An Interview with Tom Ruth, President & CEO, Edmonton Airports

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Edmonton Airports, Tom is responsible for the management and operation of Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Canada’s fifth busiest airport, and Villeneuve Airport which serves the Edmonton Metro Region’s general and recreational aviation sectors.

Under Tom’s leadership, EIA has seen significant growth in both passenger and air cargo service, connecting the Edmonton Metropolitan Region with direct flights to over 50 destinations within Canada, the US and Europe. Tom has also advanced Airport City at EIA, with more than $1.3 billion dollars in private investment, including hotels, a casino, shopping centres, major business and innovation developments. EIA will soon welcome Airport City Solar, the largest solar farm at an airport in the world.

Prior to joining Edmonton Airports, Tom was President of Halifax International Airport, and was formerly President of Canadian North Airlines. He has also held senior executive positions throughout North America in the cargo and logistics industries.

Tom recently concluded his term as one of Canada’s representative on the Airports Council International (ACI) World Governing Board and the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors.  He currently serves as a Director and past Chair of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC).

Tom was recently appointed to the Board of Airlink, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to work with aviation and logistics partners to transport relief workers and emergency supplies for reputable non-governmental organizations responding to rapid-onset disasters and other humanitarian crises around the globe.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Explore Edmonton and is involved with a number of regional community organizations including Children’s Wish Foundation Advisory Board, the Telus Edmonton Community Foundation Board and the Telus World of Science Edmonton Capital Campaign Cabinet. He and his wife Micki also foster and help train service dogs with the Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society.