The Ottawa International Airport Authority’s mission is to be a leader in providing quality, safe, secure, sustainable, and affordable transportation services to the airport’s customers and communities, and be a driver of economic growth within Canada’s Capital Region.
The adoption of the National Airports Policy in 1994 resulted in the creation of local airport authorities across the country. These authorities were created with community-appointed Boards of Directors who were tasked with overseeing the management of their local facility.
The Ottawa International Airport Authority’s Board of Directors follows these guidelines, which are included in the Authority’s by-laws:
Each Director has filed a conflict of interest declaration for 2016, as required by the Authority’s by-laws. Furthermore, to the Authority’s knowledge, all Directors are in compliance with the conflict of interest and code of conduct guidelines noted above.
The Authority established by-laws at incorporation in 1995, which were amended in 2003, in 2010, and again in 2014 following its continuance under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. Under the current by-laws, the selecting bodies that provide nominees to the 14-member Board are as follows:
|Selecting Bodies||Number of Directors Nominated|
|Minister of Transport (Government of Canada)||2|
|Government of Ontario||1|
|City of Ottawa||2|
|City of Gatineau||1|
|Ottawa Chamber of Commerce||1|
|Ottawa Tourism and Convention Authority||1|
|Chambre de commerce de Gatineau||1|
A Director’s term of office is a maximum of three years. Each Director may be re-elected for additional terms, but may not serve as a Director for more than nine years.
The qualifications required of a Director are included in the by-laws. Collectively, the Directors shall have experience in the fields of law, engineering, accounting and management, and air carrier management. In addition, the by-laws include restrictions to eliminate possible conflicts of interest arising from relationships with selecting bodies, thereby ensuring the independence of Directors and reinforcing their fiduciary responsibilities to the Authority. The Governance Committee has the power to ensure that the selecting bodies provide candidates for nomination to the Board having the skills and expertise necessary for the Board as a whole to carry out its duties.
The following represents the composition of the Board of Directors as at December 31, 2016.
|Name and Position with Authority||Occupation||Selecting Body and Year Appointed|
|Susan St. Amand
Chair of the Board
Sirius Financial Services
|Minister of Transport
(Government of Canada)
|Craig Bater (2) (4)||Partner
Augustine, Bater, Binks LLP
|Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
|Thom Bennett (3) (5)||President
Bennett Insurance Agency Limited
|Minister of Transport
(Government of Canada)
|John Boyd (1)||Financial Advisor
Client First Group
|Government of Ontario
|Dick Brown (3)||Retired Executive||Ottawa Tourism
|Chris Carruthers (2) (3)
Chair, Human Resources & Compensation Committee
|Health Care Consultant
|Code Cubitt (4) (5)||Managing Director
Mistral Venture Partners
|Scott Eaton (1) (5)||Business Lawyer||At Large
|Gilles Lalonde (1) (2)||President and CEO
Provance Technologies Inc
|Ville de Gatineau
|Brendan McGuinty (2)
Chair, Governance Committee
Strategies 360 Inc.
|City of Ottawa
|Carole Presseault (2)||Principal Consultant,
|Chambre de commerce de Gatineau
|Jacques Sauvé (4)
Chair, Major Infrastructure and Environment Committee
|Consulting Engineer||At Large
|Lisa Stilborn (1)||Public Affairs Executive||City of Ottawa
|Janice Traversy (1) (4)
Chair, Audit Committee
|Retired Airline Executive
(1) Member of Audit Committee
(2) Member of Governance Committee
(3) Member of Human Resources & Compensation Committee
(4) Member of Major Infrastructure and Environment Committee
(5) Member of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Airport Profitization
Chair $ 48,855
Audit Committee Chair $ 23,885
Committee Chairs $ 21,714
All other Directors $ 13,028
$ 598 per meeting
$ 217 per teleconference
|Board Member||Board Meetings Attended||Committee Meetings Attended while Member
of a Committee
|Craig Bater||9 out of 10||8 out of 10|
|Thom Bennett||10 out of 10||4 out of 4|
|John Boyd||10 out of 10||9 out of 9|
|Dick Brown (1)||8 out of 8||2 out of 2|
|Chris Carruthers||9 out of 10||8 out of 9|
|Code Cubitt||9 out of 10||7 out of 8|
|Scott Eaton||9 out of 10||9 out of 9|
|Barbara Farber (2)||3 out of 3||4 out of 4|
|Gilles Lalonde||9 out of 10||9 out of 11|
|Brendan McGuinty||10 out of 10||5 out of 5|
|Carole Presseault||10 out of 10||4 out of 4|
|Jacques Sauvé||10 out of 10||5 out of 5|
|Susan St. Amand||10 out of 10||21 out of 23|
|Lisa Stilborn (3)||4 out of 5||2 out of 3|
|Janice Traversy||10 out of 10||11 out of 11|
(1) New Board member effective April 27, 2016
(2) Term ended April 27, 2016
(3) New Board member effective June 15, 2016
The following is a list of Committees of the Board and the general mandate of each:
Other ad-hoc committees may be formed from time to time that include members of the Board of Directors.
