Michael Rousseau

Michael S. Rousseau was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer in January 2019.  As Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer, he has oversight for several important corporate initiatives and businesses including Air Canada Rouge, in addition to his responsibilities for the airline's overall financial strategic direction comprising all aspects of financial reporting and planning, investor relations, treasury and controller's operations, taxation, pension administration, internal audit, procurement and corporate real estate.  Since 2007, he had been Air Canada's Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer and he has played a significant and highly strategic role in Air Canada’s successful transformation over the past decade.

Prior to Air Canada, Michael held executive positions including those of President, and before that Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer at Canada’s largest diversified general merchandise retailer, Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC).  While at HBC, he developed a comprehensive investor relations program, introduced enhanced external and internal financial reporting processes and improved the cost-effectiveness of the organization. He has also held senior executive financial positions at other large, international corporations, including Moore Corporation in Chicago, Silcorp Limited and the UCS Group (a division of Imasco Limited).

Michael graduated from York University and has been a member of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1983.  He holds the prestigious FCA and FCPA designations, conferred by CPA Ontario in recognition of his professional achievements and contributions, and he was named Canada's CFO of the Year™ for 2017 by Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PwC Canada and Robert Half. Michael has been a member of the Board of Directors at Resolute Forest Products since 2011, and he joined the Board of Chorus Aviation Inc. in 2019.