“This project speaks to everything that should be important to all Canadians Aviation; Heritage, culture, education, social justice and national pride and all delivered as 97 aviation spectacles. What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.”
Aviation has always been the backdrop to Nancy’s life. Her first jobs searching library archives as an assistant researcher to the writer of an aviation history book, to flight dispatcher and her first solo at 15. Following a career in the corporate world she has spent the past 10 years dedicated to serving her community in numerous roles including governance roles at the municipal and school board level. She felt most fulfilled in her role as Chair of a School Board as it allowed her to focus on not only the importance of academics but of the need for all children to have an opportunity to hope and dream. Service to her community through many volunteer initiatives is important to her and service to organizations that support youth is most often her criteria for that involvement. Nancy’s love for aviation, role as an airshow organizer, passion for youth, leadership skills and service to community are woven together in her most recent role with The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017.
Director of Logistics and Airshows
Wendy grew up with the military firmly entrenched in her world. Her father served in the military for 37 years, her husband and brother both served twenty years and her other brother has been serving in the coast guard for 20+ years. It was a natural by-product of this environment that her passion and pride for being Canadian was formed and for the last 18 years her passion has been airshows. She has managed performers and has been producing the Rocky Mountain House Airshow for 14 years. With the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017 her passions come together – Canada, being Canadian, national pride and airshows.
Director of Community Relations
Growing up in a small town helped Shelley in recognizing an understanding of the importance of connection and relationships. She has worked for 15 years as a business banker in small towns where she has developed a great appreciation for the community and the people in it. Her 8 year involvement as a volunteer and performer/military liaison with an airshow has provided significant experience and understanding of that industry. She was excited to learn of the very important role of community in the north and it has brought an even higher level of appreciation and excitement for her involvement. Shelley’s personable energy and commitment to service to many volunteer organizations and her banking sense of organization and detail will serve her and the people of the north well in her role with the The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017.
Director of Education
Brian spent the bulk of his career working in public education as a teacher, counsellor, and school and system administrator before retiring as a Superintendent. Throughout that time, he was acknowledged as a passionate and visionary educator who was guided by a strong ethic of care and a deep belief in the capacity and desire of people to be the best they can be. He was a frequent presenter at provincial, national and international conferences and, as a certified executive coach, much of his work focused on supporting others using a “coach approach.” Since retiring, Brian has continued to be involved in a variety of activities that support improving the life chances of others.
Director of Communications
Indira is the only female air show announcer in Canada. She entered the air show community more than 19 years ago through the Canadian International Air Show as a volunteer with the Media and Public Relations Committee. Since then she has contributed event management, public relations and marketing skills to numerous events and other organizations. Indira is as a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces and has worked full time for the Canadian Army for over 21 years. Having joined at the age of 17, she attained the rank of Sergeant before commissioning as a Public Affairs Officer in 2008. She has operationally deployed twice; first with the United Nations in the Golan Heights, Israel (2002); and to Kandahar, Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom (2006). Beginning in 2010, Indira had the honour of serving as the Public Affairs Officer for the Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, for three consecutive seasons. In 2016 she was the Public Affairs Officer for Canada’s jet team the Snowbirds. Indira has also presented at other marquee events, including the Canadian Forces’ Musical Salute at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto; and Fortissimo (military music spectacular). She has also worked as a part-time professor at Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Born in Trinidad & Tobago she moved with her family to Canada in 1990 and travels extensively. Her travels have taken her all over Canada including our great North where she fell in love with its raw beauty. Her involvement with the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour is driven by her passion for uniting Canada like never before!
Flight Operations Manager
Ken started his aviation career by first earning his glider license in 1977. In 1978 he joined the Canadian Military as an Airframe Technician and worked on T-33’s, CF-101 Voodoos, and CF-18’s before becoming a Flight Engineer in 1988. Ken has built 5 of his own aircraft, and is now working on building one of his own designs. To date he has over 7000 hours of flying experience as an airline transport pilot and flight engineer. Ken served in two war zones, Central America and the Middle East. After retirement from the military with 20 years of service he took over as the Airport Manager at Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Ken is an Aerobatic Competency Evaluator through a program by both Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He has served on the board of the Northwest Council of Airshows and has been a member of the International Council of Airshows for the past twenty years. Ken is passionate about all things aviation.
