2019 FOAM Agenda

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13th Annual Facility, Operations & Airport Managers
(FOAM) Conference
Hotel Bonaventure Montréal

Join your Canadian Aviation Industry peers in Montreal from May 5 - 8, 2019.
IAAE Canada is coordinating three days of informative sessions and timely discussions on the industry issues that matter most.

Sunday May 5th




Staggered start: 10:00

Golf Outing


Club de Golf de l'lle de Montréal

12:00 to 17:30

Trade Show Set up - Exhibitors

Montreal Ballroom

18:00 to 20:00

Meet and Greet Reception

Montreal Ballroom

Free Evening

Monday May 6

THE FUTURE - Looking Ahead

08:00 to 09:00

Hot Breakfast

09:00 to 09:10

Welcome and Opening Remarks:
Paul Ritchi PMP, AAE, Chair, IAAE Canada



09:10 to 09:15


09:15 to 09:45

Key Note Speaker

Philippe Rainville, CPA, CA, President & CEO, Aerorports de Montreal


09:45 to 9:50


9:50 to 10:45

Session 1: Global Aviation Trends

Antoine Rostworoski,
Deputy Director General, Programmes & Services, ACI World

What are the global issues and trends in areas like passenger movements & cargo 

10:45 to 11:05

Nutrition Break

11:05 to 12:00

Session 2: The Canadian Perspective

John McKenna, President and CEO, ATAC; Chris Phelan, Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs, CAC; Massimo Bergamini, President and CEO, NACC; TBA, RCAC

How global changes & trends are affecting Canada and Canadian Airports

12:00 to 13:00

Lunch with the Exhibitors 

13:00 to 13:05


13:05 to 13:45

Session 3: Airports and Social Media


The good, the bad and the ugly side of social media. How to interact with the virtual customer

13:45 to 13:50


13:50 to 14:30

Session 4: The future of CAN-USA Border Crossing

Solomon Wong,
President and CEO,  InterVistas

Examine the intermodal movement of people and cargo across CAN-US Border -how techology is impacting here to improve border crossing & discussion of 6 initiatives currently underway

14:30 to 14:35


14:35 to 15:15

Session 5IAAE Canada AGM: Paul Ritchi AAE, Chair, IAAE Canada &
Joe Mauro, Executive Director, IAAE Canada



15:15 to 15:20




15:20 to 16:00

Session 6: Technology  Showcase


The application of innovation in an airport setting

16:00 to 17:30

Exhibitor Rendevouz I -  food, drink and prizes sponsored by the Exhibitors


Free Evening

Tuesday May 7th

THE PRESENT - What's happening now?

08:00 to 09:00

Hot Breakfast

09:00 to 10:00

Session 7: IAAE Canada Accreditation Presentation by Accreditation Candidates



10:00 to 10:05


10:05 to 10:45

Session 8: IoT (Internet of Things) Best Practices

Fazle Quasha CM,
Manager, Information Technology,
Fort McMurray Airport Autority

A look at IoT concerns and ways to deal with it; including Blockchain & other technologies

10:45 to 11:05

Nutrition Break

10:45 to 12:20

Session 9: Airport Show and Tell


Airports get a chance to talk about exciting projects / upgrades happening at their airport

12:20 to 12:30




12:30 to 14:00

Lunch Speaker:



14:00 to 14:15




14:15 to 14:55

Session 10: Transportation Safety Board

Kathy Fox, Chair,
Transportation Safety Board

TSB Update and Watchlist

14:55 to 15:00


15:00 to 15:40

Session 11: Airfield Safety Panel

Kathy Fox, Chair, Transportation Safety Board,  Pierre Ruel, Chief, Flight Standards, TC
Focus on safety concerns and solutions in areas such as Approach Lighting, Runway Incursions and GRF 

15:40 to 16:00

Nutrition Break

16:00 to 17:30

Exhibitor Rendevouz II




Trade Show Teardown



18:00 to 21:00

Sponsors Night Out


Casual evening at a local hotspot courtesy of Diamond & Platinum sponsors 

Wednesday May 8

THE GAP - How do we bridge the gap between present and future?

07:50 to 08:40

Hot Breakfast

08:40 to 9:40

Session 12: Preparing your Airport for the Future


Panel discussion on how to prepare for the future - looking at technology impacts on day-to-day operations 

9:40 to 9:45


9:45 to 10:25

Session 13: Airports and Accomodating Disabilities

Brad McCannell,
Vice President, Access and Inclusion, Rick Hansen Foundation

How should airports approach passengers with challenges when trying to travel?

10:25 to 10:30

Nutrition Break

10:30 to 11:30

Session 14: Canada Transport Agency


Bill C-49 -Passenger Bill of Rights - discussion on its impact and implementation

11:30 to 11:45

Closing Remarks

12:00 to 14:00

Airport Tour : YUL


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