President & CEO
Vancouver Airport Authority
As President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR), a world-class hub with local roots, Tamara Vrooman understands the value of having an airport that is both an economic generator and community contributor—a hub of innovation that gives back, supports the region and sets the bar for sustainability.
Prior to joining YVR, Tamara served for 13 years as the President & CEO of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union. She assumed leadership of Vancity at the beginning of the global financial crisis and transformed the business and service model, delivering record profitability and doubling its assets. During her tenure, Vancity became a global reference point, and she became a leading voice in the Canadian and international financial sectors, demonstrating a successful new vision for values-based banking. This experience, combined with her comprehensive understanding of YVR gained by her previous nine-year tenure on our Board, make her the perfect leader to guide our team as we reimagine YVR’s role as a world-class, sustainable hub.
Tamara currently serves as Simon Fraser University’s 12th Chancellor and chairs the board of the Rick Hansen Foundation, in addition to other board roles. She is the recipient of the Order of British Columbia (2019), Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy (2016) and BC CEO of the Year Award – Major Private Company, Business in Vancouver (2015) among many other citations.