Captain Murray Strom was appointed Senior Vice President, Flight Operations in February 2021. In this role, Murray has overall responsibility for all aspects of safe flying operations across Air Canada's fleet, including oversight for pilot hiring, training and qualification programs, professional standards of flying, flight safety and technical programs, dispatch operations, as well as liaison with Transport Canada and the international aviation agencies in the worldwide jurisdictions to which Air Canada operates. He is also the airline's designated Operations Manager, responsible to Canada's Minister of Transport for the management of the government-issued Air Operator Certificate, which authorizes Air Canada to conduct flight operations.
Murray has a solid background in flight operations, having flown a variety of aircraft types since joining Air Canada in 1987. He has held several management positions including Vice President, Flight Operations since 2018, Chief Pilot for the Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleets, Manager for the airline's narrow body Airbus fleet, and Manager, Flying Operations. He has led several complex flight operations projects including the seamless launch of the airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A220 fleets, the launch and reintroduction of the Boeing 737 MAX, and the introduction of the Airbus A319 to overseas operations. He was also part of the team introducing the operation of the Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 wide-body fleets.
A graduate of the Aviation program from Calgary's Mount Royal University, Murray is fully qualified as Captain on the Boeing 777.