June 14, 2024

Keith Granbois, centre, receiving award. Photo credit: ACI-North America

NANAIMO – The Chief Financial Officer & VP Business Development at the Nanaimo Airport (YCD), Keith Granbois, has been honoured with the prestigious ACI North America Financial Professional of the Year Award – Small Airport category.

This accolade is a testament to his exceptional expertise, dedication, and contributions to the financial and aviation sectors. The award is issued annual by the ACI-NA (Airport Council International – North America) to 3 professionals based on airport size (small, medium and large) and Keith is only the 3rd Canadian professional to ever be recognized for one of the awards since they began in 2015.

Keith’s journey to the awards ceremony in Aventura Florda was nothing short of extraordinary. He arrived in Florda on Wednesday, June 12th, just as record rains hit South Florida, causing disastrous flooding.

“I am humbled to be recognized for such a prestigious award and certainly won’t forget this adventure. It’s a reminder that life is all about the journey and not necessarily the destination.”

Keith was born and raised in Duncan, on Vancouver Island and received his Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) designation through the Certified General Accounts Association of BC (CGA-BC) in 2007 and became a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) the following year.

He has been the Chief Financial Officer & VP Business development at YCD for 6 years and during that time has helped to lead the airport during the COVID-19 pandemic, implement various new business systems, increased and diversified revenue steams, implemented the first pollinator garden at a Canadian airport, and successfully negotiated with Pacific Coastal Airlines to begin operations at YCD.

Keith also revamped YCD’s marking and community engagement initiatives, website and social media accounts and brought in a new logo and branding. YCD’s connect with Canada campaign, is the brainchild of Keith and has been a finalist for airport marketing awards for two years in a row.

Business Examiner Staff


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