Rich Gage has 47 years of military and corporate aviation experience as a pilot, officer, and senior executive. He completed twenty-three years as an Air Force pilot in roles that included Search and Rescue, Strategic and Tactical Airlift, VIP operations, and has operational planning experience with the United States Air Force (USAF) as a Canadian exchange officer. Prior to retiring in 1988 as a Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded Canada’s 412 (VIP) Squadron in Ottawa.
After his military career, Rich joined Innotech Aviation in Montreal as Vice President Operations, responsible for the Flight Management Division. Following the merger of Execaire Inc. and Innotech Aviation’s Flight Management Division in 1991, under new ownership, he became the Vice President and General Manager of Execaire Inc., assuming complete responsibility for all aspects of the business.
From 1992 until 2000, Rich was increasingly active in the aviation community as a Director, and subsequently as Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), and as Chairman of the Joint Transport Canada/CBAA Committee evaluating and planning an innovative regulatory stewardship concept for business aviation in Canada. In June 2000, Rich was appointed President and CEO of the CBAA. In this role, he spearheaded the development and implementation of the Private Operator Certificate program, and led the advocacy, stewardship, and training facilitation activities of the Association. Furthermore, Rich contributed to Business Aviation on the international front as Chairman of the International Business Aviation Council’s (IBAC) Environmental Committee and for 7 years represented the International Business Aviation community as the IBAC member to ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). He retired from the CBAA in 2008.
In April 2009 Rich joined the NAVCANADA Board for a three year term as a Director representing the non-commercial aviation users-group, and in June 2010 he joined Partner Jet Corp, Toronto and The Canadian Air and Space Museum, as a Director on their respective Boards.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Trent University in Ontario, and is a graduate of USAF Air War College and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College.