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Derek Vanstone to join Air Canada, Duncan Dee to retire

Staff writer |
Montreal, QC, Canada - July 20, 2012, Montreal, QC, Canada - Air Canada announced the appointment of Derek Vanstone as VP, corporate strategy, industry and government affairs, effective September 10, 2012.

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Mr. Vanstone, currently Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, was Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Finance from 2007 to 2010.

He previously practiced law in Toronto with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP.

Mr. Vanstone will assume the strategy, government and industry affairs portfolio held by Duncan Dee, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer who is taking early retirement.

Mr. Dee was appointed Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer in April 2009.

In September 2007, he was appointed Executive Vice President, Customer Experience & Chief Administrative Officer with overall responsibility for all aspects of the customer airport experience throughout Air Canada’s worldwide network, as well as the airline’s International portfolio.

In addition, his administrative responsibilities included oversight for the Law Branch, Corporate Communications, Government Affairs, Community Investments, Corporate Safety and Environment, and Corporate Security & Risk Management.

He previously held executive positions as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer at ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. and Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, at Air Canada.

Mr. Dee joined Air Canada in 1997 and has held various positions in the Corporate Affairs and Government Relations branch and the Office of the President and CEO.

Prior to joining Air Canada, Mr. Dee held senior positions in the Government of Canada including Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant to a federal Cabinet Minister.

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