President Julian Sale opened the meeting at 9:57 am by welcoming 45 members in attendance with a special welcome to today’s presenter, Chris Wood, General Manager of Waterloo International Airport as well as Catherine Mombourquette, Social Media Manager for the Airport.
President Sale congratulated the Activities Committee and the Club for a job well done in taking part in the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Sleeman Centre. Thanks to Ron Durst for his part in the laying of the wreath on behalf of the Club. There were approximately 15 people who attended Diana’s Restaurant afterwards for lunch.
Announcements Activities – Ken Marchant - Ken reiterated President Sale’s comments about the Remembrance Day ceremonies; - Christmas Luncheon is scheduled for December 12th at Victoria Golf Club with about 50 people signed up to attend; - The Village-on-the-Arboretum Cabaret event is now sold out and the tickets distributed; - Valentine’s Day Dinner on next February 14th is booked at the Symposium Restaurant with a maximum number of 25 people. - Future events under consideration are: Trip to the Warplanes Museum in Hamilton and a possible tour of the Waterloo International Airport.
Coffee – Andy Curtis Next week same as usual at both the Boathouse and Airpark Café.
Kerry Gennings introduced today’ presenter, Chris Wood, Manager of the Waterloo International Airport.
Bio:. Chris Wood landed at the Region of Waterloo International Airport in September of 2009 taking on the role of Airport General Manager. Chris was previously employed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), holding positions in Operations, Strategic Planning, Facility Activation and Consulting Services at Toronto Pearson Airport. During the opening of Pearson’s new Terminal 1, he managed the logistics, resources, and the execution of trials, and oversaw the shutdown and deactivation of Terminal 2. Through GTAA Consulting Services, Chris conducted peer reviews for the British Airports Authority and the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation. Chris also managed the successful activation of Terminal 5 for JetBlue Airways at JFK International Airport in New York City. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technical Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an honours diploma in Airport Operations and Management from Georgian College. He is an accredited member of the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE), and holds a private pilot’s license. Chris has taught various aviation courses at Georgian College, and holds a Board position on the Canadian Airports Council as well as the International Association of Airport Executives and The Airport Management Council of Ontario. Chris’s aviation career began more than 20 years ago at the Region of Waterloo International Airport where he spent a summer working at the Waterloo-Wellington Flying Club as a ramp attendant. Originally from Brantford, he currently lives with his wife and two young children in Ayr, Ontario.
Topic Chris spoke to us on the operations of the Waterloo International Airport.
Presentation: Chris Wood provided an excellent series of slides along with his discussion on the operation of the Waterloo International Airport and these can be viewed on the Club website under “Speaker’s Notes.”
Mr. Wood’s presentation covered the airport’s many additional services that support the community: •Aeromedical Flights •Agricultural Services •Commercial Air Services •Emergency Diversionary Service •Fire Fighting Response •Flight Training •Private Air Charter Operations •Law Enforcement Services •Recreational Benefits •Search and Rescue, Disaster Relief
He provided a history of the airport and the future direction and expansion of the airport over an anticipated growth of the region. This will be in conjunction of air travel terminals throughout southern Ontario. (See the slide presentation for details).
Following a question and answer period after the formal presentation, John Sneyd thanked Chris Wood and provided him with a token of appreciation from the Club (which Mr. Wood said would be passed along to the United Way).
Next meeting: Thurs., November 28th with Alex Chapmen - Adapting to Climate Change in Guelph
Adjournment: 11:02 am Recording Secretary: Kerry Gennings