Mike has 41 years’ experience in the aviation industry. He started his career with the Canadian Airforce as a radar operator within NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command.
After 8 years as part of NORAD Mike was asked if he would be interested in becoming and Air Traffic Controller and he of course accepted. He attended the Transport Canada Training Institute and upon graduation he was assigned to Goose Bay, Labrador and subsequently to Edmonton, Alberta.
After his release from the Forces Mike obtained the position of Chief Dispatcher at the Bombardier at Downsview Airport. Shortly after the Airport Manager retired and Mike was assigned responsibility for the operation of the airport as Chief of Airport Operations.
After serving over 11 years with Bombardier an opportunity presented itself and Mike moved to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Mike held the positions of Senior Manager of Apron Operations, Manager of Runways and Taxiways, Senior Manager of Safety & Security Operations and Associate Director, Operations and Response.
After 7 years at Pearson Mike accepted a position with PortToronto the owner/operator of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport as General Manager Airport Operations and with the growth of the airport moved to a newly created position of Director Airport Security, Compliance and Planning and served in that position until assuming the role of Managing Director at North Peace Regional Airport
Mike is an Accredited Airport Executive and currently Vice-chair of IAAE-Canada. He is the Past President of the Airport Management Council of Ontario and was, until recently, on the Board of Directors of the Barrie Skyliners Big Band.