60 seconds of summer with Air Canada Cargo’s Tim Strauss

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Air Canada Cargo vice president, Tim Strauss

Hawaiian shirt-wearing Tim Strauss joined Air Canada Cargo as head 18 months ago after a spell at Hawaiian Airlines where he was MD cargo before becoming vice president cargo in July 2014. He previously worked for Delta Airlines Cargo as MD global operations. Just don’t get any BBQ sauce on his Hawaiian shirt.

ACW: Hawaiian pizza or poutine?
Strauss: Poutine.

ACW: Fine dining or BBQ?
Strauss: BBQ, on the beach is as good as it gets.

ACW: What does ‘aloha’ mean to you?
Strauss: Good will, sweetness of spirit, welcome, goodbye, kindness.

ACW: What is your favourite aircraft, and why?
Strauss: The one that’s on time.

ACW: If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?
Strauss: Depending on what day it is in my life, either a fat bald guy or a thin bald guy.

ACW: What would your autobiography be called?
Strauss: Wanderer.

ACW: Which three celebrities would you like to join for a night out?
Strauss: Donald T, because who knows what you’re going to get, Bruce Willis, because he is a thin bald guy; Ronaldo because he’s such a phenomenal athlete with a peculiar character.

ACW: Do you prefer to be right, or be liked?
Strauss: Liked.

ACW: Do you wear jeans outside of work?
Strauss: Absolutely.

ACW: What is the last book you read?
Strauss: Right now I’m reading Skin in the Game, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The previous one was a biography of Ulysses S. Grant.

ACW: If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Strauss: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar would be pretty great, too.

ACW: What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Strauss: Not much. Fresh vegetables, eggs, bacon, grilled chicken, Perrier, Diet Coke. Cheese.

ACW: What did you have for breakfast?
Strauss: I don’t eat breakfast. Only sometimes when I travel.

ACW: If ACW came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Strauss: Well, it’s summer time so definitely something on the grill. A side Israeli salad of cucumber, tomato, red onion olive oil and a bit of lemon juice – it’s very refreshing, and fresh corn on the cob.

ACW: You are on death row. What is your last meal?
Strauss: German chocolate cake! That would make me happy.

ACW: Tell us the most interesting thing about you which we wouldn’t find in your resume?
Strauss: My great, great, great, great, I don’t exactly know how far back, actually… uncle was John Rolfe; he was married to Pocahontas. On my mother’s side. This was always a bit of a legend in my family but then someone did the research, and it’s true – we can trace it in the family tree.