Independent Director & Special Advisor to the CEO
Alan BirdCA, BSC (HONS)Independent Director & Special Advisor to the CEO
Mr. Alan Bird has over 25 years of experience in the airline finance industry, holding senior financial and advisory positions, including executive tenure with VivaAerobus, Tiger Airways, and British Midland. Most notably, he was the Chief Financial Officer for VivaAerobus where he helped build one of the most efficient airlines in the world and achieved the lowest cost per seat in all of the Americas. Previously, Mr. Bird was the Chief Financial Officer at Tiger Airways, a low-cost airline in Asia. Prior to his role with Tiger Airways, he was the Finance Director at British Midland Airlines for over a decade. Mr. Bird is also a Project Advisor to Irelandia Aviation, a low-cost carrier developer. Alan Bird is a Chartered Accountant and holds an honours degree in Mathematical Economics from Birmingham University.
Jason GrantBA, MBAIndependent Director
Jason Grant has helped to raise more than US$900 million in aviation and transportation capital over the past 20 years, while working in key financial, operational and leadership roles in the airline, transportation, logistics and private equity sectors. Jason is currently Managing Partner of Headhaul Capital Partners LLC, a New York based private equity investment firm he co-founded in 2014. HeadHaul specializes in acquiring and building businesses in the transportation, logistics and distribution industries. Previously, Jason served as Executive Vice President, CFO and Chief Commercial Officer at United Maritime Group LLC, a Jefferies Capital Partners LLC portfolio company. He was also CFO at Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, where he helped the company grow its market capitalization by more than 250% to above $1.5 billion. He also led an operational transformation that significantly grew earnings and margins and successfully completed the sale of three operating divisions. Jason also held senior finance roles at both American Airlines and Canadian Airlines. He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and has an MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Saad HammadBA, MBAIndependent Director
Saad Hammad has more than 30 years of executive, senior management and board experience, including a proven ability to build a profitable business and create value in the low-cost airline industry. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Pegasus Airlines, a leading low-cost airline in Turkey, and held previous board positions at Air Berlin and Optos Plc, a medical technology company, Saad has a Bachelor of Arts, with Honours, in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford and obtained his MBA from the INSEAD business school in France.
Tony LefebvreBAIndependent Director
Tony Lefebvre joined BBA Aviation in July 2013 as President and Chief Operating Officer of ASIG before becoming President and Chief Operating Officer of Signature TECHNICAir™ in February 2017. He was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer Global Engine Services and Signature TECHNICAir™ on 1 February 2018. Tony has over 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry. Prior to joining BBA Aviation, Tony was the Chief Operating Officer of Spirit Airlines and previous to that role he was with US Airways serving as their Managing Director Europe. Tony holds a BA in Business from the University of Maryland.
Réjean BourqueBAA, ICD.DIndependent Director
Réjean Bourque has more than 35 years of experience in managing large scale and innovative financing, risk and insurance transactions. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Marsh Canada, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management. Réjean held executive positions with Bombardier in investor and government relations as well as corporate, aerospace and transportation financing. Réjean also sits on the board of Groupe DCM Inc. and served on the boards and executive committees of the Ste-Anne’s Hospital Foundation and Fondation Madeli-Aide. He also served on the Board of Directors of a subsidiary of GE Capital for six years. In 2007, he obtained the professional ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Deborah RobinsonICD.DIndependent Director
Deborah Robinson has more than 25 years of experience as a human resources executive, working in dynamic, changing environments. She is the President of Bay Street HR, a company she founded in late 2001. Previously, Deborah was the Executive Director at CIBC World Markets and held senior HR positions at Fidelity Investments and American Express in Boston and New York City. She is a graduate of Rotman School of Corporate Governance, Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, and Institute of Corporate Directors, Human Resources Committee Certification. Deborah is also a director on the board of VIA Rail Canada, where she serves on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, as well as the Governance and Risk Committee.
Carlo ValenteBBA, CA, CPACFO
Carlo Valente has nearly two decades of international business development, corporate advisory, M&A, corporate finance and accounting experience. He has served as CFO at five different publicly listed and private companies, leading all financial reporting, management reporting, budgeting, treasury, financial modeling, merger integration, IT system implementation, tax, insurance and administrate matters. He was directly involved in the raising of more than $200 million in capital. He was with PwC for 15 years in both Canada and Europe. Carlo has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and obtained his CA designation in 2000. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Olen AasenJDVP Legal
Olen Aasen is a corporate and securities lawyer with more than 10 years of experience in corporate, securities and regulatory matters. He has been the Corporate Secretary and Vice President, Legal at various Canadian and U.S.- listed companies. Olen has an undergraduate business degree from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the British Columbia Bar. Olen was named to the 2016 Legal 500 General Counsel Powerlist: Canada.
Lara WilsonBA, LLB, GDLP, GDIPAPPCORPGOV, ACIS, AGIACorporate Secretary
Ms. Wilson has ten years’ experience in corporate and commercial law, governance, securities and regulatory matters. She is a Chartered Secretary, AGIA, ACIS and has been the Corporate Secretary of various Canadian, U.S. and Australian listed and private companies and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Wollongong in Australia. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Wollongong and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA). Ms. Wilson is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and qualified to practice law in Australia. She is an Associate member of both the GIA and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).
Mike Harris was the Premier of the Ontario from 1995 to 2002. After leaving politics, he formed his own consulting firm and began serving as an advisor to a number of corporate organizations. Mike is a Senior Advisor at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and serves as a Director on a number of public and private boards. He also and sits on a number of corporate advisory boards, including private equity funds such as EnerTech Capital, Beringer Capital, and Sterling Financial Group. Mike is the Senior Fellow for the Fraser Institute, a leading Canadian economic, social research and education organization and Director for the Manning Centre for Building Democracy.
Les Dakens has more than 30 years of experience working in human resources for top-tier companies and is widely recognized for his leadership in developing best practices as one of North America’s top human resource professionals. He serves as Managing Director and Partner at My Next Season Canada, an organization that advises transitioning executives. Previously, Les held numerous senior management roles, including Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Senior Vice President, People with Canadian National Railway, and North American Vice President of Human Resources at H.J. Heinz Company.
Warren Kinsella is the president of Daisy Group. Previously, he was a partner at the law firm of McMillan Binch, in its Public Policy Group, and has also worked as a consultant, journalist, and political Chief of Staff in Canada. Mr. Kinsella has considerable experience representing the airline industry. For a number of years, he was United Airlines’ chief consultant in Canada. In addition, Mr. Kinsella was the chief government and public relations advisor to the Toronto Port Authority during the period when Porter Airlines was taking off. Mr. Kinsella received a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from Carleton University and his law degree from the University of Calgary; he has also completed executive education courses at Harvard’s law school and its school of business.
Tayfun Eldem is a seasoned business executive located in Montreal, Quebec. He has held senior roles with several large multinational organizations. Mr. Eldem has significant experience in operations management, business development, capital markets, government relations, project management and technical marketing. Mr. Eldem was recently reappointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Stock Exchange listed Alderon Iron Ore Corp. Previously, Mr. Eldem was Managing Director and Associate at Hatch Ltd., leading Hatch’s business development, client engagement and project delivery functions in Eastern North America as well as overseeing the business globally for the iron ore and coal commodities. He previously worked for the Iron Ore Company of Canada, a Rio Tinto subsidiary, for more than 20 years. During this period, Mr. Eldem held many senior roles including Vice President, Expansion Projects & Engineering and COO. Mr. Eldem is a professional engineer who graduated from Dalhousie University.