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De Caria named as Interim CEO of Canadian North becoming first Inuk to lead the airline

October 19, 2023  By Helicopters Staff

Shelly De Caria becomes the first Inuk woman to lead Canadian North. (Photo: Canadian North)

Canadian North, an Inuit-owned airline, on October 16 named Shelly De Caria, current VP for Sales, Marketing & Distribution, as Interim President and CEO of the airline, a leader in serving the remote and northern communities in Canada’s Arctic. De Caria’s appointment marks a historic milestone as she becomes the first Inuk to lead Canadian North. De Caria will continue to lead her VP portfolio alongside this new appointment.

Born and raised in Kuujjuaq, Québec, Canadian North notes De Caria embodies its core values and commitment to community engagement. Before joining Canadian North, she contributed at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, advancing the rights and interests of Canada’s Inuit population. At Canadian North, De Caria has been instrumental in developing a range of community investment programs impacting education, sport, nutrition, and mental health. Canadian North explains her leadership, built over a decade of experience, reflects a dedication to the communities it serves and a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities in those regions.

“We are navigating this leadership transition with a continued focus on community engagement and operational improvement,” said Johnny Adams, Canadian North’s Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Shelly’s extensive experience, notably her pivotal role in community investment, aligns seamlessly with our mission, ensuring our communities continue to be well-served and supported. The Board of Directors and the Executive Team extend their full support to Shelly in her new role as Interim President and CEO.”

De Caria succeeds Michael Rodyniuk who had led Canadian North as the airline’s president and CEO since July 2022. She joined Canadian North in 2013 and was named as one of Wings’ Top 20 Under 40 recipients in 2021 at the age of 36.


“I am deeply honoured and humbled to step into the role of Interim President and CEO at such a pivotal time for Canadian North. I extend my gratitude to Michael Rodyniuk for his dedication and contributions,” said De Caria. “As an Inuk, I am immensely proud to lead an organization that is deeply rooted in community and committed to serving the unique needs in our regions. With the unwavering support of our talented team, I am confident that we will continue to uphold our mission and make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Our enhanced operational focus will ensure timely delivery of scheduled services for passengers and robust cargo operations.”


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