Leadership Team


Christian Drouin
Vice President, Heli-One

Christian is the Vice President, Heli-One Operations and oversees global MRO operations at the three facilities in Canada, Norway, and Poland. He joined the company in 2019 after leaving a distinguished 33-year career in the Canadian military. He ended his military career as Major-General in the Royal Canadian Air Force and oversaw approximately 300 aircraft across the Canadian fleet, managing more than 11,000 personnel. He also has more than 4,000 hours of tactical helicopter flight time. He is an honors graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Military Art and Science, a graduate of the University of Canberra Australia with a Master’s degree in Management and Defence Studies, and the National Strategic Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

Carolyn Forsyth 

Carolyn Forsyth
General Manager 
Sales, Commercial & Customer Support

Carolyn Forsyth is Heli-One’s General Manager of Sales,Commercial & Customer Support. She was previously the regional sales director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. In her role, Carolyn oversees the Sales, Commercial and Customer Support functions at Heli-One. Carolyn came to Heli-One after nearly 15 years with Pratt & Whitney Canada, where she was General Manager of the company’s aftermarket engine sales and leasing division. Carolyn’s previous experience includes commercial positions in helicopter operations and maintenance with CHC, Bond Helicopters and Rotortech. Carolyn holds an MBA from McGill University in Montreal and a BCom from Edinburgh University.


Ralf Schmidt
General Manager, North American Operations

Ralf is the GM of North American Operations and has been with Heli-One since September 2016. Before becoming GM, he lead the engine and component shops in Canada. He brings over 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry, working for MTU Maintenance, MTU Aero Engines, BMW-Rolls-Royce and other engineering facilities in both Canada and Germany. Ralf has an engineering diploma from the University of Ulm, and an Industrial Engineering degree from REFA Institute Darmstadt in Germany.


Tord Torgersen
Managing Director, Heli-One Norway

Tord Torgersen is the Managing Director, Heli-One Norway. Tord has been with Heli-One since 2006, joining us as a Customer Support Manager responsible for Europe, AME and Africa and also had responsibility for the AOG desk for several years. In 2015, he became Manager of Workshops in Stavanger and was promoted in December 2016 to the role of Director of Operations, Norway, where he was responsible for all maintenance and production.


Jacek Baranowski
General Manager, Heli-One Poland

Jacek Baranowski is the General Manager of Heli-One Poland. Baranowski has spent more than twenty years in the aviation industry, working for a number of first and second tier suppliers, including leadership positions at Bodycote Aerospace, SECO/WARWICK RETECH Thermal Equipment Manufacturing, Wallair Enginer Components (WEC Valatia), Unison Engine Components, AIC S.A. and Listemann Polska. He began his career as a Metallurgist Engineer at WSK PZL Rzeszow S.A. (now Pratt and Whitney Rzeszow) and has a Masters of Science in metallic materials engineering from the Rzeszow University of Technology..


Rune Tallaksen
​Director of Human Resources

Rune Tallaksen is Heli-One’s Global Human Resources Director. He was previously the Human Resources Director for CHC Helicopter Service AS in addition to Heli-One Norway and Heli-One Poland. In his role, Rune oversees all Human Resources activities with a particular focus on organisational development, leadership execution, responsibility and accountability. Prior to joining CHC 4 years ago, Rune served in the Norwegian army for 19 years leaving as a senior officer for the private sector to fill several HR leadership positions within oil service companies and drilling contractors. Rune holds a Masters Degree from the Norwegian School of Business, a degree from the Norwegian Army Military Academy and the Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College.


Gareth Carline
General Counsel, Heli-One

Gareth joined the Heli-One leadership team as General Counsel in 2016. He has been with the CHC organization since 2013, and continues to support the overall group of companies as Chief Global Employment Counsel and General Counsel, Canada. As a former litigator with a premier Canadian law firm, Gareth brings over 10 years of legal experience. He plays a key role in managing Heli-One’s risk profile, finding legal solutions, and improving processes to balance efficiency with oversight. Gareth holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business and a juris doctorate from the University of British Columbia.


Mike Dietz
Finance Director, Heli-One & CHC Operations

Mike is the Finance Director for both Heli-One and CHC Operations and has been with the company since December 2016. Prior to joining CHC Mike spent 22 years with Sabre – 14 in a variety of finance leadership positions including Finance VP for Sabre’s largest business unit and eight years in operations including six as General Manager of Sabre Poland. Mike has an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

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