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Winnipeg Airport CEO Announces Retirement

September 21, 2021 11:24 AM | News

Barry Rempel

Barry Rempel, president and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. (ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WINNIPEG / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — The president and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority is calling it a career as he soars into retirement.

Barry Rempel will leave WAA at the end of this year after serving in the top role since joining the organization in 2002.

“Throughout his career, Barry has focused on service to the community and that approach is now embedded in the culture of our company,” said Brita Chell, chair of the WAA board of directors. “It is no doubt the main reason WAA has been one of Manitoba’s top employers for 10 years in a row.”

Rempel oversaw major milestones at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport, including the redevelopment of the airport campus in 2011, welcoming new airport tenants, including Canada Post and General Electric, new airport hotels, and significantly expanding air cargo operations.

Prior to joining WAA, Rempel was president and CEO of Tradeparks Development Corp., the land and business development subsidiary of Calgary Airport Authority, having previously served 26 years with Canadian Airlines International in various roles, closing his tenure there as the chief executive for Cargo and Canadian North operating divisions.

A global recruitment search is already underway and a new president and CEO is expected to be named by the end of the year.