ADM’s Management Committee consists of managers recognized for their expertise in their respective fields. In addition to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Committee has seven vice-presidents – Legal Affairs and Secretary; Public Affairs and Communications; Airport Operations and Air Services Development; Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer; Planning, Engineering and Construction; Real Estate and Commercial Services; and Human Resources.
James C. Cherry, FCA
President and CEO
James Cherry has over 35 years of experience in business administration, project management and financial management in the areas of international aerospace, defence, and the railway industry. He has worked in senior management positions at Bombardier Inc., Oerlikon Aerospace Inc., CAE Inc. and ALSTOM Canada Inc.
He joined Aéroports de Montréal as President and CEO in June 2001 and is a member of the Board of Directors. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Centraide/United Way and St. Mary’s Hospital. He is also a member of the following boards of directors: Airports Council International World; Canadian Airports Council; Montréal International; Conference Board of Canada; and Logistec Corporation.
Mr. Cherry is a native of Montréal. A graduate of McGill University, he is a chartered accountant.
Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications
A specialist in public affairs and communications, Christiane Beaulieu joined Aéroports de Montréal in October 2001 as Vice President. She had previously held similar positions at the Business Development Bank of Canada since 1995. She was also responsible for communications at Oerlikon Aerospace and the Canadian Aviation Safety Board, after having served as Chief of Staff to the Honourable Monique Bégin, former federal Minister of Health and Welfare.
Ms. Beaulieu was Chair of the 1998 conference of the Canadian Public Relations Society. She sits on the Board of Directors of Tourisme Montréal. She is also a member of the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), where she served on the Board of Directors from 2004 to October 2011.
Ms. Beaulieu studied public relations and management at Université de Montréal. She also has a graduate certificate in international public management from École nationale d’administration publique.
Vice President, Human Resources
After working in human resources consulting firms and service companies including Mercer, Laurentian Imperial Insurance and Société des casinos du Québec, Joanne Bergeron joined Aéroports de Montréal in 1995 as Assistant Director, Human Resources. She was promoted to Director in 1999 and Vice President in 2011.
Mrs. Bergeron holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management (Human Resources) from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montréal. She also holds a BA in Psychology from Université de Montréal. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Collège Gérald-Godin.
Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Chief Financial Officer
Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
Pierre Gagnon joined Aéroports de Montréal in 2009 as Vice President, Legal Affairs and Secretary. He previously held the position of General Counsel for Hydro-Québec, responsible for the corporation’s entire legal department.
Mr. Gagnon began his career with the firm Mackenzie Gervais (now Borden Ladner Gervais), where he became a partner in 1990. Initially active in civil and commercial litigation, he developed a specialization in regulation.
Mr. Gagnon worked for more than 10 years in the telecommunications industry, including Bell Canada, Vidéotron Télécom and Vidéotron Communications. He held positions of increasing responsibility prior to being named Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs, Vidéotron Communications.
Mr. Gagnon received his law degree from Université de Montréal in 1983 and has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1984.
Charles A Gratton
Vice President, Real Estate and Commercial Services
Charles A Gratton has been Vice President, Real Estate and Commercial Services, at Aéroports de Montréal since October 2011. He has spent most of his career in real estate and retail, among others as a territory manager at Suncor then as a senior manager at the head office in Toronto. In this capacity, he was responsible for re-engineering the retail customer experience.
Mr. Gratton has also worked for major companies such as Alimentation Couche-Tard, as Director, Real Estate and Business Development, at First Capital Realty, as Director, Development and Acquisitions, and at Familiprix as Vice-President, Business Development.
Mr. Gratton holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing from the University of Ottawa.
Vice President, Airport Operations, Infrastructure and Air Services Development
Pierre-Paul Pharand was appointed Vice President, Airport Operations and Air Services Development, at Aéroports de Montréal in 2010. As such, he is responsible for the efficiency of all airport services and oversees improvements that benefit users. Since 2014, he is also responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of airport infrastructure related to civil engineering, including runways and roads.
Mr. Pharand joined ADM in 1995 as Director, Airport Protection, and in 2001 became Director of Operations. During these years, he led many major operations in a context where safety, security and customer service were leading priorities.
Mr. Pharand began his career as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, of the Executive Development program of CIREM-HEC (International Centre for Research and Studies in Management) and the Strategic Airport Management Program of IATA (International Air Transport Association).
Philippe Rainville, CPA, CA
Vice President, Planning, Engineering and Construction
Philippe Rainville was appointed to his current position in April 2014. He joined the Aéroports de Montréal team in January 2008 as Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. He was responsible for strategic planning, financial management, information technology, procurement and property management.
Mr. Rainville came to the Corporation with a solid background in large companies such as Provigo, Pepsi-Cola and Molson, where he held various senior management positions related to finance, strategic planning and information technologies. Prior to joining ADM, he was Chief Financial Officer, North America, at Tarkett Inc., a multinational manufacturer of hardwood and vinyl.
Mr. Rainville holds a BA in Business Administration from McGill University in Montréal and has been a member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec since 1986.