Wendell C. Wiebe M.Ed.
Chief Executive Officer
Wendell C. Wiebe joined Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Council (MAHRC) in 2009. In 2016, MAHRC merged with Manitoba Aerospace Association and became Manitoba Aerospace Inc.
Wendell Wiebe is responsible for the overall operation of Manitoba Aerospace as defined by its mandate and its Blue Sky Vision and reports to the Manitoba Aerospace Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the aerospace and defence industry in Manitoba.
Wendell has been involved in adult education for over 20 years holding a Masters of Education from the University of Manitoba. Being asked to contribute to Adult Literacy Now, a book published in 2000, has been the highlight of his career in education and training. He authored a chapter on building a business case for establishing literacy programs in the workplace.
Prior to joining Manitoba Aerospace, Wendell was employed by Bristol Aerospace (currently, Magellan Aerospace) for 17 years. Starting as Manager of Staff Development, he was instrumental in creating an employee training and development system. His department was recognized several times for its innovative programs and collaborative approach in this area. After 10 years in a training role, Wendell became Director of Human Resources at Bristol. Wendell has a long history with Manitoba Aerospace serving as Bristol’s representative on the Executive for 17 years including serving as Chair from 1999 to 2004.
Barbara Bowen BBA, CIM
Manager Special Programs
Barbara Bowen joined Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Council in June 1999.
Programs under her management include the New Hires projects, AAiM Day, Aerospace Ambassadors, plus a number of other initiatives. As part of her responsibilities, Barb is the MAHRC liason to educational institutions including Tec Voc High School, Neeginan College of Applied Technology, Red River College – Stevenson Campus, the Faculty of Business and Economics at University of Winnipeg, and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba.
Prior to coming to MAHRC, Barb worked for 10 years in aviation and has a background in education and human resources. Barb holds a Certificate in Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Winnipeg.
Barb believes in giving people the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to fulfill their potential and gain employment in the Aerospace industry.
John Kliewer CD, B.Sc., CHRM, CHRP
Human Resources Development Officer
John Kliewer joined Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Council in April 2011.
John provides senior human resources and leadership consulting services to organizations. In his consulting work with MAHRC member companies, he is committed to ensuring that strategic plans and human resources plans connect and that the organization’s human resources provide value for the long term.
John has worked for over 18 years as a human resources professional in the private and not-for-profit sectors. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, a four year Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Manitoba, and has earned the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation from the Canadian Council of Human Resource Management Associations.
John has held positions as a training manager, human resources manager, and senior HR manager in organizations from 100 to over 1,000 employees, and lead HR teams of 5 to 9 individuals. In those roles, John has gained experience in training and development, recruiting, corporate policy and procedure development, safety and health, human resources planning, and compensation management. John has been a member of the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba since 1997.
In addition, John has over 15 years of leadership experience in the aviation field. In 1988, he was commissioned as an officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He flew more than 3,000 missions acting as a Pilot, Flight Instructor, and Standards Officer. He was also a designated Safety Officer/Accident Investigator. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) Medal in November 2001 having held various operational and strategic leadership roles. He retired from the RCAF Reserves in 2003 at the rank of Captain.
Sahar Boctor joined Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Council in August 2010.
In her role as Financial Office Sahar plans, directs and manages all phases of accounting and budget related operations. She has over 15 years of experience in finance, accounting, and auditing.
Prior to joining MAHRC, Sahar worked in the Ministry of Finance in Egypt as Internal Auditor for 11 years. Sahar graduated from Ain Shams University with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting.
Currently enrolled as a CPA candidate, Sahar achieved the highest provincial marks in Financial Accounting: Consolidation and Advanced Issues at the winter 2012 examination session. Sahar is currently in the PEP level of CPA program.
Heidi Abraham joined Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Council in March 2014, bringing with her experience in both administration and accounting.
Previously, Heidi worked as an Operational / GL Accountant at Financial View. Prior to that, Heidi worked at Alico (now MetLife). Heidi was promoted several times at Alico, starting as Department Secretary and ending as a Life Insurance Underwriter.
Heidi has completed the “Foundation Studies in Accounting” from the CGA of Manitoba. In addition, Heidi has several certificates from Life Office Management Association “LOMA”, Georgia, USA, which includes “Foundations of Customer Service”. Heidi is currently in the PEP level of CPA program.
Wade Parke B.A
Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Wade Parke joined Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Council in April 2014.
Wade works with the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) and the Neeginan Institute of Applied Technology along with our Manitoba Aerospace partners to develop relationships to foster long term stable Aboriginal participation in the Aerospace sector.
His experience includes policy and legislative work in a government and not for profit setting. He has worked in community development, newcomer and refugee services and serves on many boards and committees. He believes that people can change their lives for the better with education, hard work, and the support of the community. His belief in the potential of the Aboriginal community and the key role they will play in the future of Manitoba Aerospace and the Manitoba economy is what drives him to work in this dynamic and growing industry.