The NACC is an association intended for all air carriers facing similar regulatory and policy issues. All large passenger air carriers are eligible for NACC membership, provided that they hold the certifications and licenses required in our by-laws.
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Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is composed of senior executives from each member airline.
Ferio Pugliese, Chair
Senior Vice-President, Air Canada Express and Government Relations, Air Canada
President, Air Transat
President and CEO, WestJet Airlines
Senior Director, Quality Assurance & Technical Operations, Air Transat
President and CEO, Air Canada
President, Jazz Aviation LP
Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, WestJet
Capt. Bob Palmer
Vice-President, Safety, Quality and Environment, Jazz Aviation LP
Our Executive Committee is composed of aviation industry experts from each member airline.
Senior Director, Government and Industry Affairs, Air Transat
Director, Government Affairs - Federal Government and Ontario, Air Canada
Director, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, WestJet
Manager, Corporate Communications and Industry Affairs, Jazz Aviation LP
Working with the Executive Committee, our team runs the day to day operations of the NACC.
President and CEO
Massimo Bergamini brings over 30 years experience in government relations, public affairs and association management to his role as President and CEO of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC).
As an association manager, Massimo has led and managed change, helping diverse organizations position themselves favourably in their marketplace.
He has worked on both sides of the government relations table: as Special Assistant to an Opposition Member of Parliament, as Press Secretary and Director of Communications for two federal cabinet ministers, and as a senior government relations and public affairs executive for a number of national associations.
Massimo has developed and run local, regional and national political and advocacy campaigns, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ campaign for a new deal for cities.
Senior Director, Operations and Regulatory Affairs
As Senior Manager, Operations, Suzanne supports NACC and its subcommittees with their operational and regulatory initiatives. Suzanne brings with her a wealth of experience and a tremendous skill set. She was most recently Manager, Cabin Safety at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) where she liaised with governments and industry stakeholders and drove the development of global standards.
Previously, Suzanne worked as Manager, Global Training at Airports Council International (ACI) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation Inspector.
Janet Meldrum has been with the National Airlines Council of Canada since 2011. She has over 30 years experience in various administrative roles including with various federal departments such as Transport Canada Civil Aviation Medicine, Health Canada First Nations & Inuit Health Branch and Office of Nutrition Policy & Promotion. Janet rounds out her week by teaching piano and Music for Young Children classes.
Senior Director, Public Affairs
Francesca brings over 25 years of experience in advocacy and related fields including policy development, communications and stakeholder relations to her role Senior Director, Public Affairs of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC). Prior to joining NACC in March 2019, she held positions in four national business associations, a multinational financial services company, a federal Crown corporation, and a national consulting firm. She also served five years in the federal government early in her career. Throughout her career, she has helped organizations achieve their policy and legislative objectives in various economic sectors including energy and natural resources, financial services, environment, trade and transportation.
Many of the NACC’s activities are undertaken by our committees, representing the combined expertise of our member air carriers in the following fields: