AMCO’s 34th Annual Convention and Trade Show
Chatham, ON
Oct. 6-9th, 2019

Who Should Attend?

  • Airport Authorities- small, medium and large airports and aerodromes located in Ontario and across Canada
  • Airport management and operations staff
  • Government Agencies involved in the development and regulation of airports
  • Manufacturers of materials, chemicals, equipment, instruments and systems related to the airport industry
  • Service providers of consulting, contracting, managing and developing airports and aerodromes
  • Industry Associations and stakeholders in the airport, airlines and tourism sector

 Registration and Sponsorship Documents

Airport Registration

Business Registration

Sponsorship Package


Please note that the schedule is subject to change.


Golf Tournament Links of Kent1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Welcome DinnerLinks of Kent6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


RegistrationJohn D. Bradley Centre Atrium8:30 am - 9:00 am
Morning SessionsBallroom9:00 am - 11:00 am
Vendor IntroductionsBallroom11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch & Trade ShowFreedom Hall12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Afternoon SessionsBallroom1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Trade ShowFreedom Hall2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Transportation TourRM Classic Cars4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
DinnerClub Lentina's6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Morning SessionsBallroom8:30 am - 10:00 am
Trade ShowFreedom Hall10:00 am - 11:00 am
Morning SessionsBallroom11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch & Trade ShowFreedom Hall12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Afternoon SessionsBallroom2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Trade Show ReceptionFreedom Hall3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Banquet DinnerBallroom6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Morning SessionsBallroom8:30 am - 11:00 am
Annual General MeetingBallroom11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Closing RemarksBallroom12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Convention at a Glance


Convention Speakers

Airport Zoning Regulations – public engagementJordan Vander Veen, P Eng., Region of Waterloo International Airport9:15-10:00Monday October 7th
New Regulations for Winter MaintenanceJames Lindsey, WASCO10:15-11:15Monday October 7th
Environmental Compliance for Environmental RegulationsLisa McClemens, Environment Canada1:30-2:30Monday October 7th
Transport Canada UpdateAdam Biffin8:30-9:00Tuesday October 8th
Engaging the Next Generation of Aviation ProfessionalsDr. Suzanne Kearns, UWaterloo9:00-9:45Tuesday October 8th
CybercrimesVern Crowley, OPP11:00-12:00Tuesday October 8th
NAV Canada UpdateDavid Purkis, NAV Canada2:00-2:30Tuesday October 8th
Obstacles – The Broken Process of Approval
Marion Smith, Chatham-Kent Airport2:30-3:00Tuesday October 8th
TP312 5th Edition Amendment 1Michael Lucking, WSP8:30-9:00Wednesday October 9th
Quality over Quantity – QA for Small Airports
Tiffany Coffey, Red Lake Airport9:00-9:30Wednesday October 9th
The Airport Evolution over the last 3 Decades in OntarioBernhard Schropp & Carmine Bello, Avia NG9:30-10:00Wednesday October 9th
ACAP Program UpdateRaymond Bjornson, Transport Canada10:15-11:00Wednesday October 9th

Jordan Vander Veen, P Eng.

Senior Project Manager
Region of Waterloo International Airport 

Jordan Vander Veen is a professional engineer and project manager at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF). Jordan is responsible for managing the implementation of the YKF master plan, which currently includes planning studies and design projects for a terminal building expansion, runway extensions design and environmental assessment. Jordan is also currently managing an update to the YKF Airport Zoning Regulations, and will speak to how YKF is engaging the public for this project.


James Lindsey
Director, Airports
Winnipeg Airport Services Corp.

Mr. James Lindsey has over 15 years of industry experience, most recently as Director, Airports. As a member of the executive team, Mr. Lindsey is responsible for the execution of airport management and technical services contracts including the delivery of Safety Management System administration and management to 26 airports throughout Canada.

Prior to joining WASCO, Mr. Lindsey was an aviation consultant with WSP, holding various positions including Director, Aviation over his 11-year tenure. Mr. Lindsey was also a part-time faculty with the Canadian Aviation Institute, teaching Airport Planning. Over the course of his career, Mr. Lindsey has executed hundreds of aviation planning, engineering, architectural and other technical services projects for airports and heliports throughout Canada and internationally.

Mr. Lindsey’s academic background includes a Master of Science in Airport Planning and Management from Loughborough University in England. Prior to Loughborough, he graduated class valedictorian from the Canadian Aviation Institute at Georgian College in Aviation Management. Mr. Lindsey is a licensed private pilot, an Accredited Member of the International Association of Airport Executives – Canada and sits on the Board of Directors for the Regional Community Airports of Canada (RCAC).


