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Air Canada: Courage to compete in the 21st century

Thursday, April 20, 2017
11:30 AM
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Keynote Speaker:Calin Rovinescu
President and Chief Executive Officer
Air Canada
Schedule:Registration:  11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Program:  12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Calin Rovinescu

What does it take for companies to succeed so they can help drive economic growth in communities across the country as a whole? This is particularly relevant to Air Canada as it celebrates its 80th birthday this year. It also seems appropriate with the country celebrating its 150th, that we look to the future and ask, how do we thrive in this strange new world where the political landscape globally has changed so dramatically over the last year?

Join us to hear Calin Rovinescu, one of Canada's foremost and respected business leaders, discuss what any company can do if people use their imagination to set ambitious goals, have the discipline to stick with sound plans, and are willing to take measured risks to succeed in an increasingly interconnected, global marketplace.

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About the Speaker

Calin Rovinescu has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada since April 1, 2009.

Mr. Rovinescu is also a member of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board and of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), having previously served as Chairman of both organizations. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, and of the Business Council of Canada.

From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Rovinescu was a Co-founder and Principal of Genuity Capital Markets, an independent investment bank.

Mr. Rovinescu first joined Air Canada in 2000 as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy, and also held the position of Chief Restructuring Officer during the airline's 2003-2004 restructuring.

Prior to 2000, he was the Managing Partner of the law firm Stikeman Elliott in Montreal, where he practiced law for over 20 years in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, and was a member of the firm's Partnership Board and Executive Committee.

Mr. Rovinescu received his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 1980, his LL.L. from the University of Montreal in 1978, and his D.E.C. from McGill University in 1974. He is a recipient of Honorary Doctorates from the University of Ottawa, the University of Montreal and the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University and of a Doctorate of Engineering from Polytechnic University of Bucharest (Romania). Mr. Rovinescu was named the 14th Chancellor of the University of Ottawa in November 2015.

The Globe and Mail's Report on Business magazine named Mr. Rovinescu Canada's Best CEO of 2013 and in 2016, he was named Canada's Outstanding CEO of the YearTM (Financial Post Magazine).

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