Press release

TORONTO, May 7, 2019 - The Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas Allingham as Chair of the Board of Directors effective following the GTAA's Annual Public Meeting on May 7, 2019.

Mr. Allingham has been a member of the Board of Directors since May 2018. He is a Community Member of the Board and has served on the Planning and Commercial Development Committee, Risk Oversight Committee, and Ad Hoc CEO Search Committee.

Mr. Allingham is a civil engineer with 40 years of experience encompassing both the public and private sectors. The former Executive Vice President of AECOM Canada Ltd, his background in transportation engineering includes transit planning, urban design, traffic engineering, environmental assessment, master planning, airport planning and transportation economics.

He has served as President of the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers, Chair of the Board for Ontario Tech (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Trustee and Chair of the Board of Lakeridge Health Corporation, and has served on the boards of Durham College and the Durham Abilities Centre. In 2012, Mr. Allingham was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for service to the community.

David Wilson's term as Chair of the Board ended on May 7, 2019. He has served as Chair since May of 2015, and will remain on the Board until 2020. "On behalf of Management, I would like to thank David for his leadership and many contributions on the Board of Directors", said President and CEO Howard Eng. "Under David's stewardship, Toronto Pearson pursued a long-term growth strategy to become a mega hub airport, earning the title of Best Large Airport in North America two years in a row."

Additionally, two new members of the Board have been appointed. Marc Neeb and Eric Plesman, both Community Members, have each begun a three-year term.

Mr. Neeb is recently retired as the Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources at Magna International Inc. His past professional experience includes the Town of Aurora, City of Brampton and the City of Mississauga. Mr. Neeb holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Western Ontario, Seneca College and the University of Toronto. He has served on the Boards of Southlake Regional Health Centre, Aurora Mayor's Charity Golf Classic, Community Safety Village of York Region and was the Governor of the Royal Lifesaving Society.

Mr. Plesman has held various senior positions at Oxford Properties, and currently serves as Head of Canada. His past experience includes Morgan Stanley (Toronto, New York and London, UK) and Arthur Andersen (Amsterdam). Mr. Plesman was educated at the University of Western Ontario. He has served on the NAIOP GTA Board of Directors and is involved with the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

The GTAA's 15-member Board is drawn from persons nominated by the 4 regional municipalities, the City of Toronto, the province and the federal government. The Boards of Trade/Chamber of Commerce in the GTA can also nominate to the Board, as can the Law Society, Chartered Accountants and the Association of Professional Engineers.

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