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CAC elects new chair, adds to board

Nov. 20, 2012, Ottawa - The Canadian Airports Council today announced new appointments to its executive committee and board of directors.  John Gibson, president/CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority, becomes the association's new vice chair. Gibson previously was chair of the Small Airports Caucus.

November 20, 2012  By Carey Fredericks

"John's appointment is a credit to the dedication and work that he has demonstrated during his time with the CAC's Small Airports Caucus," said CAC Chairman Tom Ruth. "With 40 years' experience covering varied roles in airport and airline business, operations and marketing, John's comprehensive knowledge will help the Canadian Airports Council navigate a variety of files in the years to come.

Gibson has been the president/CEO for the Prince George Airport Authority since July 2009. Previously, he was vice president of marketing with the Hamilton International Airport.

Gibson currently sits on the boards of directors for Airports Council International-North America, Progress Board, Prince George and TourismPrince George.

A New Chair for Small Airports Caucus


Kelowna International Airport Director Sam Samaddar has been elected as the new chair of the Small Airports Caucus, which entails a position on the CAC's executive committee.

Samaddar joined the Kelowna International Airport in 1992. Since then, he has held numerous positions including assistant general manager airport operations and airport development.  Prior to Kelowna, Mr. Samaddar spent four years working at the Vancouver International Airport and also has worked in external affairs for the federal government.

Representative for Atlantic Canada

Doug Newson, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority, has been appointed to the board as one of two representatives for Atlantic Canada.

Newson spent seven years working in Halifax in the airline industry with two different airlines, Air Canada Jazz and CanJet Airlines. He also serves as president of Discover Charlottetown, president of the Atlantic Canada Airports Association, and is a member of the Prince Edward Island TourismAdvisory Council, an advisory board to the Minister of Tourism and Culture.


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