Governance

How is ACPA structured?

ACPA is structured to provide both day-to-day and long-term support to our members, through elected representatives working alongside professional staff.

Elected Representatives – led by Master Elected Council Chair

ACPA’s 4,000 member pilots elect representatives. Any active ACPA member in good standing is able to submit his or her name for the nominating process.

Elections are held every three years for the following:

  • Four Local Elected Councils (LEC)
    There is one Local Elected Council for each of the four pilot bases – Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. LECs primarily deal with issues affecting members at an individual base. Depending on the size of the base, local membership will elect an LEC Chair, Vice Chair and Councillors.
  • Master Elected Council (MEC)
    The Master Elected Council is the highest governing body of ACPA. This group – comprised of three nationally elected members, as well as the Chairs and Vice Chairs from each of the four LECs – meets regularly, with a focus on policy and national issues.

To provide leadership, the MEC elects a chair. The MEC Chair acts as the representative of the pilots and as the leader and prime spokesperson for the Association. The MEC Chair liaises with Air Canada, and leads the MEC in carrying out its governance responsibilities. He or she presides over MEC meetings, and is responsible for the negotiation and administration of the collective agreement.

All members of the MEC and LECs are dedicated volunteers who work hard to advance the interests of member pilots.

ACPA members are also supported by an extensive network of pilot volunteers who share their expertise, time and enthusiasm through a wide range of committees.

Professional Staff – led by Chief Executive Officer

Marshalling the resources offered by a dedicated staff group, the Chief Executive Officer is engaged by the MEC.

The CEO is primarily responsible for leading and managing ACPA’s operations, including staff, offices and financial affairs. The CEO advises and helps the MEC with its governance responsibilities and the day-to-day challenges of dealing with issues with Air Canada, government and industry. He or she works closely with the MEC Chair and other elected representatives to maintain relationships with key stakeholders. The CEO does not hold a vote on the MEC.

The CEO leads a team that supports the membership through their work at the Association. This includes a cadre of professionals who are subject matter experts in areas such as labour relations, and labour and employment law, flight safety, finance, communications, government affairs and human resources.

Read more about ACPA’s Executive Officers.

Our Members

The Air Canada Pilots Association represents the largest group of professional pilots in Canada.

With some 4,000 members who fly passengers and cargo around the world on Air Canada and Air Canada rouge, ACPA has a diverse and engaged membership who are based in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

ACPA membership is open to all pilots employed by Air Canada and Air Canada rouge who do not perform managerial duties for Air Canada or Air Canada rouge.