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About Us

About Us

Meet the Team

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Gordon Bott

Gordon is the President and sole shareholder of Canada West Avionics. He has his  AME "E" license, PRM, and is a Certified Technologist. Gordon has been 100% employed in the field of Avionics since 1985, and was previously the VPGM at Pacific Avionics & Instruments until its closure due to a corporate intercompany merger. He started his career as an avionics bench technician, and has prepared many avionics modification, compliance, and engineering packages for all types and sizes of aircraft and rotorcraft.


Gordon is an expert at avionics system integration, planning, and implementation, and all aspects of flight recorders. With his strong managerial and leadership qualities, Gordon works tirelessly to keep CWA running smoothly, to ensure the highest quality in all projects, and to promote continuous improvements in all company affiliations. 

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James Michek

James started his career in IT in 1986 and spent 18 years in electronic repair, specializing in PC and Server maintenance. He later moved to avionics at Pacific Avionics & Instruments in 2005 and began working on line maintenance and installs as well as manufacturing of commercial aircraft harnesses. James has worked on all types of fixed-wing aircraft including business jets, large and small single and twin engine aircraft, as well as rotary aircraft. He wrote the CAR’s exam in 2016 and has his AME “E” license. James is full of valuable experience, and is enthusiastic about his work; he lights up the office with his smile and cheerful personality. 

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Robert Saunders

Robert graduated from BCIT’s avionics and structures program, he has been in the avionics industry since 1985. Robert brings emmense experience and knowledge to Canada West Avionics. He is an expert in aircraft instrument repair and overhaul, avionics installations, FDR / CVR  evaluations, and system integration. Previously, Robert was a licensed private pilot and glider pilot. In his spare time, Robert is brave enough to attempt restoration of a wooden boat and was a crucial member of our huge office renovation. 

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Sean Stevens


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Afzal Rahim

Afzal spent many years as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer before circumstances steered him into a career change. He wished to stay within in the industry, so utilizing his interpersonal and communication skills he was able to make a smooth and successful transition to the technical support, sales and customer support field. Afzal is a natural at building relationships and models ethics, integrity and transparency. He is stimulated by challenging problems and has been a pacesetter in an operations improvement, as well as sales and service.


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Berno Swart

Berno has worked in the aviation industry since 2009. He started his career in South Africa where he worked for multiple avionics companies, he was involved in avionics retrofit projects, aircraft instrument repair/overhaul, and line maintenance on various fixed wing and rotary aircraft.


Since moving to Canada in 2013, he has worked as an instrument technician, with a speciality in gyroscopes. Berno plays a huge role in many projects at CWA, and is remarkably dedicated to his work. He approaches all of his projects with a perfectionist’s attitude, and is a very reliable member of our team. 

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Catherine Bott

Catherine is now focused solely on Canada West Avionics Ltd.'s financial work after a long career as a bookkeeping and accounting contractor for several businesses. She is excited to watch CWA grow into a successful local Canadian business and for it to always be a great place to work. 

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 Matthew Oh 


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Gregory Fong


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 Alex Bott

Alex is a student at Emily Carr Univeristy of Art and Design, with a focus in industrial design and product design. At CWA, Alex was the primary designer of our new, modern, and beloved shop and office space. He is always working to improve the efficiency and workability of our shop, and also builds and designs parts for our customers. While visiting the shop, be sure to check out our work benches, desks, and shelving units, as they are homemade by our very own fabricator.

Visit @axbot on instagram to see more of his impressive work. 

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Terry Kim


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