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
President, AIR TRANSAT
President and CEO, WESTJET AIRLINES
Vice-President; Technical Operations, AIR TRANSAT
President and CEO, AIR CANADA
President, JAZZ AVIATION LP
Vice-President, Culture and Communications, WESTJET
Capt. Steven LInthwaite
Vice-President, Flight Operations, JAZZ AVIATION LP
Our team runs the day to day operations of the NACC.
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.
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: