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Canadians have enthusiastically returned to the skies, flying in numbers that equal or exceed pre-COVID demand. Canada’s airports are already moving towards the next stage in their evolution as a key economic enablers and public assets.

Next May, Canadian airport leaders will come together at Airports Canada 2023 in Edmonton, AB, where though- provoking speakers and interactive panel sessions will point the way toward innovation, resilience and sustainable growth.

The conference theme, Rising Above represents how Canada’s airport ecosystem will apply their collective expertise and lessons learned to innovate and build a bright and resilient future.

Who Should Attend

Any professional interested in learning about aviation trends impacting Canada’s airports, including:

  • Airport CEOs
  • Finance Professionals
  • Infrastructure Leaders
  • Property and Commercial Management Professionals
  • Concessions Professionals
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Customer Experience Professionals
  • Diversity and Inclusion Professionals

The full Airports Canada 2023 agenda will be posted soon, but key session highlights are outlined below.  Check back for the official agenda soon!

Innovation – Where will your baggage be in 2040? An evolution needed to meet growing demands

Air traffic is expected to double by the 2040s, with twice the number of passengers and baggage. Canada’s airports cannot double the size of their infrastructure, so we must create efficiencies and improvements in processes. This session will explore innovative and out-of-the-box baggage solutions for airports of all sizes.

Building the Workforce of Tomorrow

The airport ecosystem faces high turnover and an aging workforce. Canada’s aviation industry is in a fierce competition with other sectors for qualified workers. To be noticed, airports need tools that go beyond traditional job fairs and hiring practices.

This session will take a hard look at both the challenges and opportunities in developing innovative and forward-thinking hiring practices and labour strategies to build an inclusive, dynamic and professional workforce.

Reconciliation in Action: Our Future with Indigenous Partners

With airports recognizing that they operate on unceded territories, the importance of true reconciliation and accommodation is paramount. We must work together in good faith and respect to find a shared way forward. The airports featured in this session are working with First Nations communities to build relationships, increase employment and grow awareness of cultural and tourism significance. What can we learn from each other? Where can you start?

New Ways to Fly

With its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, the Canadian aviation sector is moving steadily towards Net Zero. This session will explore the innovations in sustainable and alternative fuels, electric aircraft and other recent technologies to examine how the entire aviation ecosystem can work together to propel us into a clean future.

How Disruption Leads to Innovation and Improvement

Airports operate in a completely different setting today that just three years ago. Doing the same things in the same way no longer works. But how can we change things for the better? This session examines how disruptions can be a positive influence, forcing us to think differently to invent new and innovative technologies and practices to address issues like border modernization, supply chain integration, passenger experiences improvements and more.

Fireside Chat:
Tamara Vrooman In Conversation With…

The aviation community can learn from the experiences of other sectors. Join Tamara Vrooman, President and Chief Executive Officer of YVR for a personal and frank one-on-one conversation with one of Canada’s foremost business leaders who will share lessons, insights and knowledge that apply to today’s aviation environment.

What Do Canadians Think of Us?

If we are to succeed, we need to know what Canadians – and travellers – expect from their airports and aviation sector. A new poll has asked Canadians how they perceive the airport and aviation sector and what they expect from us. How did the perception of our industry change from pre-pandemic to now? Join us to hear the poll results followed by a lively panel discussion on where we go from here.

Fireside Chat: Innovations in regional service

Join leaders from a regional airport and a new Canadian carrier as they discuss how regional airports can also take advantage of exciting new opportunities amidst changing demand.

Fireside Chat: A Conversation with Canada’s Largest Carriers and Airport

Join us for a lively and open discussion between Canada’s largest airport and our largest air carriers as they dive into today’s hot topics: what can we anticipate for the summer, leadership styles that work in challenging times, the greening of aviation, diversity and inclusion in the workforce, and the competitiveness of Canada’s aviation system.

JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District
10344 102 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0K9, Canada
Phone: +1 780-784-7950

Hotel booking information to come soon!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Airports Canada 2023 sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact sponsorship@airportscouncil.org for more information.