“Incredibly caring and genuine”: Industry mourns loss of Canada 3000’s Angus Kinnear

“Incredibly caring and genuine”: Industry mourns loss of Canada 3000’s Angus Kinnear

TORONTO — When former employees, partners and subsidiaries of Canada 3000 gather in Toronto on Nov. 9 for their 20-year reunion, they will be without one of the driving forces behind the airline’s founding and success.

Canada 3000’s President and co-founder Angus Kinnear passed away on Oct. 28, 2021.

Angela Saclamacis, who got her start in the travel industry as Canada 3000’s Manager, Operations Support in 1991, and four years later was named Manager, Corporate Communications, said the upcoming reunions “will now be dedicated in his honour.”

Saclamacis is helping to organize the Canada 3000 reunions, in Toronto and Vancouver. The Toronto event is scheduled to run 7 – 11 p.m. at Dave & Buster’s, located at 2021 Winston Park Drive, Unit E, Oakville, ON.

From its early days as a fledgling charter carrier in 1988, Canada 3000 expanded over the years to offer scheduled service to more than 90 destinations around the world. Few names were associated with the airline more than Kinnear’s. Ten years after the company got its start, Kinnear was recognized with the Tony Jannus Award for his work in aviation and the airline industry.

“For me, Canada 3000’s leadership was the key differentiator in the various roles I had throughout my career,” Saclamacis told Travelweek.

“Our president Angus Kinnear was incredibly caring, genuine and believed in his team to do the right thing,” she added. “He was an exceptional leader, someone who we all loved working for. He was also very private and wouldn’t have wanted any attention on his passing. But at our 20th anniversary reunion, we will be raising a glass to the legacy of the C3 family that he created.”

More details will be shared as they become available.