Organizing Committee

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Dr. Barry Prentice
Co-founder and President

Buoyant Aircraft Systems Int'l

Barry E. Prentice, PhD, is a professor of transportation economics at the University of Manitoba. In 2011, Dr. Prentice founded Buoyant Aircraft Systems International (BASI) as the first airship research centre in Canada. In 2018, he won the CanInfra Challenge People’s Choice, Award, for his “Electric Airship Transportation System” proposal. Professor Prentice has published over 20 papers on various aspects of airship market applications and economics.

Nathan Smith
Economist & Technology Policy Consultant


Nathan Smith is a PhD economist and technology policy consultant, currently focused on the telecommunications space in his day job, but with a strong twenty-year interest in airships, including a stint at an airship startup, and a passionate belief in the transformative power of giant airship technology to enhance globalization and accelerate economic development in Africa and other infrastructure-poor regions.

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Alexander Skripalev
President & Co-Founder

Canadian Atlant Co. Ltd.

Alexander Skripalev is an Aviation Safety Professional and Conference Organizer  focused on raising public awareness of a new emerging technologies and exploring new ways of air transportation, in particular cargo transportation in remote regions of Canada. He began his Aviation career in 2009 and held various roles within the aviation industry working for different aviation organizations such as Swissport International, Porter FBO and Porter Airlines, Ornge Air Ambulance and most recently the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. Alexander brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to serve as the Co-Chair of the organizing committee. Alexander is a co-founder of the Canadian Atlant Company with primary focus on research & development of Lighter- Than-Air (LTA) technologies for future cargo and passenger transportation.

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Nicole Maida
Business Owner & Corporate Event Planner

Nicole Maida Events

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Larry Pinto
Pilot and Regulatory Compliance Advisor


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