Lisa McClemens
Environmental Officer
Environment Canada and Climate Change

Lisa McClemens is a compliance promotion officer with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ontario Region. She has been with ECCC for 20 years and with the compliance promotion unit for the past 8 years. She is the contact for information on several environmental regulations, including the Storage Tank Systems Regulations and the Federal Halocarbon Regulations. She will be providing an update on various environmental regulations.


Adam Biffin
Civil Aviation Inspector
Transport Canada

Adam Biffin has been a Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Aerodromes and Air Navigation with Transport Canada Civil Aviation Safety Operations, Specialties since November 2014. Adam is currently the principal inspector for 8 airports in the Ontario Region.

Adam worked in both the private and public sectors prior to joining Transport Canada full time, and his most recent experience was with Ornge Air Ambulance where he held positions as both an Aerodrome Conformance Officer with the Aviation Safety Department and a Communications Training Officer with the Operations Control Centre.

He had previously worked as a student/casual employee at Transport Canada Civil Aviation in the Aviation Enforcement Division. In addition, he worked with 704/705 carriers in Flight Operations Departments and at Flight Safety Canada with pilot training and maintenance courseware.


Dr. Suzanne Kearns
Associate Professor
University of Waterloo

Dr. Suzanne Kearns is an Associate Professor of Aviation at the University of Waterloo where she teaches, researches, and writes about the field of aviation.  She is the lead editor of an upcoming book titled ‘Engaging the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals’.


Vern Crowley
Detective Sergeant Team Leader
OPP Cybercrime Investigations Team

29yr member of the OPP

1990 – Started on the road in Lindsay Ontario

1997 – Promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1997 into the OPP Anti-Rackets Section (Commercial Frauds) – based out of General HQ in Orillia

2000 – started the with newly formed ECrime Team as a Senior Investigator – Forensic Examiner.  (Extracting digital evidence from computers)

2015 – Assigned to the OPP Cyber Strategy to develop recommendations to reposition the organization to deal with Digital Evidence

2017 – 2019 – Team Leader of the newly formed Cybercrime Investigations Team (Investigating Hacking & Data Breach Incidents)

June 2019 – present – Outreach Manager, providing education, awareness, and sharing Intelligence

Det. Sgt Crowley hold numerous Computer Forensic and Computer Security Certifications.


David Purkis
Site and Shift Manager
NAV Canada

David began his career as a professional Pilot and Flight Instructor working primarily in the Ontario region.  After joining Nav Canada in 2005 he worked as an IFR controller in Toronto ACC for ten years. In 2015, David moved into a Management role becoming a Shift Manager for the Toronto FIR. Recently David has expanded his role in the FIR being appointed Site Manager of both Toronto Billy Bishop Tower and Oshawa Tower in addition to his Shift Manger duties.


Marion Smith C.M.
Airport Manager
Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport

Marion’s first interest in aviation was sparked as an Air Cadet. She obtained both her Gliding and Private license through their program. For the past twenty years she has worked at the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport in various roles and has been instrumental in growing the airport to where it is today and in implementing the required plans and procedures to ensure the Airport retains its certification. While employed at the Airport, she has held the position of bookkeeper, Operations Manager, Person Responsible for Maintenance, and Flight Follower for Sontair Limited, as well as, sole dispatcher for Skylink Express. Currently, she concentrates most of her efforts as Airport Manager of the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport. Marion has also served on the Board of the Directors of AMCO as Treasurer and currently holds the position of Director for the Southwest Region.


Michael Lucking
Senior Regulatory Programs, Aviation Specialist

Michael Lucking is an aviation regulatory specialist with 10 years of experience working for the regulator, Transport Canada, in multiple roles including as a Civil Aviation Safety Inspector – Aerodromes & Air Navigation and Technical Team Lead – Civil Aviation Safety Operations – Specialties. Michael is well versed in the areas of regulatory compliance pertaining to airports, aerodromes and heliports. Michael is a certified ISO 19011:2018 internal auditor, and has also been certified as an ISO Management System Lead Auditor. He has subject matter expertise associated with verifying compliance with regulatory requirements including TP312 Certification standards, Safety Management Systems (SMS), Wildlife Management and Emergency Response. In addition to quality assurance auditing, Mike has provided training in SMS on behalf of the Airport Management Council of Ontario (AMCO) and provides instruction in Aerodrome Standards and Recommended Practices TP312, both 4th and 5th Edition across the country.


