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Nieuport Aviation’s Leadership

Neil Pakey, Chief Executive Officer

Neil Pakey is a highly accomplished leader in the aviation sector, recognized internationally for his contributions to airport infrastructure, tourism and regional economies.  As Chief Executive Officer of Nieuport Aviation, Neil brings more than 40 years of strategic management and operational experience, including in leading business growth, fostering stakeholder alignment, and delivering an exceptional customer experience.

During his career, Neil has served as the CEO of the Shannon Airport Group, the Peel Airports Group, and as Managing Director of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, where he led transformational projects and initiatives to grow passenger volumes and enhance the customer experience.  Neil’s experience includes working with two airlines: British Caledonian Airways where he served in ramp, cargo and passenger services, and Air Seychelles where he served as General Manager, Marketing. In addition, Mr. Pakey has held senior roles at the Vantage Airports Group and at Manchester Airport, and was seconded to the European Commission’s air policy division for three years as a national expert in air transport policy.

Most recently, Neil served as the Chairman, Principal Advisor for The Regional and Business Airports Group where he negotiated air service contracts, liaised with governmental bodies to develop regional air transport strategies, and served in an advisory capacity to several aviation businesses.

Neil has received multiple awards recognizing his accomplishments, including the Institute of Directors Liverpool Director of the Year in 2006 and an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire for his airport’s positive socioeconomic impact in 2008.

He has also held various board positions including Chairman of the UK Airport Operators Association (AOA) for a record three terms, Non-Executive Director of the Yorkshire Tourist Board, Chairman of Mersey Tourism. He also served on the board for Business Liverpool, and the UK’s National Aviation Security Committee.

Neil holds a Bachelor of Arts (hons) in Politics and English from the University of Central Lancaster, and a Master of Science in Transport Planning and Management from the University of Westminster.

Doug Smith, Chief Financial Officer

Doug Smith is the Chief Financial Officer at Nieuport Aviation. Doug has over thirty-five years of work experience in strategic planning, corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and risk management.

Doug was a Consulting Partner at a major accounting firm and Chief Financial Officer at major companies in the general contracting, engineering and paving and aggregate businesses.

Doug has a HBA from the Ivey Business School and is a CPA, CA and CMC.

Jason Attard, Commercial Director 

Jason Attard is the Commercial Director at Nieuport Aviation holding overall accountability for all commercial activities of the passenger terminal with a focus on generating revenue growth opportunities through new commercial initiatives and managing existing relationships.

Jason has over 20 years of diverse management experience including several with SNC Lavalin – one of Canada’s largest global fully integrated professional services, project management and infrastructure investor companies. This included a five-year airport business development assignment in Europe representing the Company at its Malta International Airport investment during its privatization transition.  Jason has worked on airport projects in both North America and Europe including several projects for Vienna International Airport.  Adept at stakeholder management involving cross-cultural, government and private industry interests, Jason also brings with him experience in air service development (both passenger and cargo), airport land development, as well as an understanding in retail/food and beverage operations from both a planning and day-to-day management perspective.  Jason is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business.

Rebecca Thompson, Director of Communications, Marketing and Government Relations

Rebecca Thompson is the Director of Communications, Marketing and Government Relations at Nieuport Aviation. Rebecca is responsible for advancing strategic initiatives and planning passenger terminal communications in conjunction with the Billy Bishop City Airport community, stakeholder groups and government partners.

Rebecca has 17 years of communications leadership experience in government, media, corporate communications and stakeholder relations. Rebecca served as a senior aide to Canada’s former Prime Minister managing stakeholder relations and government communications, and was Director of Communications to Canada’s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister. Most recently she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the province of Ontario’s Leader of the Official Opposition. For several years, Rebecca was a broadcast journalist for a Canadian news network specializing in federal, provincial and municipal political and current affairs. She also led internal corporate communications for one of Canadian Tire’s most significant acquisitions, and was an independent communications consultant specializing in private and public sector communications and marketing.

Ian Woods, Director of Terminal Planning and Operations

Ian Woods is the Director of Terminal Planning and Operations at Nieuport Aviation. He is responsible for overseeing the planning of all terminal facilities and the overall operation of the terminal.

Ian completed a 35-year career at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, during which he held a variety of increasingly senior roles in the operations, planning, commercial and strategy functions. Ian was instrumental in the planning and development of Terminal One and in a number of major redevelopment efforts at Terminal Three at Toronto – Pearson. On the commercial/strategy front, Ian led the development of the GTAA’s ‘Global Hub’ strategy, associated route development activities and the commercial negotiations leading to the 10-year rates and charges agreement with Air Canada. Prior to joining Nieuport Aviation, Ian worked as an associate for a number of large aviation consulting firms.

Michael Stern, General Counsel

Michael Stern is General Counsel at Nieuport Aviation, responsible for overseeing the legal and corporate requirements of the business.  Michael’s legal career spans all aspects of business, ranging from developing major P3 infrastructure projects across Canada to leading one of Canada’s largest renewable energy manufacturers.  In the process, Michael has helped organisations from around the world navigate through M&A, finance, regulatory and other commercial matters.  Michael is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Barreau du Québec.

Malcolm Christie, Director of Construction and Facilities Management 

Malcolm Christie is the Director of Construction and Facilities Management at Nieuport Aviation. Malcolm is responsible for project planning, facilitation and closing. In addition, Malcolm also carries responsibility for the implementation, maintenance and improvement of Nieuport’s asset management program.

Malcolm has more than 20 years of experience leading large, diverse organizations with a consistent track record of improving outcomes and performance in a sustainable and ethical manner. Career highlights include delivery of an asset management program that leveraged business intelligence, lifecycle planning, cost/risk optimization, and collaborative decision making resulting in world class asset availability and recurring annual savings and working with the Indigenous Community Relations Team to enhance relationships, identify business opportunities, provide educational assistance and job opportunities for local communities. Most recently he served as the Primary Consultant for development and implementation of the asset management program at Edmonton Airports.



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