We’d like to thank all of the USC-STC Members who nominated candidates for the upcoming Board election this year! Below is the list of nominees followed by their detailed profile information.  

There were eight (8) Directors completing their three-year terms in October 2018, so we were excited to see a good number of interested candidates this year!  We encourage you to read all of their statements prior to casting your vote.

USC-STC Members in good standing should have received an email from us on September 24th to announce that ‘Voting is Open for USC-STC Board of Directors.’  The email included the web address of the online voting page and a unique code assigned to each member. The code can only be entered and used once, so please ensure that you have read all of the candidate profiles before you cast your vote. Simply go to the web address provided in that email, enter your unique code, and cast up to eight (8) votes. 

Here is the list of 2018-2018 USC-STC Board of Director Nominees. Their short biography and candidate statements are below. the list of nominees as well as the nominee bio’s and statements…

USC-STC 2018-19 Board of Directors Nominee List
Please review the detailed candidate profiles that follow this list. 
Sean Adams
Trevor Bergman
Iain Box
William de Keiser
Tzuki Freidman
Allan Gibbins
Matt Johnson
Kate Klassen
Norm Lamonthe
Robert Lefebvre
Howie Murray
Frédérique Pivot
Philip Reece
Calvin Reich
Anne-Sophie Riopel-Bouvier
Mozhdeh Shahbazi
Ken Whitehead

Sean Adams
Sean Adams is the Owner, Chief Pilot, and Operations Manager of 3 Points in Space Media Ltd. and has worked to promote the importance of UAV technology, its capabilities and its legalities. Sean enjoys a trusted relationship with Transport Canada and holds a national SFOC permitting night flying and restricted airspace operations; he also holds Part 107 certification to fly in the U.S.
Sean currently works with MAG Aerospace as an Aerial Operations Coordinator and is developing long range unmanned operations for fighting forest fires. He has over 25 years of business management skills – growing, developing; and handling various large-scale automotive, nautical and aerial operations. His certifications include: FEMA, BC Forest Safe – Auditor; Thermography – Infrared Scanning; Pix4D; Total Station Survey; computer hardware; maritime archaeological mapping and remote sensing.
Sean has four children, one of whom works with him in the company. He has published papers for industry publications from work done with the National Science Foundation on the ‘Neva’ project, NASA’s ‘Pavilion Lake Research Project’, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology’s ‘Yukon River Survey, the Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project Centre as an Archaeological Surveyor and Side-scan Sonar Operator in search of Kublai Khan’s lost fleet.
Sean is a committed and focused professional in the UAV arena. He is intelligent, street-smart, and knows how to ask the right questions. Sean is an experienced business man, formerly president of his own company with $3 Million average annual sales.
He is adventuresome and has explored the world. He has worked hard to develop a solid relationship with inspectors and personnel at Transport Canada and constantly follows regulatory updates. Sean closely follows the evolution of the unmanned industry including the regulation development for BVLOS operations. He has been forward-thinking to expand his company as a training facility.
Sean is driven to accomplish objectives and to achieve targets. He is experienced with the UAV technology and constantly works to upgrade his knowledge and certifications. He can see the big picture and is action-oriented, striving towards his goals. He is not afraid to step out of the box to solve a problem or innovate. He is a quick-thinker and a team-player.
Adventuresome by nature; a caring and supportive family man, Sean always has a quiet confidence and respectful nature towards his team, his peers and superiors.
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
Sean is committed to the regulatory framework for UAV operations and the importance of education and licensing within the industry. He will work for clarity and transparency to ensure safety is a priority and innovation is constant. He will work hard to ensure students, members and the public have a place where they can find the right information for the ever-changing UAV industry. He plans to participate in forums, conferences and workshops as a speaker and contributor to offer practical, industry experience and advice.
As a businessman working within the private sector, he will also advocate for the Association to help ensure an awareness for research and investment. Ultimately he would campaign for public acceptance of unmanned vehicles and the necessary safety of all concerned.
Trevor Bergman
I started my career in aviation almost 20 years ago as a private pilot. With a plan to become a commercial pilot following high school, I attended Mount Royal College’s Aviation program and continued my flight training. During the diploma program, a mandatory course covering basic aircraft maintenance for pilots caught my attention and shortly after, I switched career paths. I spent ten years following my graduation from SAIT Polytechnic as an M2 AME working with cargo and passenger commercial airlines, corporate aircraft operators and the United Nations (Africa).
An opportunity presented itself when the new RCAF CH-148 Cyclone helicopter program was stood up, and I transitioned from the world of aircraft maintenance/management to field service, acting as a technical representative between DND, Sikorsky and General Dynamics. In 2014, AeroVision Canada Inc. was born out of an interest to commercialize a multirotor with a small camera. Over the past five years, the company employs nearly a dozen staff, has serviced clients globally, achieved numerous milestones and industry first’s and continues to advance the industry forward through positive public relations and education.
I enjoy speaking at public events and taking on the challenge of answering questions from those interested in the industry and even those with reservations and concerns. As a board member, I would like the opportunity to advance the discussion and development of design standards and address the apparent lack of maintenance standards for small to mid-size UAS. As well, because my company also train’s a large number of students (a few hundred since 2017), I believe we have a lot to offer the development of curriculum both for theory but more importantly flight training and testing. As a registered lobbyist, I would like the opportunity to engage our elected officials and various public departments with the mindset of creating better industry awareness and regulatory development.
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
As a board member, I simply wish to be a voice for the commercial operator and enhance the development of regulations that encourage industry advancement and creativity. I would also be very interested in creating/producing more engaging public education and messaging on behalf of USC, in a way that captures the attention of a younger audience.
Ian Box
Mr. Box is an accomplished professional with over 20 years in flight operations leadership roles.  He is currently a lead Technical Pilot for GE Aviation where he is responsible for ensuring the successful global deployment and integration of satellite-based instrument flight procedures. As part of this work he has extensive interaction with regulatory bodies, airport operators, air navigation service providers, and community lobby groups.  Prior to GE he worked for WestJet Airlines as a Chief Technical Dispatcher and Program manager. For the past two and a half years Mr. Box has enjoyed working as a consultant to Aerobotika, providing UAV ground school instruction across Canada.

