This Talk is Organized by the Vancouver Island Engineering Soceity
Harbour Air was named a 2019 winner of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation! After ten consecutive years being recognized for its Best Managed status, this is the fourth year Harbour Air has been awarded as a Platinum Club member. “We’re very proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies,” said Randy Wright, President of Harbour Air. With more than 450 staff, the Harbour Air Group, consisting of Harbour Air Seaplanes, Whistler Air, Satspring Air and Harbour Air Aerospace Services has become one of the world’s largest seaplane airlines. We are rooted in our commitments to Safety, Service, Innovation and Team Spirit, every team member works to provide unforgettable, expectation-exceeding passenger experiences. The Harbour Air Group is proud to be North America’s first carbon neutral airline, since 2007.
Harbour Air, North America’s largest seaplane airline, and magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, conducted the first successful flight of the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft on Dec. 10th, 2019. The flight of the ePlane, a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver magnified by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system, took place on the Fraser River in Richmond. The plane was piloted by Harbour Air CEO and founder Greg McDougall. This historic flight signifies the start of the third era in aviation – the electric age. “Today, we made history,” said Greg McDougall, CEO and founder of Harbour Air Seaplanes. “I am incredibly proud of Harbour Air’s leadership role in re-defining safety and innovation in the aviation and seaplane industry. Canada has long held an iconic role in the history of aviation, and to be part of this incredible world-first milestone is something we can all be really proud of.” magniX and Harbour Air are beginning the certification and approval process for the propulsion system and the retrofitting of aircraft. Once the certification is complete, the rest of the fleet can be magnified with magniX’s all-electric propulsion technology.
President, Harbour Air Group
As the President of the Harbour Air Group, Randy Wright oversees the operations and business development of the company that welcomes more than 500,000 passengers annually on their showcase fleet of aircraft. Randy was born and raised in Victoria and has over 40 years of experience in the travel, tourism and marine business. Randy began his career on the dock at the Oak Bay Marina, where Randy’s passion for the industry moved him through the ranks of management and into the position of President of the Oak Bay Marine Group. At Oak Bay, Randy was responsible for over 1,000 employees, consisting of 18 divisions in 3 countries, which included marinas, resorts, restaurants and attractions. In 2000, Randy made a career change and joined Harbour Air. Of its many accolades, Harbour Air is widely known for becoming North America’s first fully carbon-neutral airline (achieving this in 2007). In addition to this and many other honours, Harbour Air is recognized nationally for being one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte Canada, a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada, as well as Business of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Randy and the Harbour Air team recognize however that business growth means greater corporate responsibility and therefore works diligently to continue to introduce new ways in which they are reducing the company’s carbon footprint. This was recently demonstrated through the successful test flight of the world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft, which received worldwide attention from both the business and aviation community. Randy is passionate about giving back to the West Coast and actively supports the Pacific Salmon Foundation as well as has served on many boards, including the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and Tourism Victoria. Randy continues to work, live and play in Victoria with his wife and 2 young children who all share his passion for the outdoors and the Island community.