Executive Biographies

Kevin C. Howlett

Senior Vice President, Regional Markets and Government Relations

Kevin Howlett was appointed Senior Vice President, Regional Markets and Government Relations in May, 2016.  In this role, Kevin has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of Air Canada’s regional operations and the relationship with current and future regional carriers operating on Air Canada’s behalf. Additionally, Kevin has oversight for all relationships between the airline and federal, provincial and municipal governments, and he also works to strengthen the airline’s North American regional business and community relationships. Based in Vancouver, BC, Kevin is Air Canada’s senior executive in western Canada. 

Since 2013, Kevin held the role of Senior Vice President, Regional Markets. Previously, he had been Senior Vice President, Employee Relations, responsible for the human resource and labour relations functions at the airline, including strategic support to the business units, organizational alignment and strategy, talent management, recruitment programs, employee and occupational health services, employee development, and total rewards, including pensions and benefits. With more than 35 years of related experience in the airline industry, Kevin also had responsibility for liaising with all unions representing 85% of Air Canada's workforce.  Prior to joining Air Canada, he held the position of Vice President, Labour Relations with Jazz Aviation. In addition he held the title of Vice President, Labour Relations & Human Resources at Canadian Airlines International.

Educated at the University of Prince Edward Island and at Dalhousie University, Kevin holds the CHRP (Certified Human Resource Professional) designation. He is on the Board of Directors for the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation, and the Human Resources Management Association. Kevin is also a member of ACELD International Advisory Council (Africa Canada 2013 Emerging Leaders Dialogue) and he holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University.