Mr. Box holds a Transport Canada Commercial pilot license (Group 1 IFR) with both Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 type ratings, FAA and Transport Canada Flight Dispatch Licenses and is a Certified Associate in Program Management (CAPM) through the Program Management Institute (PMI).

 – Desire to learn and immerse myself in Canada’s Unmanned Systems Community

– Familiarity with the regulatory system in which we operate – not only in Canada but also the FAA in the US and the Standards and Recommended Practices developed by ICAO.

 – Technical competency to engage and collaborate with multiple stakeholders including regulators, air navigation service providers, community interest groups, airports, OEMs, etc.

– Extensive global training expertise in classroom and flight training environments.

– Experience and expertise developing departmental policies and procedures, and subsequently planning, managing, and administering their growth
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
Over the course of the last two and a half years I have had the good fortune to spend many of my weekends working alongside aspiring RPAS entrepreneurs.  I have been humbled and awed by the knowledge, passion, and energy these people have brought to the classroom, and indeed, our industry.

Likewise, I am equally awed by the complexity, lack of standardization and the mercurial nature of our existing regulations.  By working as part of the Unmanned Systems Canada Board, I’m hoping to bring the voice of those same talented and passionate individuals to the table.

I believe there is a great opportunity to simplify the route to commercial RPAS operations while at the same time ensuring we don’t compromise the Targeted Level of Safety coveted by the aerospace industry to date. I will strongly advocate for the standardization of RPAS training requirements, an articulate path to commercial RPAS operations, and simplified airspace integration.  Furthermore, I’ll continue to cultivate the image of our industry as one of immense professional competency contributing skillsets and solutions that will only benefit our communities.

Tzuki Friedman
Zvi (Tzuki) Friedman worked for a leading aerospace company as part of the system engineering and project management team for the development of a high-end aircraft before joining SkyX. Tzuki Joined SkyX at the early design stages and was one of the original team members that established the company in Canada. He continues to be SkyX’s lead system engineer for initial development stages of autonomous systems including the UAV, control software and automatic charging station.

Today, Tzuki serves as Flight Operations Manager for all of SkyX’s testing and deployment flights. He is also the senior Pilot-In-Command, with hundreds of flight hours in testing and survey missions including VLOS, ELOS and BVLOS operations; these flights have taken place in Canada, China and Mexico. Tzuki also developed SkyX’s flight protocols for conducting safe and effective RPAS BVLOS flight operations.
On the Canadian regulation front, Tzuki has led the process from getting the company its first SFOC through to a standing SFOC, followed by a nation-wide SFOC and eventually Compliant Operator status. He has also worked closely with Transport Canada to have SkyX’s RPAS (SkyOne) meet the criteria as a Compliant unmanned aircraft.
Drone operations will be the future for many industries. This technology has already dramatically changed many existing sectors – and this is only the beginning.
But crucial to this development, and to Canada’s role in the RPAS industry, is the timely and safe establishment of a BVLOS protocol. The future of many companies will depend on this, and Canada has an opportunity (and a need) to be a leader in this area.
As someone who began in the traditional aerospace industry, I bring a unique technical background to the table which I believe would serve USC well.

