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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 British Columbia aviation and aerospace community. The full Board meets monthly to discuss Council business.

2018/2019 BOARD

Brant Arnold-Smith

Brant Arnold-Smith is the Director of Security and Terminal Operations at the Victoria Airport Authority where he is responsible for overseeing the safety, security and efficiency of all airport facilities and managing all emergencies. He previously held a number of roles with the Vancouver Airport Authority with responsibility for Airside Operations, Terminal Operations, Aviation Security, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting/Emergency Management and regulatory compliance. Brant attended Simon Fraser University, The Justice Institute of B.C and the Ontario Police College. Brant is passionate about aviation/airports and understands that the industry enhances sustainable economic development and tourism in the Province of B.C. and brings many social benefits to the region. Brant is Chair of the Leadership Committee.

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.

Michael Benson

Michael Benson is the Superintendent of the Provincial Airtanker Program with the BC Wildfire Service in Kamloops, British Columbia. In this role Mike is responsible for the provision of province-wide aerial fire control capability utilizing teams of tactical birddog aircraft and fixed-wing tankers to protect BC’s assets and infrastructure. Mike is the British Columbia representative to the Wildfire National Aviation Working Group that sets to build aviation capacity and consistency at a national level.

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.


Darcy Cestnick

Currently is the Director of Facility Maintenance for the Vancouver Airport Authority. Oversees all aspects related to the effective maintenance for the organizations capital assets including power supply and distribution, utilities, passenger loading bridges, baggage systems HVAC and emergency power. Ensures all systems are reliable and redundant so that all the airline business partners and our traveling customers can work in and commute thru the Airport Safely and efficiently.

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.

Teara Fraser

Teara launched her aviation career as a commercial pilot. Becoming a pilot was transformational, truly giving this young Indigenous woman wings – she loves to see others fall in love with flight. A natural entrepreneur, she built an aerial survey operation from the ground up, selling it in 2016. 2019 sees Iskwew Air take flight.  PS: It isn’t as hard to say as it seems – ISS-KWAY-YO.

A deep commitment to leadership and safety inspired her to establish the Aviation Leadership Foundation in 2008. Teara has served as Board Director, Executive Director, and Strategic Advisor for the British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC).

Teara holds an M.A. in Leadership and has returned to Royal Roads as Associate Faculty in the same program. She is now studying in the Human Development Ph.D. program at Fielding University.

Teara is a proud Métis iskwew (woman).

Marcello Garofalo

Past Airport General Manager at Boundary Bay Airport. Previous to that, Marcello had an extensive career at the Vancouver Airport Authority. Currently West Coast Regional Manager for Global Aviation Services. Keeps him busy. Marcello is Chair of the Events Committee and member of several other Committees to ensure BCAC has a seamless series of activities throughout the year.

Kelly Jamieson

Airbus 320 pilot, Kelly Jamieson, has over 20 years experience in the aviation industry. She learned to fly in Manitoba, built time on King Airs and B1900s in northern BC, and flew CRJ700s in the U.S. before joining Air Canada in 2012. Kelly finished her Masters degree in Leadership at Royal Roads University in December. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Aviation Leadership Foundation, and has held presidential positions with Winnipeg and Vancouver chapters of Women in Aviation. Kelly is new to the BCAC Board and has stepped forward to Chair the Youth Engagement 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.