Safety and Emergency Response Coordinator
Hannelie Eder is a German Law Enforcement Officer who came to Canada several years ago.
Before arriving in Canada she took a Ranger training in South Africa.
Getting married in Canada; she raised a family and while working for their own Logging Company she was the Health and Safety Coordinator and operated the power saw.
A few years ago she became a Community Peace Officer and held the position of the Health and Safety Coordinator as well. Hannelie speaks fluently three different languages and is the holder of a Cree medicine wheel. To be versatile in all different kinds of environments she acquired the status of NCSO (National Construction Safety Officer) and is currently working on becoming a Red Cross First Aid Instructor. During her free time she volunteers for Search and Rescue and works as a jail guard and as a Security Officer.
Assistant to Executive Director
As a young girl Helen grew up on flying stories from her dad. So bitten by the flying bug she got her pilot’s licence in 1970 at 17. One was supposed to have a diploma in something else before becoming a commercial pilot back then so Helen took electronics technology and serviced ground based navigational aids in the Yukon for Transport Canada. Later on she became a commercial pilot and flew for a private company all over Canada and the US. Following this she had the opportunity to fly in spectacular northern BC and Alberta moving rig crews and doing fire patrols. After her three amazing children came along she took mechanical engineering and then production accounting to work in the oil patch. After many years and a winning battle with cancer she has rekindled her love of aviation by taking lessons she is excited to be part of CAAT2017.
Community Liaison Lead
Janet Schreder is a long-term Northerner, having lived in the NWT for more than 30 years. As a result, she is aware that the North is often forgotten when it comes to Canada-wide celebrations, so was very excited when asked to be involved with the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017. Aviation has had a big impact on northern Canada, and Janet’s interest in it increased significantly as she would listen to the many stories told by her late husband, Arnie Schreder, a well-known pilot who flew throughout the Arctic for many years. Moving to Yellowknife in the late 1970s, Janet’s understanding of issues faced by Northerners increased while working at the Western Constitutional Forum in the 1980s, then later working with various NWT Ministers and MLAs. Although Janet now lives in Alberta, having lived in Yellowknife for so many years and having raised all her children there, she always considers the North her home. Janet looks forward to working on this project, to include Northerners in the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
Research Assistant Logistics and Airshows
Tanya joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in a small town in southern BC in 1989. She spent most of her teens volunteering within her community and was the top youth recipient for British Columbia for Canada’s 125th birthday. She earned her glider wings in 1994 and in
1995 earned her wings for private pilot. She continued volunteer work with various Air Cadet Squadrons teaching ground school to the next generation of pilots. Presently she resides in a remote northwestern town in Alberta and has learned an appreciation for remote, small community living. Tanya has sought after roles that are not traditionally held by women and enjoys a new challenge; this coupled with her ancestral ties to the Mi’gmaq nation in Quebec fuels a strong passion for equality, diversity and inclusion. Joining the CAAT2017 team encompasses her passions of aviation, volunteering, education and inclusion.
Senior Research Assistant
Diane Orr has taught for over twenty-five years and has had a variety of interesting roles throughout her career. She has a background in mathematics and art and a master in Educational Administration and Leadership. Diane has used her unique skill set and experience to work as an administrator, develop and launch educational programs and write curriculum for various school districts and private companies throughout Alberta. Her interest in aviation started very young and is accredited to her dad, a private pilot, who took Diane with him to model plane events and air shows during her childhood. Her interest in flight was reenergized in the summer of 2015, when she decided to accompany her dad on a cross country trip in his Cessna 172 from Springbank, AB to the EAA AirVenture Convention and Fly-In in Wisconsin WA. Since then, Diane has become an aviation enthusiast. She often flies with her dad and is presently working towards her Private Pilot Licence. Diane teaches in Calgary for the Calgary Catholic School District and lives with her husband and nine year son in Cochrane, Alberta.
