Our Executive Team
The members of our Executive Team are responsible for the implementation of the Authority’s Strategic Plan and the day-to-day operations of YYC Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport (YBW).
Robert (Bob) Sartor
President & CEO
Bob Sartor is currently the President and CEO of YYC Calgary International Airport. From 2012 to 2016, Bob was President and CEO of Big Rock Brewery. Bob previously served as Chief Executive Officer of The Forzani group Limited (“Forzani”) from 2003 until it was acquired by Canadian Tire Corporation in August 2011. Prior to his role as CEO at Forzani, Bob served as that company’s President from 2000 to 2003 and its Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2000. Preceding his roles at Forzani, he held senior roles with Avenor Inc., the Oshawa Group and Kraft General Foods Canada. When not busy with airport business, Bob and his spouse Andrea tend to their grapes in their vineyard in the Okanagan.
Vice President, People, Risk & General Counsel
Carmelle Hunka is responsible for the people strategy, which includes organizational effectiveness, human resources, health and safety and government relations, as well as the risk portfolio which includes legal, environment, security, and enterprise risk management for The Calgary Airport Authority. She is also the Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining the Airport Authority, Carmelle spent 20 years working for oil and gas companies in Calgary in a variety of roles including as associate general counsel, internal audit executive and leader of security, governance, enterprise and financial risk, and compliance teams. Prior to moving to oil and gas, Carmelle practiced law at a major national law firm for six years. She earned three degrees at the University of Alberta - Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce. Carmelle joined the Airport Authority in September 2018 and became Vice President and a member of the Executive Leadership Team in June 2019.
Vice President, Operations & Infrastructure
Chris Miles is responsible for the Airport Authority’s day-to-day operations, engineering and construction portfolios. He is a senior aviation professional with over 25 years of progressive global experience having worked with airlines, airports and industry trade associations including the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Airports Council International World, Air Canada, Abu Dhabi Airports Company and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Geneva, Switzerland. Chris holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Chris joined the Calgary Airport Authority in 2018 as Vice President, Operations.
Robert Palmer CPA
Vice President, Commercial, Strategy & Chief Financial Officer
Robert Palmer is a senior finance leader with over 20 years of financial and strategic management expertise, executing on business plan development, corporate finance and accounting and program management. Rob’s experience spans across multiple industries, including aviation, real estate, consumer packaged goods and technology. Rob is responsible for all aspects of Finance, Accounting, Supply Chain, Strategy, Planning, IT systems and Commercial Services. 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.