At SkyX, we see the promotion of drone operations as an industry-wide effort. During our development, we have collaborated with multiple companies and research facilities to create the systems, software and test processes that will allow taking the leap into BVLOS. We have also been developing the procedures for BVLOS operation and conducted multiple demonstrations to illustrate to Transport Canada howBVLOS operations can be conducted safely and responsibly. During the USC conference, I will be presenting Best Practices we have gathered from our BVLOS and simulated BVLOS operations.
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
As part of the USC board, I would dedicate myself to working hard with other Canadian RPAS operators to advance safe BVLOS flight in this industry, while simultaneously advancing our case with Transport Canada and other interested parties/regulators.
William de Keiser
William De Keiser earned an aerospace engineer and a professional pilot degree. He has gained over ten years of experience in the aerial transport industry by occupying various key positions. Starting as a pilot, then as an airline company Chief Dispatch, Mr. De Keiser later worked as an engineer in well-known companies such as Pratt & Whitney Canada and Thales Canada. He also acquired experience in automation software and hardware systems as well as IA software by working on autonomous robotic, fly-by-wire software and hardware as well as optical character recognition software. Both as a student and a professional, he got involved in various social initiatives related to sustainable development and ethics. He was hired in 2018 as the UAS ACCORD Cluster of Excellence director and is in charge of developing the drone industry in the province of Quebec. The cluster’s mandate is:
– To become a center of expertise in R & D related to drone technologies;
– To provide highly reliable infrastructure for flight testing and prequalification of drone
– To become a catalyst for the development of the UAV value chain;
– To support the creation of business partnerships and the development of synergies
between the various actors of the sector; and
– To represent the industry with regulators to provide a strong voice for the industry.
As a Board Director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I would like to:
• Represent Quebec’s drone stakeholders interests to Unmanned Systems Canada;
• Help promote public safety issues in bringing insights to reach the Quebec population;
• Be the Quebec voice on the Board;
• Help develop the Canadian and Quebec drone industry;
• Help the Canadian and Quebec community become international leaders through R&D;
• Ensure sustained growth of the Canadian drone industry by fostering the conquest of new domestic and international markets.

