Arielle Meloul-Wechsler is Air Canada’s Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Public Affairs, and has been a member of Air Canada’s Executive team since 2013. She has oversight for all human resources and culture change initiatives across the company, labour relations, customer service training, internal and external communications, government relations and community investments. Arielle also has oversight for the Air Canada Foundation, Corporate Sustainability and Environment.
As Air Canada’s Champion of Official Languages, Arielle is proudly focused on the airline’s commitment and efforts in offering the greatest range of services in both of Canada’s official languages. Under her leadership, Air Canada has been named for multiple consecutive years, one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, one of Montreal’s Top Employers, one of Canada’s Top Diversity Employers, in addition to being recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Canada.
Before her work in Human Resources, Arielle was Assistant General Counsel and Director of Legal Services at Air Canada, where her practices 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 Ward Phillips & Vineberg prior to joining Air Canada.
Arielle was elected President of Airline People Directors’ Council (APDC), an exclusive global Airline HR Leaders’ Network, in March 2017. She was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network in 2019 as of one Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Business in the Corporate Executive category and is the recipient of Northern Lights Aero Foundation’s 2022 Annual Elsie MacGill Business Award honouring Canadian women who have made outstanding contributions in aviation and aerospace. She is a Chair of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC), and is on the Board of Directors of the Air Canada Foundation, the Canadian American Business Council, and Element Fleet Management Corp.
Arielle holds a Civil Law degree from the Université de Montreal, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from McGill University, and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1993.