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Executive Team

The PAL Aerospace leadership team is made of up of seasoned professionals with proven experience delivering reliable, innovative custom aerospace solutions.


Jake TrainorJake Trainor
Chief Executive Officer

Jake is responsible for strategic planning, coordination and successful operation of the PAL Group of Companies. He joined PAL Aerospace in 2009 as Vice President of Aerospace Services before becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Prior to PAL Aerospace, Jake worked in private equity investment at C.A. Bancorp and as a management consultant with the Oliver Wyman Group’s Aviation & Operations Practice. Earlier in his career, Jake served as a helicopter pilot with 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

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Eric Thoms
Senior Vice President, Aerospace Operations

Eric joined PAL Aerospace in 2018 as Senior Vice President of Aerospace Operations. He manages flight operations, maintenance and modification services, and quality and safety management systems. Before coming to PAL Aerospace, Eric spent most of his career working for Canadian Pacific Railway and spent some time in financial and strategic planning for DF Barnes. He has also served as a member of the Governance Committee at Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association and currently serves as Director and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Pension Plan. Eric is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Master of Business Administration in finance from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University.

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Senior Vice President, Global Support

Philip joined PAL Aerospace as Senior Vice President of Global Support in 2019 with more than three decades of experience in aerospace and defence. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 32 years as an Aerospace Engineering Officer, including one year in Afghanistan as Senior Advisor to the Commander of the Afghan Border Police. After retiring from the Armed Forces in 2016, Philip was Chief Technology Officer at Solarship Inc. and Vice President of Business Development at IMP Aerospace & Defence. Philip holds a Bachelor of Physics and Computer Science from Royal Roads Military College and a Master of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a graduate of both the Joint Command and Staff and the National Security Programs administered by the Canadian Forces College. He is the recipient of the Order of Military Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada, a Chief of Defence Staff Commendation, the Afghanistan Campaign Star and the Canadian Decoration

Lisa Sparks portraitLisa Sparkes
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Lisa works to ensure PAL Aerospace offers all employees a stimulating work environment that supports their growth. She joined the company in 1995 and held increasingly senior positions until taking on her current role, where she manages all HR functions, including recruitment, compensation and benefits.

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Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

Joseph joined PAL in 2018 as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. Prior to joining PAL, Joseph held a variety of executive positions including President of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, Vice-President of Public and Corporate Affairs at Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada, Director of Government and Community Relations at Air Canada, and various roles with the Government of Canada. Joseph is co-owner of his family business Broad Street Cycles in Victoria, B.C., and a former Trustee on the Board of Pearson College UWC.

Keith StoodleyKeith Stoodley
Chief Executive Officer (PAL Aerospace, UAE)

Keith handles business unit operations, strategic planning, business development and government relations for PAL Aerospace LLC in the United Arab Emirates. He joined PAL Aerospace in 2005 and has since worked in both domestic and international operations. Before joining the company, Keith acquired extensive international marketing experience, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from Memorial University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.

Andrew Perry

Andrew Perry
Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Perry joined PAL Aerospace in 2011, and is primarily responsible for the overall financial management of PAL. He is responsible for strategic financial planning, budgeting, identifying and managing risks, establishing financial objectives, forecasting, and the management of financial and internal control policies. Andrew has progressed quickly within our corporate finance team starting as Assistant Controller, then as Corporate Controller and most recently as Vice President, Finance, before assuming the role as CFO.