Release date: 
30 May 2007 :00am

May 30, 2007 (Ottawa) – The Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority is pleased to announce the election of a new Chairman of the Board, the appointment of new members and the composition of the 2007 Board of Directors.

J. Peter Vice, Q.C. was elected the new Chairman. Peter has been active on the Authority Board since his appointment in 2003, serving on the Executive, Governance, Human Resources & Compensation and Airport Expansion Program Overview committees. He is well regarded in the legal profession and in the community at large.

Newly appointed members include Ron Clifton, Barbara Farber and Patrick Kelly.

Ron Clifton, who was nominated by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, is the President and CEO of International Datacasting Corporation, and brings strong business and leadership skills to the Board.

Barbara Farber, from the community at large, is the President of Leikin Group Inc., a commercial real estate development company, and is well known for her extensive community involvement. Her development expertise will be an asset on the Board.

Patrick Kelly is the President of the Ottawa Congress Centre, and was appointed by Ottawa Tourism. He brings years of hotel and hospitality industry experience to the Airport Authority.

“The new members of the Board are a welcome addition; they bring a diverse set of skills, a wealth of experience, and are keenly interested in the airport and the community it serves. The Selecting Bodies who recommended them are to be commended”, said Paul Benoit, Authority President and CEO. He added “We are looking forward to working with the new Chair, Peter Vice, who has been an exemplary director since joining us. Finally, on behalf of the Authority team, I would like to say sincere thanks to Jim Durrell, Whit Tucker and Jeffrey Dale, whose terms have expired. They served with distinction and we wish them continued success in the future.”

With the above-noted nominees, the 2007 Board of Directors is comprised of:

Geneviève Brown
Raymond Brunet
Ron Clifton
Barbara Farber
Patrick Kelly
Martin Leblanc
Charlie Logue
Eric McSweeney
Pat Murray
Michael Skrobica
Joan Sun McGarry
Pamela Sweet
J. Peter Vice, Chair
James Wright

OMCIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies under a 60-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OMCIAA’s mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region. Its state-of-the-art passenger terminal building opened for business on October 12, 2003, and is being expanded to accommodate growth in passenger volumes.