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, Marketing & Guest Experience
Michael Hayward is responsible for Marketing, Communications, Air Service Development and Guest Experience. Prior to joining the Executive Team in 2017, he spent 30+ years in a variety of leadership roles working with and for some of the most recognizable and respected global and national brands – Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Amica Mature Lifestyles, SAP, Wharton School, and Pinehurst Resort. Michael ran a digital marketing agency based in New York, and more recently was Professor in graduate hospitality programs at Seneca College in Ontario. Michael earned a BA in Commerce at the University of Toronto and an MBA at the Rotman School of Business.
General Counsel, Vice President, Risk & Compliance & Corporate Secretary
Carmelle Hunka is responsible for the legal, safety, environment, security, government relations and enterprise risk management portfolios 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, Infrastructure & Chief Information Officer
Mike Maxwell is the senior leader responsible for airport engineering, construction as well as IT systems and the YYC digital strategy. Mike has several years of experience in the aviation industry leading the delivery of large infrastructure projects and new technology solutions. Before coming to Calgary he was in comparable roles at Minneapolis/St Paul and Halifax International airports. He has also led technology innovation and operations for other industries such as manufacturing, broadcasting, high tech, utilities and retail. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Computer Science and Mathematics. Mike joined The Calgary Airport Authority in 2016 as Vice-President and Chief Information Officer.
Vice President, Operations
Chris Miles is a senior aviation operations professional with over 25 years of progressive global experience. He 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. 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, Finance, & Chief Financial Officer
Robert Palmer is a senior finance leader with over 15 years of financial management and accounting experience across multiple industries, including aviation, real estate, consumer packaged goods and technology. Rob is responsible for all aspects of Finance, including accounting, treasury, reporting, insurance, and procurement and contracts. 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.
Vice President, Human Resources
Cynthia Tremblay is an active HR professional with over twenty years’ experience in the profession in a variety of industries including health care, insurance and airport administration. Cynthia is responsible for all aspects of HR including: labour relations, organizational development, total rewards, talent management and culture. Cynthia obtained her Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Human Resources Professional and a Certified Compensation Professional. She is a member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and World at Work and volunteers in a number of community organizations. Cynthia has been a member of the Executive Team since 2004 and became a Vice-President in 2013.