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Background

As the senior advocate of airport owner and operator organizations in Canada, AMCO has evolved into a strong provincial organization committed to the sustainability of airports nationally. Incorporated on October 18, 1985, AMCO’s aims are: to represent the interests of the owners and/or operators of airports and aerodromes in the province of Ontario; and, to promote the safe and efficient operation of those airports.

Vision Statement

AMCO’s vision is to lead Ontario’s airports and aerodromes to be the safest and most efficient in the world.

Inherent in this vision is the expectation that AMCO will continue to develop to reach its full potential as an educator and advocate in order to provide a safe and efficient airport and aerodrome network to travelers, industry, government, and emergency services throughout Ontario.

Mission Statement

AMCO’s mission is to provide advocacy for and education to Ontario’s airports and aerodromes.

Inherent in this mission is the expectation that AMCO, by developing to its full potential, will be a leading industry organization and will be financially sustainable as a business entity over the long term. Inspired by this mission are two strategic themes: Education; including communication and training; and, Advocacy; including representation at all levels of government and bringing together industry leaders for the betterment of Ontario’s airports and aerodromes.

Objectives

  • To be the leading advocate of the airport industry in Ontario and a leader in the advocacy of the aviation industry nationally;
  • To be a representative of member interests on the local, provincial and federal levels of government;
  • To be a conduit of education and communication; and,
  • To be a training provider in the topics and issues related to the safe, secure, efficient and financially sustainable operation of airports and related businesses.

AMCO INITIATIVES

INITIATIVES

As the year comes to a close I’d like to thank all of our attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors who joined us for the 33rd Annual Convention and Trade Show and our host the Kenora Airport. This year’s convention was a successful one by any measure with many notable speakers and events. For those who could not join us we hope to see you next October in Chatham-Kent for the 34th Annual Convention and Trade Show. I’d also like to congratulate our new Executive branch of the Board of Directors elected at this year’s AGM; President, Duane Riddell, Vice President, Chris Wood, and Treasurer Terry Bos. I would also like to congratulate our returning director, Marion Smith, who will be representing the Southwest Region for the for the next year and special thank you to outgoing President Mike Karsseboom and outgoing Past President, Stephen Wilcox.

As we look to 2019 AMCO has a number of events and opportunities planned throughout the year. As always our convention and tradeshow will be a world class event with our host airport, Chatham-Kent. Next year’s event will include added tradeshow opportunity and new and unique sponsorship opportunities. Our workshop next year will be hosted by the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport. We are also planning to host two small airport and aerodrome working group round tables in early spring to facilitate conversation among our members in a setting unique to their operations.

AMCO will continue to monitor changes in regulations, including TALPA, and participate in a number of advisory councils throughout the New Year. AMCO will be attending the Canadian Aviation Safety Officer Partnership (CASOP) fall session in Ottawa and we encourage all our airport members to attend future CASOP sessions. AMCO will also be maintaining its seat on the Nav Canada Advisory Committee with President, Duane Riddell attending on behalf of AMCO.

As well this year brings many opportunities for our Small Airport and Aerodrome Working Group to get involved and have AMCO represent you in your local communities. Stay tuned for new materials, as well as announcements for next year’s spring working group sessions.

We continue to encourage members to take part in the AMCO Aviation General Liability program, administered through business member The Magnes Group. Benefits include increased coverages and purchasing power. Contact the AMCO offices or The Magnes Group directly to learn how to the program can benefit your airport or aerodrome.

Board of Directors

  • Mike KarsseboomPast PresidentMike Karsseboom
  • Duane RiddellPresidentDuane Riddell
  • Terry BosTreasurerTerry Bos
  • Chris WoodVice PresidentChris Wood
  • Nancy HewittSoutheastern Regional DirectorNancy Hewitt
  • Marion SmithSouthwestern Regional DirectorMarion Smith
  • Ryan BradingNorthwestern Regional DirectorRyan Brading
  • Bryan AveryNortheastern Regional DirectorBryan Avery

To view a Board Member’s Bio click on their picture above

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