Our Executive Team
From top to bottom, every member of the YYC Crew has an integral role in ensuring the recovery, growth and long-term success of the organization.
Our executive leadership team is proud to leverage the strength of their diverse blend of skills, talent and experience to lead and empower the entire organization in fulfilling our mission, vision and potential.
Robert (Bob) Sartor
President & CEO
Bob has led YYC since 2017 when he joined as President and CEO. Bob has worked in a variety of industries before joining the YYC team, such as President and CEO of Big Rock Brewery and CEO of the Forzani Group Limited. Prior to Forzani, Bob served as that company’s President from 2000 to 2003 and its chief financial officer from 1997 to 2000. He’s also 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 are dedicated grandparents and also enjoy tending to their grapes in their Okanagan vineyard.
Vice President, People, Risk & General Counsel
Carmelle joined The Authority in 2018 and became a member of the executive leadership team as Vice President in June of the next year. She is responsible for the people strategy, which includes organizational effectiveness, human resources, communications, health and safety and govern-ment 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 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. Before 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—MBA, Bachelor of Laws and bachelor of commerce.
Vice President, Operations & Infrastructure
Chris is responsible for The Authority’s day-to-day operations, engineering and construction portfolios. He is a senior aviation professional with over 25 years of progressive global experience. Chris has 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. He is fluent in English and French and 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
Chris lends his expertise to several organizations to advance the industry, including the Canadian Airports Council, ACI World and ACI North America Operations. He is also active in serving the local community as an advisory committee member with Tourism Calgary Meetings and Conventions and a governor of Lindsay Park Sports Society and MNP Community Sports Centre.
Robert (Rob) Palmer CPA
Vice President, Commercial, Strategy & Chief Financial Officer
Rob joined The Authority’s executive leadership team in 2016 as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He 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 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 also volunteers his time connecting Calgary with the global community through his position as Chair of the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre's Audit Committee.