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Board & 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.

2017/2018 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 and also sits on the board of the Aviation Leadership Foundation where she is chair of the Leadership Learning Series. Heather’s clients have included the Vancouver Airport Authority and MDA Corporation.

Heather Braun

Heather Braun

Heather has 25 years of experience in the transportation industry holding senior roles in aviation, rail and LTL. Chair, BCAC Communications Committee and Events Committee.


Harvie Buitelaar — Secretary

Vice President, Vancouver Regional Manager, Infrastructure with the engineering consultant firm Hatch Ltd., he 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 USA. 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. On the Board of the Aviation Leadership Foundation as Secretary and chairs its Mentorship Program.


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 & 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 GM at Boundary Bay Airport. Previous to that, an extensive career at Vancouver Airport Authority. Co-Chair Conference Committee.


Reg Krake

The Director Customer Care with Vancouver Airport Authority, he 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.  Has 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.

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.


Trevor Skillen

CEO, Metasoft Systems Inc., a Canadian software company with products and services helping non-profits worldwide to identify and secure funding.  A pilot since 1994, an active volunteer, and has sat on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations.


Quentin Smith

President, Pacific Coastal Airlines.  The company is the 6th largest airline flying out of Vancouver Intl Airport and flies to 65+ destinations in BC.  A proud supporter of the charities and organizations within the communities it serves.  The company and Quentin have received a number of awards and recognition from various companies over the years.


Jack Willms

Principal consultant, Airports Group with EBA, a Tetra Tech Company.  He has extensive experience in the planning, design and project management for all facets of civil engineering projects at airports and is very familiar with airport regulatory issues as well as airport operations on landside, airside and the surrounding airspace.



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