Board of Directors

The composition of The Calgary Airport Authority’s Board of Directors is well-rounded and our Board members, rooted in the community, contribute extensive finance, business and aviation expertise, with global for-profit and non-profit business experience. They are driven to ensure the airports' success while advancing our city and region's economic and community development.

Board members are appointed by four organizations; the Long-Range Planning Committee of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the City of Calgary, the Federal Government and Rocky View County.

 

 

Michael Casey, Board Chair

Michael Casey, Q.C.
Board Chair
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2014

 

Mike Casey is a retired partner of Field LLP where his practice focused on civil litigation, primarily in the areas of insurance defence, construction and energy. He currently is Counsel to the firm following his retirement in 2012. Mike holds a B. Comm from the University of Alberta, an LL.B from Queen’s University and has completed the ICD Director Education Program. He has been involved in many organizations, serving as President and Chairman of the Board of the Calgary Stampede, Vice-Chairman of the Alberta Motor Association, President of the Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch, and President of the Calgary Junior Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

Larry Benke, P.ENG, ICD.D
Appointed by Rocky View County in 2011

 

 

Larry has extensive experience in the engineering and construction industries including Chair/ CEO of the Colt Companies and Managing Director of WorleyParsons Canada.  He currently serves on the Board of Next Hydrogen Corporation, a Canadian renewable energy and technology company manufacturing advanced electrolysers for hydrogen generation.  Larry is a Director of Cervus Equipment Corporation, a TSX listed company in the business of acquiring and operating agricultural, transportation and construction equipment dealerships.  Larry also serves on the Board of Stray Books Ltd., a publisher of Canadian literature.  Past director roles have included the boards of WorleyParsons Limited, a global engineering and project delivery company listed on the Australian stock exchange, and CEDA International Corporation, a maintenance and construction company.  Mr. Benke graduated from the University of Alberta in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Honors Standing) and is a graduate of the ICD Directors Education Program.  

 

DAVID C. BLOM, CA, TEP, ICD.D

David C. Blom, CA, TEP
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2016

David Blom is the Vice President of Finance and Board Secretary for Carey Management Inc. Before joining the team at Wallace & Carey, David was a Managing Partner for Southern Alberta at Grant Thornton LLP where he began his accounting career in 1986. David volunteered  in various roles and is currently President of Ducks Unlimited Canada (1984-Present). He also serves on several non-profit and professional boards.  

 

Don Cormack, CPA, ICD.D
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2016

Don Cormack is a retired Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he served as the Calgary and Alberta Audit and Advisory Practice Leader and was a member of the National Assurance Executive. He has extensive financial accounting and reporting experience with both private and public companies of all sizes, covering regulatory compliance, risk management, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, internal controls and governance in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. Don has served on numerous not-for-profit and public Boards, and he is currently a Director and Audit Committee Chair at Petrus Resources Ltd as well as United Farmers of Alta. Don is also currently Audit Committee Chair of the Calgary Police Foundation. He was the Chair of The Calgary Foundation and a Director of the Parks Foundation, Calgary. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA, CPA), a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors Program (ICD.D) and has a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

 

 

Fraser, Wendelin

Wendelin Fraser
Appointed by the City of Calgary in 2012

Wendelin Fraser teaches entrepreneurship and social innovation as an Associate Professor at Mount Royal University (MRU). She was recently Dean of the Bissett School of Business at MRU. Wendelin is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (BA) and Simon Fraser University (MBA), and has worked in increasingly senior positions in five western universities over the past 35 years. Wendelin is a recipient of several national and regional awards including the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012 in recognition of her contribution to the community. She has been a Director, Board and Committee member in numerous local and national organizations and currently sits as Board member of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta and member of the Portfolio Advisory Committee of the United Way of Calgary.  

