YOUR MANY INTERESTS
WAY, WHICH RAISES FUNDS
TO SUPPORT LOCAL FAMILIES
AND INDIVIDUALS IN NEED.
HOW DOES THIS INTEREST
ADD TO YOUR EFFECTIVENESS
AS AN AVIATION LEADER?
I must admit I had not considered
that question from that angle before.
I have always believed that any
contribution I have managed to
make to Centraide/United Way has
always been because of my business
experience and connections, not
the other way around. On the other
hand, I am convinced that I have
gained a very great deal personally
from my involvement with various
social causes. It is important for
us all to be sensitive to the effects
of poverty, social exclusion and
income inequality. I firmly believe
we have a responsibility to make
sure that no one is left behind.
Being sensitive to the importance
of inclusion has certainly made me
a better person and, hopefully, has
translated to how I treat people in
business as well.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AS
CHAIR OF ACI-NA?
I am particularly proud to be the
very first Canadian Chair of ACI-NA. While there are a large number
of issues that Canadian and U.S.
airports share (the adequacy and
funding of government services
like customs and pre-board
screening, to name but two), by far
the most significant issue facing
our industry is the pending U.S.
FAA reauthorization bill and, more
precisely, the increase in the PFC.
This increase is long overdue, and
no effort will be spared to increase
the chance that this occurs this
year. In order to achieve this aim,
we have been working closely
with the leadership of AAAE. My
predecessors in the Chair worked
hard to forge this alliance, and I am
very pleased that the cooperation
now extends well beyond FAA
reauthorization and will certainly
prevail after its positive resolution
in our favor.
YOU MOST PROUD OF?
When I joined ADM in June of 2001,
Montreal was not particularly well
served by its airports. The traffic
was inefficiently split between two
airports 40 miles apart. Neither of
the airports was modern and traffic
was shrinking. Many international
carriers had abandoned Montreal
and ADM’s administration was
We proceeded to reorganize,
expand, transform and modernize.
Today we possess an avant garde,
financially sound, technologically
advanced airport that is committed
to customer service. We are a major