YMM’s RJ Steenstra Elected Vice Chair of Canadian Airports Council

January 7, 2020

Fort McMurray, AB – Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Fort McMurray, AB (January 7, 2020) – The Fort McMurray Airport Authority is pleased to announce the recent appointment of RJ Steenstra, President and CEO of the Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) to the position of Vice Chair, Canadian Airports Council (CAC) Board of Directors. Mr. Steenstra succeeds Joyce Carter, President and CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority, who assumes the role of CAC Chair.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Steenstra served as CAC Regional Director (Central), where he championed industry priorities and echoed the voice of Canada’s regional airports through the CAC Small Airport Caucus.

“It has been an honour and privilege working alongside some of the very best in the airport industry,” says RJ Steenstra, President and CEO of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority. “Moving into the Vice Chair role, my focus will be on evolving our governance model and ensure the industry continues to be positioned to tackle emerging issues and opportunities facing airports across Canada, including regional airports such as YMM.”

Mr. Steenstra’s industry contributions have also included serving as Director for the American Association of Airport Executives – NW Chapter, Director of the International Civil Aviation Organization and Airports Council International (ACI) – World, Community of Practice and Vice Chair for the International Association of Airport Executives Canada. Mr. Steenstra is also currently serving as Board Director for ACI-North America, of which the CAC is a division. ACI-NA represents airports throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“Canada’s air transportation industry is built on regional airports and the communities they serve,” says Daniel-Robert Gooch, President of CAC. “Based on RJ’s experience at YMM and leadership in the industry, I am confident he will help realize CAC’s full potential as it tackles important air transportation issues.”

Locally, Mr. Steenstra is an active leader in the community committed to enhancing economic growth and quality of life services in the region. He is currently serving as Director on the inaugural Wood Buffalo Economic Corporation’s Board of Directors and member of the Livability Taskforce. In 2019, Mr. Steenstra served as Vice Chair of the 2022 Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games Bid Committee and Chair of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Committee.


About Canadian Airports Council

A division of Airports Council International – North America, CAC is the voice for Canada’s airports. CAC has established itself as a reliable and credible federal representative for airports on a wide range of significant topics and concerns, lobbying the federal government on issues that affect the business interests of Canada’s airports.

About Fort McMurray International Airport

The Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA) owns and operates the Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM). FMAA is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation that operates as a local business. Surplus revenues generated from commercial activities are reinvested back into airport infrastructure to meet safety, security and environment regulations.

Media Contacts

Fort McMurray Airport Authority
Margaret Ziolecki
 / Senior Manager Government & Public Affairs
Direct: +1 780 793 7548
Email: Margaret.Ziolecki@FlyYMM.com