Howard Eng appointed chair of Canadian Airports Council

Kelowna International Airport Director Sam Samaddar named vice chair

OTTAWA, June 28, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Airports Council today announced that Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, has been elected as its new chair.

Howard Eng, who has served as the council's vice chair since 2014, succeeds John Gibson, President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority.

"Canada's airports are a key cornerstone of innovation and growth for the Canadian economy," said Mr. Gibson. "With more than 30 years in the airport industry, and experience managing and operating Canada's largest airport and North America's second largest gateway hub for international passengers, Howard brings a depth of knowledge and understanding that will be invaluable to the CAC as it continues to promote the importance of our airports to the Canadian economy. The CAC's membership is excited to move forward under Howard's leadership."

Prior to joining the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, 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.

"It is an honour to take on this responsibility with the Canadian Airports Council," said Howard Eng.  "The CAC will continue to reinforce the vital economic importance of Canada's aviation sector.  We will also continue to work with government agencies to ensure that passengers are receiving the services required to keep Canada's business and tourism sectors growing."

New CAC Vice Chair and Addition of Regional Directors

Airport Director Sam Samaddar of the Kelowna International Airport has been elected as vice chair. He began his career at the Vancouver International Airport in 1988. In 1992, he assumed the position of Superintendent Airport Operations at the Kelowna International Airport and has since held numerous positions. He also sits on several boards, including the Canadian Airports Council.

In other changes to the board, Geoff Dickson, President and CEO of the Victoria Airport Authority, has joined as director.

About the Canadian Airports Council

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a division of Airports Council International-North America, is the voice for Canada's airports community.  Its 50 members represent more than 100 airports, including all of the privately operated National Airports System (NAS) airports and many municipal airports across Canada.


SOURCE Canadian Airports Council

For further information: Josee Curry, Canadian Airports Council, 613-560-9302 ext. 15,


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