Media Relations Manager
Diana Spremo began volunteering for air shows in 1993 after her journalist father came home one day saying he had just flown with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds on a media flight. As a young professional beginning a career in Public Relations, Diana was looking for an opportunity to further advance her career, and offered to volunteer on the Media Relations team for the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto. Little did she know, this gesture would turn into a second ‘side’ career and lifelong passion. Now a PR veteran specializing in media relations, marketing communications, events and crisis communications, Diana has gained the respect of her peers and has been awarded for her successes. She has been recognized over the years by the Royal Canadian Air Force and U.S. Air Force for her contributions to the air show industry, and by the PR industry for her expertise. Diana loves her career in PR, and even more so loves her volunteer-career in aviation. As the media relations lead for the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, Diana hopes to create great awareness for this next passionate project.
Executive Assistant Logistics and Airshows
Kelly is a full-time employee of the Alberta Government as a Rangeland Agrologist. She has been around aviation since she took a summer job at the Air Tanker Base loading firebombers. She obtained her PPL in 2010 and began flying aerobatic maneuvers shortly before completing it with some exceptional aviators such as Ken Fowler and Gary Ward. The purchase of a Laser 230 allows this dynamic woman to be closer to her goal of competing for the 2017 season. As an avid aviation supporter, Kelly is elated to play even a small role in the development of CAAT, alongside her other social activities which include coaching riding lessons, training and trimming horses and volunteering with the non-profit organizations within her community. Agriculture runs strong in her veins and she is still very much involved in the family farm, which has a fabulous view of her home town airport in Rocky Mountain House.
Social Media and SEO Specialist et optimisation du moteur de recherche
Janelle Aker is an award-winning blogger and social media communicator and has been recognized by Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, an Edmonton New Media award and two National Weblog awards. A true Canadian to her core, Janelle loves winter and has longed to venture to the North of our beautiful country. As a natural story-teller, Janelle is excited to share personal perspectives of those involved in CAAT, the people we meet along the way and share the vast history of the North to rest of Canada. Ironically, she has severe anxiety when it comes to flying. Janelle lives on Treaty 6 land in Edmonton with her partner TJ, daughter Lucy and their pack of pets. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her exploring dog parks with her husky Tika.
Karo is a spirited Maritimer who pursued a career in communications following her time as a journalist. An avid adventurer and youth advocate, she has been volunteering with the Canadian Cadet program for over seven years and has worked in Public Affairs throughout her time with the program. Karo is a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces with the National Commemorations team at the Canadian Joint Operations Command in Ottawa, Ontario. With this portfolio she is responsible for files that have national impact. Involvement with the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour was a natural fit given her love of the North. As an advocate she was drawn to the youth education component of the program and hopes all Canadians will help to make this project a success.
Air Show Safety Co-ordinator/Crew Chief
After spending his teen years as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and 2 years with the Canadian Army it was to be 30 years before Mario had an opportunity to fulfil his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. When he is not flying Mario works as a contract consultant in the Oil and Gas Industry. Mario’s passion for always learning more has earned him many senior level academic achievements including a National Level Safety Certification. His attention to detail, as well as focus on safety and the environment have not only served well in his career but position him as a valuable asset to the planning and the execution of the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017. Family, flying, and fun are the words that define Mario’s life. He will travel with the show in his role and has enjoyed being able to use his skills to help plan and prepare for this epic journey. Mario thanks his father in law Don for always encouraging him to learn to fly and reminding him that anything is possible if you put your mind and your heart into it.
Manager of Volunteer Services and Community Logistics
Raised on a Northern Alberta farm with 3 brothers and 1 sister, Jane didn’t shy away from hard work or a little dirt, a trait that hasn’t waned.
Jane’s leadership skills were already apparent when, at 14 years of age, she was chosen to captain the Senior High Girls’ Basketball Team. Immersed in student council, school activities and student mediation, she was often referred to as “Teachers Pet”.
Jane was a partner in a small pipeline company. She managed and organized the daily schedule of the welding crew while working side by side with them for 15 years, along with the responsibility for budgeting and cost control. After the sale of the company, Jane purchased a Dry-cleaning operation that she still owns and operates today.
Currently on the Rocky Mountain House Air Show Committee, she will be found in the middle of the action, radio in hand and ready for anything. Jane’s attention to detail, organizational skills and air show experience are a huge asset to any team.