Rodyniuk named CEO of West Wind Aviation
By Helicopters Staff
Michael Rodyniuk becomes chief executive officer, president and accountable executive of the West Wind Aviation Group of Companies, which is First Nations and employee-owned, in addition to significant shareholders Athabasca Basin Development and Prince Albert Development Corp. West Wind Aviation (WWA) is a Certified Aboriginal Business designated by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
By Helicopters Staff
WWA is made up of: West Wind Aviation Limited Partnership (WWA); Transwest Air Limited Partnership (TWA), including Northern Shield Helicopter (NSH); Pronto Airways Limited Partnership (Pronto); and Snowbird Aviation Services Limited Partnership (SAS).
Rodyniuk has been an airline executive since the 1990s. His airline experience ranges from large to small airlines, most recently with regional carriers operating in Canada’s north. “I am honoured to have the trust of the board of directors and look forward to leading and working with the West Wind team, with all its affiliates, contributing to their success,” said Rodyniuk. “Each of our companies has a unique, competitive market position which will be strengthening before moving to a disciplined growth strategy.”
Earlier this year, Rodyniuk concluded his role as president and CEO of a First Nation-owned Wasaya Group Inc. in Northwestern Ontario, where, according to WWA, he led a three-year financial and operational turn-around of the company culminating in recapitalizing the company with a $25 million debt/equity transaction.
Rodyniuk has also acted as executive consultant to Willis Lease Finance Corporation, advising the chairman, CEO and president on joint venture, acquisition and implementation strategies.
Rodyniuk replaces Pat Campling Jr., who stepped in as interim CEO in April of this year. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Pat for leading West Wind through a challenging year,” said Rodyniuk. “A lot of work has been done towards making changes and providing a safe airline culture with excellent service for our customers. I am confident we will be able to carry on the good work accomplished to date by Pat and the entire team.”