international airport serving 31
carriers and 132 seasonal and year-around destinations. Montreal’s
airports today can boast direct
employment of 30,000 people and
an annual contribution of more than
$6 billion to the local economy.
I believe the people of Montreal
are proud of their airport, and as
a born and raised Montrealer, I
am especially proud to have been
a member of the team that made
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST
CHALLENGE FACING YOUR
We have spent an enormous amount
of time, talent and money to
substantially improve the variety of
our air service and our commercial
offering. However, the one area in
which we have, so far at least, failed
to make substantial improvement at
our airport is related to access. The
road network in the vicinity of the
airport is congested and crumbling,
and the transit time to and from our
airport is excessive.
The long-promised improved road
access is currently scheduled to be
completed at the end of 2017. To
complement these improvements,
we have long advocated for a rapid
rail link to downtown Montreal,
which is about 12 miles away.
We have financed drawers full of
technical, ridership and feasibility
studies that prove the viability
of a rapid, frequent and reliable
rail service. Unfortunately, the
realization of this project depends
upon the financial support of
various levels of government, and
we have not yet managed to make
this happen. Recent developments
on the file give us hope that,
someday soon, it will be resolved.
TELL US ONE THING ABOUT
YOURSELF THAT IS LITTLE
KNOWN AMONG YOUR
This business moves at such
a frenetic pace that when the
weekends come around, I try to
focus on relaxing with my family.
One thing we love to do is cook, but
we are all too busy to do it during
the week. We all enjoy food, and
when my wife and I recently moved
from our family home, we bought
a condo close to a farmer’s market.
I doubt that any of my colleagues
know that I am a closet chef.
IF YOU WEREN’T IN AVIATION,
WHAT PROFESSION WOULD
MOST ATTRACT YOU?
To follow from the previous
question, I often joke that I would
have liked to have been a chef.
My family would say I have the
right temperament to be just like
Honestly, I have been very
fortunate to have had a varied
career to this point that has covered
a wide range of transportation
organizations. I have always been
I think my management style could be characterized as both consultative and
collaborative. I make decisions after carefully considering the points of view of all
of the members of the management team.
fascinated by the various forms of
transportation of goods and people
and the important impact that they
have on our economy. I cannot
imagine having been involved in
anything that would have taken
me too far away from some aspect
WHAT IS YOUR
I think my management style
could be characterized as both
consultative and collaborative.
I make decisions after carefully
considering the points of view of all
of the members of the management
team. That is not to be confused
with managing by consensus. I
firmly believe that an organization
as complex and fast moving as an
airport cannot be run without being
surrounded by a group of first class
colleagues who are autonomous
enough to accept full responsibility
for their areas of activity but
understand the interaction between
the various elements.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE
YOU EVER RECEIVED THAT
HELPS YOU IN YOUR PRESENT
Many years ago I was advised
that, in whatever I do, I should do
it right, do it with passion, or don’t
do it at all. That has served me well
throughout my life.