Oliver is an avid pilot and he has been flying since 2001. Among his flying adventures, he has flown his vintage aircraft from the West Coast to the East Coast. He has been a member of Rockcliffe and Ottawa flying clubs at various intervals. He is an instrument rated (IFR) multi engine pilot who has interests in regulatory topics and concerns around General Aviation and economic development issues related to local airports in his town and province. During the past year he has been closely involved in the upgrade and restoration of his vintage (1946) tail dragger.
Oliver is a senior consultant working and writing extensively in the area of public policy including privacy, governance, strategic planning and global affairs. Since 1996 he has worked closely within the public sector in Canada and the US to develop public, business and operational policies that address the changing needs of governments. His insight into technology, legislative and legal nuances and operational mechanics have enabled him to offer comprehensive and integrated strategic solutions to his clients.
During the 1980s and 1990s Oliver was an active team member of several high technology firms in Ottawa. Oliver worked in various capacities from highly technical positions to managing marketing and client relationships on an international scale.
Oliver is a dedicated volunteer in the field of non-profit organizations and a supporter of health, education, arts and culture in Ottawa. For the past twenty-five years he has assisted nonprofit organizations with community / government relations and organizational sustainability through his role as a board member, fundraiser and committee chairs. Oliver is currently serving on the Board of Governors of Carleton University. He is the Vice-Chair of the Governance Committee.
Oliver is encouraged to see COPA’s recent direction in working collaboratively with various governmental organizations to protect and promote general aviation in Canada and conduct studies in areas of aviation and economic development. To this end, as a member of COPA and he feels that his extensive non-profit volunteer board experience could be used to assist COPA in planning GA sustainability and future planning. Oliver feels he may be able to share some lessons learned and experiences with COPA board and organization.