Prior to working in the aviation industry, Dora Kay was Vice President of a Canadian multinational energy group with interests in oil and gas resources, pipeline networks, petrochemicals, telecommunication systems and manufacturing. Dora was instrumental in establishing the company’s presence in Asia, and concluded contracts for project management, oil and gas pipleline design and construction, and sales of energy equipment and petrochemicals.
In 1994, Dora was recruited by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) as General Manager with specific responsibilities in franchisee/tenant facilities coordination, airport operational readiness and relocation for the new mega airport at Chek Lap Kok. After airport opening in 1998, Dora held General Manager positions in strategic planning, corporate planning and international marketing/airline services development at AAHK. She was responsible for marketing Hong Kong as a premier aviation hub and airport of choice for passengers and cargo, and a regional and international logistics hub, expanding Hong Kong’s air network of airlines, destinations and flight frequencies.
Dora joined the Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) in 2009 with a main focus on identifying and developing the Asia market. This is a key strategic objective of YVR, and directly supports the Authority’s Gateway initiatives. During her tenure with YVR, she significantly increased air traffic between Vancouver and Asia, in particular China, resulting in expansion of tourism, business and trade between Canada and Asia. Furthermore, with addition of new airlines, flight frequencies and passenger and cargo volume, YVR established its position as the key aviation hub connecting Asia and the Americas. Dora retired from YVR as Director Asia in 2019.
Dora holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in materials science and engineering. She is a Fellow of US engineering honour society Tau Beta Pi. In addition, Dora was Chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) in 2003-2004, and is a Member of TIACA’s Chairman’s Council.