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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    April 30, 2014


Saskatoon, SK: The Saskatoon Airport Authority (SAA) announced the retirement of three long-standing Board members at its Annual General Meeting today.   Board Chair, Mr. Ron Waldman along with Board members Ms. Daphne Arnason and Ms. Janet Keim. Ms. Arnason was nominated by the City of Saskatoon while both Waldman and Keim were nominated by Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada. All have served since 2005.  

“We have been fortunate to have had the effective and capable leadership of these Board members“, commented Steve Maybury, President & CEO of the SAA. “All have given a significant amount of time and effort to our Board over the years and we have certainly benefited from their expertise and knowledge.”

The SAA welcomes Mr. Ben Robb as the new Chair of the Board of Directors, along with Mr. Leslie Prosser as the new Vice-Chair.

The nomination of three new Board members was also announced at the AGM. Nominated by Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada is Ms. Bev Dubois and Ms. Merin Coutts. Nominated by the City of Saskatoon is Mr. David Weger.

“I am pleased to welcome our new members to the Board of Directors”, states Ben Robb, incoming Chair. “This is a critical time in the planning and development of the Airport. Their professional knowledge and leadership qualities, along with the expertise of our entire Board, will be relied upon to guide and direct the growth of the Airport.”

Another record breaking year for passenger traffic was reported at the SAA AGM with 1.389 million people travelling through the Airport. That represents a 4.8% increase over 2012 and 82.6% more passengers than a decade ago.

For more information contact:  
Stephen Maybury
President & CEO
Maxine Montgomery
Manager, Customer & Terminal Services
About the Saskatoon Airport (airport code YXE):  

In 2013 Saskatoon ranked the 3rd highest growth rate and 13th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.38 million passengers annually.  The record passenger growth has prompted the current expansion project and will increase the capacity of the terminal building to accommodate 2 million passengers annually.

Saskatoon Airport Authority (SAA) took over operations of the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (airport code YXE) from Transport Canada in 1999. The SAA is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to manage and operate the Saskatoon Airport in the best interests of Saskatoon and its surrounding community. Members of the Authority Board are nominated by various organizations – The City of Saskatoon, The Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344, Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Saskatchewan, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and the Saskatoon Airport Authority. There are currently twelve members on the Board of Directors.

Biography, New Board Members

Merin Coutts:
Merin Coutts is the CEO of Merin Coutts Management Consulting where she specializes in transitional leadership and change management solutions.  Previously she has held a number of leadership positions in the Telecommunications, Cable and Broadcast industries including the role of Regional Manager for Shaw Communications Inc.’s Saskatchewan division.
Mrs. Coutts holds a bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan as well as Chartered Directors designation; a joint venture between the DeGroote School of Business and the Conference Board of Canada as well as a Certified Management Accountants designation.

David Weger:
Dave Weger is currently the Sr. Director of Administration with PotashCorp and served as project lead for the new STARS Hangar and procurement of the STARS AW139 helicopter. His career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer spans over thirty years with experience gained in locations across Canada and internationally. He joined PotashCorp as Chief Maintenance Engineer in 1997.

In addition to his technical training, Dave has completed the U of S College of Commerce BAC and Edwards School of Business Effective Executive program.  He has completed Aviation Law - Aircraft Purchase and Lease, with distinction from IATA Montreal, and Project Management for Aerospace Professionals from the University of Kansas.   

Bev Dubois:
Bev Dubois is a graduate of the U of S and is currently Vice-President Operations for Canadian Digital Network Ltd. (CDN), an outdoor/indoor digital media/marketing company in Saskatchewan. Bev is involved in the community in various capacities such as Leadership Saskatoon; Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation; Program Chair and Vice President of The Rotary Club of Saskatoon; Board member George Reed Foundation and board member SCYAP (Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Program).

Bev has senior leadership experience in marketing, community relations, stakeholder relations, business development and lobbying.  Bev was elected and served as councilor for the City of Saskatoon for nine years and is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  

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