January 19, 2022
OTTAWA (ON) – January 19, 2022 The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a division of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), is pleased to announce the appointment of Monette Pasher as its interim president, effective January 24th, 2022.
Monette has 20 years of executive leadership and tourism marketing experience and possesses extensive knowledge of Canada’s airports and policy landscape. She brings a wealth of experience in government and media relations, strategic planning, aviation and tourism marketing to this interim position.
As executive director of the Atlantic Canada Airports Association, Monette successfully supported her members both prior to and throughout the pandemic, raising the profile of Atlantic Canada’s airport community, and building strong relationships with federal and provincial government officials and Canadian air carriers.
“We are delighted to welcome Monette,” said RJ Steenstra, chair of the CAC and president and CEO of Fort McMurray International Airport. “She is coming in at a critical time, as we deal with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. Thanks to her knowledge of airport issues and proven track record as an industry advocate, she will be able to hit the ground running and maintain our high level of engagement with government.”
Kevin Burke, president and CEO of ACI-NA welcomed Monette to the North American team, saying “With so many cross border and common issues, our offices in Ottawa and Washington are always in close communication. I personally know Monette from our work in Canada, and know that she will make a great addition to our team in Ottawa as the search for a permanent president gets underway.”
Monette is looking forward to her new role “I am pleased to join CAC to help move the national airport agenda forward and ensure we have the tools to both survive the pandemic and build a stronger and more resilient sector for the future.”
CAC leadership has engaged an executive recruitment firm to help with the selection of a new president. The search is expected to take between three to six months.
About the Canadian Airports Council
The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a division of Airports Council International-North America, is the voice of Canada’s airports. Its 56 members represent more than 100 airports, including all of the privately operated National Airports System (NAS) airports and many municipal airports.
Canada’s locally managed and not for profit airports are essential community assets. In 2019, they supported 194,000 direct jobs, contributed $19 billion to GDP and $48 billion in direct economic outputs. They also remitted $6.9 billion in taxes to municipal, provincial and federal governments.