Former Saanich mayor Frank Leonard is now a board director with the Victoria Airport Authority. Leonard was appointed for the role by the Government of Canada. The position pays an annual retainer between $14,000 to $17,000 plus per diems for monthly board and committee meetings.
Leonard is past director of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and a former board member on a number of local tourism and economic development groups.
Leonard’s Twitter profile also lists him as chair of Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc., which owns and operates about 100 retirement communities, RV resorts and marinas across Canada, including Hawthorne Village in Central Saanich and a location in Cobble Hill.
Chairing the airport authority is Mel Rinald. Other board members include Rod Dewar (nominated by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce); Marilyn Loveless (Government of Canada); and Sharlene Smith (District of Saanich).
The Victoria International Airport is the 10th busiest airport in Canada with more than 1.6-million passengers per year.