June 20, 2023 – Kanata, ON – Canadian North is pleased to announce the appointment of Shelly De Caria to the role of Interim Vice President Sales, Marketing & Distribution effective June 30, 2023. Born and raised in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, and having lived in Ottawa since 2008, Shelly joined Canadian North in 2013 from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national representational organization that protects and advances the rights and interests of Inuit in Canada. Inuktitut as her second language, proud of her Inuit heritage and passionate about empowering people in northern communities, Shelly will continue to bring enthusiasm and confidence to the leadership of Canadian North. In her role as Associate Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Communications, Shelly worked closely with the current Vice President Sales & Marketing, she brings extensive experience with key stakeholders, customers & communities. Along with the strength of her team and full support of the Executive and the Board of Directors, her focus on this important portfolio will give the airline strong, continued momentum.
With Shelly’s appointment, Canadian North bids farewell to Jim Ballingall, Vice President Sales & Marketing. Jim will be retiring from his role with the airline at the end of June. Jim was a former executive of Bradley Air Services Limited (operating as First Air) who rejoined Canadian North in 2022 to support, guide and mentor the Sales and Marketing teams’ Go Forward Plan. Jim’s passion and energy as a leader were always evident and we thank him for his many efforts since coming onboard with us last year.
Canadian North is confident these changes will further strengthen the airline’s commitment to its Mission; To make life better in the communities we serve and ensures excellence and delivery on its commitments to customers and ownership groups.
“Please join me in wishing Jim health and happiness in retirement, and in congratulating Shelly with our fullest support through this transition.” Michael Rodyniuk, President and CEO Canadian North Airlines “Canadian North has an exciting future because of the contributions of all our team members, each essential to achieve our success.”
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Annie Thomlinson, Manager, Communications
About Canadian North:
Canadian North is a 100% Inuit-owned airline that connects people and delivers essential goods throughout Canada’s North – safely, reliably and always with friendly and caring customer service. Canadian North Airlines services 25 communities within the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunavut, as well as Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton – with a versatile fleet of Boeing 737, ATR 42 and ATR 72 Freighter aircraft. Canadian North is also the premier charter services provider for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out air service and it operates flights across North America and beyond for sports teams, cruise lines, tour operators and many others. Canadian North is wholly-owned by Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Development Corporation.