About

The Team

Bill Tempany
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Bill Tempany was named Interim CEO of FLYHT on June 8th, 2020. He previously was named Chairman of the Board on October 19, 2015, and continues to serve as a director of the company in his current role. Bill has more than 45 years of senior management experience in hi-tech companies and more than 30 years of experience in the public markets.

Kent Jacobs
President

Kent is not only an aviation industry veteran of twenty years, but also one of FLYHT’s formative employees. Kent holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Calgary and is also a commercial pilot flying charters for several years. Early on in FLYHT’s history, Kent was instrumental in the design and commercialization of FLYHT’s launch products, the AFIRS 220 and UpTime. Kent has been invited to participate in several influential industry working groups for missing aircraft including AF477 and MH370, culminating in working with ICAO on the Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS). During Kent’s tenure at FLYHT he has held impactful leadership roles within product development as a Technical Fellow and was key in FLYHT’s recent implementation of Agile methodology. Kent is excited and proud to elevate his leadership role to serve as President.

Alana Forbes
Chief Financial Officer

Alana Forbes, CPA, CGA, was appointed into the role of CFO at FLYHT in March 2018. Alana achieved her CGA designation in 2002 and during her years with the Company, she has led many special projects. These include conversion to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in 2010, implementation of the Company’s new ERP system in 2016, and IFRS15 adoption in 2018. Prior to FLYHT, Alana was the Assistant Controller at Mentor Engineering, Inc. and before that she spent six years at Marsh Canada Ltd. in several positions, including Assistant VP Finance. Since 2010 Alana has been a volunteer board member of the Calgary Synchronized Skating Club and currently serves as club president. Alana has a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and over 20 years of accounting experience.

Derek Taylor
VP Sales and Marketing

Derek Taylor was appointed to the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing in March 2020. Derek continues his 17-year tenure with FLYHT and has advanced through various departments and held positions across engineering, product development, and technical and international sales. Derek has a deep background in sales and as FLYHT’s Director of Sales, he oversaw all Company related sales initiatives outside of China. During his career, he brokered the initial discussions with Bombardier, which led to the AFIRS installations on the CRJ-700/900 and more recently the Airbus A220, and he spearheaded the initiatives which led to FLYHT’s recent $6.2 million contract with WestJet and $1.8 million contract with Azur. Derek is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys playing golf, hockey and spending time with his family in Calgary.

Darrel Deane
VP Solutions

Darrel Deane was appointed into the role of VP Solutions in December 2020. Darrel has been with FLYHT since 2012. At FLYHT he has led the architecture, development and deployment of various airborne and ground systems. Prior to FLYHT, he worked in pharmaceutical data management, military communications, cellular design and embedded system implementations. Darrel graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc. in Electrical Engineering in 2000.

Gurjot Bhullar
VP Operations

Gurjot has been with FLYHT since 2011, serving the business in many capacities with a focus on end customer delivery: certification engineering, account management, program management, embedded systems management, and operations management He holds a B.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University and is a Professional Engineer with a Project Management Professional designation. During his tenure at FLYHT, Gurjot has been involved in key programs including the first STC certifications for the flagship AFIRS 228 product, the 2018 Boeing ecoDemonstrator program and multiple OEM delivery programs. Gurjot has been supporting the company’s growth as VP of Operations since November 2021.