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Building on Our Strong Foundation

YVR’s success is the result of a dedicated team, whose hard work ensures we uphold an excellent reputation. In 2017, we continued work on key projects that ensure we deliver a safe and efficient airport for everyone.

Emergency Exercise

YVR constantly improves its Emergency Management Plan and tests its three principles—plan, prepare, practice—by hosting a range of emergency exercises on a regular basis. On April 24, we hosted our large-scale, biannual emergency exercise with 24 agencies and 600 participants on Sea Island. For the first time, we held two separate but coinciding incidents: a security threat and an airplane crash, which allowed us to test the plan in extreme circumstances. The exercise provided a valuable training opportunity for YVR and its partners. Our team gained broad insights including the need to establish clear communication channels, the importance of prioritizing information and effective first response.

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. In 2017, we continued to work on the ERM system, developing a risk appetite statement and a set of risk tolerance thresholds for the organization. We also developed enhanced reporting for the Board and updated the risk register on a monthly basis to help monitor risks, develop action plans and improve reporting.

As a subset of the ERM program, our Business Continuity Plan (BCP) provides an overall framework for managing business resumption efforts following any major incident affecting YVR’s operations. The BCP facilitates timely recovery strategies from disruptions that affect critical business functions essential to moving people, bags and planes. We implemented the BCP framework in 2017 and continue to develop specific contingency and recovery plans for those critical functions with the highest impact to our core business.

Infrastructure Upgrades

Lighting

715,000 kWh hours saved annually – equivalent of powering 72 houses.

In 2017, YVR completed the largest installation of an Apron LED lighting system in Canada. We worked with BC Hydro to develop the new adaptive system—a first for North America—saving 715,000 kilowatt hours per year or the equivalent of powering 72 residential households. The new system features a patented glare control technology and provides a brighter, safer work environment for pilots, air traffic controllers and ground crews.

In addition to our new Apron LED system, we piloted a new airfield lighting technology, Contactless Energy & Data Distribution (CEDD), as part of the Runway End Safety Area project on the South Runway. This new technology is not only efficient, with a wiring structure that is less prone to interference than a traditional wiring system, but also saves considerable power through its efficient current system.

Runway End Safety Areas

Our commitment to airfield safety continued to improve in 2017 with the completion of Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs) on our South and Crosswind runways. As their name implies, RESAs improve safety in the unlikely event an aircraft lands short or overshoots. We have invested $150 million to build 300-metre RESAs on all our runways, double the length of the proposed Canadian standard. We will start work on the North Runway RESAs in 2018.

Dyke Upgrades

YVR is aware of the risks climate change presents to the community. We are part of an inter-jurisdictional initiative to develop 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 2018 we will be raising another 1 km section of dyke on the South Dyke Road.

Taxiway and Runway Repairs

We undertook a range of taxiway and runway repairs in 2017. This included a large, coordinated effort to resurface a 30-metre strip down the centre of the South Runway during the summer. During this process, we also resurfaced areas where the South Runway intersected the Crosswind Runway and high-speed taxiways.