Mr. Charles Sullivan was appointed to the Tribunal as vice-chairperson on October 27, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served the Tribunal as a part-time member for three years.
Mr. Sullivan was previously an independent business strategist advising on aviation, aerospace and security. He joined the private sector in 2009 as Chief of Operational Safety Oversight for Canada's air navigation service provider, following a distinguished 31-year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force. This included, prior to his retirement, a 12-month tour of duty in Afghanistan at the rank of Major-General in key leadership positions as Commander of NATO's Air Component and as Deputy Chief of Joint Operations. Previously, Mr. Sullivan held senior executive positions, such as Director-General of Capability Development at the Department of National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa; and Director of International Security and Senior Defence Advisor in the Prime Minister of Canada's Privy Council Office. In addition, Mr. Sullivan has substantial operational experience in aviation. As a fighter pilot he accumulated over 3500 flying hours flying jet aircraft and flew operational missions over Europe, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Canada's high Arctic and the North Atlantic.
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