Airline Leaders Among those to Speak at Airports Canada Conference in Ottawa



    
        Don Bell, Montie Brewer, Robert Deluce join multi-national leaders
        from airline, airport and other industry sectors at Airports Canada
                                     2007
    

    OTTAWA, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) today
unveiled its speaker line up for the April 25-26th Airports Canada conference
in Gatineau-Ottawa, including WestJet Co-Founder Don Bell, Air Canada
President and CEO Montie Brewer, Porter Airlines CEO Robert Deluce, Australian
Deputy High Commissioner Tony Huber and a host of other multi-national leaders
from airline, airport and other industry organizations.
    "The success of Canada's civil aviation sector is the result of the
combined efforts of our nation's airports, airlines and other important
industry stakeholders," said Mr. Jim Facette, CAC president and CEO. "Airports
Canada will be a tremendous opportunity to gather these leaders in one place
to discuss the important issues that will shape our industry in the years to
come."
    Airports Canada is expected to be one of the best attended events in the
CAC's 16-year history. Among the confirmed speakers is Hon. Stockwell Day,
Minister of Public Safety, who is scheduled to give a lunch address. Other
confirmed panellists include:

    
    - Robert J. Aaronson, Director General of Airports Council International
    - Sam Barone, president and CEO of the Air Transport Association of
      Canada
    - Gary Bartek, chairman of The International Air Cargo Association
    - Don Bell, WestJet co-founder and EVP of culture
    - Montie Brewer, Air Canada president and CEO
    - Robert Deluce, founding president and CEO of Porter Airlines
    - Michael DiLollo, SVP, Technical Ops & Customer Service for Air Transat
    - Brian McGarr, COO, Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority
    - Eduardo Flores, Regional Secretary of Airports Council International -
      Latin America
    - Rich Gage, President and CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation
      Association
    - Alain Jolicoeur, President, Canada Border Services Agency
    - Tina Kremmidas, Assistant VP & Senior Economist of the Canadian Chamber
      of Commerce
    - Gregory Principato, President of Airports Council International-North
      America
    - Randy Williams, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association
      of Canada
    - Campbell Wilson, SVP of Singapore Airlines
    

    Themed "The Runway Ahead," Airports Canada will feature a keynote address
from Dr. Stephan Van Beek of Jacobs Consultancy. A former senior policy and
strategic development executive for Airports Council International-North
America, Mr. Van Beek will take a look at what the future of airports may look
like - 20, 30 even 50 years from now. (should we not include the title of his
keynote address?)
    "As the voice of Canada's airports, the Canadian Airports Council works
toward a long-term vision for airports in Canada with a collaborative approach
that involves working closely with our other industry partners," said Mr.
Facette. "Together with these partners, at Airports Canada 2007 we will
examine the future of airports as they grow to bring Canada to the world."
    Panels will look at the place of Canada's airports in the world,
international air service development, airport business models from around the
globe, maximization of non-aeronautical revenue, the business/economic context
in which Canada's airports will operate over the years to come and Canada's
future regulatory framework for airports.
    Airports Canada 2007 is being held at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel in
Gatineau, Que., just 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa. More information on the
event is available on the CAC Web site at www.cacairports.ca.

    About the Canadian Airports Council

    The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports.
Its 43 members represent more than 150 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 well in excess of $30 billion in economic
activity in the communities they serve. And more than 150,000 jobs are
directly associated with CAC member airports, generating a payroll of more
than $8 billion annually.




For further information:

For further information: Daniel-Robert Gooch, Director of
Communications, Canadian Airports Council, (613) 884-1344,
daniel.gooch@cacairports.ca


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