Board of Directors

Thomas Birks

Montreal, Quebec


Air Canada director since February 2013

Thomas Birks is the President of Birinco Inc., a merchant bank with investment portfolios ranging from private equity to passive investments. Mr. Birks previously served as the President of Henry Birks and Sons Ltd. from 1985 to 1989 and has extensive global experience having worked in various countries including Australia, Japan and South Africa for Coles-Myer, Mitsubishi Bank, and Van Zwam, Vladykin and Douglas, respectively. Mr. Birks has served as Chair of the board of directors of Viterra Inc. as well as Chair and board member of numerous corporations, educational institutions, hospitals and foundations.

Mr. Birks graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School. He has also studied at the University of Lausanne, the University of Fribourg and the University of Paris.

Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, the Pension Committee, and the Governance and Corporate Matters Committee.