Leadership Team

Dylan Fast

President & CEO

Dylan Fast is known as an innovator and entrepreneur in the Manitoba business community. Aviation has been part of the Fast family for two generations and is a passion that inspires him to continually improve the experience of Fast Air.

Beginning his career as a Commercial Pilot, it soon became apparent there was a need to establish an air service to suit the growing needs of the business community and government services of Manitoba and beyond. Dylan began a lean operation in 1995 and has successfully grown it to be the largest fleet of business aircraft in Manitoba with a growing number of enthusiastic employees. Dylan continues to enjoy flying, leading in business and spending time with his family.

Anthony Dyck

General Manager

Anthony brings nearly 2 decades of aviation experience to his role as General Manager. He joined Fast Air in 2004 as an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME). Anthony’s leadership led to his promotion as Production Manager, followed by becoming the Director of Maintenance (DOM). In 2015, Fast Air President and CEO, Dylan Fast promoted Anthony to the role of General Manager of the rapidly growing company. Anthony brings his strong people skills and broad knowledge and experience of aviation to his role as GM. Anthony has received a respected industry award for his work. He is popular with customers and staff for problem solving and leadership.

Matt Johnson

Operations Manager

With over 14 years in the industry, Matthew brings an extensive depth of aviation experience ranging from charter flying to instructor, as well as holding the position of Chief Pilot. As Fast Air’s Operations Manager, Matthew combines his exceptional abilities as a professional pilot with strong decision-making and sound management skills. His past experience as a flight instructor allows him to provide significant contributions and recommendations to our Fast Air Training Department. Matthew provides direction and leadership to the Fast Air Team in all aspects of the organization.

Shelley Gerbrandt

Sales & Logistics

Shelley has worked in sales for the transportation industry for more than 20 years, and has worked as Fast Air’s Sales and Logistics Manager for the last 15 years. Shelley ensures that the sales and customer service team at Fast Air promotes a professional, comfortable customer experience which starts from when the passengers enter the executive lounge, to the personal greeting at the front desk to a comfortable flight that arrives on time. Shelley enjoys working with the team at Fast Air. “We are a company that has integrity and knows how to treat the customer right.”

Dennis Lyons

MMM, CD, AME, Person Responsible for Maintenance (PRM)

Dennis Lyons is the Person Responsible for Maintenance for Fast Air Ltd. In addition to this he is also the Operations Manager for the Helicopter Division. Dennis began his career in 1979 with the Armed Forces working and instructing on Fighters and Helicopters. After retiring he ran his own business for 10 years providing Aircraft Maintenance and consulting services. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace, on the Board for the Central Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association and the Manitoba Aviation Council. He has worked on numerous CAMC projects and committees including Chairing the National Standing Trade Advisory Committee for his profession, Development of Occupational Standards for Maintenance Managers and development of a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition system for the aviation industry. Dennis is proud of the fact that the personnel in the maintenance department are all committed to providing outstanding service with customer safety as their number one priority. Dennis was a member of the Transport Canada, Flight Crew Fatigue Management Working Group.

Ross Bale

Chief Flight Medic

Ross joined Fast Air in 2010 and brings 30 years of emergency medical experience to the Fast Air Team. He is dedicated to ensuring that Vanguard Air Care sets the standard for patient care. Ross has held distinguished positions on various provincial and federal EMS committees and operated a successful business serving the EMS industry, a commitment to those he serves.
Ross’s hands-on approach in managing the medevac operation has helped to take Fast Air Medevac to a new level of service delivery. Ross continually encourages and motivates the Medevac Team; creating a safe, efficient and productive operation. Ross’s commitment to continual team support and coaching help ensure our medical staff are fully engaged in achieving success and providing optimum care.

Dan Rutherford

Marketing & Business Development

Dan is focused on growing the Fast Air brand and exploring new opportunities in Business Aviation. His background experience in Aviation Marketing and Leadership in the Non-profit sector. He enjoys working with customer challenges and finds innovative ways to partner with others to produce results. With training in business, commercial aviation and customer care, he has a good grasp of complexities involved marketing and business development. He enjoys time with his family, cycling, kayaking, tennis, and body-surfing whenever possible.

Jonathan Ray

CPA | CA
Financial Controller

Jonathan joined Fast Air in 2014 as the financial controller. He graduated from Brandon University with a degree in Business Administration in 2007. Jon was invited to join the firm of MNP LLP and earned his professional accounting designation in 2010. His valuable  advice made him an ideal candidate to fulfil the newly created role of Controller at Fast Air.

His broad experience as a CPA|CA with MNP LLP gives him a strong foundation for managing the diverse financial needs of a dynamic company like Fast Air. In his free time Jonathan enjoys curling and golfing.

 

Sarah Dann


CPHR
Human Resources Manager

Sarah joined Fast Air in 2013 and is focused on building collaboration across the business and building value for our customers by maximizing the capabilities of team members. Sarah’s experience in service-focused industries such as professional services, international retail and multi-modal transportation and distribution has provided her with a unique perspective on the value of business aviation for our growing Charter customer base and preferred clients of Jaunt, Fast Air’s newest brand offering distinctive travel experiences. Sarah received her designation in HR in 2007 and has been a member of the HRMAM since 2003. A passionate life-long learner, Sarah recently completed a Certificate in Critical Incident and Trauma Response.

“A successful company has a unified leadership team that works together and can have fun while doing it.” – Anthony Dyck GM

“Visionary companies pursue a cluster of objectives, of which making money is only one—and not necessarily the primary one.”
James C. Collins, "Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies"