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CVAC appoints new chair

Frank van Gisbergen has been appointed chair on the Comox Valley Airport Commission's board of directors.

The former airline operations specialist has served as a director since September 2012. He takes over from Linda Oprica, who held the title since May 2012.

“I thank Linda for her dedication and commitment to the board during her tenure as chair,” said van Gisbergen, who will occupy the position for a two-year term. “Linda will continue to serve as a director for CVAC and I look forward to working with her and the other board members to ensure the continued success of our airport for the benefit of our community.”

He has owned a travel agency and held positions with Canadian, Air Canada Jazz and WestJet.

His most recent position saw him involved with special projects for WestJet including the expansion of the airline’s domestic network, as well as the initial entry into the United States. His varied career has provided him with experience as a travel agent and in airline sales, customer service, training and operations — including logistics, cargo and ground handling.

In addition to Frank’s appointment, CVAC also announced the following changes:

• Director Keith Tatton has been appointed treasurer.  Keith has been on the board since July 2013 and he is the owner of Cumberland Ready Mix. He has served on the boards of several business and industry organizations including: Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, North Vancouver Island Construction Association, Vancouver Island Construction Association and B.C. Construction Association.

• The role of secretary will be served by Susan Toresdahl. Susan has been on the board since September 2012 and is the former executive director of the North Island College Foundation and past president of the Comox Valley Economic Development board.

— Comox Valley Airport Commission

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