Howard Eng Appointed Chair of Canadian Airports Council

June 27, 2016


OTTAWA –  The Canadian Airports Council today announced that Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, has been elected as its new chair.

Howard Eng, who has served as the council’s vice chair since 2014, succeeds John Gibson, President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority.

“Canada’s airports are a key cornerstone of innovation and growth for the Canadian economy,” said Mr. Gibson. “With more than 30 years in the airport industry, and experience managing and operating Canada’s largest airport and North America’s second largest gateway hub for international passengers, Howard brings a depth of knowledge and understanding that will be invaluable to the CAC as it continues to promote the importance of our airports to the Canadian economy. The CAC’s membership is excited to move forward under Howard’s leadership.”

Prior to joining the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Howard served as Executive Director, Airport Operations at the Airport Authority Hong Kong, which operates Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). In his 17 years with HKIA, Howard played an integral part in moving Hong Kong onto the world’s stage as a global hub that consistently enjoys top rankings. Over an 11-year span, HKIA won more than 40 Best Airport awards.

“It is an honour to take on this responsibility with the Canadian Airports Council,” said Howard Eng.  “The CAC will continue to reinforce the vital economic importance of Canada’s aviation sector.  We will also continue to work with government agencies to ensure that passengers are receiving the services required to keep Canada’s business and tourism sectors growing.”

New CAC Vice Chair and Addition of Regional Directors

Airport Director Sam Samaddar of the Kelowna International Airport has been elected as vice chair. He began his career at the Vancouver International Airport in 1988. In 1992, he assumed the position of Superintendent Airport Operations at the Kelowna International Airport and has since held numerous positions. He also sits on several boards, including the Canadian Airports Council.

In other changes to the board, Geoff Dickson, President and CEO of the Victoria Airport Authority, has joined as director.

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 49 members represent more than 100 airports, including all of the privately operated National Airports System (NAS) airports and many municipal airports across Canada.


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