Rename Edmonton International Airport in honour of Max Ward

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Very few airports in Canada are named after aviation pioneers. Most airports that are named after people are named for politicians. Edmonton International Airport has a perfect opportunity to change that.

We the undersigned call on the board of the Edmonton Airports Authority to rename the airport after Max Ward. He was the founder of Wardair, the third-largest Canadian airline in the late 1980s. He was a proud Edmontonian, airline founder, bush pilot, member of the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, honourary doctor from four universities, and Officer of the Order of Canada. Ward died in November 2020 at the age of 98.

We believe it would be fitting to rename Edmonton International Airport to Edmonton Max Ward International Airport, to be referred to colloquially as Edmonton-Ward International. This would follow a similar nomenclature to other Canadian airports such as Toronto-Pearson and Montreal-Trudeau, both named after deceased politicians.

We humbly ask the board of Edmonton Airports to consider a name change.