Women in Business 2019: Joyce Flint (artist and philanthropist)

Ms Flint joined the foundation board and then became a board member in 2003, when the two had a meeting on how to strengthen Pearson. She rose quickly through the ranks, to become deputy…

Women in Business 2019: Joyce Flint (artist and philanthropist)

Ms Flint joined the foundation board and then became a board member in 2003, when the two had a meeting on how to strengthen Pearson. She rose quickly through the ranks, to become deputy chairman in 2009, and then was named president and CEO in July 2015.

Since joining Pearson, she has worked to create the Catalyst Centre for Health Innovation to explore the impact of health on all facets of the Toronto region’s economy. Ms Flint has also worked to improve Pearson’s security and safety as airport security got more sophisticated. The centre was named for the University of Toronto professor who developed the technology that screens passengers.

Ms Flint was named CEO in 2015 as the Canadian airport struggled with problems including declining passenger traffic and increasing costs.

“What made it so bad is the facts are that the airport was overbuilt and undercapitalized,” Ms Flint said. “The city was really losing control of the airport. We needed a political can-do spirit. For me personally, I was eager to get back to leadership but also as an ambassador for Pearson and the region. That was really important. It allowed me to get back to the business of Pearson because now you can’t treat Pearson as a wallflower in the airport business.”

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