Tribunal Members - Part-time

François Audette
– Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec

Mr. Audette was appointed to a part-time term of four years on May 9, 2008. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Université du Québec and a degree in aeronautical fabrication from Collège Édouard-Montpetit. He is a manager for SGS Canada and past president of Québec Levage Expert, a company specializing in lifting devices. He previously worked as an engineering, production and quality director with two Montreal-area companies, and as a teacher at the Collège de Valleyfield.

Howard M. Bruce
– Sainte-Foy, Quebec

Appointed to a part-time term of three years on October 30, 2006, Mr. Bruce is a partner at a law firm, in the city of Québec, where he practises law, including transportation law relating to the Commission des transports du Québec, the Canada Transportation Act, the Aeronautics Act and the Railway Safety Act. He received his law degree at the University of Ottawa Law School in 1990 and was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1992. Mr. Bruce has varied and impressive experience in litigation and representation before all levels of Quebec courts.

Evariste Cormier
– Shediac, New Brunswick

Appointed to a part-time term of three years on October 20, 2005, Mr. Cormier holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Moncton. He retired from Canadian National Railways in 1993 after 37 years of service, including 8 years as supervisor of the Moncton main car shop. Mr. Cormier served as a school trustee and president of school districts' finance, transportation and personnel committees. He was also director of the New Brunswick School Trustees' Association, a member of the executive of the Shediac Winter Carnival and president of the Boishebert Club in Shediac.

Dr. Pierre Coutu
– Montréal, Quebec

Appointed to a part-time term of three years on September 29, 2005, Dr. Coutu holds a bachelor's degree in industrial relations from the Université de Montréal and a doctorate in education from the Nova Southeastern University in Miami. He also completed his postgraduate studies in air transportation at Northwestern University in Chicago. During his 13 years working at Transport Canada, he was director of special projects at the Airports Group's headquarters and served on the Airports Transfer Task Force, established to oversee the transfer of government-owned airports to the private and public sectors. In 1987, he left government to help start the International Aviation Management Training Institute, where he became executive vice-president and chief operating officer. Dr. Coutu is founder of Aviation Strategies International and teaches in the International Aviation Program at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.

André Demers
− Saint-Lambert, Quebec

Appointed to a part-time term of two years on December 6, 2006, Mr. Demers is currently a strategy and planning consultant working for various businesses. He received his degree in civil law in 1966 at the Université de Montréal. He has appeared before all civil and criminal courts in the Province of Quebec as well as a number of boards, commissions and administrative tribunals. Mr. Demers was judge of the La Prairie municipal court from 1975 to 1989 and served as well in the municipal courts of Saint‑Rémi, Saint-Hilaire and Sainte-Thérèse.

Danièle Dion
− Kirkland, Quebec

Appointed to a part-time term of four years on May 9, 2008, Ms. Dion holds a bachelor of arts degree in social communication, a licence in civil law and a bachelor's degree in common law from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a master's degree in maritime and international law from Dalhousie University. She was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1985. She currently is a partner in a law firm specializing in admiralty litigation, transportation and insurance laws. She is a director of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce.

Michel Ferland
− Sainte-Marcelline, Quebec

Appointed to a part-time term of four years on June 4, 2007, Mr. Ferland holds a bachelor of arts degree from Collège Jean-De-Brébeuf, and a licentiate in laws degree from the Université de Sherbrooke. He was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1973. He currently is a law associate with a law firm in Joliette, Quebec. He entered into private practice in 1973. He became a prosecutor for the city of Joliette in 1985, and was a member of the Human Rights Tribunal Committee from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Ferland is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, a member of and former legal advisor to the Barreau des Laurentides, and a former member of the Comité pour la pratique privée – Barreau du Québec – Tarification. He has been involved in a number of community organizations in the Lanaudière region since 1973.

James Edward Foran, Q.C.
− Winnipeg, Manitoba

Appointed to a part-time term of three years on September 15, 2005, Mr. Foran is a partner at a law firm in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he practises administrative law with a focus on transportation law. He received his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Manitoba and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1962 and the Saskatchewan Bar in 1981. In 1985, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel. Over the course of his career, Mr. Foran provided legal counsel for a variety of industry and government clients before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, provincial courts, the Canadian Transportation Agency and various provincial boards. He was also involved in drafting several major pieces of provincial and federal transportation legislation.