As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
As a nominee, I believe I have the right set of skills, experience and trainings to meet the challenge, which include:
• Excellent communication skills in English and in French;
• An open mind and a lot of creativity to see future synergies and collaborations between multiple parties;
• A Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering to identify technical issues;
• A commercial pilot license and various experience in management positions of the airline industry to identify operational and profitability issues;
• A direct connection to AÉRO Montréal, the Quebec strategic think tank that groups all the major decision makers in Quebec’s aerospace sector, including companies, educational and research institutions, associations and unions;
• Experience in key management positions to have the experience, capacity, network and knowledge to mobilize the Quebec stakeholders behind USC projects and objectives.
I want to express my great interest for this new challenge that I am nominated for. I believe Unmanned Systems Canada is a very important organization and I want the Quebec industry to benefit from it and the Canadian and international industries to grow through the USC initiatives. It would be my pleasure to help USC and the industry reach their objectives.
Alan Gibbins
Alan has served in a variety of management roles within the aerospace sector including 16 years of service at Bombardier Regional Aircraft ranging from supervising the final assembly of Dash 8 Aircraft to fulfilling the duties of Senior Manager of Customer Service for both the Canadair Regional Jet and Dash 8 Programs. During this time Alan received two Design Suggestion Awards and an Incentive Award for process automation implementation. As a commercial UAV Flight Operations Manager for the past 6 years Alan has been directly responsible for the aerial content of 52 episodes of television content for an outdoor show, which he also produced and hosted. Currently, Alan is President of CG Drones Inc., the UAV division of The Cannington Group Inc., which has performed environmental remediation within Ontario since 1976. Through this role, Alan has brought the company to National SFOC standing including day and night operations while performing hundreds of mapping, inspection and photo/video marketing missions. Alan is also a recreational pilot with several hundred hours logged in C150, C172 and PA-28 aircraft and has also been very active in designing, building and flying remotely piloted aircraft for over 30 years.
Having leadership experience in the manned aviation and unmanned aviation sectors and currently running a UAV division within an environmental remediation company, I have the unique opportunity to experience and manage the full lifecycle of UAV data as it applies to the industry – from data acquisition to decision making resulting from the acquired data. This, coupled with having key contacts in the UAV hardware/software business and in the end user sector, positions me favourably to lead working groups that will continue to develop the seamless, safe integration of UAV services directly into business workflows. This will also assist in promoting a positive and beneficial view of UAV technologies to industries and the public.
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
While a strong emphasis is being placed on BVLOS and strategic UAV applications, there remains an immediate and on-going requirement to foster advancements in existing UAV markets including earthworks, infrastructure, agriculture, etc and integrating the outputs from autonomous aerial technology into ground based engineering and autonomous ground equipment solutions. As a Board Director I would champion this initiative to position the Canadian industrial application market into a leadership position. Part of this strategy would involve the recruitment into USC of more commercial operators and industry leaders who, in turn, would become more involved in the decision making and policy steering process through working group participation. My parallel focus will be to enhance the integration of existing and future remotely piloted operations within the piloted aviation sector by developing on existing relationships with Transport Canada and NavCanada, key industry leaders and UAV service providers.
Matthew Johnson
Matthew comes from an education and military background, having taught high school mathematics in Manitoba for 5 years, and serving 10 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, being honourably released at the rank of Captain in June of 2018. He founded M3 Aerial
Productions in 2015 as a media productions business, and branched into precision agriculture in 2016. He offered a novel alternative to low-resolution satellite imagery used for crop health analytics.
The M3 Aerial UAV Ground School program “UAVs in Industry” was launched in late 2016, and the company has since trained over 400 commercial “drone” pilots through training offered in 15+ cities and 8 provinces and territories across Canada. The course
was offered as a post-secondary stand-alone 3-credit hour course in the Faculty of Science at Brandon University through the 2017-2018 academic year, and has been integrated into the GIS program in their Geography Department moving forward.
In 2018, Matthew was named one of the Top 7 Drone Visionaries in Precision Agriculture by the Commercial UAV News, and one of the Top 50 Drone Visionaries on their global list of industry influencers.
I have experience in curriculum development, processes and experience operating on boards, as I currently stand as a member of the board of directors for the Manitoba GIS Users Group (MGUG).
My history in the education and military sectors has provided me with leadership and management skills which will be useful as a member of the board. I have extensive experience working as a service provider in the UAV industry for the last four years, and have built an intricate network of connections in the industry through our training
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
I will provide value and awareness to the UAV / RPAS community, as well as extending the a potential reach of USC membership through our education program.
I have experience with website building and maintenance, designing several pages including: m3aerial.com, dronetraining.zone, snailmaildata.ag, and several others.

