Panel Discussions

Aviation Vision Board

Aviation continues to evolve at a supersonic pace. Looking out over a 15-year horizon, what challenges and opportunities lie ahead? Airline senior leaders take a look into the crystal ball and envision aviation in 2035.

Speakers: Nick Careen, Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security Division, The International Air Transport Association (IATA); Eric Bordeleau, Senior Director, Network Planning - International and Charters, Air Canada; Andrew Pierce, Vice President, Network Planning and Reporting, Porter Airlines; Andrew Gibbons, Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs, Westjet; 

Iceland’s on Fire – What Lessons can we Learn?

Following the brink of financial bankruptcy in 2008, Iceland has risen as one of the “hottest” locations in the world, creating a tourism product that has now become the country’s largest export. In 2009, the total airline passenger count to and from Iceland was 1.8 million. In less than 10 years that number grew to 8.8 million. With many similarities to Atlantic Canada – naturally beautiful landscapes; an historical reliance on natural resources; small population but located close to both North America and continental Europe - learn how Iceland became accessible to the world by growing tourism interest and airline seat capacity at an unprecedented rate.

Speakers: Chris Hagen, Director of Product Supply, Malvern; Gunnar Már Sigurfinnsson, Managing Director, Air Freight and Logistics, Icelandair; 

Lighthouses, Lobster and . . .  Ultra Low Cost Carriers?

Assessing the ULCC potential for Atlantic Canada. Canada has a developing ULCC market with a number of emerging airlines about to start service. Hear about how Portugal’s Algarve area has developed into a tourism destination as a result of LCCs. Can this be duplicated in Atlantic Canada? Is there demand for ULCC service in Atlantic Canada; moreover is it sustainable?

Speakers: Cláudia Ribeiro De Almeida, Professor, Tourism, School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism, University of the Algarve; Robert Kokonis, President and Managing Partner, AirTrav Inc. | Affiliate Canada, ICF Aviation; 

Making (Another) Run for the Border?

With a fluctuating dollar, US airline consolidation and fleet retirement, many Canadian airports lost transborder service over the last five years. However, some US routes are trickling back. What does it take to secure direct service in an era of pre-clearance, economic uncertainty and a thickened border?

Speaker: Howard K. Mann, Vice President, Campbell-Hill Aviation Group; 

Route Relationships with Results: How to do it with Multiple Partners

Sustainable air service is often the product of productive partnerships with airports, airlines and community stakeholders. How do these groups coalesce around a common goal? What does a progressive partnership look like? Can airlines and community groups resuscitate an underperforming route? Learn from airports, airlines and community stakeholders on how marketing initiatives can grow and support air services.

Speakers: Cathy Duke, CEO, Destination St. John’s; Gabriella Lechner, Director, Marketing and Sales Communications, Air Canada; Susan Oland, Director, Partnerships & Product, Sunwing; 


Keynote address by Ferio Pugliese

Keynote Speaker: Ferio Pugliese, Senior Vice President, Air Canada Express and Government Relations, Air Canada; 

Imagine the Potential

Think we’re past the days of peak oil? Think again. Charlene Johnson of the Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association drills down to present a compelling forecast of emergent oil and gas opportunities for Newfoundland & Labrador, the Atlantic region and the country that will fuel growth for cargo and passenger traffic.

Keynote Speaker: Charlene Johnson, CEO Noia; 

Keynote address by Zita Cobb

Keynote Speaker: Zita Cobb, Founder and CEO, Shorefast and, Innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn; 

Keynote address by Marcus Lam

Keynote Speaker: Marcus Lam, Vice President, InterVISTAS Consulting; 

Program at a Glance

The following is a preliminary program. The final program details will be updated at a later date.

June 24
June 25
June 26
07:00 Arrivals throughout the day
Hotel Check-In @ 15:00
Registration open until 17:00
Registration open until 12:00
07:30 Buffet Breakfast Buffet Breakfast
08:30 Keynotes & Panel Discussions Keynotes & Panel Discussions
09:30 B2B Meetings
10:00 Refreshment Break
10:30 Refreshment Break
11:20 B2B Meetings
12:00 Lunch & Keynote Speaker
12:30 Lunch & Keynote Speaker
13:30 Conference Concludes
14:00 B2B Meetings
15:20 Refreshment Break
17:30 Welcome Reception
18:30 NL Time

Updated: April 01, 2019.