Administration & Staff

An experienced team oversees the management and operation of Nanaimo Airport (YCD).


Dave Devana, President / CEO

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.

Keith Granbois, Vice President Finance, CFO

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.

Don Goulard, Vice President, Operations and Regulatory Affairs

Don Goulard brings a wealth of aviation and business experience to the Nanaimo Airport.  He holds an Honours degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Certified Member of the International Association of Airport Executives.  While earning his Commercial Pilot Licence, he apprenticed as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and went on to serve as the Production Manager at an Approved Maintenance Organization in Ontario.  He was an Airport Manager in the Kootenay’s prior to joining the Nanaimo Airport in 2016.


Administration: (250) 245-2157

Justine LyverFinancial Controller
Naomi ThomasExecutive Assistant
Christania ChantymanAccounting Assistant/Payroll Administrator


Brandon Wiebe, Senior Manager of Operations


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.

Safety & Security: (250) 755-5791

Doug FernSuperintendent, Safety & Security
Clint BabcockAssistant Superintendent, Safety & Security

Duty Managers: (250) 618-7713

Owen BurtDuty Manager
Daren KrivosheinDuty Manager

Operations Administration: (250) 245-2157

Megan LowOperations Administrator

Airport Operations: (250) 618-0875

Jackson HewerAOS-Electrician
Jarrod EdwardsAOS-Mechanic
Gord MedvesAirport Operations Specialist
Kent LornsonAirport Operations Specialist
Jason BenedictAirport Operations Specialist
Joshua TaylorAirport Operations Specialist
Aaron PageAirport Operations Specialist
Kevin NeedhamAirport Operations Specialist
Marc GregoireAirport Operations Specialist
Benn CalverleyAirport Operations Specialist
Jason GranlundAirport Operations Specialist
Kyle EvansAirport Operations Specialist
Derrick KunstmannAirport Operations Specialist
Kyle RainoneAirport Operations Specialist


Laurie Hawthornthwaite, Airport Terminal and Customer Care Manager 
Contact by phone: 250-924-2157, ext.1210 


Laurie Hawthornthwaite joined the Nanaimo Airport Team in Jan 2012 as the Customer Service Coordinator. She brings extensive experience in the administration/ 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. With close to 9 years of Airport terminal knowledge. November 2, 2020, Laurie took over the role of the Airport Terminal and Customer Care Manager.

Customer Care: (250) 924-2157 ext.1200

Savanah BroatchCustomer Care and Social Media Specialist
Nick CreightonCustomer Care and Social Media Specialist
Zoë DeneaultCustomer Care and Social Media Specialist