Kate Klassen
Hi I’m Kate Klassen (formerly Kienapple). I’m a commercial pilot and flight instructor on both manned and unmanned aircraft. As Director of Operations at Coastal Drone Co., I work in the drone education space providing online training and consulting services to pilots. A transplant to British Columbia from the east coast of Canada, I have trained nearly 1000 prospective UAV operators across the country and am a passionate educator and meteorology nerd. I love learning and recently received a Management of Technology MBA from Simon Fraser University while also working on my HAM radio license, beginning helicopter ground school and picking away at French as a second language. 
I’ve always enjoyed “behind the scenes” type roles. I like being involved at a deeper level than participant. From student council executive in high school to representing my year on residence committees and eventually becoming vice president during my undergrad – I have a strong interest in leadership roles. I am a visual and active learner who enjoys high-level organization and sense-making. Nearly all of my work experience has been in small business which has required learning varied skills and wearing many hats. I’m used to having multiple things on the go at once and feel stagnant if I don’t. Over the past year I planned my wedding while in school for my MBA and working full time. I’m graduating, married and employed so it seems to have worked out okay. 
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
I hope to bring my fresh MBA skills to the board during this pivotal time in the industry. I see the next few years being those of fundamental change and maturing. While my experience has been primarily in the aviation space, I’m a life-long learner and am excited by the opportunity to be involved in ground and marine unmanned systems as well. I hope to engage the larger communities with open communication, empathy, honesty and a touch of humour. After being on the unmanned side of aviation for the last 4 years, I see being on the board as the logical next step in increasing my commitment and involvement in the industry and I ask for your vote to enable me to do so.  Thank you!
Norm Lamonthe
Norm Lamothe is an entrepreneur with a diverse set of skills obtained through extensive industry experience in aviation and agriculture. He sits on two local not-for-profit Boards and is a past post-secondary Professor with Durham College’s Food and Farming Program. Norm is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Business and is a licensed fixed-wing pilot (multi-IFR). 
Previous positions include Director of Sales for an International Aircraft import/export brokerage business, General Manager of an International Flight Academy, where he managed a large fleet of aircraft and students across multiple locations and most recently as an Account Executive in the Aviation Insurance Industry where he earned his Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) designation.
Today, Norm is the Co-Founder of Deveron UAS Corp. where he manages the company’s growing fleet and infrastructure. Deveron is one of Canada’s first Transport Canada Compliant Operators, and through their network of 25+ pilots and UAVs, provide data collection across the agriculture sector in North America.  Data captured through remote-sensing provides insight which is then used to increase yields, reduce costs, and mitigate risks through disease and pest management at the field level. 
In addition to his role with Deveron, he actively manages his family’s diverse, multi-generational 500-acre farm, located in Eastern Ontario, Canada where he resides with his wife and three children.
Attributes I will bring to my position of Directorship include over 10 years of experience as a Director of Not-For-Profit Organizations, as well as a background managing successful businesses.  Attention to detail, organizational skills and vision for big picture goal-oriented results, while harmonizing bureaucratic efficiencies, are the qualities which have driven my passion for this industry.   
It is my goal to develop ideas for new, commercially-viable markets for the use of UAV technology in Canada.  With a vast space to operate within, and the advent of new and improved technologies, the space is ripe to the introduction of new frontiers for EVLOS (extended visual line of sight) and BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight).  
As statistics on usage and incident rates become more readily available, the possibility exists to leverage current practices and safety protocols towards the development of new solutions and a supportive regulatory framework under which commercials operations can grow their businesses in Canada and abroad.    
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
As a Director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to assist is creating a seamless path of communication between the Membership, the Association and the Regulatory bodies (Transport Canada & Nav Canada).   As new programs and procedures are proposed, it is important that this information move smoothly to the stakeholders and commercial operators who are directly affected by said changes. 
Presently, there exists is a disconnect in the consistency and flow of information that is disseminated to the various parties.  I look forward to building productive, constructive and coherent dialogue, using appropriate channels, to ensure that information presented is accurate and flows seamlessly between all interest groups. 
It is my goal to increase the visibility of the Association, not only to its current membership, but also vis-a-vis its regulatory counterpart(s), leaving it in a better overall position long term.    
Robert Lefebvre
Robert Lefebvre has been involved in the UAS industry since 2010 when he became one of the lead developers of the Ardupilot open-source UAS hardware/software suite, specializing in the areas of safety, human-factors, VTOL/rotorcraft flight control and dynamics. For several years
Robert provided engineering consulting services for companies employing Ardupilot, which is the most widely used UAS flight control system in Canada and the world.
Robert has a B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. Before beginning his second career in the UAS industry, he worked in the automotive industry as a Product Development and Program Management Engineer for Ford Motor Company and Magna
After being part of the team which took the Adupilot flight control system to maturity he leveraged his previous experience to create NOVAerial Robotics Inc. and develop the Procyon  800E helicopter UAS platform. The most high-performance and reliable helicopter system
available in its class, employing radical engineering concepts and state of the art manufacturing techniques, it is changing perceptions of helicopter-type UAS in the industry. He has a passion
for the helicopter-type as it offers superior payload-per-footprint, speed, range and flight stability than multirotor-types.
As a member of the BOD of USC, I can bring a depth and breadth of technical knowledge which will be useful in discussions with Transport Canada regulators. I have a history of working with
open-source software and hardware, which means that to a large degree, I am unencumbered by concerns about intellectual property and commercial secrecy. This combines to allow open and
detailed discussion about how UAS technology works, as well as the hazards and risks of its deployment.
Furthermore, I communicate regularly with a large international group of other commercial and academic UAS technology development professionals, which gives me knowledge of regulations
and leading-edge technological developments in these communities worldwide.  Finally, as a long-time radio-control hobbyist, I can bring knowledge of the recreational industry to USC.
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
I hope to strengthen the voice of the commercial UAS technology development and vehicle manufacturing companies. I would like to increase communication between USC and Transport Canada, particularly in the areas of technological education and information interchange, with the goal of driving regulations development forward at an increased pace with a view to enabling the normalization of advanced UAS operations such as BVLOS flights.
While Canada may have once led the world in the development of regulations surrounding the use of UAS, I feel that in recent years Canada has fallen behind the pace of other industrialized nations. Also, due to the difficulties of legally testing new technologies in Canada, our
commercial industries have struggled to keep up with development occurring in other countries. I hope to work with other members of USC and Transport Canada to advance an agenda of returning Canada to a position of leadership in technological innovation and usage of UAS.
Lastly, the recreational usage of radio-control aircraft serves as the training ground for skilled commercial UAS operators, and it’s important to make a stronger link between the recreational community and commercial industry, and help ensure alignment between USC and MAAC.
Howie Murray
Mr. Murray has 22 years of experience in Canadian and international Aviation with a heavy emphasis on Rotarywing Maintenance.  He has held the position of Director of Maintenance for three different Canadian companies over the years, and was at the time of his first appointment, the youngest DOM in Canada to be approved to hold such a position.  His recent work with unmanned vehicles has been mostly in the background developing systems to enhance BVLOS capabilities for commercial aviation applications as well as development of a marine unmanned system for the Canadian Military.  Mr. Murray is currently completing his B.Sc. in Unmanned Systems with Embry Riddle Aviation University.
Mr. Murray brings a career dedicated to aviation safety through improved maintenance practices, a keen understanding of Transport Canada regulations and methodologies for achieving compliance within the Transport Canada regulatory structure, and a passion for technology and the future of unmanned systems.  
He hopes to achieve significant advancement in the regulation of BVLOS operations for commercial operators and maintaining the needs of recreational operators to have the freedom to operate safely. Mr. Murray hopes to advance the idea of commercial operators maintaining their platforms to a similar standard as other air operators with the obvious changes required for UAV platforms as a means to assure TC of a safe operating environment for commercial VLOS/BVLOS activities.
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
I hope to foster continued development of safety systems and regulations to allow BVLOS operations to achieve meaningful capabilities in the commercial sector at all levels as well as promotion of Commercial Aviation safety standards within the UAV Industry and the adoption of Commercial Aviation style maintenance programs.
Frédérique Pivot
Dr. Frédérique Pivot is a full-time assistant professor in Physical Geography and Remote Sensing in the Centre for Science, Faculty of Science and Technology of Athabasca University since 2006. She has a PhD in Physical Analysis of Geographical Environments, Natural Resources and Hazards from the Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France. Her thesis focused on using multisensory data, especially active and passive microwave remotely-sensed data, to retrieve snow cover characteristics and monitor their spatio-temporal variability in the boreal forest-tundra ecotone of northern Manitoba, Canada.

