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The Role of the Aviation Sector in Toronto’s Economic Recovery

Thursday, July 15, 2021

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
The Role of the Aviation Sector on Toronto’s Economic Recovery

This virtual discussion focused on the critical economic impact of the Toronto Island airport to the successful restart of Ontario’s urban visitor economy.

The event featured Neil Pakey, CEO of Nieuport Aviation, owner and operator of the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport; John Thomas, CEO of Connect Airlines, a planned new airline entrant to Canada via the Toronto City Airport; and Scott Beck, President and CEO of Destination Toronto. Farah Mohamed, long-time community resident, business leader, and social profit entrepreneur is the moderator.

The panel explored the critical role of this airport in the urban visitor economy, its unique role in connecting Canada’s financial sector with our largest global trading partner, the United States, and discussed how strategic infrastructure investments are necessary for it to continue to evolve as a key urban gateway and tourism hub. They also explored why U.S. carrier Connect Airlines has its eyes on Toronto City Airport as a new hub offering travelers more choice to key American cities.

Farah Mohamed, Social Entrepreneur & Former CEO, Malala Fund

Neil Pakey, CEO Nieuport Aviation

John Thomas, CEO Connect Airlines

Scott Beck, President & CEO Destination Toronto

*The content presented is free of charge but please note that the Empire Club of Canada retains copyright. Neither the speeches themselves nor any part of their content may be used for any purpose other than personal interest or research without the explicit permission of the Empire Club of Canada.*

*Views and Opinions Expressed Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the speakers or panelists are those of the speakers or panelists and do not necessarily reflect or represent the official views and opinions, policy or position held by The Empire Club of Canada.*