President & Chief Executive Officer
West Wind Aviation
MICHAEL RODYNIUK is Chief Executive Officer, President and Accountable Executive for the West Wind Aviation Group of Companies which is made up of: West Wind Aviation Limited Partnership (WWA); Transwest Air Limited Partnership (TWA); Northern Shield Helicopters (NSH); Pronto Airways Limited Partnership (Pronto); and Snowbird Aviation Services Limited Partnership (SAS).
In 2018, Rodyniuk successfully concluded his role as President and Chief Executive of Wasaya Airways, a First Nation owned airline in Northwestern Ontario, where he led a three-year financial and operational turn-around of the company culminating in successfully recapitalizing the company with a $25M debt/equity transaction.
Michael’s leadership experience includes serving legacy airlines (Air Canada, American Airlines, Swissair, United Airlines), low cost (WestJet, Air Canada’s ZIP), regional airlines (Exchange Income Corporation’s Bearskin Airlines, Calm Air, Custom Helicopter, Keewatin Air, Perimeter Aviation), Hawaii Island Air and Wasaya Airways. Michael also contributed to start-up airlines (Volaris, LAN Argentina). He has experience in aviation finance and leasing through his participation with Willis Lease Finance Corporation. From 2005-10 Michael worked with the Winnipeg Airports Authority as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing operations and leading his team to redevelop the airport campus. In 2010-2012, Michael served as Chief Operating Officer for EIC's aviation group of companies where he led business in Canada's North serving First Nation and Inuit Communities. In 2012, as Executive Vice Chairman, he led the Hawaii Island Air team, restructuring the airline’s operations and debt, then selling the company to Oracle founder, Larry Ellison. In 2014 he led negotiations for a successful joint venture between Willis Lease Finance Corporation (WLFC) and the Chinese Central Government agency, China Aviation Supply Corporation (CASC). Further in 2013 and 2014 he oversaw the acquisition of certain assets of JT Power by WLFC to create Willis Aeronautical Services Inc.