Since 2009, Dr. Pivot has been looking into multi-stage remote sensing approaches, using spaceborne and unmanned aerial imagery. Her research equipment in that area includes two fixed-wing UAVs, with good autonomy (6+ hours) and payload capability (up to 10 kg), and many smaller UAVs. Dr. Pivot’s UAV ongoing research projects and collaborations include the mapping of soil moisture, land covers, and tracking springtime snowmelt timing and spatial pattern in heterogeneous landscapes. Concurrently, Dr. Pivot is collaborating with scientists in Computing and Information Systems to develop mobile and virtual tools to incorporate fieldwork and excursions into online physical geography courses.
Dr. Pivot serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles since 2015. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Unmanned Systems Canada between 2014 and 2017. Even after her term expired, Dr. Pivot uninterruptedly chaired the USC Student Paper Competition, Mark Cuss Memorial Scholarship, and Awards Committee, and she is very keen to continue collaborating with the organization, no matter the outcome of the election.

Nevertheless, Dr. Pivot’s willingness to serve a second term on the Board goes beyond her commitment to the organization as a volunteer. Her position in higher education and environmental research, and her experience with the challenges and issues involved in the use of unmanned systems make Dr. Pivot a candidate fit to serve on the Board as a representative for the academic community and a mean to increase academic membership and partnership.

Furthermore, as a female academic, Dr. Pivot is particularly sensitive to the under-representation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields as well as on Canadian Boards. Naturally, she feels she should do all she can to help advance and retain women in STEM, including in the field of unmanned systems, while in the same time making Unmanned Systems Canada one proud organization as it reaches, or even better, exceeds the national goal of 30% women on boards by 2019. 

