Air Inuit’s new cargo facility in Kuujjuaq

23 September 2022

From Canadian North

Our Executive Chairman, Johnny Adams and President and CEO, Michael Rodyniuk recently attended the opening of Air Inuit’s new cargo facility in Kuujjuaq this week. Air Inuit’s new facility will bring many benefits to the community and to Nunavik as a whole.

Congratulations to our sister company, Air Inuit on this important day.

Canadian North Update on Fuel Shortage and Inclement Weather Impacting High Arctic Services

30 August 2022 – Canadian North Twitter & Facebook

The fuel shortage and inclement weather conditions affecting High Arctic airports have caused significant disruptions to our operations, though our team has been working with the fuel available to us to move as many passengers and as much freight as possible. While recognizing the challenges this is causing our customers, we are doing everything to keep our operations moving safely.

As the situation continues to change, we are beginning to increase the number of passengers we are able to transport onboard. With current weather disruptions affecting the High Arctic, we have planned as many flights as we can and incorporated fuel stops that allow us to maximize payload. We continue to assess the demand for additional flight and our Operations Control Centre will look for possibilities to add flights to Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay and Resolute Bay.

Though we are continuing to move as much freight as possible, should unsafe weather conditions continue to affect cargo operations we will plan backup destinations for freight in the meantime. As the ability to regain fuel is integral to both cargo and passengers operations, we continue to keep in contact with Petroleum Products Division of the Government of Nunavut.

As a result of these impacts on our service, our Customer Contact Centre has been experiencing higher than average call volume. We encourage you o book or manage your bookings online using our website. https://canadiannorth.com. Otherwise, for inquiries that are not urgent which cannot be managed on our website and do not include booking over the phone, you may send us an email at contact@canadiannorth.com with your requests.

More in the tweet below…

We would like to thank our passengers and customers for your patience and understanding during this situation while we work to return to regular operations.

Canadian North

Canadian North announces changes in Executive team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 18, 2022, Ottawa, ON – Michael Rodyniuk, President and Chief Executive Officer, with the support of Canadian North’s Board of Directors are sharing the following changes to the Executive Team of the organization.

Shelly De Caria has accepted a newly created position of Associate Vice President, Sales within the Executive Leadership Team.  Reporting to the Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Distribution, as well as to the Executive Chairman and President & CEO, she will continue to bring her valued experience with our customers, communities and company to this position.  Mrs. De Caria has been with the organization since 2013 holding progressively senior roles in the areas of sales and community relations. After attending Concordia University in Montreal, Mrs. De Caria was a key staff member at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) in Ottawa prior to joining First Air. 

Nick (JB) Purich joins as Chief Financial Officer. Most recently from the Saskatoon Airport Authority, Mr. Purich served as Vice President, Corporate Administration and Chief Financial Officer. He has held previous positions as VP Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Wasaya Airways and before Wasaya, served in a leadership role at Ernst & Young. He is a graduate of the Edwards School of Business and holds a Master’s degree in accounting from the University of Saskatchewan. Mr. Purich holds his CPA, CA designations.

James (Jim) Ballingall will join the organization as Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Distribution. Mr. Ballingall previously contributed at First Air, one of the originating entities of Canadian North. Mr. Ballingall has over 30 years of experience in aviation including Senior Sales Management functions at Air Canada before joining First Air and most recently Vice President, Sales, Distribution and Marketing at Wasaya Airways.

Along with these changes, Andrew Pope (Vice President, Customer & Commercial) and Shannon Montpellier (Vice President, Finance) have left the organization effective Wednesday, August 17, 2022. Our Board of Directors and the organization at large thank Mr. Pope and Ms. Montpellier for their service and contributions to Canadian North and wish them well in the next stages of their careers.

All other Executives will remain in their current positions.

“These changes improve the support for our company and the people we serve, enhancing our ability to execute on our business plan and deliver on the commitments we have made to our employees, customers, and ownership groups.” said Michael Rodyniuk, President and CEO of Canadian North.

“As a Board, we are supportive of the changes that are being announced today. We know that improvement is needed and that these changes are an important step towards that.” said Johnny Adams. Executive Chairman of Canadian North.

About Canadian North:

Canadian North is a 100% Inuit-owned airline that connects people and delivers essential goods throughout Canada’s North – safely, reliably and always with friendly and caring customer service. Canadian North Airlines services 25 communities within Nunavut, Nunavik and the Northwest Territories, as well as Ottawa, Montréal and Edmonton, with a versatile fleet of Boeing 737 and ATR 42 aircraft. Canadian North is also the premier charter services provider for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out air service and it operates flights across North America and beyond for sports teams, cruise lines, tour operators and many others. Canadian North is wholly-owned by Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Development Corporation.

Canadian North announces appointment of Michael Rodyniuk as President and Chief Executive Officer

July 8, 2022

Ottawa, ON – The Board of Directors of Bradley Air Services Ltd., which operates as Canadian North Airlines, are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Rodyniuk as President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian North, effective July 15, 2022. 

Mr. Rodyniuk joins Canadian North with over three decades of widely-respected leadership experience within the airline industry, most recently serving as Vice President, Specialty Assets for Willis Lease Financing Corporation, a leading lessor of aircraft engines and other equipment. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer & President of West Wind Aviation and Chief Executive Officer & President of First Nations-owned Wasaya Airways LP, where he led the delivery of essential passenger and cargo services to remote northern communities. Prior to this, he has held senior leadership roles with Gavarnie Holding, LLC (overseeing its former Hawaii Island Air subsidiary), the aviation division of Exchange Income Corporation, the Winnipeg Airport Authority, WestJet, ZIP (a former low-cost subsidiary of Air Canada) and SR Technics (a global maintenance, repair and overhaul provider), has held management roles with United Airlines and American Airlines and has background as a commercial pilot, having begun his aviation career flying for Sea Island Air, based out of the South Terminal in Vancouver. Mr. Rodyniuk is also the Chairman of the Board for WestCaRD (an aerospace-focused research and development / economic development agency based at Winnipeg International Airport). 

