Shelly De Caria officially named Canadian North’s first Inuk CEO

Shelly De Caria: Canadian North President & CEO.
Photo Credit: Canadian North

Canadian North, an Inuit-owned airline deeply rooted in connecting remote and northern communities in Canada’s Arctic, has now formally announced a significant leadership update.

Shelly De Caria, hailing from Kuujjuaq, Québec, now officially stands as Canadian North’s first Inuk President & CEO, marking a historic milestone in the airline’s more than 75-year history.

A Journey of Dedication and Values


Shelly’s journey, a testament to Canadian North’s core values, reflects a profound dedication to community engagement.

Before her role as President & CEO, she played a crucial part in advocating for Canada’s Inuit population at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

Her decade-long leadership at the airline has been marked by the development of comprehensive community investment programs, emphasizing education, sport, nutrition, and mental health.

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A Canadian North aircraft in the tarmac.

“I am deeply humbled and honoured to lead Canadian North at this critical time,” expressed Shelly De Caria, incoming President and CEO.

“We are more than just an airline; we are a lifeline, connecting and supporting these vibrant communities across Canada’s Arctic.”

Trevor Wilde: Stepping into Strategic Leadership


In alignment with Shelly’s vision for a stronger Canadian North, Trevor Wilde has now been named Interim VP for Sales, Marketing & Distribution.

With over a decade of experience with the airline, Trevor’s resilient leadership, notably during the Yellowknife wildfire evacuation, positions him well to advance Canadian North’s strategic goals and strengthen community connections.

“This is a pivotal time for Canadian North,” Trevor Wilde incoming Interim VP for Sales, Marketing & Distribution emphasized.

“Together, we are poised to meet future challenges and opportunities, always prioritizing the needs of our passengers and the communities we serve.”

Cockpit view from a Canadian North jet on an icy runway.
Photo Credits: Canadian North

Prioritizing Stability and Community Connections


Shelly’s leadership, aligned with the Board of Directors, will focus on current operations and enhance service stability.

These appointments signal a new chapter for Canadian North, reinforcing dedication to strategic goals and the communities served.

The Board expresses full support, confident that this leadership change will lead the carrier towards continued growth and a promising future.

“I want to remind everyone that the heart of Canadian North lies with the people of the North,” Shelly reiterated. “Our purpose extends beyond just transportation; it’s about genuinely serving these communities and enhancing their lives.”

“We are more than just an airline; we are a lifeline, connecting and supporting these vibrant communities across Canada’s Arctic,” remarked Shelly De Caria.

“With the dedicated efforts of our exceptional team, I am confident in our ability to enhance our operational focus, ensuring reliable and efficient passenger and cargo services.”

“We will fortify Canadian North’s foundation, staying true to our mission and making a lasting, positive impact in the communities we serve.”

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Shelly De Caria has now been officially named as new Canadian North President & CEO, making history as the first Inuk appointed to the role.
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