Philip Reece​
Reece has a strong aviation background initially from being the CEO and Accountable Executive of a passenger seaplane operations with 5 aircraft flying 16 flights a day for 11 years in Vancouver, BC. The last 5 years have been spent developing InDro Robotics Inc. and building a team of engineers and aviators that have developed UAS as manufacturers and integrators from the R&D stage through to operational flights in complex airspace internationally, including BVLOS flights within Canada and abroad.
Working closely on BVLOS flights, initially with first responders and now industry, has allowed many opportunities to provide input to TC including participation on numerous trials for new permissions and testing of advanced equipment and operations, including being the technical lead on the Canada Post long range BVLOS program.
Reece is a hands-on trainer with experience in developing courses for online, classroom and field work, actively promoting sharing and growth of knowledge base across the industry.
With interests expanding from the UAS into computer vision and machine learning Reece see the fusion of technologies rapidly pushing the industry into exciting growth.
With an overall understanding of general aviation and a proven track record in startups, I would look to bring a level of enthusiasm and understanding to the continued development of USC as we work with TC to introduce the new regulations and build a roadmap for the industry to continue towards safe BVLOS and complex operations.
Having worked on compliant aircraft and successfully becoming a compliant operator I would look to share these learnings with the industry and expand safe operations across relevant sectors.  
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
By committing time and effort to working with the USC team, I am confident positive impacts can be made on many fronts including:
• Building on the involvement USC has with expanding user groups including; first responders, energy sectors, and Oil and Gas.
• Promote and expand on the work done by USC to develop a clear responsive regulatory framework.
• Increasing the public and user’s understanding of UAV, their beneficial uses, best practices, standards, and rules surrounding them.
• Increase USC involvement in industry and academic trials, opportunities, and events in Canada and the USA. Including identifying funding opportunities.
Calvin Reich
Calvin Reich has been involved in aviation since 1992. After always dreaming of being a pilot, he decided to get his private pilots license and then went on to complete his commercial license as well as his float, multi engine and IFR ratings. He has worked with companies such as Harbour Air Seaplanes, Alta flights Ltd. and Okanagan Skydive. He has also studied business at Okanagan University College and Simon Fraser University.
Calvin has been with CapriCMW Insurance for the past 17 years and has been involved in the Aviation and UAV insurance field for much of this time. Calvin has been a member of Unmanned System Canada and has been involved as a presenter in 2014 and again in 2015. He has also been very active in, and moderating a number of UAV discussion groups with respect to UAVs the SFOC process and the Exemption Rules for both recreational operators and non-recreational alike.  Calvin has also been involved in BVLOS round table discussions as well as discussions with Transport Canada with respect to changes to regulations. Calvin spends a fair bit of time and effort educating operators with respect to what is involved to operate in the UAV industry. 
Calvin’s Industry knowledge, connections and experience gained over the past 3 years as a Unmanned Systems Board member are assets as the industry and the association move forward.  Calvin’s commitment to seeing the industry move in a positive way is a driving factor for his involvement in Unmanned Systems Canada. Not only is Calvin involved with Unmanned Systems, but he has also been involved numerous public education sessions including presentations at Okanagan College, and presentations with the Kelowna Flying Club, presentations to industry and municipal groups with respect to RPAS operations.   Calvin has also been involved in providing insight to a number of schools with respect to the industry. Calvin’s Commitment and dedication will be assets moving forward.
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
After serving 3 years on the Board of directors of Unmanned Systems Canada, there is still much that needs to be done.  The association is moving forward in a positive way and it is important that many of the initiatives that have been started, carry on.  Calvin looks forward to carrying on with bringing his knowledge and experience from the past 3 years as Board Member to help the organization to continue to move forward.  Over the next 3 years Calvin is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that will drive this industry to the next level. BVLOS is starting to take flight and Calvin looks forward to the next chapter in the RPAS sector.  
Not only is Calvin looking forward to the next chapter, but there is still plenty of work to be done in the VLOS sector.  Education is still a key aspect as the industry is still developing and there are constantly new people entering the sector and starting at ground zero.  Calvin’s goal is to continue to push for a sustainable industry for both BVLOS as well as VLOS operators.
Anne-Sophie Riopel-Bouvier
Co-founder and board member at EXO Tactik Air Support, a UAV operation company specializing in municipal and
public safety operations, Anne-Sophie Riopel-Bouvier draws on her years of experience as a Canadian Forces glider instructor to lead the organization’s air operations. Having graduated from the RCAF’s flight safety course in 2012, she has been a flight safety officer with the Air Cadet Gliding Program since 2012. Simultaneously, she
obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from HEC Montréal. Her mission at EXO Tactik is to create robust, yet efficient, operating procedures ready for real-world implementation. Often performing complex, sometimes unique, missions, the organization is currently working on the certification of standard procedures to
provide emergency services with prompt air support. Miss Riopel-Bouvier was involved with the current Canadian Aviation Regulations’ revision through a set of recommendations for Transport Canada and providing a testimony for the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructures and Communities of the House of Commons.
