EDMONTON — Following a global search, Edmonton Airports has selected a new CEO from right here at home.
Myron Keehn, who currently serves as Vice President, Air Service, Business Development ESG and Stakeholder Relations, will take over the reins from current CEO Tom Ruth following his retirement at the end of December 2022. Keehn’s official start date is set for Jan. 1, 2023.
In his 15 years with Edmonton Airports, Keehn led many initiatives at the airport, including the creation of the Airport Sustainability Campus vision, and integrated ecosystem to foster innovation, attract investment and create jobs, all with an ESG (environmental, social and governance practices) and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) focus.
In the last nine years, Keehn, in close coordination with all EIA departments, attracted over $1.5 billion in private investment to Edmonton Airports, positioning it as a global airport leader n ESG and innovation, with initiatives such as signing the Amazon Climate Pledge, leading in the adoption of hydrogen, the soon-to-be-built world’s largest airport-based solar farm, and using drones for runway inspection and commercial cargo delivery. He also led the development of the Regional Air Service Opportunity Fund, a cooperative effort among most of the region’s 13 municipalities to drive cargo growth and increase air service. This past July, the federal government announced a $100 million investment in Edmonton International Airport’s International Cargo Hub, a 2,000-acre, multi-modal global logistics and handling operation.
On his new role, Keehn said: “This is the opportunity of a lifetime to lead such an amazing organization with a fantastic team and so many bold plans and ideas for the future. Tom Ruth has been a wonderful leader and mentor for me, and I look forward not only to continuing the direction that’s been set but also seizing every opportunity ahead to make this airport one of the leading aviation and business hubs in the world.”
The search for the new CEO was launched in the spring and attracted dozens of candidates not only locally and from Alberta, but from across Canada and around the world.
“We searched the world and found the best candidate, right here at home,” said Board Chair Joan Hertz. “This is a testament to Tom Ruth’s leadership in building a strong team along with a compelling vision and a great community. We’re excited to have Myron step into the CEO role and build on the foundation that’s in place now. And we’re confident that, with his energy, drive and ideas, he’ll help Edmonton Airports soar to even greater heights.”