Arielle Meloul-Wechsler is Air Canada’s Senior Vice President, People, Culture and Communications and has been a member of Air Canada’s Executive team since 2013. In this role, she has oversight for all human resources and culture change initiatives across the company, labour relations, customer service training as well as internal and external communications as Air Canada continues pursuing its goal of becoming a Global Champion.
Under Arielle’s leadership, Air Canada has been named for several consecutive years, among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, among Montreal’s Top Employers, one of Canada’s Top Diversity Employers, in addition to being named one of the Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Canada. She is also Air Canada’s Champion of Official Languages, proudly focusing on the airline’s commitment and efforts in offering the greatest range of services in both of Canada’s official languages. Arielle also has oversight over the Air Canada Foundation as well as Air Canada’s CSR Reporting.
Before her work in Human Resources, Arielle was Assistant General Counsel and Director of Legal Services at Air Canada, where her practice groups included advising on corporate financing, reorganization, M&A and other corporate and commercial transactions, as well as leading Aeroplan’s external legal team through its initial public offering. She practiced law at Davies Award Phillips & Vineberg prior to joining Air Canada.
Arielle holds a Civil Law degree from the Université de Montréal, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from McGill University and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1993. Arielle was elected President of the exclusive global HR leaders network Airline People Director’s Council (APDC) in March 2017. She is the first woman to lead this international airline industry organization and the first APDC chair from an airline outside of Europe. She is also a Member of the Conseil du Patronat.