Canada’s Airports: Key Gateways in Today's Global Economy7:30am-9:15am | Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa
Canada’s airports provide access to the world, and the world access to Canada. This is increasingly important in today’s global economy. For Canada’s tourism and business communities, effective and efficient connectivity to national and international markets is critical in today’s competitive and changing business environment. While Canada has world class airport infrastructure, more can be done to unlock the potential of Canada’s international airports. Moderated by the Honourable Perrin Beatty, the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC) is partnering with the Canadian Airports Council (CAC) to discuss the importance of airports to the economic success of Canada’s large cities and what challenges need to be addressed to keep Canada globally competitive.
President and CEO
Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Adam Legge joined the Calgary Chamber as the President + CEO in September of 2010.
Adam is a strong believer in a vibrant and healthy business community and the role that it plays in the overall prosperity of the city. His focus at the Calgary Chamber is to ensure that the environment exists for all businesses to be successful.
Before joining the Calgary Chamber, Adam held the role of vice president and chief economist with Calgary Economic Development. There he became recognized as an authority in local economic performance and conditions, and delivered many economic analyses. He also served as the project manager for the Calgary Economic Development strategy on behalf of the Office of the Mayor.
Adam is actively engaged in a multitude of community activities, including chairing the board of Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation, and serving on the boards of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada.
Adam is an alumnus of the University of British Columbia where he obtained his honours Bachelor of Commerce in Land Economics, and of the University of Calgary where he obtained his Master of Environmental Design (Planning).
President and Chief Executive Officer
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Howard Eng has been President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) since 2012. The GTAA manages and operates Toronto Pearson International Airport – Canada’s largest airport and North America’s second largest gateway hub for international passengers. In his role, Howard has focused the GTAA team on delivering Toronto Pearson’s long-term vision: to become the best airport in the world.
Prior to joining the GTAA, Howard served as Executive Director, Airport Operations at the Airport Authority Hong Kong, which operates Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). In his 17 years with HKIA, Howard played an integral part in moving Hong Kong onto the world’s stage as a global hub that consistently enjoys top rankings. Over an 11-year span, HKIA won more than 40 Best Airport awards.
From 1993 to 1995, Howard was Vice President of Operations at Edmonton International Airport in Alberta, Canada. Prior to that, he held various positions within Transport Canada.
With more than 30 years of experience in the airport industry, Howard plays an active role on many industry-related boards and organizations, including:
• Canadian Airports Council
• Airports Council International – North America
• Airports Council International – World Governing Board
• World Travel and Tourism Council
Howard holds Bachelors’ degrees in Science and Commerce from the University of Alberta.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
Michel Leblanc is President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Quebec’s leading private economic development organization. In this position, he is the official spokesperson of the organization, and is responsible for planning, managing, coordinating and monitoring all its operations.
With extensive experience in the public and private sectors, Michel Leblanc has an in-depth knowledge of metropolitan issues. A trained economist, he has a clear understanding of economic questions and the challenges facing the business community.
Recognized expert in strategy and in economic development, Michel Leblanc was an Associate Partner at SECOR. He had previously occupied senior-level positions at Génome Québec, Montréal International, and the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He has also worked as an economist for the Department of Finance Canada.
Michel Leblanc received a Bachelor of science in economics in 1987 and a Master of science in economics in 1992 from Université de Montréal. He has been named the 2009 honorary graduate of the Université de Montréal’s Economics Department. In October 2012, he was honoured by the Université de Montréal’s alumni association for his professional achievements.
Michel Leblanc chairs the board of directors of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. He also sits on the boards of directors of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal Foundation, the Institut des troubles d’apprentissage (Institut TA) and C2 Montréal. He chairs the Steering Committee of the Stratégie commune d’intervention pour le Grand Montréal 2013-2015 for francization issues. He is also a member of the Conseil emploi métropole, of the Comité directeur sur la mobilité des personnes et des biens dans la grande région de Montréal (Mobilité Montréal), and of the Steering Committee of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis. He is also ambassador of the Quartier de l’innovation (QI).
Kelowna International Airport
Sam was born in Bristol, England and spent his early youth in Kenya, East Africa. His interest in aviation developed early and from 1973 – 1980 Sam was involved with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, where he achieved his private pilot’s license at the age of 17.
In 1984 Sam graduated from Wilfred Laurier University, and went to work with the Department of External Affairs. His duties involved planning, organizing and coordinating Canada’s major Summits including The Francophone, Expo 86, Commonwealth Heads of Government and the Economic G-7 Summits.
In 1988 he commenced his airport career at Vancouver International Airport where he held several positions, including Airport Duty Manager and Superintendent of Ground Transportation. In 1992 he assumed the position of Superintendent Airport Operations at Kelowna International Airport and has since held numerous positions, including Assistant General Manager for both Airport Operations and Airport Development, while achieving his 1997 International Accredited Airport Executive designation.
In 2008, Sam was appointed the Airport General Manager for the Kelowna International Airport – one of the top eleven airports in Canada serving over 1.6 million passengers annually. As Airport Director, Sam is a board member on the Tourism Kelowna Board, Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission and Airports Council International, and Vice Chair of the Canadian Airports Council.
The Honourable Perrin Beatty
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Perrin is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Perrin was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, Perrin grew up in Fergus, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. In 1972 he was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative, and in 1979 he was appointed Minister of State (Treasury Board) in the government of Joe Clark. He held six additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments, including National Revenue in 1984, Solicitor General in 1985, National Defence in 1986, Health and Welfare in 1989, Communications in 1991, and Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1993.
In 1994, Perrin joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in the field of communications. He was an Honorary Visiting Professor with the Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario, and he wrote a weekly column on government and politics for a major Canadian newspaper. From 1995 to 1999, Perrin was President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In 2008, Perrin was named Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In 2013 he received an honorary degree, honoris causa from Western University.
Perrin has served on a number of Canadian government advisory committees, was a member of the board of directors of the Canadian International Council from 2010-2015, is currently a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and a member of the board of directors of Mitsui Canada.