Executive Team

Garth Atkinson has been employed with the Calgary Airport Authority since it assumed the operation of Calgary International Airport in 1992. He was actively involved in the original transfer negotiations and was initially appointed as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He became Chief Operating Officer in 1998 and has been President and Chief Executive Officer since January, 2001. Garth has been involved in the Canadian airport industry since 1976 and is a director of the Canadian Airports Council.
BERNIE HUMPHRIES Vice President, Operations
Bernie Humphries is responsible for Airport Operations, Airfield Operations, Security, Safety, Facilities Management and Springbank Airport. Bernie graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1982 with a degree in Business Administration. He has worked in the airport business since 1983, originally with Transport Canada in Winnipeg and then with the Saskatoon Airport Authority. He joined The Calgary Airport Authority in 1996. Bernie is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) and is Past Chair of the International Association of Airport Executives – Canada. Bernie joined the Executive Team in 2008.
MIKE MAXWELL Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Mike Maxwell is the senior leader responsible for systems, technology and information management. Mike has several years of experience leading technology solutions in the airport industry for Minneapolis/St Paul and Halifax International airports. He has also led technology innovation and operations for other industries such as manufacturing, broadcasting, high tech and retail. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Computer Science and Mathematics. Mike joined The Calgary Airport Authority in 2016 as Vice-President and Chief Information Officer.
MARCO MEJIA Vice President, Planning and Engineering
Marco Mejia is responsible for airport planning, engineering, and construction. He joined the Calgary Airport Authority in 2010 and has held various roles within the Planning and Engineering department, most recently as the Director, Engineering and Construction. His previous experience is in heavy civil, infrastructure, and high-rise construction. He has worked as a Project Manager on The Bow project in Calgary, supervised the construction of the new Quito International Airport in Ecuador, and coordinated construction activities at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Marco is a registered Professional Engineer with APEGA, and has a BSc in Civil Engineering. Marco joined the Executive Team in January 2014.
ROBERT PALMER, CPA Vice President, Finance, & Chief Financial Officer
Robert Palmer is a senior finance leader with over 15 years of financial management and accounting experience across multiple industries, including aviation, real estate, consumer packaged goods and technology. Rob is responsible for all aspects of Finance, including accounting, treasury, reporting, insurance, and procurement and contracts. Rob is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba. Rob joined the Calgary Airport Authority in 2016 as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer.
STEPHAN POIRIER Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer
Stephan Poirier oversees the Airport Authority’s commercial development portfolio, which includes commercial and retail properties, land, transportation, air service development, cargo and logistics. He is also responsible for corporate communications and marketing. Stephan has had extensive senior management experience including positions with an international cargo airline, les Aéroports de Montreal and a large venture capital company. He holds a B.Com degree from Concordia University in Montreal and an MBA from the University of Oxford, England. Stephan joined the Executive Team in 2002 as Senior Director, Passenger and Cargo Air Service Development, before becoming a Vice-President in 2006.
CYNTHIA TREMBLAY Vice President, Human Resources
Cynthia Tremblay is an active HR professional with over twenty years’ experience in the profession in a variety of industries including health care, insurance and airport administration. Cynthia is responsible for all aspects of HR including: labour relations, organizational development, total rewards, talent management and culture. Cynthia obtained her Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Human Resources Professional and a Certified Compensation Professional. She is a member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and World at Work and volunteers in a number of community organizations. Cynthia has been a member of the Executive Team since 2004 and became a Vice-President in 2013.