John Romane

John Romane started his aviation career in 1991 when he enrolled at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He then began in Airframe Overhaul with Field Aviation located at Calgary International Airport, YYC, working as an apprentice in structures and maintenance. Romane then joined the business and private aviation sector with SunWest Aviation, also based out of YYC, and finished off his AME-M and AME-S Licences working small piston and turbine powered aircraft.

Romane then transitioned over to the large category aircraft with WestJet in 2000 where he has worked in Line Maintenance and Technical Training. He led various WestJet teams in Technical Training (WJ ATO), Reliability, Maintenance Programs, Aircraft Configurations and Acquisitions, Engineering, Maintenance Control, and Line Maintenance. Romane was heavily involved with on boarding WestJet’s first three Boeing 787 Dreamliners before moving into his current position of leading Line Maintenance.

Jeff Gariepy

Jeff has more than 30 years in the aviation industry with extensive 703 (Air Taxi) and 704 (Commuter) flight operations experience as both a frontline flight crew member, and as a senior manager.

Jeff’s managerial experience includes: Director of Flight Operations (Operations Manager), Fixed Wing flight operations at Ornge Global Air; Chief Pilot of the Corporate Charter division of Air Georgian; Manager of Training and Standards for Ornge Global Air and Air Georgian; and Chief Flight Instructor (CFI) at Linvic Flight Training Center (Lake Simcoe Regional Airport).

Operational experience includes flight instruction, cargo, airline, corporate charter, and air ambulance, as a flight crew member (Captain) both domestically and internationally.

Jeff was recruited by Ornge as the Manager of Training and Standards in September of 2011, to develop and coordinate the fixed wing training syllabus while managing the training personnel for the PC12NG. In April 2012 he was appointed to the position of Interim Director of Flight Operations. In September 2012 he was promoted to his current role as the Director of Flight Operations.

Annemarie Mercedes Heikenwälder

Annemarie is currently leading aircraft sales and marketing at Diamond Aircraft Industries in London, Ontario, for the Americas and Oceania. She has been with Diamond Aircraft since 2019, helping to grow this world leader in the manufacturing of composite aircraft for general aviation, business aviation and a range of training operations.

Diamond Aircraft uses proprietary lead-free jet fuel piston engines, made by Austro Engine GmbH (a 100% subsidiary of Diamond Aircraft Austria), for the DA40, DA42, DA50 and DA62 aircraft. More than 5,000 Diamond airplanes are flown by private pilots, professional flight training operators and institutions worldwide. In 2021, Diamond announced its continuing development an all-electric training aircraft, DA40, with first flights scheduled for later this year.

After receiving her Bachelor Degree from the University of Ottawa, Annemarie completed her IATA Aviation management certificate from Stanford University in 2017. She also serves as an international trustee for the Aviation Accreditation Board International and previously served as the manager of sales and business development for FBO CYHU H-18 services.

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson is the owner and operator of Anderson Aviation Services Inc. at the Centralia, ON airport. Tim began his aviation career at the age of 18, earning his private pilot’s license in London, ON, and working for General Airspray, an aerial application company based in nearby Lucan ON. From there, Tim enrolled in Canadore College’s Aircraft Maintenance Technician program. Upon graduation, he moved to Yellowknife to work for Buffalo Airways.

Following his time at Buffalo, Tim worked for various operators expanding his experience. This included Hicks & Lawrence (Now MAG Aerospace Canada), Supermarine Aircraft, and Sander Geophysics (SGL). Tim’s work at SGL gave him the opportunity to travel internationally to work in Greenland, Europe, and the high arctic.

During this time, Tim earned his M1/M2 AME license as well as his Commercial Pilots license with float endorsement and group 1 instrument rating. Tim contracted with Enterprise Air working on the Basler DC-3T aircraft, taking him to Canadian Forces Station Alert, the North Pole, and various other northern locations. He transitioned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd. where he continued work on the DC-3T as well as Twin Otters. His travels continued with Borek where he assumed the role of Base Engineer in Resolute, Nunavut, and completed two tours to Antarctica including two months at the South Pole station.

Following a decade of travel, Tim was ready to move home. In July 2011, Opened Anderson Aviation Services Inc. with his wife Nicole, a fellow AME & pilot, to provide maintenance, consulting, and other services to the general aviation community. In 2013 Tim was selected as one of Wings Magazine’s Top 10 Aviation and Aerospace Professionals Under 40. He has also been a past Captain of the local COPA Flight.

Since 2016 Tim & Nicole have been Professors at the Fanshawe College, Norton Wolf School of Aviation and Aerospace Technology located in London, ON. Tim also serves as the Coordinator of the Aircraft Maintenance program.

In 2018, both Tim and Nicole received the Gordon B. Rayner Award, from the AME Association of Ontario as “Canadians whose career will always remain outstanding as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, a Teacher, or a Public Servant.” Tim and Nicole both enjoy mentoring future aviators and promoting the aviation industry.

When he isn’t working, Tim enjoys being a father and husband, the outdoors, as well as flying around in his Cessna 172 and being part of the aviation community as an all-around avgeek!

Travis Burrows

Travis Burrows, age 34, grew up in a small town and found his way into aviation from a neighbour who was building an airplane in his garage. Burrows took his first flight on that home-built plane down the Red Deer Valley toward the badlands of Drumheller. He now often takes aspiring pilots for discovery flights along the same route in his co-owned 1948 Cessna 170.

Burrows joined WestJet Encore eight years ago as one of the regional airline’s first pilots. At the time, Burrows remembers WestJet Encore had five airplanes and it now has 47 and some 600 pilots, many of which he has been in direct contact with as a Standards Captain, trainer, recruiter and ambassador for Encore, which now runs regional routes across the country and into the U.S.

In addition to being on the WestJet Pilot Selection Team, Burrows is heavily involved in improving Encore’s flight procedures, which recently included a major project to implement RNP approaches to save huge amounts on fuel, among other operational efficiencies, as well as a new flight data monitoring program.

In addition to his current role as Chief Pilot of WestJet Encore, Burrows also serves as a Q400 Training Captain and Check Pilot.