Meet the new West Wind CEO, Michael Rodyniuk
Last fall, West Wind announced the appointment of a new CEO, Michael Rodyniuk, who began with the company on September 10. Michael replaced interim CEO, Pat Campling. Michael brings a wealth of experience to the company, with over 30 years of aviation management experience spanning the globe. Over the past three years, Michael has held the position of President and CEO of Wasaya Group Inc., a similar company to West Wind Aviation, who’s principle business is an airline serving First Nations’ communities in Northwestern Ontario. During his time there, Wasaya restructured its operations, eliminated what was once a crippling debt, and was recapitalized through a debt and equity transaction.
“I am excited to be joining West Wind Aviation as its CEO,” said Michael. “We’re building a strong team and company here in Saskatchewan. I commend the work Pat, and the entire West Wind group of companies’ team accomplished making changes while providing a safe airline with excellent service for its customers. I am committed to safety and service. Our customers can expect us to continue to work hard making continuous improvements coupled with the safest and best possible travel experience.”
Michael’s leadership experience includes serving legacy airlines (Air Canada, American Airlines, Swissair, United Airlines), low cost (WestJet, Air Canada’s ZIP), regional airlines (Exchange Income Corporation’s Bearskin Airlines, Calm Air, Custom Helicopter, Keewatin Air, Perimeter Aviation), Hawaii Island Air and Wasaya Airways. He has experience in aviation finance and leasing through his participation with Willis Lease Finance Corporation. He has successfully restructured many airlines over the last decade.
Michael’s track record includes a strong dedication to safety. “My thoughts and prayers are with those who were effected by the crash that took place in Fond du Lac in 2017,” he says, “Since then, a lot of work has been done and we continue to make positive changes, including providing a culture of safety first within the airline and a focus on excellent service for our customers. We remain committed to taking every step possible to provide safe, reliable air transportation services to the communities we serve.”
Michael currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of West Canitest R&D Inc. (WestCaRD), an initiative of the General Electric Company, the Government of Canada and Standard Aero focused on research and development of aviation turbine engines. Michael holds an MBA from the University of Manitoba and is accredited by two United Nations agencies; Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as an International Airport Professional (IAP). Michael also recently received ICD.D from Institute of Corporate Directors.
Michael’s first task as CEO was to travel to the Athabasca communities. “It was a pleasure to visit the Athabasca and meet people in the communities,” said Michael, “The scenery in the North is stunning and the people warm and welcoming. I look forward to working with the Athabasca communities and getting to know everyone as we work together to provide service for the north.”
Michael and his wife Karalee bought a home in Saskatoon. They have two adult children, Tyler, also a trailblazer in Transportation management and Micaylee, a classically trained professional Jazz vocalist. Their family is rounded out with Wynnie, a 1 ½ year old Welsh Terrier with boundless energy for lots of walks along the South Saskatchewan river.