Air Canada's CEO Address
President and CEO
Program: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Widely recognized as an exceptional business leader including twice by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the year, Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada, will offer insights on how global companies operate and adapt in today’s complex and dynamic business environments to remain relevant and sustainable. Calin will then sit down for a fireside chat with Carole Taylor, O.C., Former B.C. Finance Minister.
About the speaker:
Calin Rovinescu, C.M., has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada since April 1, 2009. Mr. Rovinescu was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy of Air Canada from 2000 to 2004, and also held the position of Chief Restructuring Officer during the airline's 2003-2004 restructuring. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Rovinescu was a Co-founder and Principal of Genuity Capital Markets, an independent investment bank. Prior to 2000, he was the Managing Partner of the law firm Stikeman Elliott in Montréal, where he practiced corporate law for over 20 years and was a member of the firm's Partnership Board and Executive Committee.
Mr. Rovinescu was Chair of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board from 2012 to 2016 and Chair of the International Air Transport Association in 2014-2015 and he continues to serve on its Board of Governors. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, and of the Business Council of Canada.
Mr. Rovinescu holds Bachelor of law degrees from the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa, and has been awarded six Honorary Doctorates from universities in Canada, Europe and the United States. Mr. Rovinescu was named the 14th Chancellor of the University of Ottawa in November 2015. In 2016, Mr. Rovinescu was recognized as Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year by the Financial Post Magazine. In 2018, Mr. Rovinescu was appointed a member of the Order of Canada. In 2019, Mr. Rovinescu was recognized as Strategist of the Year and as Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year for the second time by the Globe and Mail's Report on Business magazine.