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Vice President, People and Culture

Canadian North

Ottawa, Ontario

About Canadian North

On September 28, 2018, Makivik Corporation and the Inuvialuit Corporate Group (ICG) signed a definitive agreement to merge Canadian North and First Air.

For reference, First Air has been connecting the people of the Arctic since it started operations in 1946. With 71 years of flying experience, First Air has been recognized as the leading airline in Canada’s Arctic serving more Northern destinations than any other airline to 31 Northern Communities and connections to Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton. First Air operates hundreds of scheduled weekly flights with over 225,000 passengers and 25 million kilograms of cargo transported every year over a vast and comprehensive route system.  It has grown to become a major regional airline in Canada with over 1,000 emloyees serving communities through the eastern and western Arctic.

Additionally, Canadian North and its founding companies (Canadian Airlines, Pacific Western Airlines, Transair, Nordair) have proudly served Canada’s North with passenger and cargo services for more than 80 years. Offering scheduled flights to 18 destinations, Canadian North’s nearly 700 employees proudly serve the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, via the southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa. Canadian North is also the premier provider of fly-in/fly-out charter services for large resource sector clients requiring safe, efficient and economical air transportation. Charter flights are also offered across North America for sports teams, cruise lines and large groups.

On June 19, 2019 – a historic day for transportation in Canada’s North, the Federal Government gave approval to the merger, provided terms and conditions were met.  Operating under the name “Canadian North”, the consolidation is a natural coming together of two like-minded organizations with shared histories and missions

The merged airline will continue to lend its support to important community events and initiatives throughout the North.  As was the mantra of both predicessor airlines, the new Canadian North will continue to be deeply committed contributors to the northern quality of life, enabling social connectivity and commercial activity through its extensive scheduled and charter services. The organization will strive to be the pride of the North, dedicated to having an impact on northern communities and helping them flourish. 

Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Vice President, People & Culture is a key member of the Executive Team with responsibilities to lead all HR functions including  integration activities to create a unified and engaged culture with strong programs to attract, retain and develop talent for excellent careers at the company. They will deliver “Pride of the North” initiatives that will build on the brand equity both organizations have established. In short, the company hopes to be an integral part of the communities it serves, and an airline all Canadians will be proud of.

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to agordon@boyden.com

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

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