Corporate Governance, Accountability and Transparency

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 Board of Directors

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 2015, 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 Board of Directors - Standing left to right: Carole Presseault, John Boyd, Mark Laroche (President & CEO), Brendan McGuinty, Gilles Lalonde, Code Cubitt, Chris Carruthers - Seated left to right: Janice Traversy, Thom Bennett, Craig Bater, Susan St. Amand, Jacques Sauvé, Barbara Farber. Absent: Scott Eaton

Revised By-Laws

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 the Province 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
Invest Ottawa 1
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority (at large) 4

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, 2015.

The Board of Directors


Annual Retainer Chair
Committee Chairs
All other Directors
$ 45,000
$ 20,000
$ 12,000
Per meeting fee $550 per meeting
$200 per teleconference


Committees of the Board

The following is a list of Committees of the Board and the general mandate of each:

Governance Committee
Major Infrastructure and Environment Committee
Audit Committee
Human Resources and Compensation Committee

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.


Procurement and contracting

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 $110,900 ($75,000 in 1994 dollars adjusted for CPI to December 31, 2014), 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 $110,900 that were not awarded on the basis of a public competitive process during 2015:

Executive Management Salary Ranges

The base salary range for the President of the Authority in 2015 was between $250,000 and $300,000. The base salary range for each of the Vice Presidents in 2015 was between $135,000 and $216,000.

In addition, under the management incentive plan for non-represented loyees, the President and the Vice Presidents receive appropriate payments for performance based on achieving targets/objectives that are consistent with the Authority's Strategic Plan.

Fees and Charges

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 14, 2013 that it was increasing its fee to $23 effective March 1, 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.

Public Access to Documents

In accordance with Public Accountability Principles for Canadian Airport Authorities, the Ottawa Airport Authority makes available by appointment the following documents for examination, at no charge, during its usual business hours:

Contacting the Authority

There are a number of methods available to the public to contact and provide input to the Authority:

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.