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Board of directors

Community members

Seven directors are elected by our members from candidates who are identified and assessed through a search process. The search process includes engaging named Community Nominators which include:

  • The Board of Trade of the City of Brampton
  • The Board of Trade of the City of Mississauga
  • The Toronto Board of Trade
  • The Law Society of Ontario
  • Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario

Municipal members

Five directors are elected by our members from candidates nominated by Municipalities. The following municipalities served by Pearson nominate directors:

  • York
  • Halton
  • Peel
  • Durham
  • City of Toronto
Prior to the end of the term of a Member nominated by a municipality, the relevant municipality is entitled to provide the names of up to three candidates.

Federal and Provincial Members

The Government of Canada nominates two individuals and the Province of Ontario nominates one individual.

The Board assesses candidates put forward by the relevant nominators to determine whether the candidates possess the desired skills and experience and assess fit with the Board.

Current Members

Our directors oversee and guide management in the pursuit of Pearson Airport’s business goals while representing the interests of the GTAA and all of its stakeholders

Doug Allingham, GTAA Board of Directors

Doug Allingham

Chairman of the Board

Doug is a civil engineer with 40 years of experience encompassing both the public and private sectors. The former executive vice-president of AECOM Canada Ltd, his background in transportation engineering includes transit planning, urban design, traffic engineering, environmental assessment, master planning, airport planning and transportation economics. He has served as president of the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers, chair of the board for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Trustee and chair of the board of Lakeridge Health and has served on the boards of Durham College and the Durham Abilities Centre. In 2012, Doug was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for service to the community.

Community Member

Jeff P. Fegan, GTAA Board of Directors

Jeff P. Fegan

Jeff Fegan is the former chief executive officer of Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport and past chairman of the board of directors of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA).

Community Member

Peter Gregg, GTAA Board of Directors

Peter Gregg

Peter is the President and CEO of the Independent Electricity System Operator (“IESO”), the corporation responsible for operating the electricity market and directing the operation of the bulk electrical system in the province of Ontario. He was previously president and CEO of Enersource Corporation (now Alectra Utilities) where he led the merger of Enersource with Powerstream and Horizon Utilities, and the purchase of Hydro One Brampton. Peter has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Municipal Member (Halton Region)

Kathleen L. Keller-Hobson, GTAA Board of Directors

Kathleen L. Keller-Hobson

Kathleen Keller-Hobson is a corporate director and is currently lead director and chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee of CCL Industries Inc. (TSX: CCL), and a member of the board of directors of Premium Brands Holdings Corporation (TSX: PBH), both publicly traded companies. Prior to January 2015, Ms. Keller-Hobson was a business lawyer with 35 years of experience advising businesses and boards of directors on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. She holds her ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Nominated by the Federal Government

Roger R. Mahabir, GTAA Board of Directors

Roger R. Mahabir

Roger Mahabir is Chairman and CEO of Tracker Networks Inc., and President and CEO of Technology Innovations Inc. Previously, Mr. Mahabir was founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Assurent Secure Technologies which he sold to TELUS in 2006. Mr. Mahabir is recognized as a leading technology innovator. He has been inducted into the Canadian Information Productivity Hall of Fame, his achievements have been archived by the Smithsonian, and he has served as Chief Information Officer in several Fortune 500 organizations, including RBC Capital Markets (Royal Bank of Canada). Mr. Mahabir is an experienced director and advisor of companies in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Named Community Member (Nominated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade)

Hazel McCallion, GTAA Board of Directors

Hazel McCallion

Hazel McCallion is the Chief Elder Officer of Revera Inc., Chancellor of Sheridan College, and special advisor to the University of Toronto, Mississauga campus. Ms. McCallion was one of the longest serving Mayors in Canada, having served as Mayor of the City of Mississauga for 36 years. Ms. McCallion was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2005 and was awarded an honorary doctor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto in 2010.

