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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

From the desk of the Executive Director

I’d like to begin by thanking all of our attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors who joined us for the 32nd Annual Convention and Trade Show hosted by the Region of Waterloo International Airport. This year’s convention was a massive success and I hope those who could not join us this year will be in Kenora for the 33rd Annual Convention next October. I’d also like to congratulate our new Northeast Regional Director, Bryan Avery, and Northwest Regional Director, Ryan Brading, who were elected to our Board of Directors at the 32nd AGM and thank Robert Tyrer, and Michael Zroback, for their years of service on the AMCO Board of Directors.

As we look to 2018 AMCO has a number of events and opportunities planned throughout the year. As always our convention and trade show will be a world class event with our host airport, Kenora, working hard to present a unique and exciting event. Our workshop this year will be hosted by the Niagara District Airport and immediately follow the IAAE Canada’s FOAM conference for increased networking opportunities. 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 Montreal 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 past president, Stephen Wilcox attending on behalf of AMCO.

AMCO also recently unveiled our new Ambassador Program. Designed with our small airport and aerodrome members in mind, we developed an Airports Value 101 PowerPoint and brochure for airports to use in conjunction with their own materials when presenting to councils, airport commissions, etc. As airport operators, our members see the value in maintaining a robust airport network and treating small and regional airports as critical infrastructure. As part of our commitment to provide advocacy for Ontario’s airports and aerodromes you may now request AMCO’s staff and board to advocate alongside you at your local level; including speaking with your governance organizations and writing letters of support. For more information on the program please contact the AMCO offices.

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 coverage and purchasing power. Contact the AMCO offices or The Magnes Group directly to learn how to the program can benefit your airport or aerodrome.

Warm Regards,

Aaron Lougheed
Executive Director, AMCO

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Stephen-Wilcox
    PAST PRESIDENTSTEPHEN WILCOX
  • Mike Karsseboom
    PRESIDENTMIKE KARSSEBOOM
  • Duane Riddell
    VICE PRESIDENTDUANE RIDDELL
  • Terry Bos - Plane
    TREASURERTERRY BOS
  • Chris-Wood---Plane
    SOUTHWESTERN REGIONAL DIRECTORCHRIS WOOD
  • Nancy-Hewitt---Plane
    SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTORNANCY HEWITT
  • Ryan-Brading-Plane
    NORTHWESTERN REGIONAL DIRECTORRYAN BRADING
  • Bryan Avery
    NORTHEASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTORBRYAN AVERY

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

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