2010-11 Shannon School of Business Visiting Lecture Series

Air Travel Today Challenges and Opportunities

Cape Breton University’s Shannon School of Business has partnered with the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce to bring Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Planning, WestJet, as part of the 2010-11 Shannon School of Business Visiting Lecture Series. The event, Air Travel Today – Challenges and Opportunities, will take place on Thursday, October 14 at 12:00 p.m. at the Delta Sydney.

“The Shannon School of Business Visiting Lecture Series provides the university and local community with access to some of Canada’s most innovative business leaders,” says John MacKinnon, Dean, Shannon School of Business. “We try to invite lecturers who can speak on topics that are of global issue but at the same time are closely tied to our community as well. Dr. Dunleavy is a great example.”

In 2009, Dr. Hugh Dunleavy became Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Planning for WestJet. His portfolio includes fleet planning, network planning and scheduling, pricing and revenue management, information technology, regulatory and government affairs, operations research and business development.

Previously, Dr. Dunleavy was WestJet’s Executive Vice-President, Commercial Distribution. He and his team make certain that WestJet’s aircrafts are deployed to generate the maximum profit opportunity while creating value for the guest and ensuring that seats are available for sale across all channels. This also means ensuring that fares are competitive in each market and that WestJet’s business continues to grow.

Dr. Dunleavy’s continued responsibility for IT means he is also responsible for ensuring that all of WestJets’s technology infrastructure, business applications and communications infrastructure are implemented in a robust, scalable environment, and that they operate at optimal levels to maintain the operational and business integrity of WestJet.

“The business community is pleased to have the opportunity to engage a person of Mr. Dunleavy's position within a national air carrier. The Chamber of Commerce has identified the need to improve air service and Dr. Dunleavy's visit will certainly assist in our efforts,” says Joyce MacDougall, President and Chairperson, Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce.

With over 30 years experience in the airline industry, Dr. Dunleavy is sure to share an abundance of knowledge with attendees and shed light on the future of the airline industry. Dr. Dunleavy holds a PhD in theoretical physics with an undergraduate degree in physics from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom. Ever the academic, he has also held the position of adjunct professor of operations management at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.

This event is open to the public. Cost: $25 members; $30 non-members.

Please RSVP to Anne Marie Singler at asingler@sydneyareachamber.ca or 564-6453.