David J. Shapiro
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
David J. Shapiro is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Air Canada. He leads the Legal and Claims Departments, directing and overseeing the corporation’s legal strategies, services, and activities, and is responsible for its compliance.
After practicing at a major Canadian international law firm, advising a variety of institutional and entrepreneurial clients in international trade, finance, corporate, commercial and real estate matters, David joined the airline in 1997, responsible for aircraft finance and leasing transactions. In that role, he was involved in restructuring aircraft related debt and lease obligations of Canadian Airlines International and its subsequent corporate reorganization and amalgamation with Air Canada. As Assistant General Counsel, he played an integral role in a variety of aspects of Air Canada’s restructuring under CCAA in 2003-2004. David was named to the executive team when he was appointed Vice President & General Counsel in 2004.
He served as a Canadian delegate to the Unidroit – ICAO Joint Sessions for the Cape Town Convention recently proclaimed into force in Canada, was invited to serve as a delegate at the diplomatic conferences in South Africa (2001) and appeared before Canadian Parliamentary committees on Bill C-4.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, an LL.M. in international law from Harvard Law School as well as common (J.D.) and civil law (LL.B) degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School and the Université de Montréal, respectively.