EXPERIENCE THE LEGACY
The KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence will invite you to discover, connect and inspire. At 50,000 sq. feet it will feature an historical exhibit of vintage aircraft and memorabilia, alongside a state-of-the-art Conference Centre for businesses and events in the region.
As the largest private sector employer in Kelowna, KF Aerospace is working to raise the city's profile in the industry locally and nationally. Through the KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence, our mission is:
- to celebrate the people and history of our aerospace community
- to promote career development through education and training support, and
- to advocate on behalf of the aerospace community
President & Director
Born and raised in Vancouver, Barry graduated with honours from BCIT’s Aircraft Mechanic Engineer (AME) course in 1966. At a young age, he demonstrated his leadership and management skills with an instinctive ability to inspire and engage others. Moving to the Okanagan Valley in 1969 he founded Kelowna Flightcraft, now KF Aerospace, together with Jim Rogers in 1970.
KF has grown to specialize in a wide range of aviation services including maintenance and modifications, air cargo operations, military pilot training and aircraft leasing. With facilities across Canada, KF is home to a 1,000 strong, highly skilled workforce.
Barry is proud to acknowledge a recorded profit every year since the inception in 1970. To celebrate and continue expanding Canada’s aerospace industry, Barry is spearheading the team who will build and develop the KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence and maintain the company’s legacy as Canada’s aerospace epicentre.
Tracy was born in Prince Albert and started her career in aviation in 1985 as a lawyer. In 2009 she extended her education and achieved an Aviation MBA from Concordia University.
Tracy was born in Prince Albert and started her career in aviation in 1985 as a lawyer. In 2009 she extended her education and achieved an Aviation MBA from Concordia University. Tracy has served on the Boards of the Air Transportation Association of Canada (the first female Honorary Life Member in the Association’s history, dating back to 1934) the Northern Air Transport Association, the UBCO External Advisory Board, and was an Adjudicator with the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. Since 2013, Tracy has been guiding KF Aerospace as President.
David is an accomplished executive with an entrepreneurial spirit and extensive experience building successful, growth-driven companies. He is proficient in negotiating mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships to
David is a CPA and an accomplished executive with an entrepreneurial spirit and extensive experience building successful, growth-driven companies. In 2016, he sold StarDyne Technologies, a privately held software company he co-founded. Before StarDyne, David was CFO at Western Star Trucks Holdings and for 17 years held various senior financial and information technology positions with subsidiaries of Alcan Aluminum. David currently serves as a Director for a large international family trust with significant interests overseas as well as Advisory Board Member for the KF Capital and KF Aerospace group of companies.
As an officer of this Not-For-Profit Society, Paula is responsible for the successful management of day-to-day operations and administration according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors and the President.
As an officer of this Not-For-Profit Society, Paula is responsible for the successful management of day-to-day operations and administration according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors and the President. She also sits on the Board of Directors and participates in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the Society to achieve its purpose. Paula’s mandate includes developing the Society with best practices leadership, self-education, operational planning and management, corporate duties, HR, financial planning and risk management.