Ian McDougall has over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry. Past positions include CEO and accountable executive positions in three Toronto based commercial aircraft operating companies and later as group chairman of a consortium of operating, maintenance, leasing and services companies including Partner Jet, UYJ Aviation, Delta-Mike Inc., Mx Aerospace, Flight Solutions and Services (FSS) Inc., (including FSS Lease Finance). He is the former C.E.O. of Learjet Canada.
A former member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (2005-2009), Ian has served on a variety of OEM product advisory panels including Cessna-Textron and Embraer.
A lawyer by training, Ian is a current member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has provided a wide range of professional commercial and strategic advice and negotiation assistance in support of acquisitions and financing along with extensive professional M&A experience, equipment and material procurement, and commercial joint ventures in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. He was a former advisor to federal Minister of Energy, Mines & Resources re: Amoco-Dome acquisition, Petro-Canada privatization, & Air Canada privatization. Clients have included investment dealers, merchant banks and mezzanine financial suppliers, domestic and international aerospace companies and more.
Ian studied at Harvard Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Simon Fraser University. He was the director of the joint Osgoode-Shulich JD/MBA Program from 1994-2006 and was the Lecturer on the Law of Corporate Governance and Advanced Corporate Finance from 1986-2004 at the law school.
Ian is also a multi-rated fixed wing and helicopter pilot.