The Authority’s policy is to be accountable to the community and to be transparent in relations with its business and customers. The Authority’s mandate, as set out in its Articles of Continuance, establishes a standard against which its performance can be measured.
The mandate of the Authority is:
In executing its objects, the Authority shall confer regularly with governments and community entities on matters affecting the operation and development of the airports for which it is responsible and shall engage only in those activities that are consistent with its objects.
The Authority accounts for its actions to the community in a number of ways:
In addition, a performance review must be conducted at least once every five years, in keeping with the Authority’s Ground Lease with Transport Canada. This performance review was last completed in April 2012.
The Authority is transparent in its procurement practices. The Public Accountability Principles for Canadian Airport Authorities and the Authority’s Ground Lease require that all contracts for the procurement of goods, services, and construction services with a value in excess of $112,339 ($75,000 in 1994 dollars adjusted for CPI to December 31st, 2015), must be awarded through a competitive public tendering process, or be disclosed in the Authority’s Annual Report together with the reasons why they were not awarded through a public competitive process.
Contracts in excess of $112,339 that were not awarded on the basis of a public competitive process during 2016:
|Contractor||Contract Description||Reason for Sole Source|
|Carrier Enterprise Canada||$211,000
Supply of new variable speed drives for Carrier
|See A below|
|Embross North America Ltd.||$289,058
Supply of Automated Passport Control kiosks
|See B below|
A – Sole source to ensure integration and functionality with existing systems and equipment originally purchased following a public competitive process.
B – Single source – specialized proprietary equipment and/or services available from only one supplier.
The base salary range for the President of the Authority in 2016 was between $292,400 and $357,500. The base salary range for Vice-Presidents in 2016 was between $114,008 to $226,020.
In addition, under the management incentive plan for non-represented employees, the President and the Vice Presidents receive pay at risk following fiscal year end which payments are based on achieving performance targets/objectives that are consistent with the Authority’s Strategic Plan.
The Authority provides 60 days advance notice in local news media for all changes in user charges (excluding rent), together with an explanation for the noted increase. This includes parking rates, aeronautical fees charged to air carriers, and airport improvement fees (AIF).
While the Authority’s goal is to keep the aeronautical fees it charges air carriers constant, it has been necessary to adjust these fees on a few occasions. The Authority’s process for adjusting aeronautical fees and charges includes:
The Authority publicizes the reason for imposing an AIF, or for making changes to the fee. It last did this when it announced on December 14th, 2013 that it was increasing its fee to $23 effective March 1st, 2014. The purpose of the existing AIF is to pay for the construction of, and the debt associated with, the Airport Authority’s major infrastructure construction programs.
The process for adjusting AIFs is similar to the process for adjusting aeronautical fees and charges, including public notice in the local news media.
In accordance with Public Accountability Principles for Canadian Airport Authorities, the Airport Authority makes available by appointment the following documents for examination, at no charge, during its usual business hours:
From left to right: Chris Carruthers, Lisa Stilborn, Code Cubitt, Scott Eaton, Dick Brown, Jacques Sauvé, Craig Bater, Susan St. Amand, Thom Bennett, Mark Laroche (President & CEO), Brendan McGuinty, Carole Presseault, John Boyd, Gilles Lalonde. Absent: Janice Traversy.
1000 Airport Parkway Private
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1V 9B4
General Inquiries: 613-248-2125
Noise Information: 613-248-2023
Airport Authority: 613-248-2000
In addition, the Authority conducts quarterly customer satisfaction surveys in the passenger terminal building.
The Authority’s policy is to respond to all questions, comments and concerns as expeditiously as possible.