Barry Rempel new chairman of the Canadian Airports Council
May 5, 2008, Ottawa - The Canadian Airports Council today announced that Winnipeg Airports Authority president and CEO Barry Rempel has been elected chairman of the association.
May 5, 2008 By Carey Fredericks
May 5, 2008, Ottawa – The Canadian Airports Council today
announced that Winnipeg Airports Authority president and CEO Barry Rempel has
been elected chairman of the association for the next two years. William A.
Restall, president and CEO of Saskatoon Airport Authority has been elected the
association's new vice-chair.
Rempel has served on the board of the CAC since 2002, since 2006 as
vice-chair, and replaces outgoing chair Jim Cherry. Cherry, who is
president and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal, retains his seat on the CAC board.
"Under the leadership of Jim Cherry, the CAC has matured in its position
as the voice of Canada's airports. On behalf of the board, I thank him for his
dedicated leadership of the CAC during a period that marked the 15-year
anniversary of the first locally-responsible airport authorities in Canada,"
"Over the next two years, I look forward to serving the CAC
as Canada's airports continue to face competitiveness challenges, most notably
the continued financial burden of airport rent, the need for continued
liberalization with international markets and the quest for the adequate
provision of border services at airports throughout Canada."
Rempel has been president and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority and on the CAC board since 2002. He has some 30 distinguished years in the
Canadian aviation industry.
Prior to his appointment with Winnipeg Airports Authority, he was
president and CEO of Tradeparks Development Corp., the land/business
development subsidiary of the Calgary Airport Authority and served as chief
executive for two of Canadian Airlines International's operating divisions:
Cargo and Canadian North. Mr. Rempel is the former president of the Northern
Air Transport Association.
Rempel has a strong commitment to the community, also serving on the
boards of Travel Manitoba, the University of Manitoba Associates, the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce, and Airports Council International. He also serves as chair of the associates of the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University
of Manitoba, is honourary colonel of 17 Wing Winnipeg and a member of the
Manitoba International Gateway Council and the Business Council of Manitoba.
Bill Restall assumes vice-chair position
Through the recent slate of board changes at the CAC, Saskatoon Airport
Authority president and CEO William A. Restall becomes the association's first
vice-chair from Canada's small airports community.
A 34-year veteran of the air transportation industry, Restall
previously served in progressively senior positions with Transport Canada. A
former director, airport operations for Transport Canada's Central Region, Restall managed the administration of 15 airports, including maintenance of
22 airports operated by third parties. He became the airport manager in
Saskatoon in 1985 and president and CEO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority in
In addition to his position on the board of the CAC, Restall is a founding director of the Saskatchewan Aviation Council, a past president of
International Northwest Aviation Council, and a director of the Northwest
Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. In 1995, he was one
of the first executives in Canada to receive Airport Executive Accreditation
from the International Association of Airport Executives.
With the noted changes, the current slate of directors now includes Calgary Airport Authority president and CEO Garth F. Atkinson (Treasurer),
Aéroport de Québec president and COO Pascal Bélanger, Ottawa International
Airport Authority president and CEO Paul Benoit, Vancouver Airport Authority president and CEO Larry Berg, Aéroports de Montréal Jim Cherry, Greater
Toronto Airports Authority president and CEO Lloyd McCoomb, Thunder Bay
International Airport Authority Scott McFadden, Edmonton Airports president
and CEO Reg Milley, Victoria Airport Authority president and CEO Richard
Paquette, Greater Moncton International Airport Authority president and CEO
Rob Robichaud, Halifax International Airport Authority president and CEO Tom
Ruth, and Calgary Airport Authority chairman Peter Wallis.
About the Canadian Airports Council
The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports
Its 49 members represent more than 180 airports, including all of the National
Airports System (NAS) airports and most significant municipal airports in
every province and territory. Together, CAC members handle virtually all of
the nation's air cargo and international passenger traffic and 95% of domestic
passenger traffic. They create in excess of $45 billion in economic activity
in the communities they serve. And more than 200,000 jobs are directly
associated with CAC member airports, generating a payroll of more than
$8 billion annually.