Executive Officers

The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) is led by its officers: the Chair of the Master Elected Council (MEC) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

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Captain Mike McKay

Chair, Master Elected Council (MEC)

Chair, Master Elected Council (MEC)

Mike McKay is a B-787 Captain based in Toronto. Prior to his election as MEC Chair in February 2019 he was one of three MEC Nationally Elected Members. Captain McKay has served on several ACPA committees over his many years with the Association, including WAWCON, the Journal, Grievance and Negotiations. He began his career with the military before being hired by Air Canada in 1989 on the DC-8.
 
As MEC Chair, Captain McKay will preside over MEC meetings and act as the pilots' principal representative to Air Canada on employment matters, including negotiation and administration of their Collective Agreement. The Chair speaks on behalf of the MEC and is the official spokesperson for ACPA. The Chair works with the Association's Chief Executive Officer, to pursue ACPA's broader objectives and policies.
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Rob Giguere

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

A veteran pilot, retired Captain Robert G. Giguere has enjoyed an extensive career in aviation since he began his airline career on the DC-8 with Air Canada in 1974. He has tremendous experience and knowledge of the airline industry garnered over his career which included senior executive positions with Air Canada and Skyservice Airlines.

Most recently, Mr. Giguere was an independent aviation consultant, advising a range of firms including ORNGE Inc., the Ontario-based not-for-profit air ambulance service. From 2012-2018, Mr. Giguere was Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at ORNGE, responsible for Safety, Aviation & Paramedic Operations and the Operations Control Centre, ensuring a coordinated multi-team response in support of patient care.

He joined Skyservice Airlines in 2004, first serving as President and Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Executive Officer in 2008. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of Operations at Air Canada from 2000 to 2004, following roles of increasing responsibility as Standards Check Pilot, Flight Manager, Chief Pilot and Senior Vice-President of Flight Operations. Throughout his career Captain Giguere maintained line currency completing his last airline flight on the Airbus in 2010.  

While a line pilot, Mr. Giguere served CALPA as the Master Scheduling Chairman, Council Chairman and was instrumental in the first Pilot Furlough Deferral program in 1982. During his tenure as a line pilot he was seconded once each to Air Jamaica and NWT Air.
He has been actively involved in many industry groups including the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC). He has served as Chairman of the Operations Committee of Air Transport Association of America (ATA). Mr. Giguere was made a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2017.

He holds an Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Engineer licence, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He lives with his wife in Mississauga, Ontario.