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Tom Ruth
President & CEO at Edmonton International Airport


As President and Chief Executive Officer, Tom leads the management and operation of Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Canada’s fifth business airport, as well as Villeneuve Airport which serves the Alberta Capital Region’s general and recreational aviation sectors.

Under Tom’s leadership, EIA has achieved significant passenger and air cargo growth.  EIA currently offers direct flights to over 50 destinations within Canada, the US, Europe and Asia, linking Edmonton’s trade markets to locations throughout Canada, the US, Europe, China, Japan, India and Korea.

Tom has also advanced the Aerotropolis development at EIA, with over 1 billion dollars in private sector investment over the past 7 years. These current and planned developments provide a strong mix of retail, entertainment, hospitality and business offerings, establishing EIA as a destination and attracting tourism and trade to the Region.

Prior to joining Edmonton Airports, Tom was President of Halifax International Airport, and was formerly President of Canadian North Airlines, a 100 percent aboriginal-owned airline serving Canada’s North.

Tom represents Canada on the Airports Council International (ACI) World Governing Board.  He is also a member of the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors, and is a past Chair of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC).

Agenda Sessions

  • What is the real benefit of automation?

  • Canadian PPPs: Why are airports the anomaly?