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The Bombardier Safety Standdown Advisory Council provides expertise and recommendations to further Safety Standdown Program's mission of preventing human error in aviation through global educational resources. The Council serves in an advisory capacity and is accountable to keep Safety Standdown Programs on track with long-term goals and contributes towards the programs vitality.

The mission of the Advisory Council is to provide advice, recommendations and suggestions for the content and direction of the Safety Standdown programs, by evaluating past activities, assisting in development of current projects, and creating and supporting the future goals of Safety Standdown.

Troy Smith

Advisory Council Chairman

Leidos Corp

Aviation Safety Manager

Subject Matter Expert: Internal Safety Programs
Council Member since 2015

Mark Chaffinch

Advisory Council Member

Norfolk Southern

Director Aviation

Council Member since 2018

Ed Coleman

Advisory Council Vice Chairman

Embry Riddle

Director of the Robertson Safety Institute and Department Chair for Safety Science Department 

Council Member since 2015

Melissa Cooper, A.A.E

Advisory Council Member

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (KMKC)


Council Member since 2019

Étienne Côté

Advisory Council Member

Bombardier Business Aircraft

Flight Operations

Council Member since 2020

Martin G. Grier, CAM, PMP, A&P/IA

Advisory Council Member

The Home Depot Aviation Department

Sr. Manager, Aircraft Maintenance

Council Member since 2019

Dr. Amy Grubb

Advisory Council Member

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Sr. Industrial/Organizational Psychologist

Subject Matter Expert: Organizational Development
Council Member since 2018

Leo Knaapen

Advisory Council Member

Bombardier Aviation

Chief, Industry Affairs

Council Member since 2017

Mark Larsen

Advisory Council Member


Senior Manager, Safety & Flight Operations

Council Member since 2015

Jeff Wofford

Advisory Council Member


Chief Pilot and Director of Aviation

Council Member since 2015