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Building on Our Strong Foundation

YVR’s reputation as a safe and efficient airport requires a coordinated team effort, built on a strong foundation.

Infrastructure Upgrades

YVR experienced its busiest period ever in the summer, welcoming up to 85,000 passengers on peak days. At the same time, a team of YVR airside employees, contractors and partners at NAV CANADA undertook key infrastructure projects to improve the airfield.

Runway End Safety Areas

We completed the second construction phase of Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs), which improve safety for aircraft and passengers in the event an aircraft lands short or overshoots a runway. Each night between April and mid-September, a crew of more than 90 contractors and YVR employees worked with NAV CANADA to close the South Runway and begin work. They placed over 700 concrete panels with associated airfield lighting infrastructure, upgraded navigation aids and carried out new line painting. And every morning, they returned the runway to service—only to start again the next night.

In 2017, we will finish RESA construction on the South and Crosswind Runways and will begin planning for the North Runway.


YVR continued to save energy and cut down on light pollution by installing energy efficient LED lights on the apron. This included new LED fixtures and high-mast poles, which use an adaptive scheduling model and user-controlled app to save power. When complete in 2017, we will have 433 new LED fixtures and 62 new poles—an energy savings of 715,000 kilowatt hours.

On the airfield, we replaced 130 airfield navigational signs and 250 approach lights on each of the east ends of our north and south runways, which ensure that approaching aircraft have a consistent presentation.

Dyke Upgrades

YVR is aware of the risks climate change presents to the community. We are part of an inter-jurisdictional initiative working on a coordinated flood management strategy for the lower Fraser River. To safeguard against future flooding, YVR has invested significant resources into a multi-year program to further protect Sea Island by raising dyke levels to 4.7m geodetic—a new height standard. The program started in 2014 and in 2016 we raised another 1 km section of dyke on the South Dyke Road. We also developed designs for dyke improvements in the Sea Island Conservation Area lands on the north side of Sea Island as well as commencing early design work to raise the dyke along Inglis Drive.

Risk Management

The safety and security of our employees, customers and communities is paramount to our success. In order to be prepared to respond to possible threats, the Airport Authority continuously works on risk management and security upgrades.

Enterprise Risk Management System

YVR’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) system helps safeguard the achievement of strategic and business objectives by identifying and mitigating a broad range of risks. It has become a key component of our organizational culture, embedded into every-day planning through our Board and Executive Team, and in November it received industry-wide recognition with the Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management award at the Governance Professionals of Canada Excellence in Governance Awards. We continued to develop the ERM system throughout the year, updating the risk register on a monthly basis, monitoring and developing action plans and improving ERM Board-level reporting to support decision-making.

As a subset of the ERM system, the Airport Authority’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP) facilitates timely recovery strategies from disruptions that affect critical business functions. We continued to develop the BCP in 2016, focusing on those critical functions with the highest impact to our core business.

Critical System Upgrade

We continued multi-year work focused on providing a safe and reliable power supply to key machines and systems. We installed an Arc Flash Mitigation System at YVR’s high-voltage Templeton Sub-Station and Uninterruptible Power Supply Units to back-up communication systems, pre-board screening machines, primary inspection line machines and our Automated Passport Control kiosks. We began waterproofing motor control panels on the baggage system, conducting sprinkler repairs, providing additional cooling in communication rooms to prevent over-heating and modifying electrical equipment to maintain safety standards.

Building On Our Reputation

As BC’s primary airport, YVR is committed to engaging stakeholders and working with industry partners to improve the airport for everyone.

Canada – U.S. Aviation Border Summit

In March, YVR hosted the US-Canada Aviation Border Summit. Over 60 senior decision-makers were represented at the meeting, including airlines, airports and both governments. The goal of the Summit was to develop a future border vision in which border access and security work as catalysts for economic success in both our countries while, at the same time, continuing to improve the passenger experience. The outcomes of the Summit included establishing five bi-national working groups to advance pilot projects and enhance NEXUS, improve security screening, coordinate travel authorizations, remove duplication in cargo manifests and explore innovations in the U.S. Preclearance Area. In addition, our team began planning for the 2017 Asia-Latin America Gateway Summit, a key event that focused on YVR’s future as a global connecting hub.

Speakers’ Bureau

YVR’s Speakers Bureau is a speaking tour for our leadership team that helps share our goals and accomplishments with key groups in the region. YVR attended 17 different Speakers Bureau events across the Lower Mainland in 2016. This included presentations to community groups, business networks, municipal councils and provincial caucus meetings.

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