Blackcomb Aviation Appoints President & Chief Operating Officer

Blackcomb Aviation Appoints President & Chief Operating Officer 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/29/13 -- Jason
McLean, Chairman of Blackcomb Aviation and President & CEO of the
McLean Group, has named Jonathan Burke President & Chief Operating
Officer of Blackcomb Aviation. This appointment follows a 6 month
executive search in Canada, the United States, and Europe. "In a
field of exceptionally qualified executive talent," said McLean,
"Jonathan Burke was a clear standout. He brings the right mix of
leadership and business experience to help us take Blackcomb Aviation
to an international level without losing sight of our roots and
values. We are delighted to be working with him."  
Jonathan Burke is a commercial helicopter pilot with an Airline
Transport Pilot rating. From 1989 to 1998 he worked extensively in
British Columbia, the Yukon, and Mexico for aviation organizations
active in logging, mining, construction, tourism, and general
charters. His aviation positions included Captain for Helifor
Industries, Chief Pilot for Southern Mountain Helicopters, contract
pilot for Tundra Helicopters Mexico, and co-owner/operator of Yukon
Airways. Mr. Burke has an MBA from Athabasca University with
post-graduate studies in executive management at the University of
Pennsylvania's Wharton School and at Stanford University's Graduate
School of Business.  
Jonathan Burke comes to Blackcomb Aviation from Westport Innovations
Inc. where he served as Vice President of Global Market Development.
Prior to Westport, he held executive positions in private and public
biotechnology companies including MIGENIX Inc. and Biomax
Technologies. Jonathan Burke is a Director of the BC Innovation
Council, and a former Director of the California Natural Gas Vehicle
Coalition, CALSTART, NGV Global, the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle
Alliance, and the Canadian Investor Relations Institute BC Chapter.  
"Blackcomb Aviation has a well established reputation as a leader in
the industry with a dedication to safety and exceptional service that
is a hallmark of the company's culture," said Burke. "I very much
look forward to working with Blackcomb Aviation's customers,
partners, and dedicated team to set a course for the future."  
(www.blackcombav provides helicopters, private jets, and
aircraft management services to industries and private citizens in
Canada and the United States. Headquartered in Vancouver, the company
operates 18 helicopters and 8 fixed wing aircraft out of bases in
Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Lillooet, Bridge River
Valley, Sechelt, and Victoria. The company operates in the United
States under Blackcomb Aviation USA in Arizona. Services include
hydro/utility work, firefighting, filming, private jets, emergency
services, construction, mining, and tourism. Blackcomb Aviation is
co-owned by John Morris, founder of Omega Air Corporation, and by the
McLean family of the Vancouver-based McLean Group
( who own and operate Vancouver Film Studios.
Blackcomb Aviation
Tricia Finn
Director of Communications
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