President & CEO
Air Transport Association of Canada
Mr. McKenna has over 30 years work experience in both the public and private sectors. In the 1980s he worked successively as an Economic Advisor to Premier Robert Bourassa, as Political Advisor to the President of the Quebec Treasury Board and finally as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Transport and Minister of Public Security. In 1992, he was nominated Official Representative and Senior Political Advisor for the Quebec Government in Washington, D.C. In the private sector he acted as Manager of Public and Governmental Affairs and Special Assistant to Executive Vice President for the Steinberg food chain. He later worked as a partner in a Boston based consulting firm, the Malloy Group, before returning to Quebec to invest in and manage three different manufacturing companies. He taught International Business at the Williams School of Business at Bishop’s University from 2001 to 2003 before becoming President and General Manager of the Quebec Air Transport Association in September 2003, a position he held until taking up the position of President and CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada in January 2009. Mr. McKenna was an undergraduate at McGill University. He holds Master’s degrees in Soviet and East European Economic Studies from Carleton University, in Business Administration (MBA) from Sherbrooke University and in Public Administration (MPA) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.Perfectly bilingual, and conversant in Russian, John is an avid student of foreign languages.