Airport A&I speaker profile – Darryl Dowd, Winnipeg Airport

‘The value isn’t in the automation or innovation, it’s in the mind-set of always looking over the horizon…’

Darryl Dowd, Vice President, Airport Operations at Winnipeg, oversees the day-to-day operations groundside, airside and within the terminal building and is the latest speaker to be announced at Airport A&I 2020 where he will be discussing the development and trials of automated winter ops vehicles at the airport.

‘It isn’t often quantified but the ancillary benefits of being an organization pushing technology and innovation can yield unexpected dividends that improve service, reduce cost or improve efficiency. The value isn’t in the automation or innovation, it’s in the mind-set of always looking over the horizon so that you’re part of the disruption and not merely subject to it. Also, many of our key partnerships were formed with local companies. Pursuing innovation can be a mechanism to help better connect an airport to the community it serves.’

Prior to his work at the Winnipeg Airport, Darryl worked in a number of roles at GTAA, the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport and, in July 2019, was included in the WINGS ‘Top 20 Under 40’ list of people the future of Canadian aviation.

Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks.  

The 2020 Airport A&I (Automation and Innovation) conference is hosted by Heathrow Airport on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September. It is a specialist event for airports, airlines, regulators and suppliers and is produced by the Aviation Events Group. Pre-book delegate space now

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