Final day: BCAC Airport Conference

May 4, 2017

The morning of our last day at the BCAC Airport’s Conference started with a view from Ottawa by David Gooch, President of the Canadian Airports Council. Daniel highlighted their Council’s main advocacy goals including eliminating the eligibility ban in federal infrastructure programs for small NAS airports, comprehensive reforms to security screening and strengthening border resources.  Daniel also spoke about the growing concern that airports across the country have for security screening wait times and their advocacy with CATSA.

The purpose of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is to be the industry association that lobbies the federal government on issues that affect the business interests of Canada’s airports. View the CAC’s Harmony in Motion with Canada’s Airports video

Up next was Paul Bjorn from McElhanney who spoke on recruitment tips. His keys to successful recruiting are:

  • believe in company;
  • see the company and the position from the applicants point of view; and
  • roll out the red carpet. (Dinners out, staff events, etc./ it’s a good view to see the candidate outside of the interview process)

Zubin Daruwala, an Aviation Consultant with Airbiz gave attendees a current market update on the airline and aviation industry, focusing on economic and air travel performance.

After lunch, Mark Sixel, President of Sixel Consulting spoke about air service development and gave his insights on the Canadian market compared to the United States where he is based. Mark spoke about how important air service is to smaller communities and for the economy. Because of the growing costs to operate aircraft, we are seeing trends of airlines dropping their smaller regional service to operate long-haul routes. Mark was able to give some ideas on how to continue and increase to have service to smaller regional airports throughout the province.

For the last session of the conference we had three speakers talk on zoning. Jack Willms with Tetra Tech EBA gave an overview of TP312 and moving to the 5th edition.  Karl McGrath, Airbiz spoke on land use planning and other noise exposure forecasts. Finally, Marcel Champagne SNC-Lavalin spoke about land use in the vicinity of airports and master planning.

Thank you to all our sponsors, speakers, and attendees of the 2017 BCAC Airports Workshop. Conference presentations will be emailed to attendees of the conference and will also be available on our website here. We look forward to seeing you in 2018 at Boundary Bay Airport!


Thank you to our valued sponsors!