Canada’s Airports Welcome William A. Restall to CATSA Board

June 18, 2014


OTTAWA – The Canadian Airports Council today welcomed the announcement that William A. Restall has been named to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s board of directors for a three-year term.

“Canada’s airports welcome Bill to this new point of his career as he joins CATSA’s board after an impressive career in the air transportation industry. Having served as the Saskatoon airport’s chief executive for over a decade, in addition to his board level experience with numerous industry stakeholders, his expertise and foresight will be a great addition to the organization’s board of directors,” said CAC Chair John Gibson. “CATSA plays a very important role in ensuring the safety and security of travellers and their belongings. Canada’s airports are privileged to nominate two members of our community to its board.”

Mr. Restall has 36 years of experience in the air transportation industry. He mostly recently served as the president and CEO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority, where he retired in January 2013. After joining the CAC’s board of directors in 2004, Mr. Restall became vice chairman in 2008, marking the first time the association’s first vice chair was from Canada’s small airports community. He then went on to serve as chairman of the board from 2010-2012, and as a director on Airport Council International – North America’s board.

Mr. Restall was also a founding director of the Saskatchewan Aviation Council, a past president of International Northwest Aviation Council, and a director of the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.

The CAC nominates two individuals to CATSA’s board for a term up to five years with a possibility of renewal. Mr. Restall replaces Michael Campbell on CATSA’s board and joins former Ottawa International Airport Authority President and CEO Paul Benoit as a representative of Canada’s airport operators.

“Canada’s airports thank Mike for his time spent as part of CATSA’s board. Mike served at pleasure for seven years and we wish him the very best,” said Mr. Gibson.

About the Canadian Airports Council

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a division of Airports Council International-North America, is the voice for Canada’s airports community.  Its 45 members represent more than 120 airports, including all of the privately operated National Airports System (NAS) airports and many municipal airports across Canada. Canada’s airports are independently operated by non-share capital corporations that are fully responsible for self-funding their operating and infrastructure costs, and balancing the needs and interests of the communities they serve. In 2012, Canada’s air transportation industry had a $34.9 billion economic footprint, supported 405,000 jobs, and contributed more than $7 billion to federal taxes.


About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports. Collectively, U.S. airports support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at