Regina Airport Authority

YQR – It’s Your Airport

Regina International Airport (YQR) is the 15th busiest airport in Canada and connects the local community to many major Canadian markets. YQR is proud to offer seasonal service to both the U.S. and international sunspot destinations.

The Regina Airport Authority (RAA) is a not-for-profit organization that operates YQR under a long-term lease with the Federal Government. The RAA has a mandate to operate a safe and secure airport, while looking to grow for the greater benefit of the community.

You can learn more about the RAA’s direction through our Strategic Plan:

View Our Strategic Plan.

History

The history of flying in Regina began with the first airfield opening in the region in 1919. After the First World WSar, a second airfield opened in the city’s southern Lakeview district, which was designated as Canada’s first licensed air harbour. In 1927, the Regina Flying Club was formed and it purchased 160 acres of land for the development of Regina’s third airport site. In 1928, the city of Regina purchased this land from the flying club and started development of the present airport. Regina Municipal Airport officially opened on September 15, 1930. Upon opening a new runway in 1932, the Airport featured the first paved runway between Montreal and Vancouver. In the following years, the Airport acquired additional property, built a new hangar, and runway lighting was added. These improvements contributed to the start of scheduled airline services by Canadian Airways and Prairie Airways. The airfield was originally named Roland J. Groome Field after a commercially licensed pilot in Canada.

The Regina airport was taken over by Transport Canada with the outbreak of the Second World War. Ownership was handed back to the City of Regina in 1955 and Transport Canada bought back from the city in 1972. In 1995, the first US scheduled airline service began under the Canada-US Open Skies agreement. In 1998, the Regina Airport Authority (RAA) was formed and Transport Canada agreed to transfer the operations and management of the airport to RAA in May 1999. Since that time, RAA has been operating as an autonomous, not-for-profit organization that operates YQR under a long-term lease with the Federal Government. The RAA has a mandate to operate a safe and secure airport, while looking to grow for the greater benefit of the community.

Board of Directors

Regina Airport Authority is governed by an independent Board of Directors consisting of up to thirteen business leaders, with a diverse skill set. The airport’s board provides strategic direction and oversight while delegating operating authority to the President and CEO.

To ensure a broad range of input representing community needs, various nominating bodies provide members to the airports board for three-year terms, to a maximum of nine years.

The nominating bodies are:

  • City of Regina (6 positions)
  • The Government of Canada (2 positions)
  • Province of Saskatchewan (1 position)
  • RM of Sherwood (1 position)
  • City of Moose Jaw (1 position)
  • Regina Airport Authority (Up to 2 positions at the discretion of the board)

Robert Vanderhooft

Robert Vanderhooft

Chair
Joined in 2016
Nominated by: Regina Airport Authority

Bio – Robert Vanderhooft

Tyler Willox

Tyler Willox

Vice Chair
Chair of Human Resources Committee
Joined in 2021
Nominated by: Province of Saskatchewan

Bio – Tyler Willox

Teresa Drew

Teresa Drew

Chair of Planning & Development
Joined in 2018
Nominated by: The Government of Canada

Bio – Teresa Drew

Harold Hugg

Harold Hugg

Chair of Governance & Nominating Committee
Joined in 2018
Nominated by: The Government of Canada

Bio – Harold Hugg 

Gillis Lavalley

Gillis Lavalley

Chair of Audit & Finance Committee
Joined in 2019
Nominated by: City of Regina

Bio – Gillis Lavalley

Bernadette McIntyre

Bernadette McIntyre

Chair of Audit & Finance Committee
Joined in 2019
Nominated by: City of Regina

Bio – Bernadette McIntyre

Jack Degelman

Jack Degelman

Director
Joined in 2023
Nominated by: RM of Sherwood

Bio – Jack Degelman

Cory J Furman

Cory J Furman

Director
Joined in 2022
Nominated by: City of Regina

Bio – Cory J Furman

Jessica McNaughton

Jessica McNaughton

Director
Joined in 2023
Nominated by: City of Moose Jaw

Bio – Jessica McNaughton

Bill Pratt

Bill Pratt

Director
Joined in 2023
Nominated by: City of Regina

Bio – Billy Pratt

Mike Tate

Mike Tate

Director
Joined in 2023
Nominated by: City of Regina

Bio – Mike Tate

Juliana Wong

Juliana Wong

Director
Joined in 2021
Nominated by: City of Regina

Bio – Juliana Wong

Management Team

 

James Bogusz

President and CEO

jbogusz@yqr.ca
306-761-7557

Jocelyn Torjusen

Jocelyn Torjusen

Executive Corporate Administrator

jtorjusen@yqr.ca
306-761-7575

John Aston

John Aston

Vice President, Development, Infrastructure and Environment

jaston@yqr.ca
306-761-7493

Jenna Khoury

Jenna Khoury

Chief Financial Officer

jkhoury@yqr.ca
306-761-7551

Earl Spencer

Earl Spencer

Vice President, Operations and Safety

espencer@yqr.ca
306-761-7592

James Neale

James Neale

Director, Airside Operations and Safety

jneale@yqr.ca
306-761-7494

Justin Reves

Justin Reves

Director, Revenue Development, Public Relations and Customer Experience

jreves@yqr.ca
306-761-7497

Natasha Berriault

Manager of Finance and Controller

nberriault@yqr.ca
306-761-7577

Jason Everitt

Fire Chief

jeveritt@yqr.ca
306-761-7553

Tiara Ashworth

Tiara Lupanko

Manager, Human Resources

tlupanko@yqr.ca
306-761-7552

Kevin Belay

Kevin Belay

Director, Security and Terminal Operations

kbelay@yqr.ca
306-761-7563

Mike Loos

Mike Loos

Manager, Projects and Facilities

mloos@yqr.ca
306-761-7562

Sean McKim

Sean McKim

Manager, Cybersecurity, Technology and Customer Solutions

smckim@yqr.ca
306-761-7570