for the WBA in Amsterdam.
Warren Walrond
Transport Canada
Warren Walrond has been the national manger of the ACAP program for the last four years. Previous to that Warren worked as a policy advisor with Transport Canada's Airports Policy group.
Leanne Whiteley-Lagace
Stantec Consulting
Leanne is registered as a Professional Engineer with Professional Engineers of Ontario and received her Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, and her Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, from the University of Waterloo. She has over ten years of experience working in the infrastructure management field, with particular emphasis on pavement design and management for municipal, provincial/state, and airport projects.