THE KF AEROSPACE CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE

CELEBRATING OKANAGAN AEROSPACE | SPRING 2022

The Okanagan Valley has an incredible history of achievement in Canadian aerospace. To celebrate this heritage, the KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence will debut a state-of-the-art aviation museum and conference facility at the Kelowna International Airport. Welcoming visitors, residents, schools and businesses, the Centre will promote the advancement of aviation, in Kelowna and beyond.

EXPERIENCE THE LEGACY

EXPERIENCE THE LEGACY

Shaped like the fuselage and wings of an aircraft, the 60,000 sq. ft. attraction will invite you to discover, connect and inspire. Two dedicated hangars guide you through an historical exhibit of vintage aircraft and memorabilia, connecting to an airfield viewing gallery and conference facilities for businesses and events in the region. 

Mission

The KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence is a non-profit organization established as a legacy project by KF Founder, Barry Lapointe, to promote the aviation industry locally and nationally. Our mission is:

  • to celebrate the people and history of our aviation community
  • to promote career development through education and training support, and
  • to advocate on behalf of the Canadian aerospace community

Board Members

Tracy Medve

Medve has dedicated over 35 years to the Canadian aviation industry. With a professional background in law and business, she has served in various airline executive positions throughout her career...

Medve was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and has dedicated over 35 years to the Canadian aviation industry. Using her professional background in law and business, she has served in various airline executive positions throughout her career, with over 7 years in her current role as President of KF Aerospace—Canada’s largest commercial aircraft maintenance and engineering provider, a cargo carrier, an aircraft leasing company and provider of military pilot training to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Medve is the first female Honorary Life Member of the Air Transportation Association of Canada (ATAC), and an active proponent for increasing the number of women in aviation careers. She has served as a member of the Northern Air Transport Association and the UBCO External Advisory Board, and is currently a member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada and Chair of the FortisBC Board of Directors.

David Burke

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.

Paula Quinn

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.