Canadian North has named Shelly De Caria, current VP of sales, marketing and distribution, as its Interim President an CEO, marking an historic milestone as the first Inuk to lead the Inuit-owned airline.
De Caria will continue to lead her VP portfolio alongside this new appointment, ensuring a seamless transition and continued focus on improving and delivering service to our communities, according to a press release.
Born and raised in Kuujjuaq, QC, De Caria, before joining Canadian North, contributed at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, advancing the rights and interests of Canada's Inuit population.
At Canadian North, she has been instrumental in developing a range of community investment programs impacting education, sport, nutrition, and mental health.
“Her leadership, built over a decade of experience, reflects a dedication to the communities we serve and a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities in our regions,” the airline said.
The airline expressed its gratitude to Michael Rodyniuk for his dedication and contributions to Canadian North.
"We are navigating this leadership transition with a continued focus on community engagement and operational improvement," said Johnny Adams, Canadian North's Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Shelly's extensive experience, notably her pivotal role in community investment, aligns seamlessly with our mission, ensuring our communities continue to be well-served and supported. The Board of Directors and the Executive Team extend their full support to Shelly in her new role as Interim President & CEO."
De Caria said she was “deeply honoured and humbled” to step into her new role.
"As an Inuk, I am immensely proud to lead an organization that is deeply rooted in community and committed to serving the unique needs in our regions,” she said. “With the unwavering support of our talented team, I am confident that we will continue to uphold our mission and make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Our enhanced operational focus will ensure timely delivery of scheduled services for passengers and robust cargo operations.”