Our Team

Our Team

Modalis and its highly experienced international network of industry professionals have an extensive track record of success in challenging and dynamic project and operational environments. Our collective experience spans six continents, providing strategic leadership on the full life cycle of transport infrastructure investments specializing in:

  • executive leadership
  • strategic planning & execution
  • international trade & investment
  • privatization & divestiture
  • finance & administration
  • aviation & transport law
  • aircraft design & performance
  • land-use & master planning
  • design & construction
  • project management
  • operations & security
  • technology
  • operational readiness & transfer
  • facility & capacity planning
  • airline & in-flight operations
  • ground handling operations
  • airport & airfield maintenance
  • emergency planning & preparedness
  • quality & safety management
  • transport supply chain & logistics
  • aerospace & defense policy
  • aviation & airport policy
  • energy policy & renewable power
  • wireless telecommunications
  • information technology
  • route development & diversification
  • commercial & real estate development
  • retail, duty free, food & beverage
  • commercial advertising

Our Partners

Curtis Grad
Partner, President & CEO
Canada

25+ years of international executive-level experience in transportation divestiture and privatization, including airport and port infrastructure and operations in Canada, as well as airports in Jamaica, Cyprus and Jordan - multi-modal start-up, transition, change management and turn-around specialist with a proven track record in challenging and dynamic project environments.

Carlos Allimant
Partner
Chile

25+ years of senior/executive management experience in the transport infrastructure industry, including airports, ports and railways, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), privatization, due diligence and structured finance in Latin America as well as leading roles in the logistics sector, mainly container shipping and cargo airlines.

Stéphane Beaulieu
Partner
Canada/Japan

15+ years international trade and investment experience in Asia and Middle East with the Canadian Trade Commission, engaging large trading houses, institutional investors, banks, hedge funds, pension funds to facilitate Foreign Direct Investment and Canadian Direct Investment Abroad focused mainly on energy and natural resource sectors.

Peter Bianconi
Partner
Canada

35+ years of airport planning, design and project management experience on six continents in private and public sectors with extensive experience on BOT/PPP projects, diligence/analysis in purchases/ownership changes - specializing in airport master planning, terminal and airfield design for new greenfield, brownfield and existing sites.

Frode Skulbru
Partner
Canada/Norway

20+ years of international airport privatization experience across five continents, including buy/sell side due diligence, bid management and collaboration within multi-party investor/operator context. Proposal development and bid management specialist.

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Modalis Industry Experts

CANADA

Michael BERK
Aviation Security & Operations
EN/ES/FR/IT/RU
20+ years of experience in project and personnel management, behaviour profiling, security policies & procedures development, security operations management, risk assessment, red teaming and stakeholder relations.


Rob BEYNON
Economic Analysis & Planning
EN
25+ years of economic analysis and planning (land use and strategic) for airports, ports, First Nations, municipalities and governments… specializing in feasibility analysis, strategic planning, economic impact analysis, land use planning and policy.


Kathy deLISSER
Operations & Facility Management
EN
20+ years of facility and airport management experience overseeing all aspects of operations including developing programs geared at solutions to elevate customer experience and satisfaction; project development and implementation; contract negotiation/management and developing effective business plans and budgets.


Dennis DOWLING
Airline Operations & Airport Infrastructure Planning
EN
30+ years of aviation experience specializing in airline operations management and airport infrastructure planning including construction, activation and integration with extensive expertise in airline, airport and commercial real estate development. Facility operations, property management and lease negotiation specialist.


Ted GREEN
In-flight Services & Quality Management
EN
35+ years of executive/operational inflight services management with charter and large network airlines in Canada and UAE, specializing in all areas of the inflight experience; including cabin crew, performance management, cabin fatigue management; on board product design/development, Quality Assurance & Control (ISO and IOSA).


Mike KANDERT
Strategic, Business Commercial Development
EN
35+ years of senior level experience in strategic management, business and commercial development, change management and infrastructure renewal with a customer focus and demonstrated ability to adapt to demanding, diverse and rapidly changing environments in Canada and internationally.


Ulrich LASKA
Architecture & Planning for Aviation
EN/FR/ES/DE
35+ years specializing exclusively in the planning and design of all types of airport facilities, with particular emphasis on air terminal planning, air terminal design and implementation. Other project types include airline facilities, aircraft maintenance facilities, aircraft hangars, air cargo facilities, fixed base operations.


Tom LEWIS
Emergency Response, Training & Coaching
EN
35+ years of experience as an Emergency Management Specialist focusing in the Incident Command System for site based response (Incident Command Post), Site Support, Consequence Management and Business Continuity (Emergency Operations Centre). Extensive practical experience with exercise design, training, mentoring and coaching at the tactical, strategic and policy levels.


