WENDY TAYLER – PRESIDENT/CEO
Wendy has spent over 30 years in the Yukon Territory. She is a Certified Management Accountant and has extensive experience with various businesses and industries in the North. She first joined Alkan Air in 1993 and quickly gained a passion for the aviation industry while working in accounting, dispatch and flight operations. Wendy became a partner in Alkan Air in 2007 while serving as general manager and became President in 2012.
JEFF FAULKNER – VICE PRESIDENT
Jeff Faulkner has lived in the Yukon for the past 25 years and comes from a family of aviators and wilderness enthusiasts. Jeff started flying in 1997, completed his flight training with Coastal Pacific Aviation and joined Alkan Air in 2002. Jeff has a wide range of flight experience on wheel, float and ski aircraft. He has flown throughout Western and Northern Canada operating bush, charter and medevac flights. In 2012, Jeff became an operating partner and transitioned from Assistant Chief Pilot overseeing bush operations to Chief Pilot. Jeff continues to oversee the bush operation as the company’s Vice President.
KEVIN SMIT – CHIEF PILOT
Kevin has been in the aviation world for 9 years now. After completing his schooling at the Moncton Flight College in Moncton, New Brunswick, he was torn where to start his aviation career. With a lucky break, Kevin started bush flying in 2010 in Fort Simpson, NWT where he fell in love with the North and what it had to offer. After leaving the North late 2011, he knew it was only a matter of time before he would connect back with this spectacular mountainous land. Flying coast to coast and even outside of North America doing aerial survey, he acquired not only the importance of safety in aviation but also the knowledge of operating in foreign countries. Kevin started with Alkan Air early 2015 and is currently the Chief Pilot and flies the Caravan, Navajo and King Airs
ANGELA KIRIAK – OPERATIONS MANAGER
Angela began flying at 18 in the Okanagan, completing the Aviation Diploma Program OUC in Kelowna. After completing her instructor rating, she worked at flight schools in Vernon and Whitehorse before starting at Alkan Air in 2001 flying King Airs. After a lengthy break to have a family, Angela rejoined Alkan Air in 2014. In 2015 she took on the role of Safety Manager and Quality Assurance Auditor, and in 2018, the role of Operations Manager.
ADAM SCHECK – FLOAT PLANE OPERATIONS
Adam Scheck was born and grew up in the Yukon. Adam started his flight training in Whitehorse in 2001. Adam’s ambition was to fly in the bush and he flew for local operators in the Yukon including Alkan Air. In 2008 he moved south after an opportunity arose to fly floatplanes on the West Coast, making Nanaimo his new home. Since then he’s remained connected to the North spending several years flying seasonally in the Yukon. He has thousands of hours of experience safely operating a variety of aircraft on the Coast and in the North. Adam rejoined Alkan Air in 2015 and became an operating partner in 2017.
Steven Lick – Director of Maintenance
Steven graduated from Northern Light College in 2008 and completed an apprenticeship at Adventure Aviation out of Grande Prarie. In 2010 he became fully licenced as an AME and continued in his career path to become the Operations Manager for Happy Gas, an FBO in Grande Prarie, managing all Fuel Operations, Base Operations and the maintenance of all Ground Equipment. Between 2010 and 2017 he privately maintained 20+ aircraft ranging from a Piper Cherokee 180 to King Air 90 and Pilatus PC12 out of Grande Prarie. In 2017, Steve and his family decided to move to the Yukon to be closer to family and started employment with Alkan Air in May 2017. He worked his way up from an AME on the Floor to Crew Chief and has recently become the Director of Maintenance.
Lindsay Hollywood – Safety Manager
Lindsay Hollywood was born and raised in Ontario. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bangor University with a Bachelor in Criminal Justice and a Diploma in Advanced Law Studies for American and Canadian Law from UFred. Post graduation, she decided the mountains of the Yukon were calling, so she packed up and headed North. Lindsay started at Alkan originally in Dispatch which helped her learn a lot about the exciting, fast paced world of Aviation. She has since worked her way up to the Safety/SMS Manager position where she continues to learn and grow within Alkan Air and the aviation industry.
Jim Benson – Quality Assurance Auditor
My name is James Benson and I am 32 years old. I’m from a small town called Port Dover located in Southern Ontario. I moved to the Yukon in July 2017 to chase my childhood dream of exploring the North and testing my outdoor skills against this landscape. Before moving to the Yukon, I was a Project Manager for 5 years working for a company called Bond Brand Loyalty. I worked exclusively on Ford of Canada business during my time at Bond. I am currently Quality Assurance Auditor for the Maintenance department at Alkan Air Ltd. In addition to completing Alkan Air’s training program for QA auditor, I also completed the Quality Systems Auditor course with the Canadian Council for Aerospace & Aviation. My responsibilities include conducting internal audits and administrative support for the Maintenance department.
Andrea Lavin – Flight Academy Manager
Andrea Lavin was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. While taking accounting in University, she decided to adventure the world to learn about different cultures. She moved to the Yukon, Canada in the summer of 2013. It was here that she fell in love with the North and what the Yukon has to offer. After attending College in 2017, Andrea starting working for Alkan Air as an Administrative Assistant where she quickly discovered her passion for Aviation. Andrea is now the Manager for the Alkan Air Flight Academy and is working on engaging and sharing her love for the industry with people all around Canada and the world.