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 Montréal-area companies and as a teacher at the Collège de Valleyfield.

Peter Bernard, Q.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
» Appointed to a part-time term of three years on June 23, 2011.

After obtaining his law degree from the University of British Columbia, Mr. Bernard joined the Vancouver Maritime Law Firm Macrae Montgomery Hill & Cunningham. He was a partner in that firm from 1969 to 1982. In 1982, he joined the Vancouver law firm of Campney & Murphy, where he was a partner until 2002, when he became one of the founding members of Bernard & Partners. His practice has enveloped a broad spectrum in the field of Maritime Law over a period of more than 40 years, where he has represented ship owners and charterers in both international and coastal shipping, terminal operators, P&I Clubs, Hull and Machinery Underwriters, ship builders and various worldwide financial institutions. He has also been involved in Arbitrations and Mediations as Counsel and as an Arbitrator or Mediator. Mr. Bernard is or has been a Director of the Chamber of Shipping, the International Maritime Centre, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Maritime Law Association, Vancouver Maritime Museum, the National Maritime Center and the International Sailors Society (Canada). He was appointed Queen's Counsel in January 2001 and is listed as a leading lawyer in Canada and in the maritime world in Who's Who Legal and Best Lawyers. He was recently given the honour of the Best Maritime Lawyer, Vancouver 2011.

Brad M. Caldwell
Vancouver, British Columbia
» Appointed to a part-time term of three years on February 3, 2011.

Mr. Caldwell holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria Law School and an advance mediation certificate. He has practiced law since his admission to the British Columbia Bar in 1986, with an emphasis on maritime and fisheries litigation, general commercial litigation and administrative law. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Caldwell gained practical experience in the marine industry as a fisherman, deckhand, commercial diver and longshoreman. His professional associations include the Canadian Maritime Law Association, the Law Society of British Columbia and the Marine Insurance Association of British Columbia.

Dr. Kenneth J. Corbet
Calgary, Alberta
» Appointed to a part-time term of three years on March 3, 2011.

Dr. Corbet is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, where he teaches community health sciences, in addition to being an Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, at the University of Alberta. From 1998 to present, he has been working as a consultant with the Canadian Pacific Railway and, in 2008, he became the Railway's Assistant Chief Medical Officer in Calgary. Dr. Corbet is a member of numerous professional societies, including the Alberta Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association, the Alberta Occupational Medicine Association, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Caroline Desbiens
Sainte-Foy, Quebec
» Reappointed to a term of four years on May 14, 2010.

A lawyer since 1988, she works principally in the areas of aviation and maritime law. Ms. Desbiens received a law degree from the University of Laval in 1987, and a diploma in International Law and Comparative Law from the University of San Diego in 1988. Ms. Desbiens received a Master's degree in Air and Space Law from McGill University in 1993. A member of the Barreau du Québec, Ms. Desbiens is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Association québécoise des transporteurs aériens, the Insitute of Air and Space Law Association, the Canadian Maritime Law Association and the Chambre de commerce de Québec.

Danièle Dion
Kirkland, Quebec
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on May 9, 2008.

Ms. Dion has been a partner in the Montréal firm Brisset Bishop since 1996. She began practicing law in 1985, following the completion of a Master's degree in Maritime Law at Dalhousie University. She joined the Admiralty and Maritime Law section of the Department of Justice and represented the Canadian government in maritime matters including litigation for 12 twelve years. Her specialties include oil pollution, personal injury and death at sea, ship grounding and collisions. She is a director with the Canadian Maritime Law Association and is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce. She is past-president of the Legal Advisory Committee of the International Hydrographic Organization.

Patrick Terrence Dowd
Port Colbourne, Ontario
» Appointed to a part-time term of three years on June 18, 2010.

Captain Dowd holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. He served as an Air Force Officer serving as a flight instructor and Transport Pilot in Europe. He simultaneously performed duties as a pilot and assisted with the responsibilities of Counsel to Air Canada. He entered private practice as an Associate to the firm of Helson, Kogan, Ashbee, in Georgetown, Ontario, where he eventually became a sole practitioner. After his career at Air Canada, he was invited to join Skyservice Airlines and rose to become Chief Pilot, and later Director of Flight Operations. Captain Dowd was invited by Boeing to join Alteon, their training company in Korea, as an Airbus instructor, where he became a Check Pilot for the Korean Government on A320/321 and A330 aircraft. He holds a current Korean Airline Transport Pilots Licence and a renewable Canadian Airline Transport Pilots Licence.

