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July 12, 2007 | General

Edmonton — After completing nearly 10 years of outstanding and dedicated service to Edmonton Airports and this region, Scott Clements has announced his plans to retire from his position as President and CEO at the end of this year.

Over the past decade, in addition to the challenges and complexities of managing an $82 million company, Scott oversaw key projects, including a very successful $265 million Air Terminal Redevelopment Project at Edmonton International Airport, which has been critical in supporting expanding passenger numbers and air services. Scott also steadfastly committed his energies to an aggressive air service campaign that spanned North America and Europe to attract the attention of new carriers and new air services to our region, and that resulted in a significant expansion of new nonstop domestic, U.S. and international scheduled and charter services.
Scott prioritized customer service through a philosophy called ETeam – a comprehensive commitment to putting the customer first by inspiring a shared vision for excellent airport-wide customer service among the 65 companies and 3500 employees at Edmonton International Airport.

Scott has represented our region in the aviation industry including serving as a director of the Canadian Airports Council, Airports Council International — North America, Western Transportation Advisory Council (WESTAC), and Aviation Alberta, and as an honourary Colonel of the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake. Scott has contributed his leadership skills to numerous community boards and committees, and maintained a strong commitment to tourism development by promoting our region as a destination for both business and leisure.

Scott’s leadership and successes have been recognized through a variety of awards and honours including Northern Alberta Transportation Club Millennium Transportation Person of the Year award and the distinguished Commemorative Medal in Honour of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. In May of this year Royal Roads University presented Scott with an honourary Doctorate of Laws degree in recognition of a lifetime of leadership.

“I have had a tremendous journey for the nine plus years that I have had the honour of being with Edmonton Airports team,” reflected Scott Clements, outgoing President and CEO. “The challenges have been frequent and daunting, but the well-documented successes in rising to meet the challenges have been very much in evidence for the whole period. We have absolutely become industry leaders in delivering outstanding aviation and airport services. And we are champions of regional prosperity.”

“Edmonton Airports staff and board take this opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to Scott for his legacy contributions to Edmonton Airports and the region,” stated Margaret Bateman, Chair of Edmonton Airports Board.

The search for Scott’s successor is underway and an announcement will be made once a decision has been made. The Board’s selection committee will work closely with Scott to ensure a seamless transition to a new President and CEO.

Edmonton Airports is a not-for-profit organization mandated to manage the region’s airport assets on behalf of and in the best interest of the community.