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Our Team

Advanced Skills

Our team includes seasoned aviation industry experts, business professionals, engineers, and capacity development students looking to broaden their skillsets.

Tim Stinson - General Manager

Tim Stinson, a seasoned professional deeply connected to the Forest Industry, earned his Renewable Resources Diploma from BCIT in 1989. His early career with the Ministry of Forests in BC ignited a passion for aviation, leading him to obtain Rotary Wing and Fixed Wing Bird Dog officer ratings. Joining Canadian Forest Products in 1995, he focused on Forest Development Planning and gained expertise in helicopter operations. In 2000, Tim became the Safety and Logistics Manager at Canadian Air-Crane, contributing to groundbreaking logging operations and accumulating over 70,000 flight hours. Promoted to Global Business Operations Manager in 2009, he expanded Erickson Air-Crane’s global footprint in Peru and Ecuador.

Throughout his career, Tim prioritized safety, playing a pivotal role in developing safety management systems and implementing innovations for Canadian Air-Crane. Since 2018, he has directed his attention to drone technology, actively engaging with the Aerial Evolution Association of Canada and serving as the Treasurer for the AEAC UAS Student Competition, contributing to the growth and advancement of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

Cole Stinson - OPerations Manager

Joining the drone arena in 2018, Cole has rapidly become a valued member of our team and recently ascended to the role of Operations Manager, bringing a blend of expertise and professionalism to our operational landscape. With six years of experience navigating the complexities of the drone and forestry industry, Cole has accumulated an impressive 300 flight hours, demonstrating a proficiency in seamlessly transitioning from municipal surveys to emergency response missions.

Beyond the professional sphere, Cole’s weekends serve as a sanctuary for exploration, balancing a passion for mountain biking and the outdoors. Despite being relatively new to the Operations Manager role, Cole’s impact is already discernible in the strategic management of our operations, creating a workplace that seamlessly blends professionalism with a touch of adventure.

Jowett Wong - Chief Pilot

Jowett was introduced to drones in 2017 as an Emergency Program Specialist for the City of Victoria’s Fire Department. Responding to structure fires and various municipal public events, Jowett learned to fly drones in complex, high stress environments. Jowett also works for GlobalMedic – an international disaster response agency that responds to disasters across the world. GlobalMedic’s innovative RescUAV program uses drones to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to relevant agencies and foreign governments in times of disaster. Jowett has responded to numerous international disasters including wars, earthquakes and severe weather events.

As a GlobalMedic Rapid Response Team Leader, Jowett has led multiple RescUAV missions, disaster responses and humanitarian aid programs. Jowett is a highly trained urban search and rescue advanced structural collapse specialist having trained in Washington, Vancouver and Texas. He also works with a highly trained disaster live find K9 training to respond to structural collapses. Jowett and K9 May are members of the BC based Search and Recovery Dog Association of Victoria.

Rhys Abel - Business & Systems Development Manager

Rhys started flying drones as a hobby in 2017. Rhys graduated from the Business Entrepreneurship Diploma Program at British Columbia Institute of Technology while looking for ways to apply drone technology to ongoing problems. Today, Rhys combines his passion in drone technology and business skills to design new business systems and solutions. Rhys holds an Advanced Drone License and Flight Reviewer rating and has amassed over 200 flight hours in operating RPAS in complex environments such as beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), controlled airspace, nighttime operations, challenging weather, high altitudes, and more.

Rhys is also skilled in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and creates georeferenced maps and deliverables. In his free time, Rhys enjoys exploring the backroads of Vancouver Island and Rhys just completed a camping trip where he drove to Mexico and back.

Rhys is also the office Foosball Wizard.

Kiersten Van Gulick - GIS Manager

Kiersten is an Advanced Drone Pilot and GIS Analyst. Since her graduation from the University of Victoria in 2018, she has been working in the natural resource consulting and wildfire response sectors, specializing in data collection, management, and mapping. Kiersten has extensive experience collecting and processing GPS, RGB, Infrared and Lidar data.

Working in diverse contexts, Kiersten’s keen eye for detail has aided her in the development and implementation of efficient workflows that maintain data integrity.

Wyndm Robinson - Sales & Marketing Manager

Wyndm Robinson joined Stinson Aerial Services as the Sales and Marketing Manager in January 2024, bringing a wealth of expertise in marketing, product development, sales, community engagement, finance, and public speaking. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in International Business from the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.

Wyndm’s diverse background includes studying abroad at the distinguished Singapore Management University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business, providing insights into global business practices in a vibrant, multicultural setting. With his dynamic skill set, Wyndm is well-prepared to lead initiatives that propel growth and success for Stinson Aerial Services.

Lynne Rozenboom MA. CPC - Human Resources

In her capacity as executive coach (ETC Now Coaching), thinking partner and facilitator, Lynne has worked alongside Tim (and now the rest of the team) since the inception of Stinson Aerial Services.

Lynne currently supports Stinson Aerial Services in 4 key areas:

  • Leadership Thinking Partner
  • Executive Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Human Resources

Lynne’s credentials include an MA in Leadership and Training (Organizational Development), Certified Professional Coach (Executive, Group), Diploma Business Management, and Non-profit Management. Additionally, Lynne brings over 30 years of non-profit leadership, working with grassroots, provincial and national organizations.

Building strong and resilient individuals, organizations and communities begins and ends with each of us: by stepping into our own leadership in all we do, we can create the change we wish to see in ourselves, and our world.

Scott Cursley - Ground School Instructor

Industry leading RPAS Experts Our Affiliated Pilots

Our affiliated pilots are recognized as Advanced Flight Reviewers from Transport Canada Advanced Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs) certification. Their flight experience includes over 7,000 flights in forestry, mining, utilities and environmental monitoring & mapping with a mission to improve safety with every flight. They have completed over 5,000 hectares of low elevation forestry surveys and multiple days of wildfire hot spot scanning.

Capacity Development RPAS Pilots

Jared Rahman

UBC, 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering. Advanced Pilot.

Currently employed with our aviation company in the role of Drone Pilot / cixwatin Aircraft Systems Engineering Coordinator in Payload Operations Development.

Kimberly Mike

Kimberly Mike is an Aquatics/Fisheries Technician from the Lower Nicola Indian Band located in the unceded territory of the Scw̓̓éxmx (People of the Creeks, Nicola Valley) in Merritt, BC. Kimberly’s career started in Forestry in 2013 and led to becoming a Fisheries Technician with the goal to help better the environment for fish and their habitats for future generations. Kimberly has successfully pursued her goal of becoming a RPAS Pilot, obtained her basic Pilot License in 2023 with Stinson Aerial Services and is currently working towards becoming an Advanced RPAS Pilot. Kimberly plans to further her career not only in the environmental field but as well as the forestry industry as a Pilot for LNIB and Stinson Aerial Services.