           

           

Goertz, Andrea

Andrea Goertz 
Appointed by the Government of Canada in 2019

Andrea has extensive experience as an executive and board member. Andrea was Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer at TELUS, leading a national team responsible for a diverse portfolio comprised of external communications, media relations, privacy, provincial government relations, real estate, corporate marketing, sponsorships, community investment, and corporate social responsibility. Andrea was accountable for the vision, design, partnership and execution of several iconic real estate developments, most notably TELUS Garden in Vancouver and TELUS Sky in Calgary. Andrea's leadership earned TELUS repeated recognition on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and she was a recipient in 2012 and 2014 of WXN Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. Andrea's past Board experience includes Alberta Ballet, Theatre Calgary, Arts Commons, the TELUS Calgary Community Board and the Haskayne School of Business Advisory Council. Andrea currently serves on the board of Boardwalk REIT. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance (Distinction) and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Alberta, and is a graduate of the ICD Directors Education Program.

 

Matt Heffernan
Chair, Business Development Committee
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2015

Matt Heffernan is the CEO of Zedi Inc., a Calgary-based oil and gas services and technology company.   Matt has served on many boards including Executive Chairman of the Board for Blackbridge, a private company involved with satellite imaging for various companies and government departments.   In addition, Matt is a former board member of Canadian Locators Inc. and the Van Horne Institute.   Matt also served as a member of the Chairman’s Circle for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).   Matt’s extensive experience in executive management roles in technology, sales and business development includes TELUS Corporation, Exocom, and an entrepreneurial venture, Outrider Technologies, before coming to Zedi to achieve the vision of becoming a global leader in production operations management.

           

Richard Hotchkiss
Chair, Nominating Committee
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2012

Richard Hotchkiss is the President and CEO of Sunwest Aviation Ltd., a Calgary-based aviation services provider. An active pilot holding an Airline Transport Pilot licence, Richard has been involved in corporate/commercial aviation since completing his law degree in 1980. Richard completed one year of aviation law studies at McGill University and worked in aviation insurance as an aviation claims attorney and underwriter. Richard sits on the SAIT Aviation Program Advisory Board.

          

Heather Kennedy, P.Eng, F.C.A.E.
Chair, Infrastructure & Technology Committee
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2015 

Heather Kennedy is a fellow with the Canadian Academy of Engineering. She has a certificate in Administrative Tribunal Justice from FOAJ and an engineering degree from Queen's University. Heather currently volunteers with Careers the Next Generation, Ingenium and several engineering related organizations and has recently completed terms as a Hearing Commissioner with the Alberta Energy Regulator and on the Board of Governors for Athabasca University. Heather's career has been diverse with executive roles at in Government and External Relations, Major Projects, and Human Resources and an extended secondment to the Government of Alberta. Heather has volunteered with many organizations including 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, Calgary Drop-In and Rehabilitation Centre, Fort McMurray United Way, Science Alberta, engineering organizations, Athabasca oil sands Area Transportation coordinating committee, and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the lower Athabasca regional plan.   

           

King, Ken

Ken King
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2013

Ken King is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, the company that encompasses the NHL Calgary Flames, the AHL Stockton Thunder, the WHL Calgary Hitmen, the CFL Calgary Stampeders and the NLL Calgary Roughnecks. Born and raised in Hanley, Saskatchewan, Ken is a strong believer in support for the community; he is involved with several organizations including the TELUS Community Board, the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, and is a former Chairman of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. In 2005, Ken received an Alberta Centennial Medal for outstanding contributions to the province of Alberta. He also received an honourary doctorate degree from the University of Calgary in 2012 and an honourary degree from Mount Royal University in 2014. Prior to joining CSEC in 2001, Ken enjoyed a 30-year career in the newspaper business that included senior executive positions in Canada’s leading newspapers including President and Publisher of the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald.

           

MacEachern, Grant

Grant MacEachern
Chair, Governance and Compensation Committee
Appointed by the City of Calgary in 2014

Grant MacEachern is a Portfolio Manager with Richardson GMP. He uses his 20+ years in the Canadian capital markets to counsel individuals in their financial lives and goals, as well as acting as advisor to public and private companies on their capital market needs and strategies. Grant is a graduate of the University of Calgary and served on its Alumni Association Board from 1995-2013, including a two-year term as President of the Association.  Grant has also served on the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors and was a member and Chair of the U of C Investment Committee.  In the community, Grant has focused his time in support of the Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic and their philanthropic initiatives since 1994.  

