Board of Directors

Brigitte Goersch - Chairperson

Brigitte Goersch is President of Lionheart Enterprises, LLC, an investment firm. Brigitte is a seasoned aviation executive who most recently held senior executive roles at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (Orlando International Airport-OIA) as Deputy Executive Director, the Federal Aviation Administration as Operations Oversight Executive, and United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and Command Pilot.

Brigitte fosters innovation and integrating new technologies into aviation. During her tenure OIA received hundreds of awards including # 1 airport in North America - J.D. Powers and Associates. She works with aviation start-up businesses and volunteers with university students.

Her board experience includes the Florida Board of Medicine where she served as Vice Chair, the Florida Board of Pharmacy, and the National Safe Skies Alliance.

Brigitte holds and FAA Airline Transport Pilot License and is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE). Brigitte received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Tampa and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Reg Christian

Advisor to the Chairman of the Board related to the Travel Trade. Reg Christian is a seasoned entrepreneur with a lifelong passion for travel and exploration. Based in Ontario, he currently sits as President and CEO of multiple successful businesses in Mississauga, Canada. With a robust travel portfolio and active role in travel marketing since 2009, he operates Rhythm Travel and Tours, which is an IATA accredited and TICO Certified agency. Along with his travel holdings Reg is also the Founder President & CEO of RooSheila Group Inc.

Additional business endeavors include a staffing agency called MEETsu Solutions since 2000, along with the financial services business Square Financial Investment Corporation, since 2018. Reg is also Chairman of a registered charity name MEETsu Plus Foundation since 2019.

Given his wealth of experience in startup and growth-based companies, Reg will contribute to one or more of the committee's overseeing the management and development of Canada Jetlines.

Ryan Goepel

Finance and operations executive with over 20 years of experience. Currently also serving as the EVP and CFO of GlobalX, and most recently serving as CFO for Flair Airlines Canada, transitioning it from a B737 charter operator to a profitable low cost scheduled carrier.

Prior to Flair, CFO for ZEiTECS, a global artificial lift technology company overseeing its sale to Schlumberger; KBR Services Business Unit Finance Leader overseeing 12,000 employees growing revenue from $300M to $3B.

In addition, he played a key financial role in the Burger King turnaround that culminated with a successful IPO.

He is a Certified Management Accountant, with an MBA from Texas A&M University and BA from the University of British Columbia.

The Honourable Jean Charest - Advisor

As the former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Québec, Jean Charest is one of Canada's most recognized political figures. He was first elected to Canada's House of Commons in 1984 and by 1986 he became the youngest person to be named to cabinet when he assumed the role of Minister of State for the Youth. He was notably the initiator of the negotiation for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). As Minister of the Environment, he led Canada's delegation at the 1992 Earth Summit on the economy and the environment in Rio and was praised for his leadership role among G7 countries on climate change and biodiversity.

The Charest government has been a world leader on the environment and climate change, and best known for a major initiative for the sustainable development of Northern Québec called "Plan Nord". Furthermore, the Charest government initiated an unprecedented labour mobility agreement between France and Québec. Under his leadership, Québec experienced a sustained period of economic prosperity with stronger economic growth from 2008 to 2012 than the rest of Canada, the U.S and Europe despite a global financial and economic crisis.

In 2017-2018 Jean Charest led a year long consultation and delivered a report entitled "Vision 2025" about the future of the aerospace industry in Canada on behalf of the Aerospace Industry Association of Canada (AIAC). In 2019, he was named Special envoy for the Canadian Prime Minister in the race to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council. More recently, he joined the Wilson Center border task force which studies the issue of US-Canadian cross border travel restrictions. Jean Charest is a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault.

Beth S. Horowitz

Beth is Former President & CEO, Amex Bank of Canada, and Former President & General Manager, Amex Canada, Inc. From 2002-2007, she chaired the Amex Bank of Canada board.

In 2009, Beth was appointed to the HSBC Bank Canada Board, on which she still serves. Beth also served on the Aimia board from 2012 to 2017, and on the People Corporation board from 2019 until their acquisition by Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking in 2021.