Currently in a state of exponential growth, the UAV industry is at a critical turning point: it must develop standard procedures and a robust safety culture, while ensuring it remains adaptable to innovation and customer needs.
Through involvement in civil and military aviation operations, and as Vice President of Air Operations for EXO Tactik, I’ve been exposed to countless different methods and practices to ensure safety, reliability and
standardization of flight operations. Working with Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to apply this experience to develop lasting structures and systems for UAV operations. The scope of my operational and management experience enables me to identify directions for improvement and implement realistic, efficient and adaptable
measures to meet the industry’s needs. Concretely, I hope to increase the safety standards of the Canadian UAV industry by increasing communication between the industry actors, facilitating the communication of operational experience and creating platforms for the constructive discussion of lessons.
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to contribute to the Canadian leadership on the international UAV scene by being an active member of the team which compels the industry to attain new standards of excellence every year.
Over the last year, I have been working with key players in the industry to create a national flight safety program that would empower each operator to strengthen their safety culture and record, leading to a better efficiency in their operation. The aim of the program is also to promote and facilitate communication between the members of the association to create a common knowledge base that would contribute in the growth of a strong industry.
I thus hope, as a board director, to get this program on track, and to work with the other directors to create a synergy with the other ongoing projects that will create even more benefits for the members.
Mozhdeh Shahbazi
As part of the USC board, I would dedicate myself to working hard with other Canadian RPAS operators to advance safe BVLOS flight in this industry, while simultaneously advancing our case with Transport Canada and other interested parties/regulators.
My international work experience and education in engineering, GIS, UAS and academia has provided me with the opportunity to establish a vast international UAS network and relevant national and international academics and practitioners. The combination of my vast background enabled me to have become an active contributor to the body of research and innovation on unmanned systems technologies in global network. My innovative scientific approach in regards to disruptive technologies and pragmatic managerial and business attitude enables me to forecast, plan, and implement new programs and projects. My credo is ‘The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts’, meaning I am a strong integrator and collaborator, with students from SAIT to top scientist at NASA. 
I would like to achieve if I had the privilege to represent the USC over the next term is to broaden the collaboration and network with experts from the US and Europe, mainly Switzerland who is cutting edge in the field of UAS. I aim also to promote UAS among young people to ensure the next generation has a broad scientific understanding but will also be capable to deal with complex social and ethical questions that need to be addressed to further the development of UAS.
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
·       Hone USC’s mission “To represent the interests of Canada’s unmanned vehicle systems community of industry, academia, government, military, and other interested persons at home and abroad. 
·       Build on my international management, applied technical, research and academic experiences and international network of experts to leverage USC’s mission and outreach.
·       Strengthen USC’s position and assist the organization remain a strong connecting hub for academia and business, government and organizations to foster innovation and collaboration
·       Create new national and international business and research opportunities for members of USC
·       Foster education and training of UAS ensuring a new generation of insightful researchers, teachers, officials and entrepreneurs
·       Advocate and collaborate with government officials and regulators ensuring thoughtful regulations and processes that foster innovative applications 
Ken Whitehead
Dr. Ken Whitehead is currently the Research Associate with the Centre for Innovation and Research into Unmanned Systems (CIRUS) at SAIT, where he is responsible for coordinating joint UAV research initiatives with industry. He is a UAV mapping and applications specialist, and a former postdoctoral researcher at the University of Calgary, where he studied the potential uses of UAVs for environmental monitoring. Over the course of his career he has worked as a land surveyor, photogrammetrist, remote sensing and GIS specialist, remote sensing instructor, and as an independent mapping consultant. During the course of his PhD, he carried out research in the Canadian Arctic, and pioneered the use of UAVs for glaciological surveys. Ken has lead authored a number of peer-reviewed journal articles on UAV applications, the current state of the UAV industry in Canada, and on the application of accuracy standards for UAV surveys.
Attributes I  bring to the Unmanned Systems Canada Board include:
·     Wide ranging experience within the multiple areas of the geomatics industry
·     Knowledge of traditional data collection technologies, and how unmanned technology complements, rather than replaces, these methods.
·     Involvement in both pure scientific and applied research.
·     Background in photogrammetry and remote sensing.
·     Being in a unique position at the intersection of research, academia, and industry puts me in the position where I can help to build consensus across multiple sectors. 
As a board director for Unmanned Systems Canada, I hope to:
I would like to use my position on the board to develop the linkages between applied research, education, and industry. As the Research Associate with the Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), I believe I am well placed to do this.
As an applications specialist, I tend to view the bigger picture, and look at how unmanned systems can be used in multiple different situations, rather than simply as a cool new technology.
I believe my position in CIRUS provides access to all sectors of the growing Unmanned Systems sector in western Canada and allows me to effectively represent these interests.