ATAC Regretfully Announces the Passing of Harvey J. Friesen

ATAC regretfully announces the passing of our dear friend and long-time ATAC and aviation leader, Harvey J. Friesen, Chair and CEO of Thunder Airlines, and until very recently President and CEO of Bearskin Airlines, and past chair of the ATAC Board of Directors. Harvey passed away at the age of 65, yesterday, February 2, 2014 while enjoying a well-deserved vacation in Palm Springs.


In addition to his leadership in aviation, Harvey was also a great leader within the community. As recently as this past November, Harvey and his brother Cliff were the first honorees of the Jim Glass Humanitarian Award, the ATAC award to a member of the Canadian aviation community who has demonstrated selfless generosity, compassion, business acumen and community involvement.


Everyone at ATAC, and indeed the entire Canadian aviation industry and communities he was so unselfishly involved with, will dearly miss Harvey as he was a true leader and all round great person. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Friesen family and colleagues at Thunder Airlines and Bearskin Airlines.