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Our Team

LCAS

Adrienne Wilson

Senior Administrator

Adrienne has been with LCAS since moving to Muskoka in 1991 in the capacity of office manager in charge of accounting, payroll, office administration and company inquiries.  She has over 40 years’ experience in bookkeeping and office administration duties.  When at home, she enjoys gardening and crafts.

Bob Cowie

Fixed Wing Lead M2 Division

Bob has been with LCAS since 2012 and offers 10 years of diverse field experience to the LCAS production floor.

Brad Fletcher

Procurement and Part Sales Manager

Brad is skilled at locating odd and unusual things. He started in the LCAS Parts Department in 2002 and was formerly a maintenance engineer for both rotary and fixed wing aircraft. He rides his bike to work – a 20 km round trip – as late in the year as the weather allows. He plays the guitar, and goes fishing, canoeing, and snowshoeing.

Brian Cameron

Facility Maintenance Lead

Brian joined LCAS in 2006. He looks after all our maintenance needs as well as picking up and delivery of parts. When not working, he and his wife enjoy their time together.

 


Chris Gibbs

Welding Lead

Chris joined the LCAS team in 2016 bringing 30 years of welding experience with over 10 years in the specialty skilled TIG process, mainly in the Aviation Industry. Chris enjoys hockey, curling as well as volunteering as a special Olympics coach.

Dave Smart

Product Finishing Lead

Dave joined the LCAS team in 2014. After 30 years as a Production Supervisor with Michelin Tire Company, he brings to LCAS the work ethic of safety, quality and productivity and the manufacturing experience. In 1969 Dave received his pilots license courtesy of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and had hoped then to work in the Aircraft Industry. After more than 45 years, he is now living his dream. On his off time, he enjoys spending time with his wife at the cottage where he has constructed an aircraft hanger for his Challenger Float Plane.

Derek Bush

Mechanical Engineer (EIT) & CAD Specialist

Derek joined the LCAS team for a brief period in 2014 and returned in 2016. Derek holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick . In his free time he enjoys reading, martial arts and playing sports.

Derick McGee

Director of Engineering

Derick joined the LCAS team in 2007 as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Apprentice and completed his license in 2011. Since then, he has expanded his AME knowledge and applied his skills to Technical Writing. As the LCAS Director of Engineering, he provides a strong foundation for our Aviation Certification requirements. He is a dedicated family man and is especially proud of his “….smart, funny, loveable daughter.” In the summer he enjoys mountain biking; in the winter, snowboarding.


Elton Townsend

Founder

After a 5 year term in the RCAF, Elton started his own aviation business in 1964 at the Orangeville Airport.  In September of 1975 he relocated the business to Muskoka where it continued to grow over the years into a world class maintenance and manufacturing facility. Elton is widely recognized as a Canadian aviation leader with deep experience in the amphibian and airborne geophysical survey markets.

Evan Hodgson

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Apprentice M1 M2

Evan began spending his summers at LCAS in 2009 at the age of 16 and has developed a true passion for aviation. He graduated from the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Program at Canadore College in 2012. When he’s not at work, he enjoys restoring vintage snowmobiles and motorcycles, or spending time boating, wakeboarding and mountain biking.

Jim Hodgson

Chief Operations Officer

With 34 years of dedicated, multi-faceted aviation experience at LCAS, Jim continues to provide experienced leadership to the LCAS staff. His passion for all things aviation shines through in his countless accomplishments. There is no project too small or too complex – from concept to completion, Jim provides the desired results. During his down time, Jim’s number one priority is spending time with his family.

Ken Hillman

Machining Production Lead

Ken has been a Machinist since 1999 and joined LCAS since 2011. He also holds a diploma in Marketing and is a Small Engine Mechanic. He enjoys living in Muskoka and all it has to offer, spending a great deal of his off time hunting, fishing, camping and enjoying the outdoors with his family.


Kirk Creelman

Director of Composite Design

Kirk has aviation in his blood and has been designing and building composite aircraft since he was 16 years old.   At age 25 he obtained a private pilots license and now, with 40 years of design experience in the field, brings a strong knowledge of composite construction methods, CAD Modelling and aerodynamic flow analysis to the team.   Kirk began working with us in 1995 had has been designing and fabricating many of the unique” non-metallic” survey solutions that are available only at LCAS.

Kirk has three grown children and is still married to his wife Anne after 32 years of aviation togetherness.   In his spare time he enjoys designing his own composite aircraft, brewing beer, barbequing and beekeeping.

Kyle Corbin

Aeronautical Engineer (EIT) & Certification Specialist

Joining the LCAS team in 2013, Kyle has successfully applied his engineering skills to multiple LCAS projects. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with distinction in Aerospace but he is not stopping there. Kyle is continuing his education on line and is presently enrolled in a B. Sc. Applied Mathematics program. His hobbies include cross country glider flying and motorcycling.

Mike Glass

Director of Machining

Mike G. joined the LCAS team in 2008, and offers 38 years of diverse experience to the production floor. He enjoys the Muskoka life including hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.

Mike Pattison

Machinist- Prototyping Lead

Mike P. has been a machinist since 1982 and joined LCAS in 2012. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, boating and kayaking.


Phillip Lewkoski

Director of Maintenance & Manufacturing

Phillip brings 35 years of experience to the LCAS production floor. He served in the Royal Canadian Airforce for 23 years and enjoys curling and all that the great outdoors has to offer.

Rick Patton

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer & Avionics Lead

Rick has been an AME since 1993 and joined LCAS in 1997. His avionics installations have often been referred to as works of art. Rick is meticulous and strives for perfection with every installation. He is a dedicated family man who enjoys boating and warm beaches.

Rob Ludlow

Sheet Metal Structures & Composite Lead

Rob graduated from the Aircraft Structures Repair Program at Canadore college in 1999 and immediately began perfecting his craft with LCAS. Rob also holds an honors BA from Nipissing University in Environmental Geography. During Rob’s down time he is a dedicated Lacrosse Coach, winning Gold in the Provincial Championships Pee Wee Box Lacrosse (2013) and a Silver in the Provincial Championships Girls Intermediate Box Lacrosse (2015).

Simon Vinger

Senior Account Manager

Simon comes to LCAS with 16 years of experience in sales, marketing and non-profit fundraising.  After living and working in Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Los Angeles, California; Simon returned to Canada and has embraced the Canadian way of life by coaching youth hockey and baseball.


Sruli Weinreb

President & CEO

Sruli Weinreb is the Chief Executive Officer of LCAS. In addition, Mr. Weinreb is the founder and managing partner of Plaza Capital Inc. Plaza Capital supports many North American early stage growth companies with strategic debt placements and equity investments.

Sruli is an active member of the Toronto Community where he lives with his wife and four children.

Steve Hanna

Director of Drafting & 3D Modeling

Steve holds a diploma from Conestoga College in Mechanical Engineering-Robotics and Automation. With 21 years’ experience, Steve continues to follow his passions in his off time, developing UAV/Drone Technology, 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping. During his true down time, Steve also enjoys collecting and restoring 1960s muscle cars.

Ted Dirstein

Sales Manager

Ted started with us in 1996 as chief pilot and sales manager.  He has a long history in General Aviation with sales, flight testing and flight operations. On his off time his interests are dirt bike racing, boating, snowmobiling and motor sports.

 

Trish Hackenbrook

Document Control Coordinator

Trish joined LCAS in 2006. Her keen eye and attention to detail ensure that every document and drawing contains the correct information.  When she is not at work, Trish enjoys the outdoors and what Muskoka has to offer, camping, fishing, baseball or just spending time with family.


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