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.
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.
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
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.
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.
simon lillyman – british columbia base manager
Simon Lillyman has lived in Nanaimo, BC, home of the Alkan Air southern base, for the past 15 years. Simon has been a licensed paramedic for the past 10 years with extensive experience in domestic and international medevac transports. He has assisted patients home from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Ukraine and South America. Simon has a broad marketing background and has worked with the many of the major Canadian and US insurance companies to assist in repatriating their sick and injured clients from around the globe. Simon joined Alkan Air in September 2019 and is looking forward to developing the medevac and charter market, both domestically and internationally.
Allison mauro – Human Resources
Allison Mauro is the Human Resources Manager with Alkan Air. Originally from Ontario, Allison spent some time living on the East Coast prior to the mountains calling her to Yukon. She first started at Alkan in October 2018 as the Executive Assistant, prior to moving into the HR world in 2019. Her previous education was for an Honors Degree in Science, specialization in Kinesiology and worked as a Registered Massage Therapist before entering the world of aviation. In pursuit of her passion for learning, she thoroughly enjoys the quirks of the aviation industry and looks forward to continuing to grow with Alkan Air.
eli pasquiali– safety manager