Jean-Marc Fortier
− Ville Mont-Royal, Quebec

Appointed to a part-time term of three years on November 22, 2005, Mr. Fortier received his law degree from the Université de Montréal and his master's degree in air and space law from McGill University. He has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1971. He received a master's degree in business administration from Richard Ivey School of Business Administration of the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Mr. Fortier acted as legal advisor to many aviation societies, including Quebecair and the Société québécoise des transports. He was vice-president of Télésystèmes Ltée (a private investor in telecommunications), executive vice-president of BCE Media and a member of the Civil Aviation Tribunal of Canada. He has also been a lecturer on aircraft financing at the Institute of Air and Space Law of McGill University. He has been treasurer and president of the Canadian division of the International Law Association from 1990 to 1998 and he is currently honorary president of the Association. Mr. Fortier is currently a senior partner at a law firm in Montréal and Québec City.

Dr. Trevor Allan Gillmore
− Kleinburg, Ontario

Appointed to a part-time term of three years on May 9, 2008, Dr. Gillmore holds a doctor of medicine degree from McMaster University. In 2008, he received his fellowship in occupational medicine and completed a master's degree in aviation medicine through Otago University in New Zealand. He currently serves as a provincial coroner for Ontario. He is also a flight surgeon and pilot for Air Canada and a medical support specialist for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. He was previously an emergency room physician at three Greater Toronto Area hospitals. He has worked and trained extensively in the forensic sciences field and is a member of a number of committees and associations, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Canadian Aerospace Medical Association.

Richard W. Hall
− Surrey, British Columbia

Appointed to a part-time term of four years on October 12, 2007, Mr. Hall holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Victoria, a master of science in geography and an honours bachelor of arts in geography from the University of Western Ontario. He currently serves as president of Lion Hall Bancorp Limited, providing executive and legal consulting services. He began his legal career in 1984. From 1989 to 1994, he worked for the Province of British Columbia with three different administrative tribunals, providing advice in law and policy. From 1995 to 1997, he was a senior labour relations officer for Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, after which he became legal counsel for the Vancouver School Board until 2001. That same year, he became regional director of human resources and compensation for physicians of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, a position he held until 2005. Mr. Hall is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association, and has served on the boards of directors of two publicly traded companies and one private sector company.

Maurice Jaques
− Pointe-Claire, Quebec

Mr. Jaques was appointed to a part-time term of four years on May 9, 2008. He studied at Lower Canada College and McGill University before entering the maritime insurance business. He became president of Eastern Marine Underwriters, serving insurance brokers across Canada in marine cargo, hull and liability insurance and related claims. Following a merger with the Maritime Insurance Company in 1995, he became managing director of the Montréal office and occupied that position until his retirement. During his career, he was president of the Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters for two separate terms. He was president of the International Union of Marine Insurance from 1988 to 1991. He also served as deputy chairman of the Canadian Committee of Lloyd's Register of Shipping. He recently completed a six-year term as a member of the Audit Committee of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund.

C. Michael Keefe
− Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador

Mr. Keefe was appointed to a part-time term of three years on September 4, 2008. He graduated from the Canadian Coast Guard College in 1974. Mr. Keefe is a registered professional engineer practising in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As well, he holds a certificate of competency issued by the Government of Canada as a first class marine engineer. Mr. Keefe spent several years with the Canadian Coast Guard serving as a ship's engineering officer and chief engineer and later ashore, as the supervisor of engineering for the Newfoundland Region. He then spent several years with Transport Canada Marine Safety as the manager of examinations and enforcement for the Atlantic Region. He has held ministerial appointments with Marine Safety as a steamship inspector, examiner of engineers, pollution prevention officer and health and safety officer. Since 2006, Mr. Keefe has been employed as manager of Marine Fleet Maintenance with Diesel Injection Sales & Service Ltd. of Mount Pearl in Newfoundland.

