Strategic Planning, Transportation Governance & Regulatory Affairs
30+ years of civil aviation, transportation and governance experience, has undertaken leadership and executive roles in the government, private and no-for-profit sectors. Brings strong strategic insights and extensive knowledge of the complex aviation industry operating environment; international aviation issues; the government context; strategic planning and facilitating collaboration, outreach and engagement amongst diverse aviation stakeholders.
Economic Analysis & Planning
25+ years of economic analysis and planning (land use and strategic) for airports, ports, First Nations, municipalities and governments… specializing in feasibility analysis, strategic planning, economic impact analysis, land use planning and policy.
Design & Project Management
15+ years leading projects (in ten countries) from concept through to completion valued up to USD$700M, including airports, hospitals, hotels, factories, commercial, retail and residential developments. Expertise in marketing, business development, proposal development and bid management, contract admin, financial control, planning, interdisciplinary coordination, operations and execution, and strategic management.
Operations & Facility Management
20+ years of facility and airport management experience overseeing all aspects of operations including developing programs geared at solutions to elevate customer experience and satisfaction; project development and implementation; contract negotiation/management and developing effective business plans and budgets.
Airline Operations & Airport Infrastructure Planning
30+ years of aviation experience specializing in airline operations management and airport infrastructure planning including construction, activation and integration with extensive expertise in airline, airport and commercial real estate development. Facility operations, property management and lease negotiation specialist.
In-flight Services & Quality Management
35+ years of executive/operational inflight services management with charter and large network airlines in Canada and UAE, specializing in all areas of the inflight experience; including cabin crew, performance management, cabin fatigue management; on board product design/development, Quality Assurance & Control (ISO and IOSA).
Strategic, Business Commercial Development
35+ years of senior level experience in strategic management, business and commercial development, change management and infrastructure renewal with a customer focus and demonstrated ability to adapt to demanding, diverse and rapidly changing environments in Canada and internationally.
Architecture & Planning for Aviation
35+ years specializing exclusively in the planning and design of all types of airport facilities, with particular emphasis on air terminal planning, air terminal design and implementation. Other project types include airline facilities, aircraft maintenance facilities, aircraft hangars, air cargo facilities, fixed base operations.
Emergency Response, Training & Coaching
35+ years of experience as an Emergency Management Specialist focusing in the Incident Command System for site based response (Incident Command Post), Site Support, Consequence Management and Business Continuity (Emergency Operations Centre). Extensive practical experience with exercise design, training, mentoring and coaching at the tactical, strategic and policy levels.
Air Transport Supply Chain & Logistics
35+ years of experience in the aviation and aerospace industry with the airlines, Maintenance Repair Organization (MRO), regulatory authorities and consulting, advising major airlines, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), 3rd party suppliers and distributors and governments—areas of expertise include MRO & Manufacturing, Airport Development, Airline Development & Management, Airborne Safety Technologies & Services.
Business Management, Safety & Security
25+ years of professional experience including business management advisory services for Canadian and international airports and civil aviation regulators in areas of financial management, strategic planning, performance management and measurement, management frameworks, economic impacts, business analysis, regulatory impacts, organizational effectiveness, audits and reviews and aviation safety/security.
Airport Operations & Maintenance
30+ years of airport/airline operations and management experience in Canada and internationally providing guidance and oversight to airport management professionals, while implementing programs to enhance safety and security, enhance customer experience, transition into new facilities and maintain regulatory compliance.
10+ years’ experience in wireless telecommunications industry, C-level executive and Chartered Financial Analyst with on-the-ground experience in new market development in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, leading financing efforts and start-ups from business plan to product development to commercialization.
Executive Management & Aviation Policy
25+ years senior executive leadership, change management, due diligence and management consulting experience in North America, the Caribbean and Europe working with airport owners, government regulators and infrastructure developers and financiers within aviation community to meet the challenges of changing legislation, increasing competition, opportunity identification and strategic business planning.
Government, Media, Stakeholder & Passenger Relations
25+ years of corporate reputation management in the private and public sectors, including issue/crisis management, government, media, and stakeholder relations, internal/external communications planning and execution; 12 years’ experience in passenger relations, including design and implementation of airport service culture programs, ASQ & Skytrax Award recipient.
