Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) announced this week that Daniel-Robert Gooch will be leaving as president of the Canadian Airports Council early next year to join an Ottawa-based non-aviation related trade association.

“For the last 16 years, Daniel has been a valued and respected member of the ACI-NA team,” said Kevin Burke, ACI-NA president and CEO. “I have relied on his counsel during my time as president and CEO of ACI-NA as we have worked collaboratively to further enhance the value ACI-NA provides our Canadian members. Daniel has played an essential role in strengthening the Canadian airport industry and amplifying the industry’s voice in Ottawa as a proven and effective advocate.”

As CAC president, Gooch oversaw operations of ACI-NA’s Canadian division, led Canadian government affairs and communications, and coordinated policy, legislative and regulatory efforts to effectively advance the airport industry within Canada. Before being named CAC president, Gooch served as the CAC’s director of communications and policy.

“Daniel’s departure comes at a pivotal time for our industry as we continue to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said CAC Chair Joyce Carter, president and CEO of the Halifax International Airport (YHZ) Authority.  “Over the last 21 months, Daniel and his team have done exemplary work, working tirelessly on behalf of the Canadian airport industry. Daniel’s leadership during these uncertain times is deeply appreciated by all of our airport members. I am confident our brightest days are ahead of us because of Daniel’s guidance and leadership during his tenure at CAC these past 16 years.”

Gooch’s last day will be January 31, 2022.