General Manager, Security

Number of positions available: 1
Status: Permanent Full-Time 
Closing Date: October 4, 2022

We are more than just planes and tarmacs. Our purpose travels beyond our runway into the communities we serve. We are about connections, stories and life defining adventures made possible by the work we do. We are committed to fostering an environment where our people are rewarded through meaningful work experiences inspired by purpose.

The Calgary Airport Authority is made up of remarkable people committed to delivering great results. We manage and operate YYC Calgary International Airport, YBW Springbank Airport and collaborate with many partners - from airlines to customer services and government agencies to food and retail outlets. Now is an exciting time to join our crew and advance YYC as one of Canada’s best airports!

Security is paramount in our environment and our Security team is committed to ensuring that Crew are informed, engaged and empowered to contribute to the security culture of our organization. Reporting to the Director Safety, Security & Compliance, the General Manager Security, will oversee and develop the Calgary Airport Authority Airport Security Program.  This role works closely with internal and external stakeholders and regulatory bodies to comply with applicable federal and public laws working within the Authority’s risk profile. This role sets the vision and strategy and delivers programs and policies in the areas of security and risk management. 

  • Oversee and develop the Airport Security Program. 
  • Develop and implement the annual security plan; direct and coordinate the integration of security policies, plans, operating procedures, and response mechanisms.  
  • Ensure all security operations and activities comply with and/or exceed all legislative and regulatory requirements and standards. 
  • Liaise with Transport Canada on the implementation of the SEMS program as well as for any regulatory change. Implement as required.
  • Partner and collaborate with external security agencies on matters of airport security and emergency preparedness. Examples include: CATSA, CPS, CFD, CEMA, Canada Border Protection Services, US Customs & Immigration, Transport Canada, CSIS, and DFAIT.
  • Collaborate with other internal departments, airlines, agencies, tenants to ensure the security of the airport.
  • Provide expert advice and stakeholder presentations to the Authority’s Board of Directors, senior management, staff and airport community on all matters concerning security at YYC.
  • Support operational response in the event of a security event. Oversee post event follow-up activities, process improvement, lessons learned, training, etc.
  • Oversee the regulated emergency security exercise program involving biannual security/ emergency preparedness exercise planning and implementation.
  • Keep current on best practices in other airports and remain current with security issues and security system technologies available to make recommendations to best meet the needs of the airport.
  • Conduct investigations, provide detailed reports and recommendations for corrective actions on all security incidents.
  • Provide briefings, presentations, guest-speaking engagements, and training sessions to all facets of the airport community as required.
  • Participate in the AEOC during emergencies and/or IROPS.
  • Supervise the Security team and provide responsible leadership and mentoring.  In conjunction with Director, establish performance goals with the input from staff. Ensure that qualified and competent individuals are recruited, retained, and rewarded for performance. Provide effective feedback, manage attendance, and assess performance.

  • Post-secondary education in aviation, security, emergency preparedness and/or professional experience working in airport or airline security. 
  • Working knowledge of Canadian laws and regulations applicable in airport environment (Aeronautics Act, Transport Canada Security Regulations, Canadian Aviation Regulations, Criminal Code of Canada, CSIS Act, Dangerous and Hazardous Goods Legislation, Narcotic Control Act and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).) 
  • Knowledge of Incident Command System (ICS). 
  • Technical knowledge of security systems, devices, and best industry practices.
  • Ability to network and develop good working relationships with external partners, such as Transport Canada, CPS (Calgary Police Service), inspection, intelligence, security, and transportation agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing security policies, plans and procedures. 
  • Strong written, listening, and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in management and leadership in a team environment.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills for identifying and addressing real and potential threats to the facility.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a restricted area identification card (RAIC)
  • This role is eligible for our hybrid work model with a combination of in-office and remote work.
  • This role is considered safety sensitive and will require a pre-employment drug and alcohol test through a third-party provider  


We are ACCOUNTABLE.  We take ownership and step up to get the job done.             

We are CUSTOMER-FOCUSED.  We consider the customer in all that we do. 

We are COLLABORATIVE.  We are stronger when we reach out and work as a team.          

We are RESILIENT.  We are able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.
We are CREATIVE.  We strive to find new and better ways of doing things.  

Are you looking for the journey of a lifetime? One that’s focused on creating effortless and memorable experiences for millions of guests and travelers each year. Click the apply button for your chance to learn how you can be a part of one of Alberta’s Top Employers.

The Calgary Airport Authority is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply including women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and others who may contribute to organizational diversification of ideas. If you require any assistance in applying or accommodations during the recruitment process, please indicate on your application .  

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