Bob Sartor: Diversifying the economy and growing for our future

Bob Sartor: Diversifying the economy and growing for our future

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
Hyatt Regency Calgary
700 Centre Street SE

YYC Calgary International Airport acts as Calgary's gateway to the world. But when it comes to growing our city's economy and Alberta's competitiveness, it's our gateway to regional and global markets.

With a newly developed international terminal that connects Calgary with flights to 80-non-stop destinations, and bringing in more than 15.7 million passengers a year, YYC is one of Canada’s best-connected airports.

When it comes to economic growth, YYC contributes over $8 billion annually to our city’s GDP, and is the hub for major airline, trucking, freight and distribution companies. And as the main air cargo hub for Alberta, handling three-quarters of all air cargo for the province, it plays an instrumental part in maintaining Alberta’s competitiveness.

However, all this activity takes careful planning, coordination and support from a large team of stakeholders.

Join us to hear from Bob Sartor, President and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority, on the airport’s role in diversifying Alberta’s economy, and how YYC International is driving employment and GDP growth in Calgary and beyond.


Member ticket: $89.00
Member table: $790.00

Non-member ticket: $109.00
Non-member table: $870.00

About Bob Sartor

Bob Sartor joined The Calgary Airport Authority in January 2017 as President and CEO. Bob graduated from Concordia with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1979 and obtained his CA designation in 1981. Bob articled with Coopers & Lybrand in Montreal and, in 1983, moved to Vancouver where he worked in the Insolvency Department of Coopers & Lybrand. In late 1985, Bob was recruited to Kraft Canada and returned to Montreal where he was first the Manager of Capital Investment Analysis, then Assistant Controller and ultimately, Treasurer.

Bob attended the Columbia University International Business Program while at Kraft. In 1988, Bob was again recruited, this time to Halifax, to act as CFO of a food wholesaler/retailer that was in financial difficulty. This began a career that saw Bob and his family move to Toronto (Oshawa Foods) and Calgary (The Forzani Group), both turnarounds.

At The Forzani Group, Bob joined as the CFO in 1997 and, in early 2000, became President before ultimately becoming CEO in 2004. In late summer 2011, The Forzani Group was sold to Canadian Tire. In early 2012, after a brief flirtation with retirement, Bob joined Big Rock Brewery in Calgary as President and CEO.