Fred is a life-long aviator. His career spans the Air Force, airlines, airports, consulting, and government, providing policy advice federally and provincially, and he was an industry advocate as Manitoba Aviation Council’s first executive director. As a private pilot of 700 hours, he has logged cross-countries throughout North America.
As an aviation entrepreneur, Fred owned and managed a cargo airline, growing from a single aircraft charter operation to four aircraft in scheduled services, serving as the Accountable Executive, Person Responsible for Maintenance and Operations Manager. As an early dealer in Light Sport Aircraft, he pioneered aircraft sharing. He formed Buoyant Aircraft Systems Inc. to pioneer the commercial use of airships in Canada. With his spouse, he operated travel agencies for fifteen years, qualifying as a Certified Travel Counsellor. For seven years he has owned and manages an airport in the North.
In 2018, he co-founded Aurora Aerial Inc. to commercialize innovative aeronautical technology in Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). In 2019 he received the small RPAS Advanced Pilot Certificate.
Over fifty years in the study and practice of Management, he received the Commerce (Honours) degree, completed the MBA program, and undertook pre-doctoral studies, as well as completing senior management training in the public service, qualifying as bilingual.