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Former RCAF Commander to lead Boeing’s Canadian operations


May 17, 2024  By Wings Staff

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Al Meinzinger brings over thirty-five years of RCAF service to role as president of Boeing Canada, which has been working with Canadian industry for 105 years. (Photo: Boeing)

Boeing appointed Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Al Meinzinger as president of Boeing Canada and Boeing Canada Operations Ltd., effective June 6, 2024. Meinzinger will report to Dr. Brendan Nelson, president of Boeing Global, and succeeds Charles “Duff” Sullivan who retired earlier this year.

“Al’s extensive aerospace experience and strong relationships will be key to continuing to deliver to our customers in Canada,” said Nelson. “I want to thank and acknowledge Duff for his significant contribution to Boeing in Canada over the last three years.”

Meinzinger’s career spans more than 35 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), including his recent role as the longest-serving Commander in the last 60 years. In addition to his work with the RCAF, Meinzinger served in numerous leadership positions including Director of Strategic Joint Staff, Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada.

Meinzinger also served in the U.S. as a member of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command where he was instrumental in refreshing its national Arctic strategy, explains Boeing, and in Afghanistan as Canada’s Air Wing Commander where he oversaw the delivery of air capabilities in theatre.

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“I am excited to join the Boeing team, connect with our customers, employees and suppliers, and lead our operations in Canada,” said Meinzinger. “I look forward to embarking on this new role as Boeing moves into its second century of partnership in Canada.”

With approximately 2,000 employees at 15 locations across the country, Boeing Canada supplies composite parts for all current Boeing commercial airplane models and supports Canadian airlines and the Canadian Armed Forces with products and services.

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