Nominated by the Federal Government

Michele McKenzie, GTAA Board of Directors

Michele McKenzie

Michele McKenzie is a corporate director and founder of McKenzie Business Strategies, an advisory practice focused on economic development, strategy, marketing and tourism, and is the former President and CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC/Destination Canada), a federal Crown Corporation. She is also a director of the Trans Canada Trail and the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada. In 2018, Michele was appointed to the inaugural board of Invest in Canada, the new federal agency supporting business expansion into Canada. Michele has been recognized as one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women – Top 100” by WXN and was named Hotelier Magazine’s one of the “10 Most Influential Leaders in Canada’s Hospitality Industry.” Michele is a graduate of Dalhousie University and holds an honorary degree from Humber College.

Municipal Member (Region of Peel)

Marc Neeb, GTAA Board of Directors

Marc Neeb

Marc recently retired as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Magna International Inc. His past professional experience includes the Town of Aurora, City of Brampton and the City of Mississauga. Marc holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Western Ontario, Seneca College and the University of Toronto. He has served on the Boards of Southlake Regional Health Centre, Aurora Mayor’s Charity Golf Classic, Community Safety Village of York Region and was the Governor of the Royal Lifesaving Society.

Community Member

Terrie O'Leary, GTAA Board of Directors

Terrie O'Leary

Terrie O’Leary is executive vice-president, business strategy and operations, at Toronto Global. Toronto Global is the Toronto Region's foreign direct investment attraction, marketing and sales corporation. A seasoned executive with extensive private and public sector experience, Terrie served two terms on The World Bank Board of Directors in Washington, DC, as the representative of Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean. Prior to Washington, she was the senior advisor to Finance Minister Paul Martin.

Appointed by the Province of Ontario

Eric Plesman, GTAA Board of Directors

Eric Plesman

Eric is Executive Vice President, North America at Oxford Properties. He is responsible for Oxford’s North American Investments (equity and debt) and Development activity across all asset classes (office, industrial, retail, multi-family and hotel), as well as Oxford’s North American Retail and Industrial businesses. Eric’s past experience includes roles in Investment Banking and Real Estate Private Equity at Morgan Stanley (London, UK, New York and Toronto) and as a consultant at Arthur Andersen (Amsterdam). Eric holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and an HBA in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. He serves on the NAIOP GTA Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the Government Relations Committee.

Community Member

Michelle Samson-Doel, GTAA Board of Directors

Michelle Samson-Doel

Michelle is lead director of Boralex Inc. (BLX) and serves on the board of Lallemand Inc., a global private company. She is a chartered professional accountant and the former executive chair of Multi-Marques that led the consolidation of the bakery industry in Quebec. She has also served on the boards of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and many private companies and not-for-profit organizations.

Municipal Member (Region of York)

Mark F. Schwab, GTAA Board of Directors

Mark F. Schwab

Mark is a highly experienced airline industry executive, having recently served as chief executive officer of Star Alliance, a complex alliance of 27 airline members. He has a deep background in the airline industry, having served in international leadership roles with major carriers such as United Airlines, US Airways, American Airlines and Pan Am.

Community Member

Johan van 't Hof, GTAA Board of Directors

Johan van ‘t Hof

Johan van ‘t Hof is president and CEO of Tonbridge Corporation, a Toronto-based merchant bank and financial advisory firm and a lecturer at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo and the School of Accountancy for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Mr. van ’t Hof has several years of experience in project finance, infrastructure financing and public private partnership transactions and has been a director of 10 entities, both inter-listed public companies, several private, as well as multi-million dollar non-for-profit organizations and charities. Mr. van ‘t Hof received his MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto and is a chartered accountant and a CPA in Ontario.

Nominated by the Region of Durham

Donald (Don) P. Kennedy

Don is a highly skilled business executive with experience related to airline operations, having co-founded and served as Chief Financial Officer of Canada 3000. While growing the organization from the startup concept of a charter airline into a publicly traded travel group with over 5,000 employees, he gained expertise related to airport operations requirements at Toronto Pearson.   Don’s professional associations include past Director of the Air Transport Association of Canada, past Director of various airlines fuel consortiums and past member of various aviation and travel industry associations. He has also served as the Chief Financial Officer in several private enterprises in the cargo and logistics industries. 

Community Member

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