Meet Our Board of Directors

Tery Lebel
President

Tery was born in Montreal but was introduced to aviation at age four on a sunny Sunday morning in Quebec city where his father was airport manager. His father took him for a stroll around the General Aviation ramp and the smells and sensations went straight up his nose and stayed there. Later Tery joined the Air Cadets and earned a Flying Scholarship and got his Private license in 1974. He joined the Canadian Forces and earned his pilot wings going on to teach on Tutors before transferring to rotary wing flying with Tactical Aviation where he flew Kiowas, Twin Hueys and now the Griffon helicopter. He was a member of the Snowbird Team in 2005-2006 as Snowbird 10, Team Coordinator. Tery is currently completing the rebuild of his Steen Skybolt which he plans to take on the show circuit as soon as it is ready. Tery still serves with 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Borden Ontario and has completed tours in Sinai, Somalia, Haiti and Afghanistan.

David White
Vice President

David White's interest in aviation began at a young age. His father was a private pilot who operated a Cessna 210 out of Brampton Airport throughout David's youth. Taking any opportunity to go flying with his dad. When his father stopped flying in the late 90's David, faced with not flying anymore went about getting his own license and now is an IFR rated private pilot operating a Cessna Cardinal out of Burlington Air park in Burlington Ontario.

The Airshow bug began at a good friends house after many cocktails when David was convinced to join the Air Operations team at Toronto in 2002. Starting as a POC and then Air Operations Manager at Toronto through 2008. David now enjoys involvement in many shows including co-producing and Air Boss at Waterloo, Air Boss at several other shows, and participating as a helper for Mach One Productions at many other shows around the NECAS area.

Being the owner of a Two-way radio dealer and service centre in the Toronto Area allows David the time flexibility to be involved in so many shows at so many different levels.

Naomi Wadsworth
Treasurer

Born April 2nd 1959 to William (Austin) Wadsworth and Patricia S Wadsworth. Married to Ray Rossborough. I have two adopted black and white Siberian Huskies.

I attended the Harley School and graduated in 1977. I attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a BA in Anthropology in 1981. I also received an MBA from Mary Mount University in 1987. I returned home to help my father restructure his business. When I am not flying I am in sales. I have worked in Insurance, Jewelry and clothing sales. I currently have a Design Company. I design ballroom costumes for professional and amateur ballroom dancers as well as design wedding gowns. This allows me to stay in Geneseo and Fly for the museum.

I started taking flying lessons in 1976. I received my Private Pilots Lic. in June of 1981. We had started to have fly-ins to support CWH and in 1982, we formed the National Warplane Museum. I started flying the smaller aircraft to airshows. As time went by added an instrument rating and hours in a Beech 18 and Piper Aztec to my log. In the 1990's I added B-17 type rating to my ticket. I have had the opportunity to fly many great aircraft in my 30 plus years of promoting our museum and flying airshows. In 2003 I completed my commercial multi-engine Certificate and was hired to fly a Lear 31 from New York to Florida and the Bahamas. I received my DC-3 here in New York and a DC-3S type rating Flying Cargo for a company out of OpaLocka, Fl.

After the museum split I started to take on a bigger role with our airshow and museum. My roll has expanded from just Airboss to a year round commitment to our museum. I contact and schedule all aircraft. I negoate all contracts, oversee the Airboss and am responsible for airshow safety and waiver compliance.

I am also in charge of fundraising. It is my job to book outbound shows and make sure we keep'em flying.

Today I fly many of our aircraft, but C-47 "W-7" is where I spend most of my time.

Melissa Minshall
Secretary

At the age of three, Melissa Minshall was introduced to aviation, taking her first sightseeing flight with her family and has been hooked ever since. As a resident of Brantford, she began her private pilot's license there in 2009 and will take any opportunity to be airborne in any aircraft.

As Director of the Brantford Airshow, Melissa is a passionate volunteer in this capacity and actively volunteers with a number of other airshows across Ontario. Since beginning in 1999, she is now well versed in airshows having successfully coordinated all elements from port-o-potty rentals to performer hospitality and everything in between.

Melissa attended night school to earn her designation as a Certified Event Planner in 2009. This achievement was in addition to her Honours in Marketing and Communications Diploma from Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. Melissa's portfolio showcases a range of events such as Corporate, Sporting, Aviation, and Charity functions.

Melissa works with the public, numerous community groups and all three levels of government as the Tourism and Events Assistant at the Municipality of Brant. Melissa has a passion for travel which began in Greece and Turkey, followed by Europe, but her favourite place to be is visiting family in Western Canada.

Eric Dumigan

Eric Dumigan is an Aviation Photo Journalist who had his first work published in 1988. Born in Montreal he attended airshows at an early age with his father, Richard Dumigan, whose photo collection dates back to 1946. Since that time Eric has been published in many of the world's best aviation magazines. He is a North American correspondent for Britain's Flypast Magazine and an official photographer for COPA Flight, Canadian Aviator and recently created Canadian Skies magazine. As well, Eric maintains a website (http://www.airic.ca/) that promotes airshows and aviation in Canada. Experienced in Air-to-air photography Eric maintains a professional work ethic on the hot ramp as well as in the air. Eric is often accompanied by his wife, Bernadette, who is a contributing photographer to the website and aviation articles.

