Vic Gerden has a background of managing large teams and multifaceted aviation operations and aerospace-related projects. His early career was with the Canadian Forces where he held positions of increasing responsibility dealing with national and international aviation operations including fighter operations, aerospace testing, surveillance systems, flight and leadership training. After reaching the rank of Colonel he transitioned to a career with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada where he held the positions of Regional Manager Central Canada, national Director of Air Investigations, Chief Investigator of the Swissair 111 Investigation, and Senior Advisor for National and International Operations.
He is President of AeroPlus STM Inc, principally providing executive management and consulting services to the aerospace and related support sectors. In addition to being a Southport Board Director, he is a Board member of the Manitoba Industrial Technology Centre, and West Canitest R&D Inc (WestCaRD) which is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to assist the growth of the economy of Manitoba via technology development in the aircraft propulsion and environmental engine testing sector through ongoing investment, innovative research, specialized technologies and workforce development initiatives.
He is an Engineering graduate from Queens University with post-graduate studies in aerospace systems and executive development. He has been involved in a myriad of technical, operational, and administrative projects and has worked internationally in Germany, Belgium, Chile, the USA and the United Kingdom. He earned an Airline Transport Pilot License and has flown over 20 military and civilian aircraft and helicopter types.
Vic is married to Margaret and they have two daughters. Vic's special interests include travel, music, fitness, and innovative new technologies.