Tribunal Members - Part-time

François Audette

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec

Appointed to a part-time term of four years on May 9, 2008.

Mr. Audette 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 Montrealarea companies, and as a teacher at the Collège de Valleyfield.

Howard M. Bruce

Sainte-Foy, Quebec

Appointed to a part-time term of four years on October 30, 2009.

Mr. Bruce is a Partner at a law firm, in the city of Quebec, 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.

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 Lanaudiere region since 1973.

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.

Maurice Jaques

Pointe-Claire, Quebec

Appointed to a part-time term of four years on May 9, 2008.

Mr. Jaques 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 Montreal 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

Appointed to a part-time term of three years on September 4, 2008.

Mr. Keefe 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.

Dr. Michel Larose

Montréal, Quebec

Reappointed to a part-time term of four years on June 19, 2009.

Dr. Larose graduated in Medicine from the Université de Montréal in 1965, and he is currently a Medical Assessor at the Commission des lesions 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. Dr. Larose is a Former Investigative coroner for the province of Quebec. In the past, he has held a Private Pilot Licence.

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 to 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.

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 Montreal.

Suzanne Racine

Kirkland, Quebec

Reappointed to a part-time term of three years on November 30, 2009.

Ms. Racine, a Lawyer since 1980, 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.

Stephen Rogers

Vancouver, British Columbia

Appointed to a part-time term of four years on November 23, 2009.

Mr. Rogers was a Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly for 16 years. He served as a Cabinet Minister in several portfolios, including as Minister of Transportation and Highways, and as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House. He began his career as a Pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force and flew commercial aircraft with Air Canada prior to and after his career in politics.

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 four years on January 25, 2010.

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 22 000 hours on 124 types of airplanes and gliders. In his spare time he enjoys flying his ASW-27b sailplane on long cross country flights.