Beth has nearly 20 years of non-profit and corporate board experience. In addition, Beth's current non-profit board memberships are: Trustee, Art Gallery of Ontario; Advisor, Schulich School of Business (Dean's Advisory Board); Advisor, Catalyst Canada (Advisory Board); Director, the Harvard Business School Club of Toronto; Advisor, Women's Venture Capital Fund (Advisory Board); Director, UNITY Charity; Advisor, Arlington Partners International; Director, SheEO; and President, TSCC 1435 (condo board).

Beth is also a member of the International Women's Forum, and serves on the President's Council of Cornell Women. From 2015 to 2018, Beth served on the Harvard Business School Global Alumni Board.

In 2013, Beth was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, in the Corporate Board category. Beth received a B.A. degree in Medieval and Renaissance European History from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.

David Kruschell

David Kruschell is President & CEO at Frontier Lodging Solutions, a workforce and corporate lodging company based in Calgary, Alberta. David has an extensive knowledge of the travel industry having held several key executive positions in this sector over his career. Prior to Frontier Lodging, David was Senior Vice President, Client Management & Consulting at Direct Travel, a leader in travel management in north America, employing over 725 travel professionals in Canada.

David started his career in travel in 1994 at the Rider BTI Travel Group and held the role of Vice President, Western Canada from 1996 to 2000. David then embarked on an entrepreneurial path acting as partner and President in a series of UNIGLOBE branded businesses. David was able to grow each business through client acquisition and mergers culminating in 2014 with the creation of UNIGLOBE One Travel. By 2018 the company had grown to over 600 corporate clients and over $300 million in annual sales. In 2018, David and his partners sold Uniglobe One Travel to Direct Travel of Denver, CO.

Ravinder Minhas

Ravinder Minhas has a Bachelor of Science in Oil & Gas Engineering from the University of Calgary. After completing his degree, along with his sister Manjit, he co-founded Minhas Breweries and Distilleries which they grew to a company with sales in five Canadian provinces, 41 states and 19 countries.

In 2002, Ravinder and his sister incorporated Mountain Crest Brewing Company in Alberta to create and sell premium beer at discounted prices. In 2006, they became the youngest brewery owners in the world after purchasing the second oldest brewery in the U.S, Joseph Huber Brewing Company in Wisconsin, which they renamed to "Minhas Craft Brewery". The Minhas Craft Brewery is now ranked in the Top 10 breweries largest breweries in America.

Ravinder has a passion for the arts and in 2012 he co-founded Spotlight Television & Film, a company that produces scripted, documentary and reality programs with over 480 hours of national and award winning television content. In addition to his passion for arts, Ravinder's strong sense of community and social responsibility led him to serve as a board member of the Calgary Stampede.

Shawn Klerer

Shawn has over 30-years business experience, holding executive positions with several companies in a variety of industries. He is presently the Chief Client Officer for Personify Corporation, a leader in associate management software. Shawn has professional experience in the Travel, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Logistics, and Software Development industries. He is formerly the CFO for American Express in Canada and General Manager of Amex Business Travel in Canada. He has also led and been involved with private equity held portfolio companies.

Shawn holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and is a CPA.

Rossen Dimitrov

Mr. Dimitrov is an experienced senior executive with over 20-years of experience in the airline industry. As the Chief Officer Customer Experience at Qatar Airways, he constantly challenged the status quo by building a customer-centric approach to delivering future-proof aircraft, lounge and airport interiors, technology-enabled experiences and new service concepts that are the foundation of the airlines' customer experience. Mr. Dimitrov has held various senior executive and advisory roles in Canada and internationally including Chief Operating Officer at Air Italy, Chief Customer Experience Officer Air Italy, and Chief Guest Experience Officer at WestJet, and Chief Officer Customer Experience at Qatar Airways.

Eddy Doyle - CEO

Eddy Doyle also serves on the Board of Directors


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