CBAA announces new vice-president; provides convention update

The CBAA announced that Anthony Norejko has been named vice-president of membership relations and development; and also announced program highlights for its upcoming CBAA 2017 convention.

Anthony Norejko named CBAA vice-president, membership relations and development

CBAA has announced that CBAA vice-chair, Anthony Norejko, has accepted the new CBAA position of vice-president of membership relations and development.

Norejko’s role will be to engage all CBAA members, and potential members, to be sure that we are addressing their needs and that they understand the value of membership. Norejko will be talking to members at CBAA’s upcoming convention, CBAA 2017, in Abbotsford, B.C., from Aug. 9 to 11.


“We are excited to welcome someone of Anthony’s stature and commitment,” said CBAA’s president and CEO, Rudy Toering. “The creation of this position, plus the calibre of our appointment, demonstrates how much the CBAA has evolved, and our commitment to a strong and engaged membership. ”

Norejko is well known to the business aviation community, serving as director of aviation and chief pilot for Walmart Canada and most recently with his own company, CrewSked. An active and engaged member, Norejko has been on the CBAA board since 2014. He has experience both as a corporate pilot and in northern flight operations on a variety of aircraft types.

A life-long learner, Norejko recently completed York Schulich’s mMBA program, and is active in exploring the latest online learning tools. He attended Okanagan University College in Kelowna.

Most recently, Norejko played a pivotal role in working with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) on slot restrictions and was instrumental in establishing the successful CBAA/GTAA Technical Working Group to address these issues.

“CBAA has been on an upward trajectory,” Toering continued. “Every year, we can point to CBAA actions that have strengthened business aviation as a sector, and helped individual businesses. Anthony’s appointment is an outcome of this growth and a reflection of the CBAA’s growing influence.”

Over the past few years, the CBAA’s focus has been on increasing its value-proposition, developing unique programs aimed at business aviation operations, including Partners-in-Safety, which offers access to a customized SMS and RMS; the creation of an Economic Impact Study that shows the importance of business aviation to Canada, the launch of certified professional development courses under the CBAA banner, and more.

These programs are matched by CBAA’s ongoing advocacy and issue resolution work, which in recent months has focused on essential issues such as slot restrictions at GTAA, flight and duty times for 704 operations and taxation on the personal use of business aircraft.

The business aviation community will have an opportunity to learn more about CBAA’s accomplishments at its upcoming annual convention, CBAA 2017, a two-day event also featuring educational sessions, Canada’s largest static display of corporate and private aircraft and over 65 vendors.

CBAA provides update on upcoming convention

Offering a wealth of new educational and networking opportunities, CBAA 2017 promises to leave delegates richer in knowledge, with stronger relationships and armed with critical tools that will help them propel their business forward.

Program highlights include two important panel discussions:  The first is an update from Transport Canada’ director general, civil Aviation, Denis Guindon and Nav Canada’s EVP, service delivery, Rudy Kellar. The second is an open panel discussion, Working with Airports featuring senior Canadian airport executives, including Craig Richmond, president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority.


Many sessions are aimed at improving operations. They include an introduction and workshop on CBAA’s SMS and RMS, answering questions on operational and regulatory hot topics, and providing guidance on how to deal with operational issues such as unruly passengers, unconventional risk, expectation bias as well as tax and financial planning (including an update on taxation of the personal use of business aircraft).

Other sessions will add to delegates’ knowledge base and keep them one step ahead of the competition:  how to use technology to increase efficiency, what ADS-B/NextGen means for Canadian operations, and how to use data to manage costs.

CBAA has also launched new certified Professional Development Program (PDP) courses at CBAA 2017:  a Quality Systems Auditor Workshop for 604 operations and a course on strategic leadership in business aviation that counts towards NBAA CAM certification. The cost is only $200 per course for CBAA members who are registered convention delegates.

Networking also reaches new heights in its exhibit space and static, which it has opened to delegates attending the Aerospace Defense and Security Expo (ADSE), for a combined–and unprecedented–total of about 1,000 delegates and 100 booths. Adding to that, CBAA is offering a new B2B meeting scheduling app at no charge to delegates and exhibitors.

Finally, the CBAA Chalet at the Abbotsford Airshow Twilight Show will end the convention with a bang – featuring fireworks and one of the best aerial performances in North America!

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