Wayne McNEAL
Air Transport Supply Chain & Logistics
EN
35+ years of experience in the aviation and aerospace industry with the airlines, Maintenance Repair Organization (MRO), regulatory authorities and consulting, advising major airlines, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), 3rd party suppliers and distributors and governments—areas of expertise include MRO & Manufacturing, Airport Development, Airline Development & Management, Airborne Safety Technologies & Services.


Dianna MILLAR
Business Management, Safety & Security
EN/FR
25+ years of professional experience including business management advisory services for Canadian and international airports and civil aviation regulators in areas of financial management, strategic planning, performance management and measurement, management frameworks, economic impacts, business analysis, regulatory impacts, organizational effectiveness, audits and reviews and aviation safety/security.


Elvio PECCHIA
Airport Operations & Maintenance
EN/IT
30+ years of airport/airline operations and management experience in Canada and internationally providing guidance and oversight to airport management professionals, while implementing programs to enhance safety and security, enhance customer experience, transition into new facilities and maintain regulatory compliance.


Mike PENNER
Wireless Telecommunications
EN
10+ years’ experience in wireless telecommunications industry, C-level executive and Chartered Financial Analyst with on-the-ground experience in new market development in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, leading financing efforts and start-ups from business plan to product development to commercialization.


Neil RAYNOR
Executive Management & Aviation Policy
EN/ES/BP
25+ years senior executive leadership, change management, due diligence and management consulting experience in North America, the Caribbean and Europe working with airport owners, government regulators and infrastructure developers and financiers within aviation community to meet the challenges of changing legislation, increasing competition, opportunity identification and strategic business planning.


Stephen SILVERHART
ORAT, Airport Operations & Emergency Management
EN
35+ years of Airport Operations and Worldwide Facility Readiness experience, including numerous management-level roles. Successful engagement in ORAT and transition management programs on four continents. Served as panel member in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) publication Synthesis 20 Airport Terminal Facility Activation Techniques and led the implementation of many specialized airport operational programs such as aircraft recovery and incident management.


Harry STEELE
Commercial, Retail, Food & Beverage
EN/FR
35+ years of senior management experience overseeing commercial operations at airports, seasoned commercial developer and international consultant (including North America, Caribbean, Europe and Middle East) with strong ability to harmonize and balance airport and commercial operator interests.


William SULLIVAN
Aerospace & Defense Policy
EN
10+ years’ experience in the aviation and aerospace industry with the defense contractors, regulatory authorities and consulting, having led and managed new business development and turnaround initiatives for a major avionics & defense group—strategic expertise is in government/defense policy impacting the bottom-line.


John TERPSTRA
Airport Management & Operations
EN
30+ years of senior airport management experience in operations, maintenance, engineering, safety, security, emergency planning, strategic planning, customer service, parking, ground transportation, commercial development and regulatory compliance at airports in Canada, USA and the Bahamas.


Bruce WATSON
ORAT, Airline & Ground Handling Operations
EN
35+ years of aviation industry experience across commercial airline and airport operations sectors, specializing in ground handling, new airport/terminal openings and Operational Readiness & Airport Transfer (ORAT), senior level management experience in change management, re-structuring, employee engagement and business recovery.


Adam WICKSTEAD
Project Logistics Development & Execution
EN
25+ years solving complex logistical challenges – project cargo specialist for infrastructure construction and development, feasibility studies and surveys, aircraft charter, lease and procurement, vessel charter and surface transport management – global reach of like-minded logistical professionals, well versed dealing with capital cost allocated budgets and financial instruments for project completion – excels at operational problem solving.


Ian WOODS
Airport Operations & Terminal Planning
EN
35+ years of airport planning, operations and commercial experience with Transport Canada and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority at Toronto-Pearson Intl Airport with a successful track record of leading teams in airport planning, apron operations and IATA slot scheduling. Major initiatives have included optimization of terminal capacity through major expansion and retrofits, management the IATA slot coordination and oversight of the Apron Management Unit.


 

UNITED STATES

Robert AARONSON
International Airport Leadership & Industry Relations
EN
35+ years of senior level management experience, encompassing airports management, privatization and strategic consulting; airport and airline trade associations leadership; ICAO and national government standards and regulations.


Michael CROWE
Strategic Business & Corporate Development
EN/ES/BP
30+ years of international strategy and business development expertise in corporate formation and finance, as well as technology development and deployment, including projects involving aviation operations, wireless communications, electronics manufacturing, and software development throughout Latin America, the USA, Southeast Asia, and Europe.


