Former Canadian North CEO joins WestJet

Chris Avery appointed WestJet commercial strategy VP following Canadian North departure in April

Former Canadian North president and CEO Chris Avery has joined WestJet as its commercial vice-president. Avery left Canadian North suddenly in April. (Photo courtesy of CNW Group/WestJet)

By Madalyn Howitt

Former Canadian North president and CEO Chris Avery is the new commercial strategy vice-president at WestJet, the airline announced last week.

Avery made the move to WestJet after his sudden departure from Canadian North last month, where he had served as the northern airline’s president and CEO from 2018 to 2022 and previously as its commercial vice-president from 2017 to 2018.

Requests by Nunatsiaq News for more information on the reason for Avery’s departure were declined by Canadian North at the time. 

“I am excited to return to WestJet at such a pivotal time as the business evolves to meet the travel and vacation needs of Canadians in recovery,” said Avery, in the WestJet release on May 11.

Prior to joining Canadian North, Avery spent 11 years with WestJet working in various leadership roles. He has previously worked with Alaska Airlines, Air Transat and Canadian Airlines International.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by 867 on

    (Sarcastic tone)

    “I wonder why canadian north declined to give further information regarding his departure?”

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  2. Posted by Northern Guy on

    Let’s hope that Avery can convince Westjet that the Iqaluit-Ottawa route is ripe for the picking.

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  3. Posted by Toxic on

    What I hear is it is very toxic working at Canadian north, they keep hiring key staff that are not qualified.
    Just take a look at the positions and who holds them, we start to understand why it can be so toxic.

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