Tiffany Coffey, C.M.
Airport Safety Programs Administrator,
Red Lake Airport

Tiffany began her role as a funded intern and, over the span of 8 years, her position has grown into what it is today.  She is an aspiring Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) through IAAE with education and training in Human Resources, Airport Administration and Services, Safety Management System, Quality Assurance and Travel and Tourism.  Tiffany has gained comprehensive knowledge and experience in managing a small airport and has grown to be an integral part of Red Lake Airport’s Administration, Safety Management System and Quality Assurance team.


Bernhard Schropp, P. Eng.
Avia NG Airport Consultants

Bernhard Schropp, President of Avia NG is a Professional Engineer and has been practicing airport planning and airfield design for 28 years since graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1991.  Bernhard developed his experience through exposure to airports spanning small recreational general aviation airfields through to complex international airports in Canada and abroad.  Bernhard is fluent in Transport Canada TP312, ICAO, ASSI and FAA design standards and recommended practices.  Bernhard is also a flying enthusiast holding his private and instrument rating and flies a Cessna Stationair for business and leisure.


Carmine Bello, P.Eng.
Vice President,
Avia NG Airport Consultants

Carmine Bello, Vice President of Avia NG, has spent his entire career in the field of airport planning, design and development. Carmine has led numerous airfield Project Management, Planning, Design and Construction assignments for large and small scale aviation projects at various airports across the world.  With over 20 years of direct aviation experience, Carmine has a clear understanding of all the standards and regulations to deliver effective and safe solutions for a diverse range of airfield engineering projects. Carmine thrives on the energy of project pursuits, client satisfaction and getting things done to the highest quality for his clients. Carmine work from the Toronto office and is responsible for corporate oversight of the firm.


Raymond Bjornson
Program Advisor, Airport Capital Assistance Program,
Transport Canada

Ray has worked in the Airports industry for over 30 years.  He began as an electrical supervisor, ending his on-airport career with the Regina Airport Authority as the Manager of Maintenance in 2000.  Since then he has been with Transport Canada working with the ACAP and in 2014 he began Managing the ACAP for Prairie, Northern and Pacific Regions.   Since centralization of the ACAP, Ray has been on an assignment with Aircraft Services in Ottawa preparing the groundwork/ financial approvals for an Arctic Operations base in Iqaluit.  In April this year Ray re-joined the ACAP team and is now responsible for Atlantic, Ontario and BC airports ACAP applications & projects.


Chatham-Kent, ON

At 2,458 square kilometres, Chatham-Kent is the 12th largest municipality by area in Canada and the largest in southwestern Ontario. Two Provincial Parks in Chatham-Kent include Rondeau Provincial Park and Wheatley Provincial Park and also in the region is Point Pelee National Park. There are also numerous local conservation areas.

The city of Chatham began as a naval dockyard in the 1790s, as it straddles the Thames River. During the 19th century, the area was part of the Underground Railroad and as a result, Chatham-Kent is now part of the African-Canadian Heritage Tour.

In 1998 the County of Kent and the city of Chatham were amalgamated to form the Municipality of Chatham–Kent. Chatham-Kent has many historic festivals throughout the year, such as the Battle of Longwoods reenactment, which takes place on Labour Day weekend at Fairfield Museum on Longwoods road. Chatham Kent is also home to many historic buildings which are part of an annual ghost tour offered each year at Halloween. The participants go on a guided walk of downtown while the guide informs them of various ghost stories tied to the local buildings in which they pass. Chatham-Kent was a major part of the Underground Railroad and as such hosts the Buxton Homecoming each September. This celebrates the areas black culture and the roots laid by early black settlers in the Buxton area.

John D. Bradley Convention Centre

The Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre is the new and preferred option for conventions, conferences, tradeshows and special events in Southwestern Ontario. Ballroom, expo and meeting room facilities all on one gorgeous level.

The AMCO Conference will take place at this exciting new venue, located immediately next door to the main Convention hotel. There is space for a large trade show, with indoor equipment spaces available. Seminars will take place in the ballroom with plenty of space for additional breakout sessions and meetings in additional rooms.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Accommodations have been booked at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Chatham South located at 575 Richmond St. Chatham. Please call 1-800-265-5257 and ask for the ‘AMC’ block BEFORE AUGUST 23, 2019.

Comfort Inn

We have an additional group block set up at the Chatham Comfort Inn just down the road at 1100 Richmond St. Chatham. For reservations please call 1-519-352-5500 for the group ‘AMCO Convention’. Rooms and rates for this block will be held until SEPTEMBER 15th, 2019.

Links of Kent

The Links of Kent Golf Club features an 18 hole golf course, a traditional clubhouse, a beautiful patio, a stunning gazebo, and two exquisite event centres.

