Honorary Colonel Barry Rempel

Biography / March 13, 2009

Mr. Barry Rempel was appointed as the first Honorary Colonel of 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters in Winnipeg, MB in September 2012. He is also a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Commander’s Council and previously served as the Honorary Colonel of 17 Wing Winnipeg, MB.

Born in Carmen, MB., Honorary Colonel Rempel has some 30 distinguished years in the Canadian aviation industry. Prior to his appointment in 2002 as president and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc., he was president and CEO of Tradeparks Development Corp., the land/business development subsidiary of Calgary Airport Authority from 2000 to 2002. From 1974 to 2000, Honorary Colonel Rempel was employed with Canadian Airlines International, his last position with them being chief executive for Cargo and Canadian North operating divisions.

A proponent of lifelong learning, Honorary Colonel Rempel was recognized with the top student award while studying business administration (marketing and retailing) at the University of British Columbia in 1980. He is also a 1995 graduate of the executive program at Queens University. He has also received his diploma in public relations from BCIT, along with his aviation ground school certificate.

Honorary Colonel Rempel has a strong commitment to community service and volunteers his time to Chairing the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art and Learning Centre Capital Campaign, as well as serving on the Boards of SRG Security Resource Group and the Canadian Airports Council. In December, 2015, Honorary Colonel Rempel was named Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Winnipeg and in 2017, he was presented with the Honorary Air Marshal Award by the Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) for exceptional personal achievements which have motivated and inspired the youth of Manitoba.

Honorary Colonel Rempel and his wife reside in Winnipeg. When not involved in community activities, they enjoy "top down" touring of the many magnificent communities of Manitoba.

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