Commercial, Retail, Food & Beverage
35+ years of senior management experience overseeing commercial operations at airports, seasoned commercial developer and international consultant (including North America, Caribbean, Europe and Middle East) with strong ability to harmonize and balance airport and commercial operator interests.
Aerospace & Defense Policy
10+ years’ experience in the aviation and aerospace industry with the defense contractors, regulatory authorities and consulting, having led and managed new business development and turnaround initiatives for a major avionics & defense group—strategic expertise is in government/defense policy impacting the bottom-line.
ORAT, Airline & Ground Handling Operations
35+ years of aviation industry experience across commercial airline and airport operations sectors, specializing in ground handling, new airport/terminal openings and Operational Readiness & Airport Transfer (ORAT), senior level management experience in change management, re-structuring, employee engagement and business recovery.
Project Logistics Development & Execution
25+ years solving complex logistical challenges – project cargo specialist for infrastructure construction and development, feasibility studies and surveys, aircraft charter, lease and procurement, vessel charter and surface transport management – global reach of like-minded logistical professionals, well versed dealing with capital cost allocated budgets and financial instruments for project completion – excels at operational problem solving.
Airport Operations & Terminal Planning
35+ years of airport planning, operations and commercial experience with Transport Canada and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority at Toronto-Pearson Intl Airport with a successful track record of leading teams in airport planning, apron operations and IATA slot scheduling. Major initiatives have included optimization of terminal capacity through major expansion and retrofits, management the IATA slot coordination and oversight of the Apron Management Unit.
International Airport Leadership & Industry Relations
35+ years of senior level management experience, encompassing airports management, privatization and strategic consulting; airport and airline trade associations leadership; ICAO and national government standards and regulations.
Airline Marketing & Strategy
30+ years of airline experience all across carriers: marketing, sales, network development, communications, I.T., and operations. Consulting engagements with a range of firms, from large hardware makers to AI startups. Invited guest professor on aviation management at twenty-five schools annually. Comprehensive thinker and strategist focused on “art of the possible.”
Strategic Business & Corporate Development
30+ years of international strategy and business development expertise in corporate formation and finance, as well as technology development and deployment, including projects involving aviation operations, wireless communications, electronics manufacturing, and software development throughout Latin America, the USA, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
Airline & Airport Operations, Transition Management
25+ years experience in airline and airport operation, service delivery and ground services. Areas of concentration include: organizational planning and start-up, strategic restructuring, airline/airport services, client care, process development optimization, and partnership development.
Strategy Execution & Organization Effectiveness
25+ years of strategic and business planning experience in diverse industry, operational, and international environments. Proven ability to guide organization-wide change. Evaluates and implements CEO/Board-level initiatives that enhance the customer experience, increase operational efficiency, and improve stakeholder relationships.
30+ years leading all phases of construction (in eight countries) for high volume projects valued at more than USD$1BB, including airports, ports, government offices, big box, city infrastructure, commercial, retail and residential developments with specific expertise in the planning, coordination and execution of complex projects.
Luis E. PEREZ
Executive Leadership & Aviation Management
20+ years of international senior-level management and leadership experience developed through aviation projects with international airports and investment companies in the United States, South America, Canada and Mexico.
Destination Marketing & Development
35+ years of building relationships within the hospitality and tourism industries, working with the private sector, not-for-profit organizations, federal/provincial/regional/municipal governments to develop marketing and implementation strategies.
Dr. Patricia RYAN
Commercial, Retail & Property
30+ years in strategic planning and feasibility studies relating to airport, cruise and rail commercial development including concessions, hotel, property management and cargo worldwide… past Associate Dean at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and professor at Florida Institute of Technology teaching aviation-related studies.
Airport/Airline Operations Management
35+ years in progressively senior positions in commercial airline operations specializing in strategic planning, managing global projects, leading improvement processes, enhancing airport efficiencies and team building. Significant strengths in alliance and customer experience development and implementation, as well as business practices in a multicultural environment. Proven track record in starting and opening new airline bases in several countries.
Airport Planning, Design & Environment
20+ years experience in airport planning and development, specializing in airport master, facility and system planning and safety regulation, managing numerous master plans and development plans, environmental documents for runway projects, urban compatibility studies, on- and off-airport land use plans and airport site selection studies – yielding expertise in master planning, noise and obstacle compatibility process.
