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Board and Staff

The BCAC Board is comprised of up to 15 volunteer members drawn from a broad cross-section of the BC aviation and aerospace community. The full Board meets monthly to discuss Council business.

2018/2019 BOARD

Peter Barratt

Vice President and Accountable Executive at West Coast Helicopters. Peter has flown helicopters with the Canadian Military and with numerous companies across Canada and in the North. He formed West Coast Helicopters to serve northern Vancouver Island and has been a leader in developing heli-fishing, heli-hiking and heli-skiing. He is featured in Jack Schofield’s book “Fling Wing” as a new age bush pilot.

Heather Bell — Chair

Principal of Bell Advisory Services and past General Manager of the Vancouver Flight Information Region (NavCanada). Heather attended Simon Fraser University, is a graduate of the Directors College through McMaster University and has over 34 years of experience in the aviation industry. Heather is the current Board Chair for BCAC. Heather’s clients have included the Vancouver Airport Authority and MDA Corporation.

Harvie Buitelaar — Secretary

Vice President, Vancouver Regional Manager, Infrastructure with the engineering consultant firm Hatch Ltd., Harvie has over 14 years of experience in civil engineering and airports engineering, planning and project management at airports and aviation facilities across Canada and the United States. Chair, Silver Wings Awards Committee.

Cheryl Cahill

The Chief Instructor Aviation Operations Programs at BCIT Aerospace. Cheryl obtained a Masters in Aeronautical Sciences: Aviation/Aerospace Educational Technology from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Campus.

Tim Cole

Tim holds a Fixed Wing Airline Transport Licence and a Rotary Wing Commercial Licence. He is an active pilot who owns a Cessna and a hangar at Langley BC. His ten year background in the aviation industry was as a pilot and chief pilot operating primarily in Quebec, Labrador and British Columbia. He then spent thirty-one years in British Columbia with Transport Canada as a Civil Aviation Inspector, Manager and Director in various Civil Aviation divisions. He has served as a Canadian Owners and Pilots Association director for BC and the Yukon. Cole Aviation Services is his current consulting business.

Michael Delves — Treasurer

A Business Advisor with 20 years of accounting experience, and with the MNP firm based in Nanaimo. He is actively involved in the Nanaimo community and sits on various Committees and Boards in the region. Chair, Audit and Investment Committee.

Marcello Garofalo

Past Airport General Manager at Boundary Bay Airport. Previous to that, Marcello had an extensive career at the Vancouver Airport Authority. Marcello is Chair of the Events Committee and member of several other Committees.

Reg Krake

The Director Customer Care with Vancouver Airport Authority, Reg oversees all aspects of the passenger experience and customer service airport-wide. With a background in customer relationship marketing, experience management and operations, he works with his team to constantly measure, learn from, and improve, the passenger experience. Chair of BCAC’s Membership Committee.

Jack Lazareff - 2016

 Jack Lazareff

Partner with Crowe MacKay, holding CPA designations in both BC and Alberta. Jack served as member of the Board of Governors for the Certified General Accountants and as Chair of its Public Practice Committee. Authored sample audit file commissioned by CGA Canada used as guide on audit procedures and techniques for audit professionals across Canada. He is an avid aviator with private pilot’s license and member of Aero Club of BC.

Heather McCarley

In September 2017, Heather joined Vantage Airport Group as the Managing Director for Kamloops Airport. One of the many things she loves about her job is the everyday connection she has with the Kamloops Airport team, business partners and the Kamloops community.

Prior to moving to Kamloops, Heather worked for the Vancouver Airport Authority in a number of roles, with responsibility for operations, emergency management, community relations, airfield maintenance, regulatory compliance, and Safety Management Systems. She is Chair of the Airports Committee.

Dave Nowzek

Dave has spent some 45 years in the aviation industry as a pilot and also held management positions in both fixed and rotary wing IFR and VFR operations. After 24 years flying and managing throughout Alberta, NWT and British Columbia, he joined Transport Canada in 1988. During his 24 years with the department, he held several management positions until assuming the position of Regional Director, Civil Aviation for the Pacific Region. He retired from the department in 2012. BCAC’s Air Operators Committee Chair.

Gregg Rafter

A commercial litigation lawyer with firm Boughtonlaw Corporation, Gregg is a member of the Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association and the Air Force Association of Canada and holds a private pilots license. He is Chair of BCAC’s Governance Committee.


Learn more about the Committees that enable the BC Aviation Council to make meaningful contributions to aviation and aerospace throughout the province.

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