Elevate Aviation Group of Companies

Advisory Board

Kendra Kincade – President

Overwhelmed by a decidedly challenging early life, Kendra discovered that the pathway to her own salvation lay in helping others find theirs. Her quest to make a difference in the lives of others included climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for a local hospital and establishing her own non-profit organizations, Changing Stories and Elevate Aviation. Kendra’s career as an Air Traffic Controller opened up even more horizons. When she recognized the negligible female presence in the industry, she set out to remedy the situation. Now, an internationally acclaimed humanitarian and Honorary Colonel of the RCAF 417 Helicopter Squadron, Kendra is the award-winning President and CEO of Elevate Aviation.

Koleya Karrington – Vice President

A proud Albertan technology entrepreneur, advocate, and leader, Koleya Karringten has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of product commercialization, ecosystem building and fostering inclusion in the technology industry. As the co-founder and CEO of Absolute Combustion, she has spent over a decade successfully designing and developing ground-breaking cleantech solutions for multiple industry sectors, including aerospace and Oil & Gas. She is a driving force in Canada’s blockchain technology industry as the Executive Director of the Canadian Blockchain Consortium (CBC) and co-founder/board member of the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women (CBAW). In her leadership role at the CBC, she has merged her passions for technology and social good to bring together blockchain companies, corporate leaders and the government to build the country’s largest blockchain ecosystem organization. An influential public speaker, writer, and community volunteer, Koleya strongly believes that uniting diverse voices behind a common goal is the path to creating a fairer, more sustainable and prosperous nation. 

Tracey Everest, FRGS – Secretary

Tracey has worked in the aviation industry for over 34 years and on both sides of the Atlantic. She’s currently the Manager, ATS Quality and Standards with NAV CANADA located in Edmonton, Alberta. Tracey also has a long history of representing Elevate Aviation within the aviation community and representing the Royal Geographical Society in both Canada and the UK.  When not working, you can find her mentoring others or enjoying one of her many hobbies which include camping and hiking.

Z. Shawn Bhojani, CPA CA – Treasurer 

With over ten years of expereince in both public and industry accounting, Shawn is passionate about helping business owners gain the knowledge to make the right financial decisions that are in line with their vision. Shawn has experience in all aspects of accounting, including auditing of multi-million dollar not-for-profit agencies and pre-revenue startups. Shawn is born and raised in Alberta, graduated from the University of Tampa in 2007 and finally settled in Edmonton where he made his home. He enjoys reading up on the local economic environment when he is not practicing his golf swing or playing drop-in hockey.

Chelsey Quirk – Stakeholder Relations

Chelsey is a communications professional with more than 12 years hands-on experience supporting organizational values, developing and guiding communications programs, crafting and communicating key strategic messages, and creating meaningful stakeholder relationships. Chelsey is the Manager of Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations at the Edmonton International Airport. She has broad and targeted experience from a variety of sectors and environments, including non-profit, public, private, government and aviation.

Rod Friesen

Rod Friesen’s career has been in the Oil and Gas/Energy sector since 1988 employed with ALCO LP for the last 13 years. Currently as Vice President ALCO Limited Partnership in addition to this position he is the GM Seven O Ranches (Kamloops) and GM Skywest Air Services (Villeneuve) both affiliated with ALCO Inc. His experience has spanned business acquisition and integration, strategic business planning and business development. He has a proven track record of maximizing operational efficiencies by focusing on a culture of constant improvement and the highest level of customer satisfaction. Aviation has always been a part of life. Rod’s passion for flying started early in life as his father and 3 uncles flew various planes and his eldest brother obtaining his PPL at the age of 17. Rod has been flying single and twine engine aircraft for pleasure and business since 1995.

Dr Tarek Sardana CD, DRCPC, FAsMA

Dr. Tarek Sardana has a wealth of experience supporting medical operations and organizations in austere and hostile environments.  His entire career has been focused on delivering health care to organizations such as the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in various locations such as the Arctic, Haiti, Rwanda, Syria etc.  As well, he has always functioned as a “front-line” health care worker in various Emergency Rooms and clinic settings throughout Canada.  His training commenced with his MD from the University of Ottawa and continued when he obtained his specialization in Aerospace Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He was bestowed as a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) in 2019.  Dr. Sardana is the founder and President of the Canadian Society of Aerospace Medicine (CSAM) which is empowered to help members network and achieve their own successes within their respective careers. Dr. Sardana is also an active private pilot of his own Cessna aircraft and he is passionate about mentorship in the Canadian aviation community nationally.