Wayne McLeod earned his pilot’s license in 1989 and started flying in Northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba on float/wheeled planes, and he joined Keewatin Air in 1996. He began flying on the King Air at the Rankin Inlet base (where he also lived for 2 years) before advancing to the LearJet program performing International Air Ambulance missions.
Wayne left Keewatin Air in the spring of 1998 to become the Training and Standards Officer for the Manitoba Government Air Services branch, which included being a Captain on the CL-215 water bomber and Captain on the Citation jet for the Manitoba Air Ambulance Program. He returned to Keewatin Air in 2002 to assume the role of Chief Pilot.
Living in the Arctic gave Wayne a clear understanding of the challenges of operating in the Arctic on a 24/7 basis, and his experience in standards and training ensured the professionalism of our flight operations department. With over 10,000 hours of flying experience (the majority of it as northern flying and on medevacs) under his belt, and countless opportunities to prove his leadership and decision-making skills, he was ready to take on the next challenge. In 2005, Keewatin Air LP was purchased by Exchange Industrial Income Fund, now Exchange Income Corporation (EIC), and in February 2006, Wayne assumed the role of President of Keewatin Air.
Today, his ongoing hands-on involvement in the operation gives him a clear view of the day-to-day issues, as well as the long term direction that needs to be taken. In particular, his knowledge of the Northern and Winnipeg based air medical program has helped him lead the company into long term relationships with our clients. His focus on standards and his strong understanding and background of the air medical mission is critical to our ability to offer safe quality air medical services with sensitivity and professionalism.
Wayne is also the current President of NATA (Northern Air Transport Association), and sits as a director on MAHRC (Manitoba Aerospace and Human Resource Council).
Brian Hodge joined Keewatin Air LP in February 2016 as the Company’s Director of Finance. Prior to joining the Keewatin team, he was Assistant Controller and then Controller for Perimeter Aviation.
Brian obtained his Certified General Accountants designation in 1997 and a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree from the University of Calgary in 2004. His previous experience includes senior financial positions in Government of Manitoba emergency response, not-for-profit, a utility Crown corporation and the private sector.
Brian fills a key role in the company ensuring that processes and controls provide a solid foundation on which the managed growth of the company can take place. He also brings a solid experience base to the senior management team.