Our 18 hole golf course is nestled on 150 acres of picturesque grounds, with a variety of trees, ponds and creeks. Enjoy our well maintained course with gently rolling terrain, natural streams and mature trees. There is a suitable challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

The clubhouse has a rustic charm and the event centres feature magnificent views and incredible food. We are extremely proud of our facility and welcome guests to experience the Links of Kent Golf Club’s outstanding course and warm hospitality.




The annual trade show is one of the main events at Convention. With vendors from companies who serve the airport industry, you are sure to make lasting connections to obtain the services you need. Come and visit with representatives from a variety of companies and exhibitors listed below!

1. Cubex Ltd.11. Norjohn Contracting 21. Colvoy Enterprises
2. J.A. Larue12. United Rotary Brush22. Chatham-Kent Hospice
3. Georgian College 13. M&L Supply23. Chatham-Kent Tourism
4. Team Eagle 14. H.J. Skelton24. Octant Aviation
5. Explorer Solutions15. Tradewind Scientific25. Falcon Environmental
6. Midwest Industrial Supply16. Holder Tractors Inc.26. Cornell Construction
7. Action First Aid17. Millard Towers27. McAsphalt Industries
8. National Energy Equipment18. Avjet Holding28. Aviation Ground
Fueling Technologies
9. Precise Parklink 19. AMCLA. Marathon Equipment
10. Arconas 20.


This year’s trade show is going to be one of the biggest and best shows yet! We anticipate a wide variety of vendors, and with indoor equipment space available you will have plenty of room to show off your goods. With a layout that encourages trade show attendance we are sure you will want to get a spot at this show! Booth selection is based on a first come first served basis.



Convention Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Theme Dinner SponsorLunch Sponsor
PPL logoPPL logo
Coffee Break SponsorCoffee Break SponsorGolf Awards Dinner Sponsor
ADB logoTristar logoBBTCA Logo
Speaker GiftsA.V. SponsorGrand Prize Sponsor
Team Eagle logoLondon logo
Hotel Welcome SponsorMember Publication SponsorRegistration Sponsor
APM logoTT logoTT logo
Student Sponsors
Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development CorporationNorth Bay Jack Garland AirportGreater Sudbury Airport
Red Lake AirportSioux Lookout AirportSt. Andrews Airport Inc.
Timmins Victor M. Power AirportUnited Rotary Brush Corp.Dryden Regional Airport
Billy Bishop Toronto City AirportRegion of Waterloo International AirportToronto Pearson International Airport
Niagara District AirportPeterborough Municipal AirportThunder Bay International Airport
McAsphalt IndustriesStantec
Golf Hole Sponsors
Air Support Inc.ArconasColvoy Enterprises 2012 Ltd
Cornell ConstructionErieau MarinaHotham Building Materials Inc.
J.A. LarueJohn D. Bradley Convention CentreKapuskasing Airport
Kenora AirportLondon International AirportMcAsphalt Industries
Region of Waterloo International AirportSault Ste. Marie Airport Development CorporationTeam Eagle
Thunder Bay International AirportWASCOWaste Connections

Sponsorship Package

2018 Convention Sponsors

Presenting SponsorLunch SponsorLunch Sponsor
Golf Awards Dinner SponsorCoffee Break SponsorCoffee Break Sponsor
Coffee Break SponsorAV SponsorDrink Ticket Sponsor
Tristar ElecticTeam EagleTETRA TECH Logo
Member PublicationRegistration SponsorSpeaker Gifts Sponsor
KHA logoAvjetTradewind Scientific Ltd.
Lanyards SponsorPens Sponsor
logoASI logoIAAEC
Sponsor Sponsor Sponsor
Avia NGFalcon Environmental ServicesTradewind Scientific Ltd.
Student Sponsors
Red Lake AirportSault Ste. Marie Airport Development CorporationSioux Lookout Municipal Airport
Greater Sudbury AirportJ.A. Larue Inc.St. Andrew's Airport
Thunder Bay International AirportTimmins Victor M. Power AirportDryden Regional Airport
Billy Bishop
Toronto City Airport
North Bay
Jack Garland Airport
Region of Waterloo International Airport
Toronto Pearson
International Airport
Remote Northern Transportation OfficeNiagara District Airport
Peterborough Municipal AirportNAV CanadaChatham Kent Municipal Airport
McAsphalt Industries Ltd.
Golf Sponsors
Air Support Inc.ArconasClarion Lakeside Inn and Conference Centre
Colvoy EquipmentCornell ConstructionGin-Cor Truck and Trailer Werx
J.A. Larue Inc.MAG AerospaceMarathon Equipment
McAsphalt Industries Ltd.NAV CanadaOctant Aviation
Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development CorporationStantecTenco
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