Major Benjamin Canetti

Ben, U.S. Air Force Reserve evaluator pilot, is the current Chief of Current Operations at the 914th Airlift Wing in Niagara Falls, New York. Ben's history with air shows began the instant he joined the Air Force, as he was sworn in by the United States Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, known as the Thunderbirds in 1992 at the Thunder of Niagara Air Show. Throughout his military career, Ben has been involved in various levels of air show coordination in past shows at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. In 1998 and 2000 he served as the ground static coordinator in which he supervised all of the ground displays. In 2001 and 2004 he was in command of all of the aerial acts of the Thunder over Niagara Air Shows as the air operations officer. During this time Ben developed and implemented a program which incorporated all entities of the air show in one living document which greatly improved air show oversight for event leadership. The program Ben developed has been successfully utilized by military air shows around the nation. Most recently, Ben served as 2011 Thunder of Niagara air show director. Under his leadership and vision, the air show professionally and respectfully honored the victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks and attracted more than 150,000 guests in a two day period. Ben firmly believes that air shows are the perfect way to showcase and highlight the precision and superior aviation abilities of military as well as civilian pilots, aircrews and maintainers. Ben naturally progressed to knowing his way around different types of air frames during his climb up the military ranks. Ben started his aviation career as an enlisted jet engine maintainer on the C‐5 Galaxy and C‐130 flight engineer. After receiving his bachelor's degree Ben earned his commission through Officer training School and became a C‐130 pilot. As both enlisted and officer, Ben's combat experience spans two decades as he has served in multiple military operations including, Operation Support Hope as well as The Kosovo War. In more recent operations, Ben has served as a command pilot in countless combat missions in four deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ben currently resides in Clarence Center, NY and is the proud father of two daughters, Taylor, 8 and Camryn, 5.

Diana Spremo

Diana Spremo is an accredited and award-wining public relations consultant, who has been practicing PR for almost 20 years. In addition to her business, Diana enjoys volunteering her PR and marketing skills to aviation-related organizations. She is currently the General Manager, Media and Marketing, for the Waterloo Air Show, and Media Relations Manager for the Canadian Air & Space Museum. Prior to the Waterloo Air Show, Diana spent 10 years as the Media Relations Manager for the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto. Diana currently owns her own consulting business – Spremo Communications -- and previously has held corporate jobs as Public Relations Manager of Home Depot Canada and Ontario Place, plus consulting jobs at three Toronto PR agencies. Some clients Diana has worked with include NIKE, Kellogg's, Cirque du Soleil, the Toronto Raptors, The Cottage Life Show, The Sportsmen's Show and The Toronto International Boat Show. As a freelancer, Diana creates and implements strategic communications campaigns for her clients that align with organizational missions and goals. Her areas of expertise focus on media relations, corporate communications, branding, special events, community relations and crisis communications. Diana's project management skills and positive attitude have helped create many successful communications campaigns for her clients, and she takes great pride in the long‐term relationships she has created with many clients, vendors and media.

Indira Thackorie

Indira Thackorie is the only "solo" female air show announcer working today in North America. She entered the air show community more than 15-years ago through the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto, Ontario, by working as a volunteer with the Media and Public Relations Committee. Since then she has contributed event management, public relations and marketing skills to numerous events and other organizations.

Indira is as a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces and worked full time for 18-years. Having joined the Canadian Army at the age of 17, she attained the rank of Sergeant before commissioning as a Public Affairs Officer in 2008. She has operationally deployed twice; first with the United Nations in the Golan Heights, Israel (2002); and to Kandahar, Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom (2006).

Beginning in 2010, Indira had the honour of serving as the Public Affairs Officer for the Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, for three consecutive seasons. In this time she announced more than 70 air shows and public events across North America. Indira has also presented at other marquee events, including the Canadian Forces' Musical Salute at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto; and Fortissimo (military music spectacular), the premiere event of the summer tourist season in the National Capital Region.

Born in Trinidad & Tobago she moved with her family to Canada in 1990 and has since traveled extensively. She has also worked as a part-time professor at Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Indira's passion is people. Her enthusiastic speaking style comes from a professional communications background that is energized by a love of air shows. When you hear the sound of her voice, you'll know you're in the right place!

Lyle Holbrook

Lyle joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1990 and has had a very fulfilling career as a both a part-time reservist and full-time pilot and officer. Some highlights of Lyle's career include: logging more than 1,000 hours of fixed wing and 3,500 hours of rotary wing military flying time, in addition to 700 hours of civilian corporate jet time. He's been a helicopter instructor pilot as well as a helicopter Air Ambulance pilot. From 2001 to 2005 he flew as Snowbird #10 and Team Coordinator/Narrator for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. In 2011, Lyle flew a tour in Afghanistan as a Griffon Aircraft Captain, flying 49 combat missions and safely escorting Canada's Prime Minister's aircraft throughout the Kandahar province during an official tour. Back at home, Lyle has flown Prince Charles during a visit to Canada, and the Russian Prime Minister during the G-8 summit.

Lyle's air show career is equally as fulfilling. In addition to being Air Show Director & Air Boss of his ‘home' show at CFB Borden, Lyle has also volunteered his expertise in Air Operations to several other shows, including the Grand Bend International Air Show, London International Air Show, Ft Lauderdale International Air Show, Tillsonburg Air Show, Waterloo Air Show, St Thomas Air Show, and the California Int'l Air Show.