Source: Vertigo Communications Inc.

Premier Aviation Appoints Five New Members to Senior Team

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - April 4, 2016) - Premier Aviation Overhaul Center - Following and in conjunction with the acquisition of Discovery Air Technical Services (DATS) in January 2016, Premier Aviation (Premier) is pleased to formally announce the addition of an experienced group of senior leadership personnel.

Jean-Pierre (J-P) Bastien - Vice President Operations

Mr. Bastien, the former President of Discovery Air Technical Services, has over 28 years of practical aviation experience in the Airline, OEM & MRO fields. He has held various positions with increasing responsibilities at companies such as Aveos, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Air Canada. He earned his Professional Engineer designation and Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering (Aeronautical Design) at the Polytechnique Montréal.

Patrick Ducharme - General Manager Operations, Quebec

Mr. Ducharme has over 24 years of experience in the aerospace industry with expertise in aircraft maintenance, manufacturing operations, management services and project management, as well as significant experience in the negotiation and administration of commercial contracts. Prior to joining Premier Aviation, Mr. Ducharme held the position of GM Operations at DATS. Over the course of his career, he has held management positions with increasing level of responsibilities with Aveos Fleet Performance Inc., Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Bombardier Aerospace.

Nathalie Dionne - Director Human Resources

Prior to joining Premier Aviation, Mrs. Dionne held the position of Director of Human Resources at (DATS). Over the course of her nineteen year career in Human Resources, she has held management positions with increasing level of responsibilities with GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, TeraXion, Inc., and Desjardins Laurentian Life Insurance.

Jean-Claude (J-C) Tewfik - Staff Vice President Marketing, Sales & Service

Mr. Tewfik, the former VP Sales and Marketing at DATS has 25 years' experience in sales and account management in the aerospace industry. He has also held Director level positions at Magellan Group and ExcelTech Aerospace, with further experience through positions with Bell Textron, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Bombardier Aerospace.

Michel Belanger - Sales & Service Director

A graduate of l'Ecole Nationale d'Àerotechnique (ENA) and Université de Montréal, Mr. Belanger brings his more than 35 years of aviation experience to Premier. His experience includes positions at Roll Royce Canada, Pratt Whitney Canada and Air Canada, as well as various consultant roles in Canada and the United States.

We're pleased and fortunate to have enhanced our leadership team with such strong talent and are confident that their contributions and prior experience will contribute significantly to the growth of the Premier Aviation organisation.

About Premier Aviation

Premier Aviation is the largest Canadian-owned aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and aircraft painting company in North America, with facilities in, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Rome, New York, United States and Quebec City, Quebec. Since its inception in 2002, the company has maintained a steady growth of clients and services. For more information on Premier Aviation, visit

Contact Information:

Dave Diggle
Premier Aviation Overhaul Centre Inc.
VP, Marketing, Sales & Service
819 377-4500 ext. 398