New Leadership For YYC Calgary International Airport

November 22, 2016   |  

November 22, 2016

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Airport Authority will be welcoming Mr. Robert (Bob) Sartor as its new President & CEO effective January 1, 2017.

"Our Board's search committee conducted an extensive outreach and review to find the best person for YYC," said Mel Belich, Board Chair of The Calgary Airport Authority. "Mr. Sartor has extensive and proven leadership skills that will ensure the continued success of our airport."

Widely regarded as a strategic visionary, Mr. Sartor most recently served as President and CEO at Big Rock Brewery where he has led the company since early 2012. Prior to Big Rock, Mr. Sartor was the CEO of the Forzani Group from 2003 to 2011 and also served as its President from 2000 to 2003 and its Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2000. He has also held senior roles with Avenor Inc., the Oshawa Group and Kraft General Foods Canada.

"It is a great privilege to join the team at YYC," said Mr. Sartor. "Calgary has a world-class airport. It not only connects people to the world but is a robust economic generator. There remain many opportunities ahead and I am anxious to get to work."

"Our retiring President & CEO Garth Atkinson leaves an incredible legacy including the recently opened International Terminal. His commitment to The Calgary Airport Authority has resulted in a new and exciting global travel experience at YYC," noted Mel Belich.


The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital organization, incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act, and is responsible for the safe, secure and efficient management of the YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank Airport (YBW) under long-term lease from the Government of Canada. YYC's mandate is to advance economic and community development by providing improved airline and transportation services for the benefit of the public. The Authority has invested over $4 billion into the continued development of YYC, opening Canada's longest runway in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016. YYC is a key economic driver for Calgary and Alberta, generating more than $8 billion in economic activity annually and creating 48,000 jobs.

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