Fleet, Network & Schedule Planning
10+ years of fleet, network & schedule planning experience both in regional and legacy airlines, specializing in profitability & operational optimization methods.
Airport Planning & Aircraft Performance
15+ years experience in airport planning and 8 years experience in aircraft manufacturing as a product development engineer, specializing in airport systems and master planning with specific focus on airport capacity, facilities needs/planning, aircraft development and performance, site selection and airport safety.
Airport Planning, Design & Environment
25+ years experience in airport design and master planning, including environmental studies, with specific focus on terminal and airfield design, safety, technical feasibility, site selection for new airports, as well as urban and environmental planning.
Multi-modal Transport & Airport Development
10 + years of experience in airport development focusing on cargo and new route development, charter operations, warehousing, multi-modal and integrated logistics, including pricing and sales, business intelligence, negotiations, trade and capacity management, service design and project management with a solid background in brand and trade marketing.
Aviation Law & Airport Operations
10+ years of experience in the aviation industry within operations and regulatory authorities, with expertise is in Brazilian aviation, consumer, labour, environmental, business and administrative law and strong working knowledge of ICAO requirements.
Doris VEIRA da COSTA
Safety Management & Environment
30+ years of experience in civil aviation industry within Brazilian Civil Aviation regulatory authority. Expertise in airport planning, State Safety Programme and Safety Management System regulation and implementation, security and safety auditing processes, airport environmental issues and strong working knowledge of ICAO requirements related to Annexes 14 and 19.
Adriana BOZA ULLOA
Airport Operations, Safety & Operational Readiness
15+ years of experience in airport operations and management, capacity planning, safety, security, emergency planning and regulatory compliance. Experience in successful implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems. Successful track record in project management and transition into new facilities, systems integration and change management.
Finance & Administration
20+ years in banking and finance including the operation of Airports and Container Terminals. Experienced PPP/privatization project and investment banking executive with experience setting up finance departments, ERP implementation and negotiating multiparty loans and setting up their compliance structures.
Airport Management & Operations
15+ years of experience in Airport Management and Airport Operation, including Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) projects. Successfully developed and implemented operational plans for new and existing airport facilities/infrastructure (landside, airside, parking and terminal). Strong background in operational planning and management with construction companies, engineering departments, government entities, airport concessions and airport operators to ensure the training, action plans and efficient start of operations in new facilities.
Airport Planning, Operations, IT & Systems
20+ years of experience with private and multi-national companies in planning, operations for airport information technology, including Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria Int’l Airport. Responsible for control, management and maintenance of all information/airport systems, life-cycle management, cost/service optimization. Experienced with startups, including operational transition/readiness for airports/terminal technological systems and equipment as well as supporting commercial programs and operations.
Civil Aviation Regulation & Organizational Structuring
30+ years of experience in civil aviation regulation with expertise in national policy and strategy, institutional development of airports and regulatory authorities, civil aviation legislation and regulation. Experience throughout the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. An experienced project manager and team leader in many multi-lateral funded projects (World Bank, IDB, EU).
Mechanical Engineering, Infrastructure & Aviation
15+ years of experience in engineering and managing project execution for general infrastructure and aviation, focused in construction and commissioning of airport facilities such as baggage handling systems, passenger loading bridges and firefighting systems. Technically sound in NFPA standards such as NFPA 13, 14, 20, 72 and Life Safety Code NFPA 101.
Christian HUERTES FLEISCHMAN
Aviation & Airport Security
15+ years of experience with the Civil Aviation Authority of Peru, specializing in aviation security, safe transport of dangerous goods and facilitation, including airport/aviation security audits, verifying compliance with various security standards ICAO USAP Annex 17 (etc.), as well as other security-related aviation standards/best-practices.
Aviation Economics, Business Analysis & Air Service Development
10+ years of aviation industry experience gained from client projects completed in over 15 countries. Extensive experience in aviation economics, business analysis, and air service development activities ranging from demand forecasting, business planning, business intelligence, route forecasting, data modelling, airline engagement, and strategic planning.
