Eric Bordeleau

Senior Director
Network Planning – International and Charters
Air Canada

With 22 years at Air Canada, Eric has held several positions with the company, starting as an agent at the Aeroplan call center, and moving into managements roles at Dorval airport, within Revenue Management, Corporate Scheduling and Network Planning. Eric was Director Regional Airlines before being named Director Network Planning where his scope encompasses managing and planning Air Canada’s world-wide network and fleet of over 200 routes and 300 aircraft.

Nick Careen

Senior Vice President
Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security Division
The International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Currently IATA’s Senior Vice President for the Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security Division, Nick is responsible for IATA’s relations with Airports, Fuel supply, Passenger experience, Cargo, Security , Consulting and Ground Handling for IATA Member airlines and industry partners around the world.

Zita Cobb

Founder and CEO, Shorefast and
Innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn

Zita Cobb is Founder and CEO of Shorefast and Innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn. A registered Canadian charity, Shorefast uses business-minded means to help secure economic and cultural resilience for Fogo Island, Newfoundland: one of Canada’s oldest settlements.

Following a successful career in high-tech, Zita returned to her home of Fogo Island to help grow another leg on the economy of this singular rural place.

Andrew Gibbons

Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Westjet

Andrew (Andy) Gibbons is WestJet’s Ottawa-based Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs. Andy has been with WestJet since 2012. He is one of Canada’s leading public affairs practitioners.

Prior to joining WestJet, Andy served as Vice President of Public Affairs for H+K Strategies, a global communications and government relations agency. At H+K, Andy led advocacy efforts for a diverse group of clients in the transportation, finance and health sectors.

Chris Hagen

Director of Product Supply
Malvern

Chris has been with Malvern since its inception, taking the role of Director of Product Supply in January 2019 and having previously been with Super Break since 2003.

He is responsible for Product Supply across the group and he and his team ensure excellent relationships and commercial terms with partners in accommodation, transport, entertainment, attraction and experience sectors together with leading product supply strategy.

Charlene Johnson

CEO Noia

Charlene Johnson was a Member of the House of Assembly, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, from 2003 to 2014. As a senior cabinet minister during her tenure she led a number of high profile departments, including Finance and Human Resource Secretariat, President of Treasury Board; Innovation, Business and Rural Development; Child, Youth and Family Services; and Environment and Conservation. She was also the minister responsible for the Status of Women and parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources. Prior to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Charlene worked as a policy analyst for the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

Robert Kokonis

President and Managing Partner
AirTrav Inc. | Affiliate Canada, ICF Aviation

Robert J. Kokonis leads Toronto-based aviation advisory, AirTrav Inc., a firm he co-founded in 2001. In 2013, AirTrav became the Affiliate Canada for ICF Aviation (formerly ICF SH&E), the world’s oldest and one of the largest aviation consultancies. Robert has spent 29 years in the aviation and travel sectors, with companies such as Air Canada, Finnair, Royal Jordanian, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Worldspan.

Marcus Lam

Vice President
InterVISTAS Consulting

Marcus Lam, with over 12 years of industry and professional experience, has worked with aviation clients across the globe in airport air service development, airline network and fleet planning, airline alliance/partnerships valuation, and airline turnaround business plan development.

Howard K. Mann

Vice President
Campbell-Hill Aviation Group

Mr. Mann joined Campbell-Hill Aviation Group in February 2015 as a Vice President with more than seventeen years of wide-ranging aviation consulting and Washington experience.

For the last twelve years, Mr. Mann been active in air service development consulting where he specialized in air service development, strategic planning and regulatory policy to airport, airline and industry clients.

Gunnar Már Sigurfinnsson

Managing Director
Air Freight and Logistics
Icelandair

Gunnar Már Sigurfinnsson has served as the Managing Director of Icelandair Cargo since May 2008. From mid-year 2018 to February 2019 he also served as Chief Commercial Officer alongside his role at Icelandair Cargo. Prior to that he was SVP of Sales and Marketing at Icelandair from 2005. Gunnar Már became the Director of Sales Planning and Control in 2000, and in 2001 he became General Manager of Germany, Netherlands & Central Europe regions. Gunnar Már holds a Business Administration Degree from the University of Iceland.

Andrew Pierce

Vice President
Network Planning and Reporting, Porter Airlines

Andrew joined Porter’s startup team in 2005, when he participated in the initial business plan and purchase of Bombardier Q400 turboprops. He led the sales, marketing and communications efforts before taking on technical projects like the website and its integration with the reservations system, followed by program initiatives like Porter Pass and VIPorter.

Ferio Pugliese

Senior Vice President
Air Canada Express and Government Relations
Air Canada

Ferio Pugliese was appointed Senior Vice President, Air Canada Express and Government Relations in August 2018. In this role, Ferio has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of Air Canada’s regional operations, management of the Capacity Purchase Agreements and the relationship with current and future regional carriers operating on its behalf. He also has oversight for all relationships between the airline and the various levels of government.

Cláudia Ribeiro De Almeida

Professor
Tourism, School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism
University of the Algarve

Cláudia Ribeiro de Almeida has a Post-doctoral Degree in Tourism, a PhD Degree in Tourism, a Master Degree in Total Quality Management in Services, a Degree in Marketing and a Bachelor in Tourism.