Canada welcomes election of next Secretary General of International Civil Aviation Organization

News release

February 25, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada, Transport Canada

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, today congratulated Juan Carlos Salazar, who has been elected as the next Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

As host state of ICAO, Canada offers Mr. Salazar its full support when he takes the helm of the agency on August 1, 2021.Canada is committed to the success of ICAO, which is essential in meeting the complex and evolving challenges facing the world of civil aviation, and is actively engaged in reinforcing the vital role that international organizations play as spaces for interaction and dialogue.


“Canada is proud to be the host state of the International Civil Aviation Organization, based in Montréal since its inception in 1947. As a founding member, Canada is committed to ICAO’s success and looks forward to working in close partnership with Mr. Salazar.”

- Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Canada values its strong, long-standing relationship with ICAO. It is my pleasure to welcome Mr. Salazar as the next Secretary General. We look forward to our collaboration on the important work ahead at ICAO to advance a safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable international civil aviation system.”

- Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport

Quick facts

  • ICAO is a United Nations Specialized Agency headquartered in Montréal, Quebec, since its inception in 1947.

  • Mr. Salazar will take office on August 1, 2021 for a 3-year term, succeeding ICAO Secretary General Fang Liu.

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Allison St-Jean
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Minister of Transport, Ottawa

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