Arielle Meloul-Wechsler was appointed Senior Vice President, People and Culture in May 2017 with overall leadership for human resources, labour relations, customer service training, employee communications and culture change initiatives across the company 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,
A member of Air Canada’s executive team since September 2013, Arielle was previously Vice President, Human Resources where she had oversight for all aspects of Human Resources worldwide. Prior to being appointed Vice President, she was Senior Director, Human Resources, a role held since July 2011.
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 the airline on corporate financing transactions, reorganization or M&A transactions, business outsourcing arrangements, information technology, strategic purchasing and intellectual property. In 2005, she was seconded to Aeroplan where she led the external legal team through Aeroplan’s initial public offering. She practiced law at Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg prior to joining Air Canada.
Arielle holds a Civil Law degree from the Universite de Montreal, 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.