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Saskatoon Airport Authority Names New CEO

Saskatoon, SK: Following a comprehensive national search, the Saskatoon Airport Authority Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Maybury as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Maybury will take over the post from Bill Restall who has held the position since 1985.

Maybury and his family will move to Saskatoon from Winnipeg, where he currently serves as CEO of Southport Aerospace Centre. He has also held senior roles with the Charlottetown Airport Authority and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority where he oversaw several expansion projects. Maybury, who holds an MBA in International Aviation from Concordia University, is an Accredited Airport Executive, Registered Professional Engineer and also served as a director with the International Association of Airport Executives of Canada.

“We are very pleased to welcome Stephen to the Saskatoon Airport Authority team and welcome his family to our great city,” said Ron Waldman, Chair of the Saskatoon Airport Authority Board of Directors. “Our national search found many strong applicants, which demonstrates that the country is taking note of our airport’s growth and momentum. The entire airport community will be well-served with Stephen’s experience and excitement.”

“I’m looking forward to continuing on the great work of Bill Restall and the rest of the Saskatoon Airport Authority team on enhancing our airport both in terms of infrastructure and passenger services,” said Maybury. “In a thriving city like Saskatoon, passengers are looking for increased services and options. A solid plan has been developed for the growth of the airport, and I am excited to build on and implement that plan.”

Maybury will arrive in Saskatoon in early December to officially assume his role as CEO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority. Current CEO Bill Restall, who announced his retirement in May, will remain with the Airport thorough a transition period until the end of 2012.

“More and more, Saskatoon is getting noticed and getting the credit it deserves as a leading and successful Canadian city,” said Restall. “A strong airport plays a critical role in that success. I am confident that our staff, stakeholders, partners and most importantly Saskatoon and surrounding communities will benefit from Stephen’s leadership.”

About the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport and Saskatoon Airport Authority:

The Saskatoon Airport Authority is a partner in the development of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan by operating a world-class airport that is connecting Saskatoon to the world. The Saskatoon International Airport offers 190 direct flights per week to 7 Canadian destinations, 39 flights per week to 5 United States destinations and 16 flights per week to 11 winter sunspot destinations, and served more than 1.2 million passengers in 2011. A 10-year, $115-million capital investment plan is underway including a $53-million expansion of the airline terminal building.

For more information, please contact:

Ron Waldman; Chair of the Saskatoon Airport Authority; 306-221-2131
Bill Restall; CEO of Saskatoon Airport Authority; 306-975-6464
Communications Contact: Maxine Montgomery; 306-975-4952


Stephen Maybury graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and a Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering. He also has a Master of Business Administration degree in International Aviation from Concordia University. Stephen is a registered Professional Engineer, Accredited Airport Executive and a Certified International Trade Professional.

In 1994, Stephen began his professional air transportation career in commercial aviation and subsequently transitioned into the airport development-engineering business. After working briefly for an airport consulting firm, he joined the Greater Toronto Airports Authority in 2001 at Toronto Pearson International Airport. During this tenure, Stephen advanced into progressively senior management roles associated with engineering/development, facility operations and strategic planning/performance.

In 2008, Stephen became the Director, Planning and Programs at the Charlottetown Airport Authority. In this diverse role, he directly oversaw airport planning and engineering, land/property development, business development and airport security. He provided strategic leadership of airport property development including all assets, facilities and the Airport Business Park. He also fostered partnerships in the public-private sector through the marketing of various property development opportunities.

In 2010, he became the Chief Executive Officer of Southport providing leadership in the successful marketing, development and management of the airport and its related commercial properties. Emphasizing a balanced, customer-driven and team based approach to business; his key accountabilities included negotiating and managing major leases and management contracts as well as developing partnerships with all levels of governments to achieve maximum economic benefit for the regional community.

Stephen is a past member of the board of directors of the International Association of Airport Executives Canada. He has also volunteered as a Student Design Mentor for the University of PEI Engineering program as well as for local sporting events such as the Canada Games. He and his wife, Heather, are raising two children, Luke and Quinn.

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