           

James Midwinter
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2015

 

James is a seasoned real estate executive with a 35-year career that has spanned public and private commercial real estate firms working across Canada. Most recently, James was Executive Vice-President, Development, at GWL Realty Advisors, a leading Canadian real estate investment advisor providing comprehensive portfolio, asset management, development and investment advice to pension funds and other clients. James oversaw the company’s extensive development program, which encompassed a wide variety of projects in major urban centres across Canada. James has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree (Honours Urban and Regional Planning) from the University of Waterloo and a M.B.A. from the University of Ottawa.

           

Andrea Robertson

Andrea Robertson
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2017

Andrea is the President and CEO of STARS, a not for profit organization that has provided helicopter emergency medical care to help save the lives of more than 33,000 critically ill and injured patients across Western Canada for over 30 years. Prior to joining STARS, she served in a variety of leadership roles in health care. Andrea held the positions of Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Alberta Health Services; operational experience spanned roles such as the Vice President for the Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children's Hospital; and planning roles including the Vice President of the South Health Campus. Andrea has a Baccalaureate in Nursing, a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, an Executive Fellowship from Wharton University and Ivey School of Business, and has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. Andrea’s leadership and contributions to business and community life are widely recognized. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Bow Valley College, a current member of the Advisory Board of BeeClean Inc., and was awarded one of WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2015.

 

Laura M. Safran, Q.C.
Appointed by the City of Calgary in 2011

Laura Safran is a Senior Partner of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP and specializes in the areas of corporate/commercial, intellectual property and technology l aw.  S he is also the head of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP's national aviation law practice g roup, the former Vice President of Law of Canadian Airlines International and a former President of the Canadian Bar Association, Air and Space Law National Subsection.  Laura acts for national and international corporations, major institutions and government entities on commercial and corporate transactions.  She also represents a wide variety of Canadian and global aviation-industry clients, is consistently noted as a leading aviation lawyer by all noteworthy legal directories in Canada and internationally and has published and spoken widely on aviation law topics Laura was n amed one of Canada's Most Powerful Women (2004) by WXN, as well as one of the Leading Women Lawyers in Canada (2009) by Lexpert.  She is a director of a number of organizations and corporations and is a part-time member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.  

           

Scheibel, Phil

Phil J. Scheibel 
Appointed by the Government of Canada in 2019

Phil is a partner at Rose LLP where his practice focuses on construction and infrastructure projects and commercial dispute resolution. Phil holds a B.A. and L.L.B. from the University of Saskatchewan and a Mediation Certificate from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. Phil has previously served as a Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association Calgary Region and he coaches Calgary minor hockey and baseball.

           

Sigler, Murray

Murray Sigler
Chair, Operations, Safety, Health and Environment Committee
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2014

Murray Sigler is CEO of Sport Calgary, and Principle of Calgary-based Altius Corporation. Until 2015 Murray served as President of Axia North America and Executive Vice President of Axia NetMedia Corporation. Before joining Axia in 2009, Murray was Managing Director of the Government of Alberta’s UK Office. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and had an extensive career in the aviation industry, including as President and COO of Canadian Airlines International, CEO of Canadian Regional Airlines and initial President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. He is a former Board member of numerous transportation and aviation sector entities, including CATSA (Vice-Chair), ATAC (Vice-Chair), CAC (Chair) and ACI-NA. Murray’s prior Board experience includes major publicly-traded domestic and international airlines, energy and utility companies, and asset-based infrastructure ventures. This unique blend of international aviation and transportation sector experience has enabled him serve as an expert panel member of airport operations review public enquiries including BAA Heathrow Airport (2011) and GTAA Pearson International (2014). Murray holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Alberta. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business in the Advanced Management Program. Murray currently sits as a community volunteer on the Parks Foundation Calgary, Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank, and Alberta’s History and Heroes Foundation Boards of Directors and has been active throughout his career as a Board member and Chair of numerous other corporate, community and professional organizations in Alberta, nationally and beyond.

 

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