SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Kendra Kincade – Founder and Chief Executive Officer
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.
Laura Foote – Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer
Laura is an IFR air traffic controller in the Arctic High specialty in Edmonton, AB, Originally from New Brunswick, she moved to Edmonton after spending 13 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Artillery soldier. She co-founded Elevate Aviation in 2014 and now oversees all projects, day-to-day operations and finances. She was most recently recognized for her work with Elevate Aviation by Wings Magazine as a 2019 Top 20 under 40 recipient. On her time off, she enjoys spending time with her kids, working out, and travelling with her spouse Mitchell.
Nova Andrews – Director, Elevate Aviation Learning Centre
Nova started her career in aviation with Canada 3000 Airlines and later worked for Edmonton Airports in the capacity of a Duty Manager and subsequently as the ‘ETeam’ Manager. Her next stop took her to Edmonton Economic Development where she led the You’re Welcome Edmonton program under the Edmonton Tourism banner. Nova then made a shift and found her passion with Women Building Futures supporting women in the non-traditional career path of construction and trades. This led to her most recent stop at Bredin Centre for Learning where she managed Employment programs to assist Albertans back into the workforce. She is now extremely proud to bring her career path full circle and take the Elevate Aviation Learning Centre to new heights.
Sophia Wells – Community Engagement and Mentorship
Sophia is a pilot and chief flight instructor at the Edmonton Flying Club. She holds an airline transport pilot’s license and serves as a Transport Canada pilot examiner. She also flies the Citation 560 and Navajo for Morgan Construction, adding to her experience within the charter aircraft business. She gets to share her life-long passion for aviation through Elevate Aviation by inspiring and mentoring women new to the industry. Sophia sits on the board of directors for the Alberta Aviation Council and the Alberta Aviation Museum. Her contributions to aviation were recognized in 2018 as a Top 20 under 40 recipient for Wings Magazine, in 2019 with the Outstanding Alumni Award from Mount Royal University, and in 2022 with the COPA Appreciation Award. When she is not in the sky she enjoys spending her time with her husband Mark and their fur baby Elroy.
Emily Reiman – Project Coordinator, Allies in the Workplace
Master Corporal Emily Reiman is an Aerospace Control Operator working in the Combat Operations Center in Cold Lake, AB. Previously, she worked at 42 Radar Squadron as a tactical data link operator. She is a member of the Defence women’s advisory organization and has a passion for gender equity. She holds a masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in equity studies. On her off time, she enjoys functional fitness, astronomy and golf.
Chelsey Wright – Risk Management
Chelsey started her career in the field of emergency response and occupational health and safety. She now applies these skills daily in her position at Air Canada as the Manager, Environment, Health, and Safety. Chelsey grew up on a farm in small town Alberta where the quality of hard work was instilled in her from day one. She currently lives life to the fullest with her husband Kevin and dogs Blue and Ren.
Dina Jammaz – Indigenous Partnerships
Dina has been an air traffic controller for 22 years and loves every minute of it. Her passion for aviation shines through when in the community at airshows, career fairs, and any other events she attends in our community. Dina loves to participate in and create events to support the aviation industry and create positive change. Her favourite pastimes include hiking, riding her Harley, and karate.
Quan Luu – Brand Engagement Manager
Quan is an accomplished marketing professional with over seven years experience in digital marketing, social media, project management and event planning – with a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility and wellness programs. He possesses the leadership skills to oversee projects from inception to successful completion. Quan is also an articulate communicator with natural expertise in cultivating professional alliances and fortifying partnerships.