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New CEO appointed at Thunder Bay Airport

Graham Ingham has served as CEO of the Red Deer Regional Airport for the past seven years.
Graham Ingham from Red Deer, Alberta, is the new CEO of Thunder Bay Airport (submitted photo)

THUNDER BAY — The new president and chief executive officer of Thunder Bay Airport is coming from Alberta, but is not a stranger to Thunder Bay.

The Thunder Bay International Airports Authority board has hired Graham Ingham from Red Deer, where he's served as CEO of the regional airport for the past seven years.

Ingham worked out of Thunder Bay in the 1990s as a pilot.

His appointment as the successor to Ed Schmidtke –  who announced his retirement last fall – follows an extensive national search conducted by a consulting firm.

Gary Woodbeck, TBIAA board chair, said Ingham has an excellent track record including extensive experience in air service operations, air service growth, economic and regional business development, and collaboration with partners, government and communities.

His accomplishments include piloting the biggest expansion in Red Deer Regional Airport's history.

In a statement, Ingham said "It's an immense honour to rekindle my connection with this extraordinary community – Thunder Bay – where I once served as a pilot for Bearskin Airlines from 1992-1996.

"Thunder Bay has always held a special place in my heart, and I am genuinely excited to collaborate with all key stakeholders to ensure the sustained success and further growth of our airport."

He also has experience with Skyservice Airlines, Kelowna Flightcraft, Brampton Flying Club, and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Ingham officially starts in his new position on April 1.

Gary Rinne

About the Author: Gary Rinne

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Gary started part-time at Tbnewswatch in 2016 after retiring from the CBC
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