Alan Laing
− Fergus, Ontario

Mr. Laing was appointed to a part-time term of four years on September 20, 2007. At the time of his retirement, he was a captain for the Airbus A340 with Air Canada. He started his career as a pilot in 1972 and became a captain in 1985. During this time, he was also director, Central Region for the Canadian Air Line Pilots Association for two years, and later became the Association's president, a position he held for one year. Mr. Laing is a director of the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games, a counsellor and advisor for the Trenton Air Cadet Summer Training Centre, an officer of the 121 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets and a lecturer on technology at Confederation College.

Jean-Marc Lalonde
− Rosemère, Quebec

Mr. Lalonde was reappointed to a part-time term of three years on August 29, 2005. He is a former chairman of the Safety and Operations Management Committee of the Railway Association of Canada, a member of the American Association of Railway Superintendents, and a member of the National Rail Passenger Committee. With 35 years hands-on rail operating experience, he rose from various ranks and qualified as a conductor, to a chief of transportation at Via Rail.

Dr. Michel Larose
− Montréal, Quebec

Reappointed to a part-time term of two years on January 25, 2007, Dr. Larose graduated in medicine from the Université de Montréal in 1965. He is currently a medical assessor at the Commission des lésions professionnelles. Dr. Larose was previously in private practice and associated with several Montreal area hospitals. He was medical director for several organizations including Quebecair and was a civil aviation medical examiner for Transport Canada.

Herbert Lee
− Richmond, British Columbia

Appointed to a part-time term of three years on September 20, 2007, Mr. Lee is the managing director of a Vancouver-based travel agency. He is also a licensed private pilot and a certified travel manager. Mr. Lee is a member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong Aviation Club and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Advisory Committee for Multiculturalism in Richmond and a past member of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce. He has studied at Simon Fraser University, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal Navy School in the United Kingdom.

Barrie LePitre
− Gloucester, Ontario

Appointed to a part-time term of four years on December 3, 2007, Mr. LePitre holds a bachelor of arts degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a bachelor of laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto. He began his career in 1977, as counsel for the Commercial and Property Law Section of the regional office of Justice Canada in Toronto, Ontario. In 1983, he began serving as counsel with the Department's legal services offices in Ottawa. Recently retired, Mr. LePitre served as counsel, senior counsel and general counsel to many client departments during his 30‑year career. Of special note is his service as general counsel for transport from 1996‑2007, during which time he provided a wide range of advisory legal services with respect to the marine component of Transport Canada, particularly concerning the Canada Marine Act. Mr. LePitre is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a notary public for the Province of Ontario.

Sandra Kathleen Lloyd
− Vancouver, British Columbia

Reappointed to a part-time term of one year on May 9, 2008, Ms. Lloyd is an A320 Captain with Air Canada. She began flying in 1973, flew float and wheel aircraft commercially in British Columbia and northern Manitoba between 1975 and 1979, and commenced her airline career with CP Air in 1979. Ms. Lloyd has since been a crew member on DC8, DC10, B737 A319/A320/A321 and A330/340 aircraft. She received a bachelor of business administration degree from Simon Fraser University in 1985 and a bachelor of laws degree from the University of British Columbia in 1990. Ms. Lloyd was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1991 and has practised law in Vancouver.

Arthur W. Lyon
− Ottawa, Ontario

Appointed to a two-year part-time term on November 10, 2006, Mr. Lyon, also a lawyer, was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1976 having received his law degree from the University of Ottawa Law School in 1974. In 1979, Mr. Lyon attended an air transport course at the Royal Aeronautical Society, Oxford, England, subsequent to which he was coordinator of the Air Transport Task Force at Transport Canada and is currently involved in international assignments as a consultant. In 1981, Mr. Lyon obtained his private pilot licence having trained at Toronto Airways Limited.

Elizabeth MacNab
− Ottawa, Ontario

Appointed to a part-time term of four years on December 3, 2007, Ms. MacNab holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Toronto, a diploma in legislative drafting and a licentiate in laws degree from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1967. She began her legal career as counsel for a private law firm and participated in studies with the Law Reform Commission of Ontario. From 1981 to 1986, she worked as a legislative officer with Transport Canada's Aeronautics Act Task Force. In 1986, she moved to the Department's Aviation group, where she oversaw the preparation of draft regulations for review by Justice Canada, and provided policy advice on amendments to federal transportation Acts. In 1990, she became counsel for Transport Canada, providing legal advice on matters relating to various modes of transportation and administrative law. Ms. MacNab also represented the Department at international conferences and committees on aviation-related matters.

