TORONTO — Today is an important day for Robert Deluce. The president and founding CEO of Porter Airlines will be formally inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) at a ceremony to be held in Vancouver this evening.
“Bob’s dedication to establishing Porter as a distinct and sustainable alternative for travellers required a strong vision and determination,” said Don Carty, Porter’s Chairman of the Board. “I’ve known Bob for many years. He is an incredibly skilled business person and has a unique ability to relate to people of all backgrounds and experiences. His contribution to Canada’s aviation system is immense and his induction well earned.”
Deluce’s passion for aviation started early on when he was a boy helping his parents with their small hunting and fishing charter service in Northern Ontario. Throughout his career, he has held management positions at a number of airlines including White River Air Service, norOntair, Austin Airways, Air Creebec, Air Manitoba and Canada 3000. He has served as Porter’s CEO for more than a decade now.
Deluce is also an active pilot, accumulating more than 13,000 hours of operating time commercially and privately. With today’s ceremony, he joins his father, Stanley Deluce, who was also inducted into the CAHF in 2007 for his own achievements in establishing regional air service in numerous northern Canadian communities.
“My induction is a tremendous honour,” said Deluce. “It represents many people, places and companies that I’ve been privileged to associate with. Starting with my parents, eight siblings and countless mentors, colleagues and friends, I’m immensely grateful for the support that has been provided to me. The work we are currently doing at Porter is really just beginning. I’m very committed to working with our 1,500 team members as we grow the award-winning airline we’ve all worked very hard to establish.”
The complete class of 2017 inductees include: James Erroll Boyd, WWI pilot and co-founder of the Air Scouts of Canada; Daniel A. Sitnam, founder of Helijet International Inc. and Pacific Heliport Services and Rogers Eben Smith, NASA and NRC test pilot and RCAF pilot. The Royal Canadian Air Force “Golden Hawks” aerobatic team received the Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.