Air Canada Pilots Association Elects New Chair of Governing Council

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TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2019 /CNW/ – The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA), Canada’s single largest pilot group, yesterday elected Captain Mike McKay as Chair at a Special Meeting of its Master Elected Council (MEC) in Toronto. The three-year term will run from April 1, 2019 until March 31, 2022.

Captain McKay replaces Captain Matt Hogan, who became MEC Chair following a March 2018 by-election to serve the balance of his predecessor’s term.

ACPA MEC Chair Elect, Captain Mike McKay (CNW Group/Air Canada Pilots Association)
ACPA MEC Chair Elect, Captain Mike McKay (CNW Group/Air Canada Pilots Association)

“As the aviation industry continues to evolve, it is important to ensure our membership has a strong voice and our profession is protected,” said Captain McKay.”I thank the MEC for their confidence in me, as we continue working on behalf of our more than 4,000 members to advocate for pilots and the safety of the flying public in Canada and around the globe.”

Captain Mike McKay is a B-787 Captain based in Toronto. Currently a Nationally Elected Member of the MEC, Captain McKay has served on several ACPA committees over his many years with the Association, including WAWCON, the Journal, Grievance and Negotiations. In addition to his duties as Nationally Elected Member, he presently sits on the Nominating Committee, a role that has enabled him to work directly with his fellow members and help shape the future of ACPA. Captain McKay began his career with the military before being hired by Air Canada in 1989 on the DC-8.

As Chair, Captain McKay will preside over MEC meetings and act as the pilots’ principal representative to Air Canada on employment matters, including negotiation and administration of their collective agreement. The Chair speaks on behalf of the MEC and is the official spokesperson for ACPA. The Chair works with the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Milt Isaacs, to pursue ACPA’s broader objectives and policies.

The MEC is ACPA’s governing body, directing both policy and administration of the Association. In addition to the Chair, the MEC is composed of Local Elected Council Chairs and Vice-Chairs who are elected by pilots from home bases in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Winnipeg, as well as Nationally MEC Members, who are chosen by all Air Canada pilots in national elections.

The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) represents more than 4,000 commercial pilots who fly millions of passengers across Canada and around the world on Air Canada and Air Canada rouge. For more information, visit

SOURCE Air Canada Pilots Association