Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

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Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) 

Positions: Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) 

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport, the largest airport in Canada and one of the biggest airports in North America. The focus of the GTAA continues to be on enabling travel that ensures the health and safety of its passengers and employees; maintaining the airport's status as an international gateway; and, securing the long-term success of the organization and the regional economy. With approximately 1,400 Pearson Strong employees contributing to the GTAA and with Toronto Pearson recently being named "Best Large Airport in North America serving more than 40 million passengers" for five consecutive years by Airports Council International (the global trade representative of the world's airports), GTAA is in a prime position to accelerate its transformational trajectory—developing the airport of the future while ensuring the world sees Pearson as the preeminent and central artery for global travel. Of note, the GTAA will be embarking upon a Transformational Capital Program—a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar program that will involve capital markets and dynamic partnerships. As Toronto is the world’s most multicultural city—home to a plurality of communities and people from varying ethnocultural backgrounds—the GTAA will leverage this unique position in which it operates to be admired as the world’s front door to travel.  

This is truly an important chapter for the GTAA, one that will be marked by continued growth. It is within this context that the GTAA invites applications for the positions of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), two critically important roles that will have an indelible impact on the next era of the organization’s evolution.  

Below are snapshots of the responsibilities and qualifications of the incoming CFO and CCO: 

Chief Financial Officer 

Reporting to the CEO and with the highest level of fiscal responsibility in the organization, the CFO is responsible for the financial planning, stewardship, and success of the GTAA. This senior executive leads a large Finance department that provides guidance to Management on capitalizing on opportunities to grow and sustain revenues and EBITDA. This leader will play a pivotal role in the GTAA’s multi-billion-dollar capital investment program, supporting the return on investment of this program and partner agreements to deliver on our strategic goals for the organization. The CFO oversees all financial affairs for the GTAA, using data and analysis to determine policies, processes, and controls to enable compliance, to identify, manage, and audit risks, to realize efficiencies, and achieve long-term financial sustainability and organizational success. A truly varied and sizeable portfolio, the CFO delegates effectively and builds high-performance teams, all while being a strong strategic advisor to the CEO, senior team members, and the Board of Directors. 

Chief Commercial Officer 

Reporting to the CEO and as a member of the GTAA Executive Team, the Chief Commercial Officer leads the development and execution of GTAA’s commercial strategies and manages, grows, and diversifies revenue streams to drive EBITDA growth. The CCO stays closely connected to all business and operational strategies, ensuring that all functions are aligned with and supportive of doing their part to help re-imagine the organization’s commercial enterprise. A connector and an innovator, the CCO works in partnership with a wide range of individuals to craft, implement, and evaluate commercial programs and partnerships that ultimately align with the GTAA’s intentional focus of being the airport of the future. 

Qualifications 

Among the qualifications being sought in candidates, in addition to having a deep and abiding commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all its forms, the incoming leaders must understand and believe, intrinsically, the importance of creating an excellent stakeholder experience for the millions of clients, customers, and partners who interact with Toronto Pearson International Airport every day. While all candidates are encouraged to apply and, in so doing, share how they see themselves adding value to the GTAA environment, the following credentials and/or experiences are seen as possible markers of the candidates most likely to realize success in the roles: A) several years of experience in progressively senior roles related to the position of interest; B) management experience, and the ability to navigate complexity and provide compelling solutions to challenges that arise; C) a history of delivering excellent work for a wide range of clients, and a reputation for being recognized as a leader who adds tremendous value to both their teams, customers, and clients; and, D) deep technical abilities in the position that is of interest. 

How to Apply 

GTAA is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search to ensure an applicant list that is as diverse as possible. All interested applicants can send their resume, in confidence, to Jason Murray or Helen Mekonen by e-mailing hmekonen@bipocsearch.com.  

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), individuals requiring accommodation at any stage of the hiring process can notify Helen Mekonen at the e-mail address above. 

We thank everyone for their expression of interest—and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying—but with the limitations of time only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  

The GTAA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is embedded in its talent, workplace and community practices. 

The GTAA is a private not-for-profit corporation and a federally regulated employer. The Government of Canada has suspended mandatory vaccination requirement for federally regulated transportation sector workers. The GTAA has also suspended the application of the mandatory vaccination requirement in its COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. However, GTAA continues to monitor government and health developments relating to COVID -19 and may re-introduce the Vaccination and proof of Vaccination requirements in the Policy at any time.


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