Small Business Week 2018
Lunch with Rotary
Event Partner: Swan City Rotary Club
The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce invites you to this networking and educational opportunity hosted by the Swan City Rotary Club at the Paradise Inn and Conference Centre as part of Small Business Week. The program will incorporate some of the protocol of a Rotary meeting with information provided by the Chamber.
Guest speaker is Brian Grant, CEO Grande Prairie Airport.
Brian began his career in airports with Transport Canada in 1982 and has spent the past 27 years in all levels of airport management and operations. Management assignments at airports in Fort St John B.C., Fort Nelson B.C. and a two year regional assignment in airport operations across Alberta and the Territories offered challenges and experience until Brian transitioned the Grande Prairie Regional Airport from federal to local control in 1997, and transformed that airport into one of the most successful regional airports in Canada.
Capital planning, project development, and implementation have been a large part of Brian’s experience in the past 10 years with capital upgrades and expansion totaling more than $24 million under his direction at Grande Prairie. Over $13 million of federal Airports Capital Assistance Program funding received by the Grande Prairie Regional Airport during this period is strong testament to Brian’s understanding and ability in delivering maximum government assistance to the bottom line of an airport.
Brian holds significant knowledge and experience in airport operations and a distinct ability to maximize efficiency to create the best possible cost environment for air carriers and passengers. His success in establishing low cost and regional air service in the Grande Prairie market over the past 10 years has netted an impressive 200% increase in passenger traffic and strong air service competition, ensuring the best possible value in air service for his region.
Strong advocacy for regional and small airports viability and appropriate regulatory regimes have been Brian’s passions for a number of years. As a founding member of the Regional Community Airports Coalition of Canada, Brian has been involved in national air transportation issues across the country. Regulatory burden and cost benefit of regulation continues to be his focal points and the successes of RCACC in effecting change to federal regulation impacting regional and small airports is testament to his negotiation abilities with all levels of government.
Brian is actively involved in provincial and national associations and enjoys the challenges of operating a family farm in his spare time.
Everyone is welcome! There is a lunch fee for Non-Rotarians of $20 + GST. Non-Rotarians please register with the Chamber.
Thank you to the following for their support of Small Business Week in Grande Prairie:
National Sponsor - BDC
2018 Small Business Week theme - Digitize Now: Transform Your Business
Award/Event Sponsors - City of Grande Prairie; County of Grande Prairie; MNP; Swan City Rotary Club
Award Sponsors - ATB Financial; Community Futures Grande Prairie and Region; Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association; Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network; MD of Greenview