Our Team

Lane Zirnhelt | Chief Operation Officer, Summit Aviation Group

Lane joined Summit in August 2015 and has the responsibility of overseeing the commercial and operational aspects of both Summit Air and Summit Helicopters.

A Certified Professional Accountant by trade, Lane has over 18 years of business and management experience and has been working directly within the aviation industry since 2004. Prior to joining the Summit Aviation group, Lane was a partner with KPMG LLP.

Matthew McElligott | Vice President, Business Development

Matthew has been with Summit Air since 2012 and is responsible for all marketing and business development initiatives within the company. In addition to seeking out new business opportunities, Matthew is also responsible for the oversight and maintenance of Summit Air’s existing customer and partner relationships.

A relative newcomer to aviation prior to joining the Summit team, Matthew brings over a decade of experience in various marketing and customer management roles with a strong focus on logistics.

Scott Fletcher | General Manager and Director of Maintenance

Scott is responsible for all elements of the Summit Helicopters operations as the Accountable Executive.

Scott has extensive business knowledge with a proven track record of successful organizational management with a strong focus on safety, quality, customer satisfaction, and personal integrity. Scott has been in the aerospace industry for over 35 years, working in all aspects of aviation; from northern operations to national cargo carriers and from OEM’s to international airlines.

Prior to joining Summit Helicopters, Scott held senior executive positions with Viking Air as Director of Viking Technical Services, and with Kelowna Flightcraft as Maintenance Operations Director. Scott has also held accountable regulatory positions in Canada with Summit Helicopters, Viking Air, Kelowna Flightcraft, and Trans North Helicopters.

Peter Rice | Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Peter is responsible for business development, maintaining customer relationships, and overseeing day to day company operations for each of our bases across Western and Northern Canada.

Peter is a detail-oriented individual who strives to provide the highest quality service to our customers, with a strong emphasis on safe, sustainable practices.

Prior to assuming the role of Operations Manager, Peter held the position of Yellowknife Base Manager. In this position, Peter oversaw the various facets of base operation, including aircraft and crew management and relocation, as well as business development across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Additionally, throughout his career in aviation, Peter had gained extensive knowledge in the areas of Production Management and Quality Assurance.

Peter was listed among the Top 10 under 40 in Helicopters Magazine Summer Edition 2013.

Jordan Cyr | Quality / SMS Manager

Jordan is responsible for overseeing and growing the safety program for Summit Helicopters as well as managing the Quality Assurance Program. Jordan provides tactical and strategic leadership in the implementation, development, and use of HS&E programs, as well as developing short-and long-term operational safety objectives to meet the needs our growing company.

Jordan brings over 15 years of experience in the aviation industry to our team.

Ken Edstrom | Chef Engineer

Ken has 21 years of experience in the helicopter industry working in every environment Canada has to offer as well as overseas. He is an AME (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer) and holds type training on each aircraft Summit Helicopters operates.

Ken is responsible for the safe and efficient maintenance of each aircraft Summit operates.

Walter Workman | IFR Chief Pilot

As IFR Chief Pilot, he is responsible for enforcing safe and dependable procedures in all aspects of Summit Helicopters’ IFR operations. Walter has over 28 years’ experience in the aviation industry and over 8000 flight hours. Throughout his career, he has safely operated single and multi-engine helicopters as well as fixed-wing aircraft.

Most recently, Walter has held the position of Search and Rescue and IFR/Off-Shore Captain on the SK92 at HNZ Global in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to his extensive Day/Night/NVG and IFR flight experience, Walter is a qualified SIM Instructor and training pilot both internationally and here in Canada.

Katie Jerez | VFR Chief Pilot

Katie has over twelve years’ flight experience in Western Canada; she has accumulated over 3000 flight hours on several lightweight and intermediate aircraft types. As VFR Chief Pilot, she is responsible for overseeing safe and reliable VFR operations at each of Summit Helicopters’ bases.

Throughout her career, Katie has gained extensive experience in multiple types of VFR flight, including, but certainly not limited to: aerial fire suppression, oil and gas fieldwork, fish and wildlife survey, pesticide application, and longline and mountain flying.

Andy Ramsay | Base Manager – Terrace

As our Base Manager in Terrace, Andy is responsible for coordinating the operations and maintenance of the helicopters to match our customer’s needs. He works closely with our Operations Manger to ensure the highest quality service to our customers.

Andy is an accomplished pilot and is endorsed on each type of aircraft that Summit operates.