Sponsored by Titan Fuel, Key Speaker Piyush Gandhi on topic of Mental Health and Aviation!
Piyush Gandhi (MBA, Captain) (Pronounced “Pee-yoush”) Piyush is an experienced executive in the field of aviation. He is currently the Vice President, Operations and Business Development for the Presage Group Inc. which is an organization that uses psychological science-based analytics to understand the behaviours of employees (primarily pilots) in operational workplaces and provide mitigation strategies that ultimately improve the safety and performance of those organizations. Their clients include some of the largest airlines in the world. Most recently, he spent 2½ years with Sunwing Airlines in the role of Vice President Flight Operations. Along with safety, operational, regulatory, and fiduciary responsibility of more than 30,000 flights in the B737-800/MAX-8 per year, he maintained his pilot proficiency flying on the line as a B737 Captain. Previously, he was the Vice President Flight Operations at Porter Airlines where he was a founding team member from its inception in early 2006. He contributed to helping build Porter from its humble 4 aircraft operation to 28 aircraft operating more than 65,000 flights per year carrying more than 3-million passengers. Prior to that, Piyush spent 10- years with Bombardier Aerospace as their Chief Pilot & Customer Liaison Pilot. In addition to his OEM certification/production test pilot duties on the Q400 and Global Express business jet, Piyush spent much of his Bombardier tenure overseas training pilots, delivering new aircraft, conducting sales & marketing tours, and providing operational support to various airlines and operators globally. In 2020, Piyush was the first male elected to the Board of Directors for the Northern Lights Aero Foundation which promotes and celebrates women in the field of aviation and aerospace in Canada. From 2018 to 2023, Piyush was on the Board of Directors for The Redwood – a not-for-profit shelter for women and their children fleeing domestic abuse. Piyush founded and chaired the Y.A.Y! (You Are You!) diversity and inclusion committee at Sunwing and he also co-founded/chaired the successful Women Soar at Porter program. Piyush is a member of the international Flight Safety Foundation Business Aviation Advisory Committee (FSF BAC). He has also been on the Advisory Boards for Colleges, and Universities, most notably, the Seneca College Aviation PAC (Program Advisory Committee). Piyush graduated the Seneca Aviation Program (Class ’93) and he completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree at the Rotman School of Business (University of Toronto) in 2014.