Michael Rodyniuk has been named the new president and CEO of Canadian North Airlines. (Photo courtesy of Canadian North & Nunatsiaq News)

Canadian North’s Board has completed an extensive recruitment process and has selected Mr. Rodyniuk in recognition of his proven leadership skills he has developed through diverse senior roles within the aviation industry, his experience working with Indigenous communities and stakeholders and his understanding of the essential nature and unique challenges of northern and remote air service. All of these factors make him an excellent fit to lead Canadian North. His appointment comes at an important time for Canadian North, as it emerges from the pandemic and it continues to deliver crucial air services throughout its vast northern network. Mr. Rodyniuk will work to ensure Canadian North maintains safe and reliable operations and provides the best possible service and care to everyone who depends on it, while being prepared to quickly capitalize on opportunities that emerge. 

Rashwan Domloge, who has served as Interim President & CEO of Canadian North since April, 2022 in addition to his role as Vice-President, Maintenance & Engineering, will work with Mr. Rodyniuk to ensure a quick and seamless leadership transition. After this transition is complete, Mr. Domloge will continue to serve as Vice-President, Maintenance & Engineering. The Bradley Air Services Ltd. Board sincerely thanks Mr. Domloge for his dedicated leadership during this interim period. 

“Canadian North’s scheduled and charter flights are a vital lifeline for the people and communities we serve across Inuit Nunangat and other parts of Canada,” said Johnny Adams, Executive Chairman of Canadian North. “We look forward to the knowledge, insight and leadership abilities that Michael will bring to our organization as we focus on improving our business in a post-pandemic environment. 

 About Canadian North: 

Canadian North is a 100% Inuit-owned airline that connects people and delivers essential goods throughout Canada’s North – safely, reliably and always with friendly and caring customer service. Canadian North Airlines services 25 communities within Nunavut, Nunavik and the Northwest Territories, as well as Ottawa, Montréal and Edmonton, with a versatile fleet of Boeing 737 and ATR 42 aircraft. Canadian North is also the premier charter services provider for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out air service and it operates flights across North America and beyond for sports teams, cruise lines, tour operators and many others. Canadian North is wholly-owned by Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Development Corporation.

Canadian North – Renewing our Operations Focus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 17, 2022, Ottawa, ON – In order to improve our service to all customers of Canadian North and to strengthen efforts in our Cargo business area, we are sharing today news of leadership changes within our Executive Team.

Matieu Plamondon has been appointed to a newly created position of Vice President, Cargo, Airport Operations & Facilities. Matieu brings to this role an extensive knowledge of our operations given prior roles with the company. His priority will be to strengthen our Cargo business and to ensure we are reliably delivering in this area on time, every time.

With this change, Matieu’s Charters & Business responsibilities will transition to Andrew Pope, Vice President, Customer & Commercial. This will consolidate our Scheduled and Charters businesses under one area and provide much tighter coordination between these two parts of our business. Andrew’s priority will be to ensure the continued stability and performance of both of these important areas.

While the effective date of this change will be Monday, May 30th, 2022, the teams have already begun to work together to ensure a smooth transition.

“Mat and Andrew are both strong leaders and I look forward to working with them and their teams to improve and strengthen our operations and provide the best possible service for our customers,” said Interim, President & CEO Rashwan Domloge.

About Canadian North:

Canadian North is a 100% Inuit-owned airline that connects people and delivers essential goods throughout Canada’s North – safely, reliably and always with friendly and caring customer service. Canadian North Airlines services 25 communities within the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunavut, as well as Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton with a versatile fleet of Boeing 737 and ATR 42 aircraft. Canadian North is also the premier charter services provider for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out air service and it operates flights across North America and beyond for sports teams, cruise lines, tour operators and many others. Canadian North is wholly-owned by Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Development Corporation.

Canadian North – Renewing our Operations Focus

May 17, 2022, Ottawa, ON – In order to improve our service to all customers of Canadian North and to strengthen efforts in our Cargo business area, we are sharing today news of leadership changes within our Executive Team.

Matieu Plamondon has been appointed to a newly created position of Vice President, Cargo, Airport Operations & Facilities. Matieu brings to this role an extensive knowledge of our operations given prior roles with the company. His priority will be to strengthen our Cargo business and to ensure we are reliably delivering in this area on time, every time.

With this change, Matieu’s Charters & Business responsibilities will transition to Andrew Pope, Vice President, Customer & Commercial. This will consolidate our Scheduled and Charters businesses under one area and provide much tighter coordination between these two parts of our business. Andrew’s priority will be to ensure the continued stability and performance of both of these important areas.

While the effective date of this change will be Monday, May 30th, 2022, the teams have already begun to work together to ensure a smooth transition.

“Mat and Andrew are both strong leaders and I look forward to working with them and their teams to improve and strengthen our operations and provide the best possible service for our customers,” said Interim, President & CEO Rashwan Domloge.

About Canadian North:

Canadian North is a 100% Inuit-owned airline that connects people and delivers essential goods throughout Canada’s North – safely, reliably and always with friendly and caring customer service. Canadian North Airlines services 25 communities within the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunavut, as well as Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton with a versatile fleet of Boeing 737 and ATR 42 aircraft. Canadian North is also the premier charter services provider for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out air service and it operates flights across North America and beyond for sports teams, cruise lines, tour operators and many others. Canadian North is wholly-owned by Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Development Corporation.