Airline Operations & Management
30+ years of international executive-level experience across three profitable international airlines, spanning five continents and a diverse variety of countries and cultures including; Australia, Guinea, Vietnam, Dubai, Fiji, Greece and Albania.
Energy Policy & Renewable Power
20+ years of combined international sales and regulated electric utility experience in Canada and Australia, with specialist capabilities in energy policy, regulatory strategy, tariff design, grid connection, renewable power generation, utility/client interface and stakeholder engagement.
Executive Management & Corporate Transition
25+ years of senior executive management level and consulting experience on all continents, including Antarctica, and more than 40 countries as a fixed and rotary wing pilot, airport director, regulator, air traffic controller and diplomat. Served ten years in South-East Asia and ten years in the Pacific Islands as CEO of an airport company and head of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office. Responsible for corporatizing airport companies and set up of green field sites.
Airport Infrastructure & Commercial Development
10+ years of experience delivering complex and high dollar value infrastructure & commercial projects in Eastern Europe and former CIS countries. Extensive experience working both with governments and private sector in airport privatization & construction, air service development and destination marketing.
PPP & Infrastructure Finance
9+ years of financial advisory experience across PPPs, project finance and corporate finance across various infrastructure sectors in India. Worked with infrastructure-focused financial advisory firms such as KPMG, SBI Capital Markets and Feedback Infrastructure for a mix of government and corporate clientele.
Multi-modal Transport Design & Planning
8+ years of experience working with governments, public, and private sectors on a range of projects related to multi-modal integration, terminal design, airport planning and design, transport planning, comprehensive mobility plan, land use planning, urban design, feasibility studies, business development, project management, tourism development and urban infrastructure planning.
Transport Infrastructure Privatization & Development
25+ years of management experience with international companies and government organizations in Jordan and the Middle East working on challenging projects.
Strategic Business & Corporate Development
15+ years of progressive and comprehensive experience in financial planning, strategy, aviation finance, management accounting, risk management, computer information systems and project management. Managed building a finance department from scratch in an award-winning commercial airport. Handled negotiations with shareholders and banks to finance the project and approve needed variations to initial agreements. Bachelor's degree in finance and is a licensed CPA (USA) , CPA CA (Canada) and CMA (USA).
Airport Privatization, Development & Finance
10+ years of transaction experience, spanning majority and minority stake sales of both private airport concessions and public equities in India, Malaysia and Turkey, plus over a decade of transaction and advisory experience selling/marketing to global funds across the US, Europe and Asia on a wide range of industries including retail, food and beverage, property, information technology and airports.
Airport Management & Operations, ORAT
35+ years in the aviation industry including slot & capacity management, developing and establishing integrated airport operations including command centres/crisis management centres, and developing and implementing Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) plans.
Airport Safety Auditing & Certification
20+ years of experience in airport operations, emergency planning, safety management, and team management. Developed and managed ARFF fleet refurbishment program, 4 major appliances ($1.5M project). Jointly managed the design and construction of the fire training facilities for AIA resulting in an opportunity to provide fire training commercially to provide a return on investment.
Airport & Project Management
20+ years of airport development and complex project management experience throughout project lifecycle. Planning, design, construction, activation and operations, focusing on airport capacity and business portfolio expansion and mixed use development in Asia and Middle East both with private and public sectors, expertise in airport business planning, project feasibility study, landside and airport city development and process innovation.
10+ years project development experience in the Middle East and Africa, Far East Asia and North America for Korean conglomerates including information and communications technology, construction, military, energy and commodities with strong focus on projects providing socio-economic development of underserved areas.
Paul van den EYNDEN
Airport Safety & Emergency Preparedness
25+ years of experience in airport safety, SMS, emergency preparedness, inspections, audits, development of manuals and handbooks, instructional design and course facilitation (Canada and internationally). ACI’s representative on ICAO task forces, work groups and panels.
Safety Management & Training
15+ years providing training and consultancy services on Human Factors, Safety Management and other related areas … clients include Rolls-Royce (UK, Canada, Brazil and USA), Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Oman Airports and aviation authorities worldwide… extensive Aviation Engineering background and MSc in Safety Management.
5+ years experience in the aviation industry within the field of air passenger rights, airline liability, consumer law and aviation safety.
