Dennis is currently the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Chorus Aviation Inc. Dennis has held senior legal roles with several companies, both within and outside the transportation sector. He has previously served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Purolator Inc., where he held a broad portfolio of responsibilities beyond the legal function, including corporate security, stakeholder relations, and procurement. He also served as the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Discovery Air Inc., responsible for the legal function as well as enterprise risk management, mergers and acquisitions, debt financing transactions and litigation management. Most recently, Dennis served as Assistant General Counsel and head of the Corporate, External and Legal Affairs function for Microsoft Canada, where he was responsible for policy advocacy, community engagement and customer licensing agreements. Before moving in-house, Dennis was a Corporate/Securities Associate with Goodmans LLP.
Dennis holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2002. He also holds a Master in Business Administration from Queen’s University.
Colin Copp was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Chorus Aviation and President, Chorus Aviation Services in March of 2019. He is the lead executive responsible for Chorus’ relationship with Air Canada and oversees all Chorus aviation services with the exception of Chorus Aviation Capital. Both the President of Jazz and Voyageur report directly to Colin and he is responsible for leading the development of new commercial opportunities to grow the operating businesses and related contract flying, parts provisioning and maintenance functions.
His background includes over 30 years of leadership experience in operations, administration and labour relations with the Company and has held several key leadership roles. During his career he has guided a distinct blend of leading large operational teams, leading complex multi-stakeholder negotiations and managed change initiatives with cross-functional teams to transition the business.
Prior to his current role he was the President of Jazz Aviation, leading one of Canada’s largest domestic airlines operating 700-plus flights a day, with a fleet of 120 aircraft and approximately 5,000 employees throughout North America. Previously, he was the Chief Administrative Officer for Jazz, overseeing Labour Relations and Crew Resources Planning, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Business Systems Integration and Development, Information Technology and Communications Systems, Human Resources, and the Payroll, Pension and Benefits Administration departments.
Prior to the merger of the regional airlines in 2000, he was the Vice President of Flight Operations at AirBC responsible for Flight Operations, Flight Dispatch, Crew Planning, Crew Scheduling, Flight Safety and the Regulatory Affairs departments.
Colin holds a commercial multi-engine pilot license and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He is a certified negotiator and mediator, graduate of the Justice Institute of British Columbia (Cert. Con Res), as well as Chartered Mediator by the ADR Institute (C. Med). Additionally, Colin is a graduate of the Directors Education Program and an Accredited Corporate Director from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).
Colin is a Board Member of the Regional Airline Association and the Air Transport Association of Canada.
Tyrone has over 30 years of experience in progressively senior financial positions with the last 10 years focused on treasury.
In his current position, Tyrone is responsible for developing and implementing the Company’s strategies for financial management including capital structure planning, liquidity, financial risk management and dividend policies.
Tyrone graduated from St. Mary’s University in Halifax with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honors) and subsequently obtained his Chartered Accountant designation with KPMG in Halifax. More recently, he completed FEI Canada/Queen’s University’s Leadership Beyond Finance program.
Tyrone is a member of the Board of Governors of Mount Saint Vincent University as well as the Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Investment Committee.
Carl Kumpic has worked within the aerospace industry for over 35 years through diverse organizations within civilian and military sectors. Since graduating as an engineer, Mr. Kumpic has worked with a number of international aerospace firms over his career beginning in experimental engineering with Bombardier on the CL-600 Challenger program. Following seven years with Bombardier, Mr. Kumpic worked within the flight test and engineering laboratories of Bell Helicopter in Canada, assisting with the development of the Model 400A light-twin helicopter and set up of the Mirabel operations. Working with Canadian Airlines in Vancouver, he established a consolidated aircraft engine and APU R&O capability and developed third party engine R&O partnerships. Afterwards, Mr. Kumpic spent ten years with Rolls-Royce Canada as Director Engine Testing Facilities including new product development of the Trent engine. In 2001 Mr. Kumpic joined IMP Aerospace & Defence as General Manager of IMP Electronic Systems and in 2009 as Vice-President of International Marketing, responsible for all international marketing and business development initiatives introducing new military programs into IMP.
In 2019, Mr. Kumpic joined Chorus Aviation Services as Vice President, Marketing & Sales, to the Chief Operating Officer and President of Chorus Aviation Services. Mr. Kumpic is an Executive Board Member and Acting Vice Chair of the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA).
Nathalie was appointed Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs at Chorus Aviation on October 1, 2015. Nathalie began her career in the aviation industry in 1990 and has held leadership positions primarily in corporate communications, public affairs and marketing. Responsibility for investor relations was added to Nathalie’s portfolio in 2005.
Nathalie has a Bachelor of Arts, Advanced Major in Political Science and a Diploma in Public Administration from Dalhousie University. In 2013, Nathalie received her official designation as a Certified Professional in Investor Relations from the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Canadian Institute for Investor Relations.
Nathalie currently serves on the national Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of Investor Relations, the Board of Directors of Tourism Nova Scotia and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Nathalie also holds the ICD.D designation, granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management.
Colleen was appointed Vice President, Corporate Reporting at Chorus Aviation Inc. on May 8, 2019. Prior to this, Colleen was the Director, Corporate Finance and Director, Internal Audit for Chorus Aviation. Colleen began her career in the aviation industry in 1994 and has held various finance and administrative leadership positions in Chorus and Jazz Aviation LP, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation.
Colleen holds a Bachelor of Commerce, major in Accounting, from St. Mary’s University and is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). Colleen also holds the ICD.D designation, granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management.
Colleen was also the past Chair of the Board for Halifax Water from 2009 to 2014.
Mr. Steven Ridolfi previously served as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions at Bombardier Inc. where he led the strategic planning and business evaluation functions of the company. Prior to that Mr. Ridolfi was the President of Business Aircraft, a world leader in corporate aviation, and President of Bombardier Regional Aircraft, the company’s commercial aircraft unit.
Mr. Ridolfi had a long and distinguished career in aerospace dating back to 1982 when he joined de Havilland Inc. as an aeronautical engineer. Mr. Ridolfi has held various leadership positions with increasing scope and responsibilities in aviation including positions in airline analysis, marketing, research and development, product planning, aircraft programs and customer support. Mr. Ridolfi holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University, and has completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University.
Scott Tapson was appointed President, Voyageur Aviation on January 1, 2017 and prior to this served in a number of senior roles at Chorus and Jazz. With a career in aviation spanning over 35 years, Mr. Tapson has held a number of senior leadership roles at Air Ontario, AirBC and Jazz. During this time, his assignments have included a wide range of responsibilities in the commercial area including network planning, business development, customer service and operations.
Mr. Tapson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Western University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Western University’s Ivey School of Business. In addition, Scott holds a C. Dir. (Chartered Director) designation granted by The Directors College, McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business.