YVR: Why your local airport matters
President and CEO
Vancouver Airport Authority
Lunch and Program: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is more than just a travel hub—it's an economic generator, community contributor and a hub of innovation. YVR's success stems from a unique operating model where Vancouver Airport Authority—a community-based, not-for-profit organization—reinvests all profits back into the airport and the region, improving YVR for everyone. This is something to be proud of, something worth protecting.
Join Craig Richmond, YVR's President and CEO, for his annual address to better understand why a community-based airport with a local perspective matters.
Editor In Chief, Business in Vancouver
Vice President, Glacier Media
About the speaker:
Craig Richmond, President and CEO of Vancouver International Airport (YVR), is the driving force behind an award-winning connecting hub — known for its innovative approach to business, forward-looking strategy and exceptional customer care. Craig started his aviation career as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force, gaining crucial experience at home and abroad in fast-paced and challenging roles. He received an MBA at the University of Manitoba in 1994 and worked in a variety of operational roles for Vancouver Airport Authority. He then joined Vantage Airport Group to become CEO of six airports in three countries. From 2013 to the present day, he has held the position of President and CEO for YVR. In 2016, Craig was awarded the Excellence in Visionary Leadership Award from Airports Council International – North America for his outstanding work in aviation. Under Craig's direction, YVR has received significant recognition — having been awarded Best Airport in North America from Skytrax for a record ten years in a row.