The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) has announced that Joyce Carter, the president and CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA), has been elected as the new chair – becoming the first woman to assume the role in the association’s history.

Carter has served as CAC’s Vice Chair since 2018. She joined HIAA in 1999 and was named President and CEO in 2014. She is also a member of Women in Aviation International and Women in Aerospace Canada – Atlantic.

“I’m looking forward to my new role with the CAC, the voice of Canada’s airport’s, working with government and other industry stakeholders to provide travellers with safe, comfortable air access that connects Canada with the world,” said Joyce Carter. “Canada’s airports are an economic success story both nationally and regionally, with airport operations sustaining nearly 200,000 direct jobs across Canada.”

“The partnership and collaboration between airports in Canada and the U.S. has never been stronger,” Carter continued. “The multinational nature of ACI-NA means Canadian airports can continue to work closely with colleagues in the U.S. to improve cross border processes, while learning from innovation and best practices being developed at airports around the world.”

Carter succeeds Sam Samaddar, Airport Director of the Kelowna International Airport, who is to assume a new leadership position as Vice Chair of Airports Council International – North America, which the CAC is a division of.

Meanwhile, RJ Streenstra, the President and CEO of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority has been elected as the new Vice Chair. He has previously served as Vice Chair of the CAC Small Airport Caucus.

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