Canadian North Names First Inuk CEO


Canadian North, an Inuit-owned airline, has named Shelly De Caria as Canadian North’s first Inuk president and CEO.

Born and raised in Kuujjuaq, Québec, De Caria’s journey exemplifies Canadian North’s core values and dedication to community engagement. Prior to joining Canadian North, she significantly contributed to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, advocating for Canada’s Inuit population. At Canadian North, she has been a driving force in developing comprehensive community investment programs, focusing on education, sport, nutrition, and mental health. Her leadership, built over a decade of experience, reflects a dedication to the communities we serve and a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities in our regions.

“I am deeply humbled and honoured to lead Canadian North at this critical time. My journey has instilled in me a profound understanding of the unique challenges and aspirations of the communities we serve, and as an Inuk, I carry with me not only a sense of pride in our heritage but also a resolute commitment to our communities,” said De Caria. “We are more than just an airline; we are a lifeline, connecting and supporting these vibrant communities across Canada’s Arctic. 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.”

She has named Trevor Wilde as interim VP for sales, marketing & distribution. Wilde brings a wealth of experience and resilient leadership, essential for advancing Canadian North’s strategic goals and bolstering community connections. His leadership was particularly notable during the wildfire evacuation in Yellowknife. Trevor’s journey with Canadian North, spanning over a decade, reflects his deep commitment and readiness to tackle future challenges.



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