About Us

We advocate for safe, environmentally responsible and competitive air travel by promoting the development of sound public policy and engaging with government and industry stakeholders.



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.


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


Jean-François Lemay

President, AIR TRANSAT


Edward Sims



Mario Lafrance

Vice-President; Technical Operations, AIR TRANSAT


Calin Rovinescu

President and CEO, AIR CANADA


Randolph DeGooyer



Richard Bartrem

Vice-President, Culture and Communications, WESTJET


Capt. Steven LInthwaite

Vice-President, Flight Operations, JAZZ AVIATION LP


Our Team

Our team runs the day to day operations of the NACC.

Mike McNaney

President and CEO

Mike McNaney was appointed President and CEO of the NACC in the Fall of 2019.

Having been in aviation for 20 years, he brings a wealth of experience to the role.  While Mike’s career has focused primarily on air carriers, he has an extensive background working with airport authorities, commercial and industry partners, as well as governments and regulators nationally and internationally.

During his career he has been involved in major commercial, operational, and financial public policy and regulatory files impacting aviation, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, policy review panels and parliamentary committee hearings.

As President and CEO of the NACC, he brings deep sectoral knowledge as he and his team work to shape aviation policy to promote safe, sustainable and competitive air travel.

He previously served as Chair of the NACC Board of Directors, and is a former Board member of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).  He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Queen’s University, Kingston ON, Canada.

Suzanne Acton-Gervais

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

Administrative Assistant

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.

Francesca Iacurto

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.


Our Committees

Many of the NACC’s activities are undertaken by our committees, representing the combined expertise of our member air carriers in the following fields:

Cabin Safety


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Cabin Safety Committee

The Cabin Safety Committee promotes passenger and cabin crew safety, cabin crew training and safety equipment.

Mandate: To ensure a consistent and fair development and application of Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) and other applicable standards by working in partnership with other aviation stakeholders.

Dangerous Goods


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Dangerous Goods Committee

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Environment Committee

The Environment Committee focuses on the many activities undertaken by the industry to reduce environmental impacts, as well as on the development and implementation of environmental laws and regulations governing airlines.

Mandate: Foster a policy and regulatory framework that delivers sustainable environmental benefits, and advance the environmental stewardship of member airlines.


Flight Operations


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Flight Operations Committee

The Flight Operations Committee works with the government and other stakeholders to promote effective regulations and practices with respect to airline operations.

Mandate: To bring forward the interests of airlines and to be effective in representing identified needs to the government in order for airlines to operate more efficiently and safely. This shall include all areas of responsibility of an Operations Manager and Chief Pilot of an airline.


Government Relations



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Government Relations Committee

Our Government Relations Committee is composed of aviation industry experts from each member airline.


Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)


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Occupational Health and Safety Committee

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Safety Committee

Mandate: The mandate is to support the shared goal of maintaining the world-class safety standards of NACC member airlines.  This includes working in the following areas:

  • Continuous improvement under the evolving Safety Management System (SMS) framework
  • Representing NACC to Transport Canada, other regulatory agencies and industry bodies on safety issues
  • Sharing of safety information, threats, hazards, mitigations and best practices to support both domestic and International aviation safety goals
  • Monitoring of national and international developments in the area of aviation safety
  • Working in close partnership with other NACC subcommittees and providing strategic guidance on safety matters
  • Liaising with various national and international government and industry stakeholders to advance, develop and promote industry best practices


Security and Facilitation


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Security and Facilitation Committee

The Security and Facilitation Committee is concerned with aviation security policies and procedures. It engages with the relevant authorities on behalf of the members.

Mandate: To represent Canada’s major airlines on security and facilitation issues by developing clear, factual and consolidated positions on key issues.


Service and Accessibility


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Service and Accessibility Committee

The Service and Accessibility Committee acts as a voice for the industry on rulings, policies, regulations and consultations that determine standards of service and accessibility for airlines.

Mandate: To ensure that member concerns and views with respect to rulings, guidance material and regulations are clearly communicated to relevant government and non-government stakeholders.



Our Partners

The NACC engages with government and industry stakeholders to build a stronger, more competitive aviation sector. Here are our partners.