Nicolas KLOPP
Construction/Project Management
EN/ES/BG/DE
30+ years leading all phases of construction (in eight countries) for high volume projects valued at more than USD$1BB, including airports, ports, government offices, big box, city infrastructure, commercial, retail and residential developments with specific expertise in the planning, coordination and execution of complex projects.


Luis E. PEREZ
Executive Leadership & Aviation Management
EN/ES/PT
20+ years of international senior-level management and leadership experience developed through aviation projects with international airports and investment companies in the United States, South America, Canada and Mexico.


Kevan RIDGWAY
Destination Marketing & Development
EN
35+ years of building relationships within the hospitality and tourism industries, working with the private sector, not-for-profit organizations, federal/provincial/regional/municipal governments to develop marketing and implementation strategies.


Dr. Patricia RYAN
Commercial, Retail & Property
EN
30+ years in strategic planning and feasibility studies relating to airport, cruise and rail commercial development including concessions, hotel, property management and cargo worldwide… past Associate Dean at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and professor at Florida Institute of Technology teaching aviation-related studies.


ARGENTINA

Ricardo MILANI
Airport/Airline Operations Management
EN/ES
35+ years in progressively senior positions in commercial airline operations specializing in strategic planning, managing global projects, leading improvement processes, enhancing airport efficiencies and team building. Significant strengths in alliance and customer experience development and implementation, as well as business practices in a multicultural environment.  Proven track record in starting and opening new airline bases in several countries.


BRAZIL

Luiz AVELLAR
Airport Planning, Design & Environment
EN/BP/ES
20+ years experience in airport planning and development, specializing in airport master, facility and system planning and safety regulation, managing numerous master plans and development plans, environmental documents for runway projects, urban compatibility studies, on- and off-airport land use plans and airport site selection studies – yielding expertise in master planning, noise and obstacle compatibility process.


Wirandé CAMPOS
Fleet, Network & Schedule Planning
EN/BP/ES/FR
10+ years of fleet, network & schedule planning experience both in regional and legacy airlines, specializing in profitability & operational optimization methods.


José MAGALHÃES
Airport Planning & Aircraft Performance
EN/BP/ES/FR
15+ years experience in airport planning and 8 years experience in aircraft manufacturing as a product development engineer, specializing in airport systems and master planning with specific focus on airport capacity, facilities needs/planning, aircraft development and performance, site selection and airport safety.


Mauricio MELLO
Airport Planning, Design & Environment
EN/BP/ES
25+ years experience in airport design and master planning, including environmental sutdies, with specific focus on terminal and airfield design, safety, technical feasibility, site selection for new airports, as well as urban and environmental planning.


Luiz POCHACZEVSKY
Multi-modal Transport & Airport Development
EN/BP
10 + years of experience in airport development focusing on cargo and new route development, charter operations, warehousing, multi-modal and integrated logistics, including pricing and sales, business intelligence, negotiations, trade and capacity management, service design and project management with a solid background in brand and trade marketing.


André SOUTELINO
Aviation Law & Airport Operations
EN/BP
10+ years of experience in the aviation industry within operations and regulatory authorities, with expertise is in Brazilian aviation, consumer, labour, environmental, business and administrative law and strong working knowledge of ICAO requirements.


Doris VEIRA da COSTA
Safety Management & Environment
EN/BP/ES
30+ years of experience in civil aviation industry within Brazilian Civil Aviation regulatory authority. Expertise in airport planning, State Safety Programme and Safety Management System regulation and implementation, security and safety auditing processes, airport environmental issues and strong working knowledge of ICAO requirements related to Annexes 14 and 19.


COSTA RICA

Adriana BOZA ULLOA
Airport Management, Operations & Security
EN/ES
15+ years of experience in airport operations and management, capacity planning, safety, security, emergency planning and regulatory compliance. Experience in successful implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems. Successful track record in project management and transition into new facilities, systems integration and change management.


Cesar TELLO
Airport Management & Operations
EN/ES
15+ years of experience in Airport Management and Airport Operation, including Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) projects. Successfully developed and implemented operational plans for new and existing airport facilities/infrastructure (landside, airside, parking and terminal). Strong background in operational planning and management with construction companies, engineering departments, government entities, airport concessions and airport operators to ensure the training, action plans and efficient start of operations in new facilities.


David VELIZ
Airport Planning, Operations, IT & Systems
EN/ES
20+ years of experience with private and multi-national companies in planning, operations for airport information technology, including Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria Int’l Airport. Responsible for control, management and maintenance of all information/airport systems, life-cycle management, cost/service optimization. Experienced with startups, including operational transition/readiness for airports/terminal technological systems and equipment as well as supporting commercial programs and operations.


JAMAICA

Patricia MORGAN
Civil Aviation Regulation & Organizational Structuring
EN/FR/ES/DE/NL
30+ years of experience in civil aviation regulation with expertise in national policy and strategy, institutional development of airports and regulatory authorities, civil aviation legislation and regulation. Experience throughout the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. An experienced project manager and team leader in many multi-lateral funded projects (World Bank, IDB, EU).


PERU

Alexander GOMEZ
Mechanical Engineering, Infrastructure & Aviation
EN/ES
15+ years of experience in engineering and managing project execution for general infrastructure and aviation, focused in construction and commissioning of airport facilities such as baggage handling systems, passenger loading bridges and firefighting systems. Technically sound in NFPA standards such as NFPA 13, 14, 20, 72 and Life Safety Code NFPA 101.


Christian HUERTES FLEISCHMAN
Aviation & Airport Security
EN/ES
15+ years of experience with the Civil Aviation Authority of Peru, specializing in aviation security, safe transport of dangerous goods and facilitation, including airport/aviation security audits, verifying compliance with various security standards ICAO USAP Annex 17 (etc.), as well as other security-related aviation standards/best-practices.


AUSTRALIA

Anthony CICUTTINI
Aviation Economics, Business Analysis & Air Service Development
EN
10+ years of aviation industry experience gained from client projects completed in over 15 countries. Extensive experience in aviation economics, business analysis, and air service development activities ranging from demand forecasting, business planning, business intelligence, route forecasting, data modelling, airline engagement, and strategic planning.


Terry FLYNN
Airline Operations & Management
EN/JA
30+ years of international executive-level experience across three profitable international airlines, spanning five continents and a diverse variety of countries and cultures including; Australia, Guinea, Vietnam, Dubai, Fiji, Greece and Albania.


David KEIR
Energy Policy & Renewable Power
EN
20+ years of combined international sales and regulated electric utility experience in Canada and Australia, with specialist capabilities in energy policy, regulatory strategy, tariff design, grid connection, renewable power generation, utility/client interface and stakeholder engagement.


Desmond ROSS
Executive Management & Corporate Transition
EN
25+ years of senior executive management level and consulting experience on all continents, including Antarctica, and more than 40 countries as a fixed and rotary wing pilot, airport director, regulator, air traffic controller and diplomat. Served ten years in South-East Asia and ten years in the Pacific Islands as CEO of an airport company and head of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office. Responsible for corporatizing airport companies and set up of green field sites.


GEORGIA

Irakli NASIDZE
Airport Infrastructure & Commercial Development
EN/RU/DE/KA
10+ years of experience delivering complex and high dollar value infrastructure & commercial projects in Eastern Europe and former CIS countries. Extensive experience working both with governments and private sector in airport privatization & construction, air service development and destination marketing.


JORDAN

Amin KAWAR
Transport Infrastructure Privatization & Development
EN/AR
25+ years of management experience with international companies and government organizations in Jordan and the Middle East working on challenging projects.


Hani GHANIM
Strategic Business & Corporate Development
EN/AR
15+ years of corporate finance and strategic planning experience at an award-winning commercial airport BOT project in Jordan, and various other advisory business services with Ernst and Young. Certified CPA (USA) and CMA (USA).


MALAYSIA

Ganasen NARAINAN
Airport Management & Operations, ORAT
EN
40+ years in the aviation industry including slot & capacity management, developing and establishing integrated airport operations including command centres/crisis management centres, and developing and implementing Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) plans.


SOUTH KOREA

Woojin CHOI
Airport & Project Management
EN/KO
20+ years of airport development and complex project management experience throughout project lifecycle. Planning, design, construction, activation and operations, focusing on airport capacity and business portfolio expansion and mixed use development in Asia and Middle East both with private and public sectors, expertise in airport business planning, project feasibility study, landside and airport city development and process innovation.

James DO
Project Development
EN/KO
10+ years project development experience in the Middle East and Africa, Far East Asia and North America for Korean conglomerates including information and communications technology, construction, military, energy and commodities with strong focus on projects providing socio-economic development of underserved areas.

BELGIUM

Paul van den EYNDEN
Airport Safety & Emergency Preparedness
EN/FR/NL/DE/ES
25+ years of experience in airport safety, SMS, emergency preparedness, inspections, audits, development of manuals and handbooks, instructional design and course facilitation (Canada and internationally). ACI’s representative on ICAO task forces, work groups and panels.