Information Technology & Business Start-ups
25+ years of experience in information technology project design and implementation, C-level management consulting and international project management with long-term, multi-cultural business incubation and start-up experience in the UK, Jordan, India and Belgium.
Airport Management & Operations
25+ years of experience in airport management and planning. Adeptly skilled in restructuring of airport companies, with particular focus on optimization of operational processes and management of the receptive capacity of existing infrastructure and planning of new airport infrastructure to meet the medium/long term demand for passenger traffic. Participation in numerous international tenders, and responsible for the planning and management of investments for multi-million-dollar projects.
Airport Management, Planning & Operations
10+ years in Airport Management/Operations/Planning and Development. Operational readiness for airside and landside projects. Experienced in optimization of existing infrastructure and operational processes. Skilled in different kind of runways reconstructions.
Business Strategy & Executive Management
20+ years of managerial and executive carrier in fields of logistics and aviation, including experience in the State policy making within relevant sector. Successful management of the State-owned enterprises transforming them from infrastructure managing structures to business-driven companies.
Economic Development & Air Cargo
20+ years experience in economic development, logistics and air cargo providing consulting and management services to international institutions, governments, financial groups, export agencies, airports authorities, airlines, and airport services providers. Successful track record in 60+ countries including Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, and North and South America.
Transport & Marine Economics
+15 years of experience successfully delivering high complexity solutions in economics, regulation, strategy and logistics. Engaged in high profile consulting and academic research studies projects for transport policies, logistics and port infrastructure in Europe and Latin America. In-depth understanding of transport competition and regulatory policies, market structure and business intelligence.
Strategy, Business & Commercial Development
20+ years experience in supporting airports, from international hubs to regional airports in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia, to optimize their non-aeronautical revenue streams based on an integrated approach that combines market, operational, commercial and design aspects.
Architecture & Design
15+ years of successful international architectural design, facility planning and project management experience for transport, hospitality, workplace, residential, institutional, mixed-use and retail developments of landmark status and quality.
Airport Development & Strategic Planning
12+ years of experience in strategic airport, infrastructure, urban and site developments like business-parks and mixed-used-developments projects in Switzerland, India, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Brazil and Colombia. Worked for airport operators, developers and public agencies. Has a proven track record in challenging projects in an international environment and has proven leadership quality.
Project Management & Engineering
10+ years of project/engineering management and consultation to SMEs and large global corporations within a variety of industries and a particular focus in the aviation sector with specialization in complex large-scale baggage handling systems.
Aviation Economics, Finance & Analysis
30+ years of balanced experience in the aviation and allied businesses, embracing work with airlines (marketing, market research, economic analysis) and airports (marketing, market research, economic analysis, forecasting, finance and privatization) as well as governments. Also specializing in political analysis. Author of 17 management reports (and counting) and creator of leading databases on airport investment, construction and CapEx.
Aviation Economist & Airport Management
20+ years of experience in aviation management and development projects, in 24 countries, spanning investment appraisal, economic assessment, capital finance, aviation policy development, traffic forecasting, project definition, airport operations, management accounting and institutional strengthening.
Facilities & Project Management
30+ years of international facilities and project management experience at executive level, particularly adept at change management and organizational restructuring … MBA from a leading British university.
Airport Management, Operations and Compliance
30+ years experience gained exclusively in the aviation industry across Europe, Middle East, South Africa and the Caribbean. Worked as both a National and International Aviation Regulator, as well as holding Accountable Manager positions at two UK airports. A strong track record of delivery in airport operations, safety management systems, audit and compliance and emergency preparedness.
Airport Planning & Operational Assessment
35+ years in airport planning, operations and ATM, with experience on six continents in both private and public sectors. Extensive experience in forecasting, strategic and master planning, capacity analysis, operational research and organizational restructuring.
Airline & Ground Handling
30+ years senior management and operational experience with diverse range of ground handling and airline companies, including station start-ups, management and new terminal/airport transfers, across the U.K., Europe and the Middle East.
Prof. Norman SHANKS
Aviation Security & Operations
30+ years of senior level management in airport management and aviation security, recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in international aviation security process and practices, with 15 years international consultancy experience in aviation security for airports and airlines.