Franco Pietracupa
− Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec

Appointed to a part-time term of four years on June 18, 2008, Mr. Pietracupa received his college diploma in aeronautical pilot instruction in 1997. He has worked for various companies in aviation, including CESPA Flight College, and has held the position of Class 1 instructor/chief flight instructor from 1997 to 2000 in different flight training organizations. With his extensive experience as a flight instructor and operator, he was designated as flight test examiner with Transport Canada. Since April 2000, Mr. Pietracupa has held the position of manager of business aircraft flight training, Global and Challenger programs at Bombardier Aerospace in Montréal.

Suzanne Racine
− Kirkland, Quebec

Ms. Racine was reappointed to a part-time term of five years on November 30, 2004. A lawyer since 1980, she holds a licence in civil law from the University of Ottawa (1979), mediator training (1992) and a master's degree from the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University (1987). She was a director of Regulatory and Government Affairs at Air Transat and has acted as a consultant in the areas of travel and air transport. Ms. Racine is a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Institute of Air and Space Law Association.

Dr. John Saba
− Brossard, Quebec

Appointed to a part-time term of three years on September 29, 2005, Dr. Saba holds a master of arts degree in economics and political science, a doctor of civil law degree, and a diploma in air and space law from McGill University. At McGill, he is a lecturer in economics and an adjunct professor of law at the Institute of Air and Space Law, secretary general of the Institute of Air and Space Law Association and the editor-in-chief of its newsletter. He is a professor in economics and political science at Champlain Regional College in St-Lambert, Quebec, and director of its world studies program. Dr. Saba has served as manager and chairman for a number of worldwide air and space conferences and seminars for the International Civil Aviation Organization, the American Bar Association and McGill University. He has also served as president of a number of companies.

Arnold Price Vaughan
− Calgary, Alberta

Appointed to a part-time term of three years on September 20, 2007, Mr. Vaughan began his career by enrolling in the Canadian Armed Forces Regular Officers Training Plan as an officer cadet in 1966 and was then trained as a military pilot. He served for 18 years in the regular and reserve forces and gained senior officer status. He currently possesses both Canadian and American airline transport pilot licences and a commercial helicopter licence. He retired as captain from Air Canada. He is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Aviation Security Association of America International and the Council of Aviation Accreditation. Mr. Vaughan holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Waterloo and a master of business administration, with a major in aviation and international business, from Concordia University.

Dr. James M. Wallace
− Ottawa, Ontario

Appointed to a part-time term of four years on April 11, 2008, Dr. Wallace holds a bachelor of medicine and surgery from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a diploma in aviation medicine from the Royal College of Physicians of London. He is also a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. Dr. Wallace started his career with general medical practice in Nova Scotia and the West Indies, and in 1980, he joined Transport Canada Aviation as a regional aviation medical officer for the Ontario region. Prior to his retirement in 2005, Dr. Wallace was senior consultant, policy and planning, and was also the chairman of the Aviation Medical Review Board. Dr. Wallace is also very active in his community. He is a member of the Aerospace Medical Association and the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine and a former member of the Canadian Medical Association.

Richard Willems
− Alton, Ontario

Reappointed to a part-time term of three years on January 25, 2007, Mr. Willems is the senior captain flying a Canadair Challenger for Rogers Communications in Toronto. His flying career began in central Saskatchewan in 1963 and has continued through North, Central and South America as well as Africa, Asia and Europe. Mr. Willems has held Transport Canada check pilot authority since 1976 on various piston, turbo-prop and jet aircraft. He has accumulated over 21 000 hours on 118 types of airplanes and gliders. In his spare time he enjoys flying his ASW-27b sailplane on long cross country flights.

The following members' terms have expired during the period covered by this report:

  • Mr. Evariste Cormier
  • Dr. Pierre Coutu
  • Mr. André Demers
  • Mr. James Edward Foran
  • Mr. Jean-Marc Fortier
  • Mr. Jean-Marc Lalonde
  • Dr. Michel Larose
  • Mr. Arthur Lyon
  • Dr. John Saba