Mr. Larry Berg has played a major role in the remarkable transformation of Vancouver International Airport, from an airport Charles Lindbergh refused to visit back in 1927 saying the city had “no fit field to land on”, to today’s position as one of the world’s top-rated airports.
In 20 years at YVR, the last 15 as President and CEO, Mr. Berg has been a strong leader, responsible for developing a culture and management team that ensure the airport will continue to flourish in the future.
He joined the airport as it became one of Canada’s first community-based airport authorities, a change that enabled the airport and leaders like Mr. Berg to introduce innovations and improvements that have included new runways, terminal upgrades, the Canada Line and an economic impact that has grown to nearly $2 billion a year.
In 2012, YVR was named Best Airport in North America for the third year in a row and ranked in the top ten in the world.
In addition to his superlative efforts on behalf of YVR, Mr. Berg has consistently given back to his industry and his community. At the airport, he helped create and nurture the growth of the YVR Art Foundation, fostering the development of BC First Nations art and artists.
Beyond YVR, he has led business and industry associations such as the Business Council of BC, the Canadian Airports Council and Airports Council International. In the community, he has served on the boards of the Vancouver Symphony and the VGH-UBC Hospital Foundation.