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Vector Aerospace Leadership Team

Brian Thompson
Senior Vice President, Commercial

Brian Thompson is the Senior VP Commercial for Vector Aerospace Corporate.

Brian is a former President of Vector Aerospace Engine Services – Atlantic located in Summerside, PEI. Brian joined ES-A in 2006 with a strong senior management background in both the public and in the private sector with Bell Aliant and CP Rail.

Brian holds a BBA from UPEI and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (Ivey).


  Emmanuel Bourgeais
Chief Financial Officer

Emmanuel Bourgeais is the CFO of  Vector Aerospace, appointed to this position in August, 2015.

Emmanuel joined Eurocopter, now Airbus Helicopters, in 2004 as Group Comptroller and, in 2007 was appointed to Group Business Controller for S&S. Since 2011 he has been CFO of Airbus Helicopters Spain. Prior to joining Airbus Group, he worked as a consultant on various projects and Industries across Europe.

Emmanuel has a Masters degree in Finance. 


  Jeff Poirier
President, Engine Services – Atlantic

Jeff Poirier was appointed President of Engine Services – Atlantic in 2011. Jeff joined ES-A in 1993, initially working in the company’s accounting department, and served in a number of senior roles, including as Vice President of Customer and Technical Services from 2008.

Jeff is a graduate of the Holland College Accounting Technology program.


  Paul Cockell
President, Helicopter Services – North America

Paul Cockell has over 34 years of aeronautical experience, including 18 years in management. Paul has been employed with Vector and its predecessor companies for 12 years.

In his current role as President of the Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services Inc. division, he is responsible for overseeing all the Canadian (Richmond and Langley) and U.S. (Andalusia, AL) business and operational activities with a combined workforce of 580 employees.

Prior to joining Vector, Paul was Director of Operations at MTU Maintenance Canada, he was responsible for production including CF6-50, CFM-56 engine lines, inspection, build, test, accessories and warehouse. Paul gained progressive management experience with: Rolls-Royce Canada, Rolls-Royce GTE, and Rolls-Royce PLC including military aero-engine product support, R&O inspection, and program management for Adour F405 R&O, Industrial Trent development and Allison AE3007 engines.

Paul is a graduate of both Brunel Technical and Rolls-Royce College in the UK.
    Christian Venzal
CEO, Vector Aerospace – France

Christian Venzal was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Vector Aerospace – France, within the Vector Aerospace Corporation, effective from April 2014.

Christian has over 25 years' service with the Airbus Group, in numerous commercial, business development, procurement and cross-country tendering roles. Prior to joining Vector he held the position of Senior Manager, Strategy and Company Development, where most recently he worked on mergers and acquisitions and post-merger integrations.

Christian holds two Masters degrees from the University of Toulouse in Business Administration and in Econometrics.
    Tracy Connelly McGilley
Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Tracy Connelly McGilley is the VP General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Vector Aerospace Corporation.

Prior to joining Vector Aerospace in 2009, Tracy held various positions at Nortel Networks from 1999 through to 2009, including Assistant General Counsel - Corporate. Prior to joining Nortel Networks, she was an associate at Fasken Campbell Godfrey (now Fasken Martineau).

Tracy obtained her BA (1992) from York University, and her LLB (1995) from the University of Western Ontario. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997.


  Claire Silvester
Vice President, Human Resource

Claire Silvester is Vice President, Human Resources at Vector Aerospace.

Over the past 20 years, Claire has gained considerable knowledge and experience as a human resources management specialist. She previously held the role of Director, Human Resources for Vector's UK division, overseeing the HR program for its two main sites based in Gosport, and Almondbank. Prior to joining Vector Aerospace, Claire held increasingly responsible human resources positions at Aliaxis, Lafarge, Associated Foods and Lloyds.

Claire holds a BSc Psychology from London University, and a Masters of Science in Occupational Organizational Psychology from East London University. Claire is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).