Geoff Dickson New President and CEO of Victoria Airport Authority
Jan. 21, 2011, Victoria, B.C. - Geoff Dickson in the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Victoria Airport Authority, since the retirement of Mr. Richard Paquette who led the authority since 1999.
As president/CEO, Mr. Dickson brings to the Victoria International Airport 25 years of air and marine transportation experience and a unique combination of senior management, market development, operations, customer service and corporate finance expertise. Mr. Dickson previously served at British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries), where he worked for the past 12 years — most recently as the corporation's vice president of catering and retail operations. At BC Ferries, Mr. Dickson's responsibilities included vessel design, commercial terminal development, franchising and customer service. The Seawest business lounges, the Tsawwassen Quay terminal development and several on-board corporate partnerships were among the initiatives that Mr. Dickson championed.
Prior to returning to Vancouver Island to work for BC Ferries, Mr. Dickson spent 12 years honing his skills in the airline industry with Pacific Western Airlines, which later became Canadian Airlines. At Canadian, Mr. Dickson advanced through the organization from corporate finance onto Canadian's international marketing team where he was instrumental in the development and expansion of the airline's global network development strategy that saw a doubling of capacity into the Europe, Asia Pacific and South Pacific regions through the creation of codesharing agreements and new market development.
Mr. Dickson was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia School of Business.