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 is currently 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.

Mark A.M. Gauthier
Gatineau, Quebec
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on March 1, 2012.

Mr. Gauthier received a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Common Law, in 1972 and was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1974. He was engaged in the general practice of law from his call to the Bar until he joined Justice Canada in 1982. Mr. Gauthier practiced maritime law in the Legal Services Unit of Transport Canada as Counsel and as Senior Counsel from 1982 until 2005 and thereafter as the General Counsel of the Maritime Law Secretariat until he retired in June 2011. During his career, he provided general legal services to the marine sector of Transport Canada and, in particular, was responsible for the development of major marine legislative and regulatory initiatives such as the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and the Marine Liability Act. Mr. Gauthier also represented Canada for many years as Head of Delegation to the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization and as Alternate Head of Delegation to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds. While acting in those positions, he was involved in the negotiation and adoption of several international shipping treaties, many of which were implemented subsequently into Canadian law. Mr. Gauthier is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and a Titulary Member of the Comité Maritime International.

Dr. Trevor Allan Gilllmore
Kleinburg, Ontario
» Reappointed to a part-time term of five years on May 9, 2012.

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.

David G. Henley
Halifax, Nova Scotia
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on August 6, 2010.

Mr. Henley is a partner in the Halifax office of the law firm of Steward McKelvey. Mr. Henley is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick (Bachelor of Business Administration in 1989 and Bachelor of Laws in 2000) and Dalhousie University (Master of Laws in Marine and Environmental Law in 2003). He has a broad commercially-oriented practice in the areas of maritime, construction, energy and natural resources and environmental law. After a career in the army as an artillery officer, Mr. Henley was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2001. He continues to serve in the Army Reserve as a Colonel and after returning recently from a tour in Afghanistan, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal by the United States and invested as a Member of the Order of Military Merit by the Governor General. Mr. Henley is chair of his firm's Marine Practice Group, is a past-chair of the CBA Environmental Law Subsection, Nova Scotia, and has written, presented and published papers on a variety of marine and environment related subjects. Mr. Henley is an Associate of the Marine Environmental Law Institute and part-time faculty at the Schulich School of Law where he teaches Fisheries Law.

Dr. Trevor Jain
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on February 3, 2011.

Dr. Jain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and computer science from Acadia University and a Medical Degree from Dalhousie University, and pursued further studies in medicine at the University of Ottawa and Queen's University. He is currently an attending physician in emergency medicine at Queen Elizabeth in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and serves as Coroner for the Prince Edward Island Department of Justice and Public Safety. Dr. Jain has served as a family physician, a clinical director for a NATO hospital unit in Bosnia and as a pathology operations officer for the Swissair 111 accident investigation. He has flown commercial aircraft and was an infantry officer with the Department of National Defence. Dr. Jain also serves as a Medical Officer with the Canadian Forces in the Reserves. His professional affiliations include the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, the Canadian College of Family Physicians, the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association.

C. Michael Keefe
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador
» Reappointed to a part-time term of four years on September 29, 20011.

Mr. Keefe graduated from the Canadian Coast Guard College in 1974. Mr. Keefe is a Registered Professional Engineer practicing in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He also 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.

Herbert Lee
Richmond, British Columbia
» Reappointed to a part-time term of four years on September 20, 2010.

Mr. Herbert Lee is the managing director of LTA Holidays (Canada) Ltd., a Vancouver-based IATA travel agency. He is also a private pilot and a certified travel manager. Mr. Lee is a member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong Aviation Club, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Advisory Committee for Multiculturalism in Richmond, and the Consumer Protection of British Columbia Advisory Committee. Mr. Lee is a former Air Crew member (volunteer) Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force, former Assistant Superintendent of Hong Kong Air Terminal Services Ltd. for Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport. 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
» Reappointed to a part-time term of four years on December 3, 2011.

