The Red Deer Regional Airport (YQF) is gearing up for a leadership transition.  

CEO Graham Ingham is stepping aside after leading the organization for more than seven years.   

Red Deer Regional Airport Board Chair Iaian Park acknowledged Ingham’s pivotal role in the airport’s growth, “Graham's leadership has been instrumental in propelling the airport to its current position. His strategic foresight has revitalized existing infrastructure, creating opportunities for the airport to attract diverse aviation organizations, fostering sustainability and job creation for the region."   

Past Chair Ken Schulske, described Ingham as a quiet strength, who overcame adversity while leading the airport through a three-phase major expansion project.   

While overseeing the expansion project, Ingham championed community leadership and advocated for the aviation industry.   

He was committed to engaging with the community and promoting aviation through events including Girls in Aviation Day and the Red Deer Regional Airshow.  

Reflecting on his time, Ingham expressed pride in his accomplishments at the airport.   

"Our journey over these years has been marked by challenges, but it has positioned us for a bright future," Ingham said. "I’m confident the airport is ready to realize its growth potential. I am grateful for the support of our staff, board, tenants, provincial government, and key stakeholders, which have made the Red Deer Regional Airport an incredible asset for our region."   

The airport will continue to be committed to safety, security, and service, affirming its role as a key economic driver and aviation gateway for Central Alberta.   

"We are excited to continue playing a significant role in driving future economic growth and prosperity for the region," Park said.  

The board will begin its search for a new CEO immediately, to appoint a successor by the summer.