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Comox Valley Airport Commission
Chief Executive Officer

Lying at the centre of Vancouver Island’s east coast, Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is an important Island gateway and a vital contributor to the regional economy. The Island’s third-largest airport, YQQ serves an area with over 320,000 residents and in 2019 passenger throughput reached 413,000. The airport is located on the traditional territories of the K’omoks First Nation and is owned and operated by an independent, not-profit entity – the Comox Valley Airport Commission (CVAC). YQQ’s terminal building, aircraft ramp, parking lots, and aircraft fueling facilities are situated on land leased for 25 years to CVAC by the Department of National Defence (DND), which also provides airside infrastructure and services – notably the runway, navigational aids, and 24/7 fire and emergency services.  YQQ’s vision is to provide safe and efficient air service facilities and enable the economic development of the Comox Valley.

Acting with passion, determination, and commitment, the CEO works to realize CVAC’s vision statement by implementing the approved strategic plan and by optimizing resources to achieve its stated goals. Leading a staff of some 20 full-time and 8 part-time employees, together with a dedicated volunteer group, who operate and maintain a terminal normally open 20 hours per day, 365 days per year, the CEO reports to and works closely with CVAC’s Board of Directors, liaises with 19 Wing Comox, and is the spokesperson for the airport within the community, the media, with government officials, and other stakeholders.

The ideal candidate is a successful leader knowledgeable in Canadian airport management with a passion for strategic growth and managing a unique regional airport. Possessing at least ten years of relevant senior level experience and demonstrating skill in aviation-related management and an understanding of the implications of operating an airport facility on National Defence property, the successful candidate will be mandated to lead the airport through today’s pandemic and then to build and shape airport services in response to market opportunity. The successful candidate is an agile manager focused on continuous operational improvement while fostering good relations with stakeholders and staff, responding to customers’ needs, and driving business development. Uniquely, this individual will not be responsible for the airfield; this is a responsibility of the DND.


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