John Saabas was appointed President of Pratt & Whitney Canada in January 2009.
Mr. Saabas began his career at P&WC in 1985 as an analyst in Structures & Dynamics and subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering and Operations. He was Project Engineer and Senior Project Engineer between 1993 and 1997, before taking on responsibilities as Director, New Operations Programs and Manager, Manufacturing Engineering. In 1999, he was promoted to Vice President, Procurement and Logistics and, the following year, to Vice President, Engineering Development. In 2001, he took on the role of Vice President, Engineering and, in 2003, was appointed Senior Vice President, Engineering & Operations. He was named Executive Vice President in 2006 before being appointed President.
Mr. Saabas earned a PhD in Aerodynamics from McGill University in 1991 and graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in, respectively, 1984 and 1983.
Mr. Saabas has been a member of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors since 2010 and served as Chairman of the Board in 2011. He is also a member of Aéro Montréal. In addition, Mr. Saabas is a member of Waterloo University’s Engineering Dean’s Development Council and the McGill Faculty of Engineering’s Advisory Board. He is also a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario.
In 2008, he was awarded an Alumni Achievement Medal by the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering for his leadership and vision in leveraging innovation and research collaboration to advance the Canadian aerospace industry. In 2013, he received the CEO Sustainable Development Award from the Quebec business publication Les Affaires for his visionary leadership.