David TEE
Information Technology & Business Start-ups
EN/FR
25+ years of experience in information technology project design and implementation, C-level management consulting and international project management with long-term, multi-cultural business incubation and start-up experience in the UK, Jordan, India and Belgium.


CYPRUS

Vangelis DEMOSTHENOUS
Safety Management & Training
EN/EL
15+ years providing training and consultancy services on Human Factors, Safety Management and other related areas … clients include Rolls-Royce (UK, Canada, Brazil and USA), Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Oman Airports and aviation authorities worldwide… extensive Aviation Engineering background and MSc in Safety Management.


GERMANY

Marika de DECKER
Operations & Capacity Planning
EN/FR/DE/NE/FL
15+ years of international experience in airport operations, regulatory compliance, marketing, systems integration and project management with a specialization in airport scheduling and capacity planning … subject matter expert on international interdisciplinary task forces and IATA working groups.


ITALY

Carmine BASSETTI
Airport Management & Operations
EN/IT/FR
25+ years of experience in airport management and planning. Adeptly skilled in restructuring of airport companies, with particular focus on optimization of operational processes and management of the receptive capacity of existing infrastructure and planning of new airport infrastructure to meet the medium/long term demand for passenger traffic. Participation in numerous international tenders, and responsible for the planning and management of investments for multi-million-dollar projects.


LITHUANIA

Arturas STANKEVICIUS
Airport Management, Planning & Operations
EN/LT/RU
10+ years in Airport Management/Operations/Planning and Development. Operational readiness for airside and landside projects. Experienced in optimization of existing infrastructure and operational processes. Skilled in different kind of runways reconstructions.


Arijandas SLIUPAS
Business Strategy & Executive Management
EN/LT/RU
20+ years of managerial and executive carrier in fields of logistics and aviation, including experience in the State policy making within relevant sector. Successful management of the State-owned enterprises transforming them from infrastructure managing structures to business-driven companies.


LUXEMBOURG

Alain DECORS
Economic Development & Air Cargo
EN/FR/ES
20+ years experience in economic development, logistics and air cargo providing consulting and management services to international institutions, governments, financial groups, export agencies, airports authorities, airlines, and airport services providers. Successful track record in 60+ countries including Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, and North and South America.


SOUTH AFRICA

Katja MARTINI
Architecture & Design
EN/DE
15+ years of successful international architectural design, facility planning and project management experience for transport, hospitality, workplace, residential, institutional, mixed-use and retail developments of landmark status and quality.


SWITZERLAND

Nicolas SCHENK
Airport Development & Strategic Planning
EN/DE
12+ years of experience in strategic airport, infrastructure, urban and site developments like business-parks and mixed-used-developments projects in Switzerland, India, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Brazil and Colombia. Worked for airport operators, developers and public agencies. Has a proven track record in challenging projects in an international environment and has proven leadership quality.


UNITED KINGDOM

Luke ANDREWS
Project Management & Engineering
EN
9+ years of project management and consultation to SMEs and large global corporations within a variety of industries and a particular focus in the aviation sector.


David BENTLEY
Aviation Economics, Finance & Analysis
EN/FR/DE/ES
30+ years of balanced experience in the aviation and allied businesses, embracing work with airlines (marketing, market research, economic analysis) and airports (marketing, market research, economic analysis, forecasting, finance and privatization) as well as governments. Also specializing in political analysis. Author of 17 management reports (and counting) and creator of leading databases on airport investment, construction and CapEx.


John CARD
Aviation Economist & Airport Management
EN/FR/IN
20+ years of experience in aviation management and development projects, in 24 countries, spanning investment appraisal, economic assessment, capital finance, aviation policy development, traffic forecasting, project definition, airport operations, management accounting and institutional strengthening.


Anthony HILL
Facilities & Project Management
EN
30+ years of international facilities and project management experience at executive level, particularly adept at change management and organizational restructuring … MBA from a leading British university.


Robin MAGGS
Airport Planning & Operational Assessment
EN
35+ years in airport planning, operations and ATM, with experience on six continents in both private and public sectors. Extensive experience in forecasting, strategic and master planning, capacity analysis, operational research and organizational restructuring.


Alex REID
Airline & Ground Handling
EN/DE
30+ years senior management and operational experience with diverse range of ground handling and airline companies, including station start-ups, management and new terminal/airport transfers, across the U.K., Europe and the Middle East.


Prof. Norman SHANKS
Aviation Security & Operations
EN
30+ years of senior level management in airport management and aviation security, recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in international aviation security process and practices, with 15 years international consultancy experience in aviation security for airports and airlines.


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