Leadership & Accountability   

The Nanaimo Airport Commission was established to ensure excellent leadership and accountability at all levels in the smooth running of Nanaimo Airport.

Mission: To provide a safe, efficient and financially viable airport, offering excellent services and value to all users while fostering economic development.

Vision: The Nanaimo Airport will be a safe, reliable, air services gateway effectively meeting customer’s needs.

Board of Directors

The Nanaimo Airport Commission (NAC) was incorporated in August of 1990 as a not-for profit authority under the Canada Corporations Act – Part II. In April of 1992 the Commission assumed management and operation of the Nanaimo Airport under a 30 year lease from the Federal Ministry of Transport. In December of 1996 the Commission was granted fee simple title to the Nanaimo Airport lands through the National Airports Policy transfer initiative.

The Airport Commission is governed by a Board of Directors who are responsible for its corporate mandate, overall function of the Airport, and the strategic direction for airport developments.

The current Board is comprised of nine Directors. Five members of these nine are nominated by entities and appointed by the Board: City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, The Town of Ladysmith, CVRD and RDN. The remaining four Directors have been appointed by the Board to represent the Communities at Large.

Wendy Clifford, Chair

Wendy has been a member of the Nanaimo Airport Board of Directors since 2013. She was appointed by the Board to represent the Communities at Large. Wendy is a partner in the law firm Heath Law LLP where she enjoys a busy and diverse practice. She is a current member of the Law Society of  British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association. Previous board involvement includes serving as a director and Vice-President of the Port Theatre Society. Wendy’s experience in the areas of commercial and real property law, together with her general legal knowledge and business background are valuable assets to the NAC.

David Witty, Vice-Chair

David  joined the Nanaimo Airport Commission Board of Directors in April 2015. He was nominated to the Board by the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce. David, the former Provost at Vancouver Island University, has a strong background in urban planning and design. He’s been part of planning work for four BC airports, including Vancouver’s and brings to the NAC extensive planning knowledge.

Alex Stuart, Secretary

Alex joined the Nanaimo Airport Commission Board of Directors in April 2015. He was nominated to the Board by the Town of Ladysmith. Alex brings a wealth of talents, including a background in technology, environmental management and local government. His experiences are valuable assets to the NAC.

Lucie Gosselin, Past Chair

Lucie has been a member of the Nanaimo Airport Commission Board of Directors since 2010 and currently holds the position of Chair. Lucie is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Consultant and is a former partner in the firm of Meyers Norris Penny, LLP; she has held various board positions over the years including Chair and Vice Chair of crown corporations in both Manitoba and BC. Her strong analytical skills and a broad experience in performance improvement, general management and strategic planning have been valuable to the NAC.

Mike Brown, Director

Mike is a new member of the Nanaimo Airport Commission Board of Directors.  He serves as a member at large on the Board. Mike has practiced law in Alberta and BC for many years and has extensive experience in business and commercial matters.  Mike grew up in an aviation background and has had a strong interest in aviation throughout his life.

Ray Gauthier, Director

Ray has been a member of the Nanaimo Airport Commission Board of Directors since 2012. He was appointed by the Board to represent the Communities at Large. He is the CEO of Coast Salish Development  Corporation, the Stz’uminus First Nation’s economic development agency and has a vast knowledge of bringing change to First Nation communities. Ray also has a strong background in land development and finance.  He contributes his strategic planning, business development and change management skills to NAC.

Coleen Johel, Director

Colleen is a lifelong resident of the Cowichan Valley and the nominee of the Cowichan Valley Regional District who joined the Board in 2017. Colleen is the Managing Partner of the law firm Ridgway & Company in Duncan, B.C. where she practices corporate and commercial law along with real estate development and wills and estates. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and has served as the Cowichan Valley Bar Association President and as the President of the Nanaimo County Bar Association. Colleen has also served on the Board of Directors of the Island Savings Credit Union for 13 years in many positions, including as Chair and Vice chair. Her past experience and knowledge will be an asset in serving on the Nanaimo Airport Board of Directors.

Mike Kandert, Director

Mike has been a member of the Nanaimo Airport Commission Board of Directors since 2012. He was nominated to the Board by the City of Nanaimo. Mike brings 30+ years of international aviation experience in strategic management, business development, change management, and infrastructure renewal involving demanding, diverse and rapidly changing operating and economic environments. He also has a background in aviation training and was an instructor for the global ACI/ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program. Mike is currently involved, as a volunteer, with a number of community support organizations.

Board of Directors at a glance

RepresentativeTitleNominating EntityTermExpiry
Wendy CliffordChairCommunity at Large3 yrs2021
David WittyVice Chair Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce3 yrs2021
Alex StuartBoard SecretaryTown of Ladysmith3 yrs2021
Lucie GosselinPast ChairCommunity at Large3 yrs2018
Mike BrownDirectorCommunity at large3 yrs2021
Ray GauthierDirectorCommunity at large1 yrs2019
Colleen JohelDirectorCowichan Valley Regional District3 yrs2020
Mike KandertDirectorCity of Nanaimo1 yrs2020
Director3 yrs2020