Management & Staff

An experienced team oversees the management and operation of YCD.
  • Headshot of Dave Devana

    Dave Devana

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Dave Devana is a CPA, Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of senior management experience as a Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer within municipal government prior to being appointed as President and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport. Dave is well known amongst his peers as an innovator with a focus on environmental stewardship and economic development. Dave lives in North Nanaimo with his wife and is looking forward to providing exceptional service to our partners and customers at the Nanaimo Airport Commission.

  • Headshot of Keith Granbois

    Keith Granbois

    Chief Financial Officer & VP of Business Development

    Keith Granbois is designated both as a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He has a wide range of experience and knowledge in both accounting and business. Keith was born and grew up in the Cowichan Valley, where he still resides. During his youth, he was a member of the Cowichan Air Cadets and participated in their gliding program at Nanaimo Airport.
    Justine Lyver Financial Controller
    Naomi Thomas Executive Assistant
    Christania Chantyman Accounting Assistant/Payroll Administrator
  • Vice President Don Goulard

    Don Goulard

    Vice President, Operations and Regulatory Affairs

    Don Goulard brings a wealth of aviation and business experience to the Nanaimo Airport. He is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) with the International Association of Airport Executives, he holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Vancouver Island University, and has an honours degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. While earning his Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), he apprenticed as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and went on to serve as the Production Manager at an Approved Maintenance Organization. He was an Airport Manager in the Kootenay’s prior to joining the Nanaimo Airport in 2016. Don currently serves on several provincial, national, and international airport operations and environmental committees.
    Megan Low Operations Administrator
  • Operations Manager Brandon Wiebe

    Brandon Wiebe

    Senior Manager of Operations

    Contact by phone: 250-245-2157, ext. 1400

    Brandon Wiebe joined the Nanaimo Airport Commission team in 2017 and is the Manager of Operations. He was born and raised in Northwest BC. He loves the BC outdoors and is looking forward to the mild winters of Vancouver Island.

    He started his airport career back in 2007 as an apprentice electrician and enjoys the flexibility and how diverse the airport world is. Things are always changing with new technologies and regulations.

    Doug Fern Superintendent, Safety & Security
    Clint Babcock Superintendent, Safety & Security
    Nick Creighton Assistant Superintendent, Safety & Security
    Owen Burt Duty Manager
    Jackson Hewer AOS – Electrician
    Jarrod Edwards AOS – Mechanic
    Gord Medves Airport Operations Specialist
    Jason Benedict Airport Operations Specialist
    Joshua Taylor Airport Operations Specialist
    Aaron Page Airport Operations Specialist
    Kevin Needham Airport Operations Specialist
    Marc Gregoire Airport Operations Specialist
    Jason Granlund Airport Operations Specialist
    Kyle Evans Airport Operations Specialist
    Derrick Kunstmann Airport Operations Specialist
    Kyle Rainone Airport Operations Specialist
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    Laurie Hawthornthwaite

    Airport Terminal and Customer Care Manager

    Contact by phone: 250-924-6165

    Laurie Hawthornthwaite joined the Nanaimo Airport Team in Jan 2012 as the Customer Service Coordinator. She brings extensive experience in the customer service field. Laurie has developed and is director of the Blue Navigator Ambassador Program for the Airport Terminal and supervises the Customer Service Representatives and Social Media Coordinator. In November 2020, Laurie took on the role of the Airport Terminal and Customer Care Manager.
    Savanah Broatch Customer Care and Social Media Specialist
    Colton Coppens Customer Care and Social Media Specialist
    Tom Hajduk Customer Care and Social Media Specialist