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. During a 30-year career until his retirement in 2007, Mr. LePitre provided legal services to many client departments. Of special note is his service as General Counsel for Transport Canada 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
» Reappointed to a part-time term of four years on December 3, 20011.

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 Transport Canada'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 Transport Canada at international conferences and committees on aviation-related matters.

Dr. Roy Montgomery
Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island
» Appointed to a part-time term of 3 years on June 23, 2011.

Dr. Montgomery attended Prince of Wales College before completing a B.Sc. at Dalhousie University. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in September 1963. In 1968, he graduated as a long range navigator at the RCAF Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg. Dr. Montgomery resigned from the Canadian Forces in September 1973 to attend Dalhousie Medical School and graduated in 1977. Since then, he has worked in general practice and as an emergency room physician in Western P.E.I. From 1979 to 2012, he served as Coroner for Prince and Queens Counties. He was reappointed Coroner in 2012. He served as a council member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of P.E.I. from 1988 until 1998 and he was president of the College from 1996 until 1998. From 1990 to present, he has been a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner for Transport Canada.

Arnold Marvin Olson
Langley, British Columbia
» Appointed to a part-time term of 4 years on March 1, 2012.

Arne Olson, Captain (ret.), completed a 32-year flying career, retiring as an Approved Check Pilot–Boeing 767, based in Vancouver and flying international routes. Previous assignments included a management position as Senior Check Pilot– Embraer 170/190, Training Captain– Airbus 320, and Crew Resource Management Facilitator conducting courses dealing with issues of pilot judgment. A graduate of Simon Fraser University (B.Sc.), Mr. Olson has attended various industry courses: Human Factors in Aviation, Aviation Safety Program Management, and Conflict Resolution in the Workplace. He has served as Director, Trinity Western University Institute of Aviation. He is the founder of the Air Canada Pilots Bone Marrow Registry Program. He has received the Honouring Our Lifeblood Award from Canadian Blood Services and the Award of Excellence from Air Canada. He founded and chaired the Canadian Cancer Society Langley Relay for Life, is Chair of the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games Organizing Committee and has served as Treasurer of Hope International Development Agency.

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 a 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.

Dr. Ernest Pugh
Vancouver, British Columbia
» Appointed to a part-time term of five years on March 1, 2012.

Dr. Pugh is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and has been an Emergency Physician at Providence Healthcare Society in Vancouver since 1994. He has worked at Mount St. Joseph Hospital in Vancouver, where he filled various positions, including director of Emergency, head of the Department of Family Practice and emergency physician. Dr. Pugh is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association, the British Columbia Medical Association, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. His areas of special interest and accomplishment include aviation (commercial fixed and rotary wing pilot), maritime transportation (cruise ship medicine) and road transportation. In his spare time, he enjoys becoming lost while orienteering during the summer and back country skiing in the winter.

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 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.

Dr. Abdo Shabah
Montréal, Quebec
» Appointed to a part-time term of five years on March 1, 2012.

Dr. Shabah received a Doctorate in Medicine in 2002 from the University of Montréal. He received his PhD in General Medicine from the same institution in 2005. From 2005 until 2008, Dr. Shabah practiced in Kuujjuaq, Quebec, while also undertaking an M.A. in Public Health, which he completed in 2010 and a PhD in Community Medicine and public Health, also in 2010. He was awarded the Governor General of Canada Medal of Excellence in 1995. Dr. Shabah currently works at the Hôpital Enfant-Jésus in Emergency Medicine–Aero medical Evacuation and in Emergency Medicine at Jean-Talon Hospital, both in Montréal.

Yves Villemaire
Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on May 14, 2010.

Mr. Villemaire is a graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College. He started his career as a Ship's Officer and served in various parts of the country in a number of shipboard and shore positions. He holds a Canadian Coast Guard Command Certificate and an MBA from Queen's University. He retired from the Canadian Coast Guard in 2007 where he held a number of executive positions including Director General, Fleet, Director General, Maritime Services and Executive Director of the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney. Prior to holding these positions, he had been Director General, Human Resources for two years with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. This followed a three-year appointment as Director, Early Conflict Resolution Office, a service he established for the Deputy Minister. Mr. Villemaire is currently a management consultant and a part-time instructor at the Institute of Memorial University in St. John's.

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.