CALGARY — WestJet’s Andrew (Andy) Gibbons has been promoted to Vice-President Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs.
Reporting to Angela Avery, WestJet Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Gibbons will lead the WestJet Group’s external relations with a broad range of government, industry and stakeholder partners. His team includes regulatory affairs, responsible for the company’s regulatory compliance, international aero political issues and facilitation and accessibility, and regulatory guest relations. In addition to government and regulatory responsibilities, he will also oversee the company’s external affairs function, which includes stakeholder engagement and relationship-building.
Gibbons first joined WestJet in 2012 and has over the years worked with Canada’s federal and provincial governments on legislative, regulatory and policy developments that impact WestJet and the Canadian aviation industry.
Prior to joining WestJet, Gibbons served as Vice-President of Public Affairs for H+K Strategies, a global communications and government relations agency, where he led advocacy efforts for a clients in the transportation, finance and health sectors.
He has also been named among Canada’s top 100 lobbyists by the Hill Times every year for the last 10 years.
Referring to him as an “invaluable” part of WestJet, Avery said: “His wealth of knowledge, relationships and leadership have been pivotal, and even more so during this time of evolving government and public policy landscape. Congratulations to Andy on this well-deserved promotion.”