Richard has been an aviation professional for over 30 years. At Air Canada, he is accountable for Air Canada's Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) certificate, a role in which he is responsible for all aspects of the airline's operations worldwide. Richard provides strategic oversight for all of Air Canada's Aircraft Maintenance, Engineering and associated support activities. He leads maintenance of the airline's aircraft, as well as Air Canada's global Airport operations, Customer Service Information Systems, System Operations Control, Operations Excellence and Continuous Improvement.
Among Richard’s successes is the reorganization of Air Canada’s Maintenance Planning function, which enhanced the airline's operational performance. He also spearheaded the introduction of a new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, making Air Canada the industry leader in Dreamliner operational performance.
Richard has broad air transport industry experience, starting as an apprentice mechanic at Steel City Aviation. On moving to Delta Air Lines, Richard rose from junior mechanic to Director of Line Maintenance. He has since held many executive positions in aviation, with previous roles including VP Air Canada Maintenance Operations, MD Air Canada Maintenance Operations, and VP Maintenance & Engineering Jazz Aviation LP (formerly Air Canada Jazz).
Richard is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.