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.

 

  

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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 and continues his practice in dispute resolution. 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. 

 

 

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

David Blom is the President of Desiderata Family Enterprise Advisory Corp. Prior to this David was a senior executive with the Carey Management Group of companies and is a retired partner of Grant Thornton LLP. David volunteered in various roles and is currently Chair of Ducks Unlimited Canada. He also serves on several non-profit and professional boards. 

 

  

 

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Randolph M. Charron
Appointed by the Rocky View County in 2019

Randy Charron is the President and Director of Star Valley Drilling Ltd., a private oilfield drilling contractor with petroleum drilling assets in Canada, USA and West Africa. He also acts as President of Characo Corporation, a privately held oil and gas investment firm. Randy is a Director of PHX Technology Services Corp., an oilfield service company providing horizontal and directional drilling services in Canada, the United States, Albania and Russia. Randy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from McMaster University and presently holds a Transport Canada issued Airline Transport Pilot Licence. He is type rated on several Citation jets and turbo prop aircraft and presently operates a private turbine aircraft out of Springbank Airport. Randy is also a Director of the Springbank Airport Business and Pilots Association (SABPA).

 

 

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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. 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.  

 

 

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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.  

           

           

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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.

 

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

Matt Heffernan is the CEO of Banded Iron Group, a Calgary-based oil and gas field services 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 has extensive experience in executive management roles in technology, sales and business development including TELUS Corporation, Exocom, and an entrepreneurial venture, Outrider Technologies.

 

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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.   

          

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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.  

           

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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.

           

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Manjit K. Minhas
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2020

Manjit is the co-founder and CEO of Minhas Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries. She launched her spirits in 1999 and her beers in 2002 in Alberta; which are now sold in 16 countries. Manjit is highly skilled and experienced in brand development, marketing, sales management and brewing operations, distribution and manufacturing. Manjit has served for numerous businesses and not-for-profit boards and is a current Board Member for ATB Financial, Alberta Small Brewers Association, Spiritleaf Cannabis (ISH) and is the co-chair for the United Way of Calgary and Area. Manjit has an extensive background and experience in shareholder relations, governance and executive performance and compensation.

           

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Lisa Oldridge, CFA, ICD.D
Appointed by the City of Calgary in 2019

Lisa Oldridge is a strategic advisor to boards and companies on governance, strategy, finance, and ESG integration, most recently with Viewpoint Research, a privately funded thought leadership centre dedicated to evidence-based advanced leadership and governance practice. Formerly Principal with a boardside compensation consultant, she provided advice to the boards of a wide variety of organizations on matters of senior executive performance, compensation, shareholder engagement and related governance. Prior to this, Ms. Oldridge spent over 15 years in the capital markets, including as managing director institutional equity sales, portfolio manager, and equity research. Ms. Oldridge has over 20 years of non-profit board experience. Ms. Oldridge is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA (Finance) from the Haskayne School of Business, the SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) FSA credential, and the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation.

           

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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  42,000 critically ill and injured patients across Western Canada for over  35 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 current director oF the Canadian Pacific Railway Board. 

           

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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.

           

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Sheldon Schroeder
Appointed by the Calgary Chamber in 2020

Sheldon is a Vice President of Canadian Natural Resources Limited, leading major projects in upstream oil sands mining along with logistics and infrastructure support.  Sheldon has 30 years of engineering and construction experience and has been with CNRL for 20 years in various capacities during the development of its oil sands mining business. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Alberta and is a professional engineer and member on a standards development committee for the Association of Professional Engineering Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He has previously served as Director and Board Chair of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority.   

 

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

Murray Sigler is Principal of Calgary-based Altius Corporation, a private investment and consulting firm serving clients in aviation, tourism, technology and international commerce. Murray was appointed Executive Advisor of Sport Calgary effective September 1, 2019, after serving as CEO since January 2016. 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. Murray has served as volunteer Board Chair for the Sport for Calgary Foundation since its incorporation in 2018. Murray 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. He currently serves on the Boards of Parks Foundation Calgary, KidSport Calgary, Lindsay Park Sports Society, and Alberta’s History and Heroes Foundation.

 

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