Board of Directors

Paul Kos

President

Paul is a professional engineer and Managing Director of Power System Solutions International Inc., consulting engineering company specializing in regulatory affairs, risk management and power system analysis. Paul has almost 40 years of consulting, management and business experience, served on number of corporate boards and conducted business in number of regions including Australia, Europe, Canada and USA. Paul also volunteers in number of ventures, including as a president of a hangar corporation located at Springbank airport and Shelter Cove Estates Ltd. in Kelowna.

Paul has passion for flying which spans several decades, is IFR multiengine rated and owns a Cessna 340 to clear even the tallest of peaks in the Rockies and get above the weather when required.


Dave McElroy

Treasurer

Dave McElroy spent most of his working career as a senior executive in the lumber / wood products business. He recently retired from Norbord Inc, a four- billion dollar Toronto-based company with assets in Canada, the US and Europe. His most recent posting was as Deputy Managing Director of Norbord Europe. He lived in Stirling, Scotland for fifteen years prior to returning to Canada in 2015, at which he moved to Kelowna. He has two sons and four grandchildren, and lives with his partner, Janice, in Predator Ridge.

Dave has devoted a lot of his time to charitable organizations over past decades during which he has Chaired, and served on the Boards, of six different organizations. Three of these were non-profit societies delivering social services – in Victoria, Richmond and Toronto. The other three have been aviation organizations: The Scottish Aero Club of Perth, Scotland, the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and the Kelowna Flying Club, which he now serves as Treasurer.

Dave’s life-long passion has been flying. He has flown more than 4400 hours in 30 different aircraft types through more than 60 countries. He is current with IFR, single & multi-engine ratings, and flies his own Vans RV10 from Kelowna Airport. In 2014 he flew a single-engine Piper Comanche around the world. This unusual achievement raised over $150,000 for two charities: Sick Kids Foundation of Toronto and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance of Perth, Scotland. In 2015 he was awarded the Norton Griffiths Challenge Trophy by The Royal Aero Club in London.

From 2018 to 2021, Dave spearheaded four more major long-distance flights totaling over 75,000 km which generated donations of over $1,300,000 to Hope Air, the national charity providing free flights to Canadians who must travel to health care far from home.


Michael Blair

Secretary

Michael learned to fly on the “North Strip” (where the main terminal is now located) at Vancouver International Airport in 1962 while working as a trainee reporter at The Vancouver Province. Courtesy of the Canadian government his 35 hours to get a private licence cost only $350. His cross- country requirement was to fly to the then grass strip at Chilliwack.

During his career as a correspondent in the United Kingdom, Argentina and New York and then a business manager in Mexico for Reuters News Agency, and a telecommunications entrepreneur in Asia based in Hong Kong and then Ghana, he lived outside of Canada for 42 years.

Flying outside of Canada is not simple, so when he visited Canada each year he went flying. He was president of the Kelowna Flying Club in 2009. He is certified for day VFR single engine, and has flown the Cessna 140, 150, 172 and 175, Piper Colt and Arrow. He has flown across Canada to Ottawa, to La Ronge and throughout that area of Northern Saskatchewan, to Yellowknife, NWT, and several times between San Diego and Canada.

July this year Michael visited Ghana to see the progress of a School he helped found in 2002, and of which he is now chairman and fund raiser. It was initially an IT school for youths who could not get a job without computer training, but now combines that with a school for 56 mainly primary children. He has been a board member for various companies around the world, and in Kelowna is executive chairman of Helios Global Technologies which promotes worker safety products including material to reduce concussions in sports.


Gene Creelman

Governance

Gene’s interest in aviation took hold in Saskatchewan where the travel distances are vast and the terrain is flat. Training was received the Regina Flying Club and private license achieved in 1987. Since then, Gene has added his night rating and VFROT ratings after having moved to BC.

Gene has been on the KFC board for several years after having spent 10 years on the board of the Abbotsford International Airshow where he served as president for the last 3 years just prior to moving to Kelowna.

Working in the financial sector, Gene sits on several provincial and national committees and is on the board of the Credit Union Foundation of BC, all of which provide insight for being on the board of the KFC.


David Lindsey

Itinerant Parking

David took his first introductory flight from a small airfield in Squamish, B.C., March 30, 1979. As a young man he would hitchhike from Whistler, B.C. where he worked as a logger. From that auspicious beginning he slowly accumulated instruction and hours through various flight schools – Victoria Flying Club, Edmonton Flying Club, Pacific Flying Club. After completing his PPL, it wasn’t until 2012 that flying suddenly developed a practical purpose – Living in Kelowna with an office in Prince George required monthly trips. Flying!


Jon Itterman

Director

Jon Itterman has been flying since 1995 and joined the Kelowna Flying Club in 2010. He has a commercial license and is multi-engine rated with over 1100 hours total time.

Since 1995 he and his wife have owned the following; a Cessna 150, 2, Cessna 172’s, a Piper PA-30, a Citabria, and a Maule M-4 210C. He and his wife currently own and fly a Maule M-4 – 220C.

Jon was a board member of the Kelowna Aqua Jets Swim club for two years and currently sits a director with the RVDA of BC and is the RVDA of BC representative on the HR/ED Committee for RVDA of Canada.

He is passionate about flying and combines that with his love of the outdoors.

He is honored to be a member of the Kelowna Flying Club’s Board of directors and as Copa Flight 36 Captain works to ensure great events like COPA for Kids will continue to promote General Aviation throughout the Okanagan.


Joe Rogers

Director

Joe is the founder and Managing Director of Strategic Real Estate Ltd. Having been in business for over 30 years, Strategic is recognized and admired across the country for its extraordinary degree of professionalism and integrity in the development and execution of major retail clients’ facilities strategies. Clients include Wal Mart Canada, Best Buy, A&W Food Services, Dollarama, Kal Tire and many more. Prior to founding Strategic, Joe worked in real estate development for many years.

Joe has also served on the Board of Directors for Arthritis Research Canada, Whistler Mountain Ventures, and other private corporations.

Joe is a UBC grad, and has a Commercial Pilot License with multi and single engine endorsements, land and sea ratings, instrument rating, and has over 2000 hrs flight time. He flew commercially in the 1970’s, and has flown over 25 different aircraft types, owned 4 different airplanes, and currently owns a Cessna Turbo 210 which he flies regularly. He has a passion for general aviation, and has been active in the hangar development project at YLW since its inception 4 years ago. He brings a wealth of real estate knowledge, and negotiation experience to the development team


Jake Rogers

Director - Communications

Originally from Australia, Jake found his way to Canada by way of his passion for the travel and aviation industry. In April 2020 when Covid hit and his position as a Sales Executive for Air New Zealand was made redundant Jake took the time off to learn to fly (a lifetime goal) while the travel industry was at a standstill. Even as a youngster Jake has always been interested in aviation, from flying in his uncle’s Cessna as a kid to his time in the Australian Army travelling around in the back of C-130’s. Jake completed his PPL within the summer of 2020 and joined the Kelowna Flying Club shortly thereafter when he and his wife relocated to the Okanagan in December 2020.

Now not far off completing his CPL Jake takes every opportunity he can to fly with like-minded individuals to gain fundamental skills and experience. He loves to hear stories of aviation and can talk you ear off about war history if you give him the chance. On the weekend if you don’t see Jake in the skies you’ll find him hiking in the forest with his wife and their pup Otis.