THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Wasaya is pleased to announce the appointment of Dale Tinevez as Vice-President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer. Tinevez, a seasoned aviation leader, who, while previously at WestJet, was a key player in developing and implementing a world-class guest experience philosophy over 15 years. He joined WestJet shortly after it was founded in 1996 and served as the airline's Vice President of Guest Services.
"Dale is a fantastic addition to our executive team and will bring the focus needed to enhance operational performance, lift our guest experience and enhance cargo customer service. He is a strategic thinker and leader with a track record including contributions to the foundation of one of Canada's most respected aviation brands and iconic corporate cultures," said Michael Rodyniuk, President and Chief Executive of Wasaya. "Attracting a strong, world class executive like Dale is testament to our successful turn around and strong corporate vision," continued Rodyniuk. The former WestJetter will lead day to day operations of the airline, committed to safe, reliable, cost effective air transportation services with a focus on First Nations opportunity, and now, clearly, guest experience.
"Wasaya has all the fundamentals to be incredibly successful. Michael and I have worked together, both at WestJet and at Island Air building strong corporate culture. Through the delivery of consistent, positive service to our guests, Wasaya is the natural choice for our guests and cargo customers. I am really excited and delighted to join the team at Wasaya," said Tinevez.
Tinevez joins WestJet alum Stephen Smith, former WestJet President & CEO, now Vice Chairman of the Wasaya Board of Directors and Michael Rodyniuk former WestJet Director of Revenue now President and CEO of Wasaya.
Wasaya, a 100% First Nations owned Airline, operates a fleet of 18 aircraft is the leading provider of quality air transportation services to more than 25 destinations across Northwestern Ontario.
With 26 years' experience, Wasaya is 100% owned by 12 First Nations: Bearskin Lake; Fort Severn; Kasabonika Lake; Keewaywin; Kingfisher Lake; Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug; Muskrat Dam; Nibinamik; Pikangikum; Sandy Lake; Wapekeka; and Wunnumin Lake. Wasaya flies to 25 destinations with 60 flights daily and employs 315 team members, 35% proudly First Nation.