Calgary Airport Authority

Laura Samson 2023 Winner

Director of Infrastructure at Calgary Airport Authority

Calgary Airport Authority

Earlier this year, Laura Samson made history by becoming the first female director of infrastructure under 40 at The Calgary Airport Authority. Alongside her dynamic team, she spearheads terminal construction, airside construction and tenant development at both the YYC and YBW airports. In 2023, her team is leading the successful delivery of 35 capital and 182 tenant projects. This includes the rehabilitation of Canada’s second longest runway, YYC’s West Runway, a $201 million, five-year project from design to completion. Through these projects, Laura’s commitment to sustainability has led to the implementation of sustainable construction practices and pursuit of cutting-edge technologies. Laura’s journey at YYC began in 2013 as a project coordinator. Over the past decade, she gained expertise and experience that allows her to effectively lead the Infrastructure Department today. She embraces the role of mentor and aims to inspire young women in both the engineering and construction industries.


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