Vaughan, ON-based Drone Delivery Canada has announced the appointment of Mark Wuennenberg to the newly-created position of Vice President, Regulatory Affairs as the Company grows its management team in anticipation of obtaining Canadian regulatory approval for drone delivery.
Prior to joining DDC in this position, Wuennenberg worked at Transport Canada since 2012 as a civil aviation inspector, responsible for general flight standards and the regulation of commercial drones in Canada.
"It is a very exciting time in the Canadian drone sector as regulatory standards are now in the process being finalized, allowing drone delivery technology to emerge and commercialize across the Country," says Wuennenberg. "At this time, I am both pleased and excited to bring my regulatory skills and international aviation expertise to Drone Delivery Canada."
"As we move ahead to become the first licensed drone delivery operator in Canada, Mark's industry knowledge will assist DDC, not only in Canada, but also in many international markets which we are looking to operate in," adds Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada. "We are very pleased to have Mark join the team."
Wuennenberg is an expert in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) with vast domestic and international experience and knowledge in the regulatory, operational, airspace access and training aspects of UAS. As a 33-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, he has accumulated over 4,300 hours in numerous aircraft and held staff/instructor positions in National Defence Headquarters NORAD, United States Space Command, the Canadian Forces Instrument Check Pilot School, and the US Air Force's Flight Standards Agency. While not flying he was very active in regulatory development (both manned and unmanned aviation), operational airworthiness and classroom instruction. He has also served on numerous international UAS committees/working groups within ICAO, NATO, and the United States Department of Defence.
Additionally, Drone Delivery Canada has granted an aggregate of 2.15 million options to purchase common shares of the company exercisable at a price of 50 cents per share for a period of five years, to certain officers, directors and consultants of the company. The options are subject to a vesting period released one-third every six months from the date of grant pursuant to the company's stock option plan.
Last November, Drone Delivery Canada confirmed it had partnered with Staples Canada to explore the possibility of introducing drone delivery service. In October 2016, Drone Delivery Canada obtained a Special Flight Operations Certificate from Transport Canada, allowing for drone delivery flight and accelerated testing in certain parts of southern Ontario.