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Roelof-Jan (RJ) Steenstra

President and ceo 

Roelof-Jan (RJ) Steenstra joined PortsToronto in September 2022. Previously President and CEO of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority in Alberta, Mr. Steenstra is an accomplished executive leader who is recognized for driving businesses forward in challenging economic conditions by making smart and dynamic decisions and leveraging revenue diversification and lean principles to propel organizational refocus and change. His passion for airports is evident and he is recognized for developing innovative and fiscally-grounded solutions – without losing sight of the passenger and employee experience. This passion and approach will be applied to all of PortsToronto’s businesses including Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the marine Port of Toronto, Outer Harbour Marina, and other properties and holdings within the organization’s portfolio.

Mr. Steenstra is past Co-Chair of the 2023 Arctic Winter Games Bid Committee, Director for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/ Airports Council International World (ACI) Community of Practice and the American Association of Airport Executive’s (AAAE) Northwest Chapter. He currently serves as Director and Governance Committee Chair on the Fort McMurray / Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism Board. Mr. Steenstra is Chair of the Policy Board for the Canadian Airports Council and Director on the Airports Council International – NA (ACI-NA) Executive Committee. He also serves as a director for the global board for Airports Council International – ACI World which represents the collective interests of airports around the world to promote excellence in the aviation industry.

Mr. Steenstra holds a Bsc. in Anthropology and a BA in Communications from the University of Calgary, as well as an MBA from Royal Roads University. He has earned several industry designations including an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation, an International Airport Professional (IAP) designation from the ICAO/ACI and an Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation from the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Management.


Alan J. Paul

Alan J. Paul

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Alan Paul is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PortsToronto. He joined the PortsToronto in 1986 and has also worked in the PortsToronto Works Departments and at the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto majoring in Accounting and Economics, and is a CPA, CGA.

Mr. Paul is currently a member of the Finance Committee of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities ("ACPA"). Mr. Paul is a past Board member of the ACPA and past Chair of both the Audit and Finance Committees of the ACPA. He is also a past member of the Audit Committee of the Credit Institute of Canada and a Board member of the Canadian National Exhibition.

Craig Manuel

Craig Manuel

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Craig Manuel is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for PortsToronto. Prior to joining PortsToronto, Mr. Manuel was a partner in the Business Law and Capital Markets Groups at McMillan (formerly Lang Michener) focusing on business law with specific expertise in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and financings.

Mr. Manuel joined Lang Michener in 1999 and became a partner in 2006. In addition to his successful commercial practice over the years, he has been a member of McMillan’s professional development group, and has authored several articles and papers on corporate and commercial topics. Mr. Manuel received his law degree from Queen’s University and holds an undergraduate degree in commerce from University of Toronto.

Deborah Wilson

Deborah Wilson

Vice President, Communications and Public Relations

Deborah Wilson is Vice President Communications and Public Relations for PortsToronto. An accomplished business strategist and communications executive, Ms. Wilson has worked in a range of industries including broadcasting, banking, professional services and technology for such companies as Astral Media, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Scotiabank and American Express.

Ms. Wilson holds an undergraduate degree from Western University, a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Communications, Culture and Public Policy from York University, and holds certifications in such areas as marketing, editing and governance. She is an IABC Gold Quill recipient for Excellence in Communications Management and a former board member of the Redpath Waterfront Festival, Canadian Women in Communications, and Youth Media Alliance.


Chris Sawicki

Chris Sawicki

Vice President of Infrastructure, Planning & Environment

Chris Sawicki is the Vice President of Infrastructure, Planning & Environment at PortsToronto. He joined PortsToronto in 2017 and has 30 years experience in both the construction and engineering industry. Mr. Sawicki recently served as Director of Engineering and Capital Infrastructure at Toronto – Pearson International Airport and has extensive experience delivering projects, large and small, through a variety of procurement models.

Mr. Sawicki holds an Honours Bachelor Degree of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a registered professional engineer in Ontario.