Tribunal Members - Part-time

Tribunal Members
Tribunal Members

Christopher J. Brooks
Kanata, Ontario
» Appointed to a part-time term of three years on April 10, 2014.

Dr. Christopher Brooks is a physician, scientist and inventor. Dr. Brooks has 47 years of experience as a physician in the navy, in industry and in private practice. His background includes a wide range of positions such as medical officer onboard a nuclear submarine, flight surgeon, commanding officer for the Royal Canadian Navy at Stadacona Hospital in Halifax, and command surgeon for both the Canadian Air Command and the Canadian Maritime Command. For 11 years, he was the Director of R&D at Survival Systems Ltd., Dartmouth, N.S., where he introduced emergency breathing systems into helicopters for the Canadian offshore oil industry. Currently, he is a consultant in occupational medicine for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada and the Department of National Defence. Among the awards Dr. Brooks has received are the Order of Military Merit, Queen's Jubilee Medal and the Canadian General Standards Board's highest achievement award for his work on survival suits and life jackets. In addition, he has published over 70 books, reports and papers on occupational health and safety issues.

Brad M. Caldwell
Vancouver, British Columbia
» Reappointed to a part-time term of three years on April 10, 2014.

Mr. Caldwell holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria Law School and an advanced 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.

Caroline Desbiens
Sainte-Foy, Québec
» Reappointed to a term of one year on May 14, 2014.

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 Institute of Air and Space Law Association, the Canadian Maritime Law Association and the Chambre de commerce de Québec.

Patrick Terrence Dowd
Port Colbourne, Ontario
» Reappointed to a part-time term of three years on June 18, 2013.

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, 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 Pilot's Licence and a renewable Canadian Airline Transport Pilots Licence.

Gary Drouin
Chelsea, Québec
» Appointed to a term of four years on November 22, 2012.

Mr. Drouin of Chelsea, Quebec, has over 30 years of experience in management and administration at Transport Canada, where he has specialized in rail safety. In his daily work, and as president of an international symposium, Mr. Drouin has actively promoted level crossing safety and trespass prevention though outreach and education. Through his skill in facilitating international partnerships, sharing knowledge, and fostering collaboration on projects, he has contributed to Canada being recognized as a world leader in railway safety. Mr. Drouin has received several prizes for excellence, including one from l'Association du transport écolier du Québec for his work on school transport safety. He has been a member of a number of organizations including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs.

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.

Trevor Allan Gillmore
Kleinburg, Ontario
» Reappointed to a part-time term of five years on May 9, 2011.

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
» Reappointed to a part-time term of three years on October 30, 2014.

Mr. Henley is a partner in the Halifax office of the law firm of Stewart 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 Brigadier General. After returning from a tour in Afghanistan in 2010, 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 a past chair of his firm's Marine Practice Group and 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.

C. Michael Keefe
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador
» Reappointed to a part-time term of four years on September 29, 2011.

Mr. Keefe graduated from the Canadian Coast Guard College in 1974. He is a retired Professional Engineer who practiced in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. 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.

Sarah M. Kirby
Halifax, Nova Scotia
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on April 5, 2012.

Sarah Kirby was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society as Barrister and Solicitor in 2000. She is currently the Assistant Dean, Student Services at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. From 2000 until 2011, she practiced law in various firms in Nova Scotia and made appearances in the Federal Court of Canada, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Provincial Court. Ms. Kirby is a member of the Canadian Maritime Law Association, the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association and the Eastern Admiralty Law Association.

Herbert Lee
Richmond, British Columbia
» Reappointed to a part-time term of three years on October 30, 2014.

Mr. 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) for the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force, and a 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.

J. Ed Macdonald
Pictou County, Nova Scotia
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on December 13, 2012.

Mr. Macdonald is a retired commercial aviation pilot whose 31 years of employment with several major airlines reflects an outstanding record of performance, reliability and commitment. He retired as a captain from Air Canada after flying on domestic and international routes on various passenger aircraft. During his career, Mr. Macdonald amassed 18,000 flight hours, an achievement that required both a high level of technical skill, and strong team-building and leadership abilities. A graduate of Rothesay Collegiate in New Brunswick, Mr. Macdonald was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and lives in Pictou County, where he is active in the community as a volunteer.

Elizabeth MacNab
Ottawa, Ontario
» Reappointed to a part-time term of four years on December 3, 2011.

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

Tracy Medve
Kelowna, British Columbia
» Appointed to a part-time term of three years on October 30, 2014.

Ms. Medve is President of the Kelowna Flightcraft Group of Companies and prior to this was President of Canadian North Airlines in Yellowknife. Since 1985, she has held various senior airline management positions at Norcanair, Time Air, and Canadian Regional Airlines. Prior to joining Canadian North in 2007, Tracy was the co-founder of C.T. AeroProjects, a Calgary based consultancy focused on air transport resource management. A lawyer by training, she also graduated from the John Molson School of Business Global Aviation MBA program at Concordia University in 2009. Tracy is the current Chair of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) and the first woman in Canada to be inducted as an Honourary Life Member. She sits as a member of the University of British Columbia, Okanagan External Community Advisory Council. She is also a past member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, having served from 2003 to 2006.

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

Mr. Olson, Captain (ret.), recently completed a 32-year flying career, retiring as an approved check pilot – Boeing 767, based in Vancouver, and flying international routes. His previous assignments have included a management position as senior check pilot – Embraer 170/190, a training captain– Airbus 320, and a 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, such as: 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 the treasurer of Hope International Development Agency.

James R. Parsons
St. John's, Newfoundland
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on June 21, 2012.

Mr. Parsons is a director, coordinator and lecturer at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, and he has held these positions since 1997. He has been responsible for the development and delivery of oil tanker, floating production storage and offloading, mobile offshore drilling unit, and marine regulatory awareness training programs for clients working with the Hibernia and Terra Nova projects. Previously, Mr. Parsons was a marine consultant at Bateman Chapman (Canada) Ltd. and he owned OTI Canada Group, a company involved in marine surveying, cargo inspections and safety and pollution control. Currently he owns a marine consultancy called Global Marine Solutions. He is a Master Mariner with significant experience in Canadian Arctic waters and, among his many degrees, he has a PhD in marine transportation and economics from the University of Plymouth in England, and a bachelor of maritime studies from Memorial University.

Robert Perlman
Montreal, Québec
» Appointed to a part-time term of five years on April 5, 2012.

Dr. Perlman holds degrees in psychology and medicine from McGill University. He is certified in family medicine, is a fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and is certified in aviation medicine from King's College, London, United Kingdom. He is currently the chief executive officer and director of Mediservice, a medical clinic he founded in 1984 that provides commercial pilot and air traffic controller licensing exams for Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. Dr. Perlman is also an attending physician and an associate professor of family medicine at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.

Alex Phillips
Edmonton, Alberta
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on June 21, 2012.

Mr. Phillips, of Edmonton, is a Director of Regulatory Strategy at ATCO Electric Transmission. He provides legal and strategic policy advice on the activities of Alberta's regulatory agencies and their governing legislation to help develop Alberta's electricity transmission network in a safe and efficient manner. He has over 25 years of experience providing legal counsel and policy advice on transportation network matters, including deregulation, aviation licensing, export trade competitiveness and transport safety regulation. Among Mr. Phillip's qualifications are a bachelor of laws from the University of Manitoba, master of laws in international air law and deregulation from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate of juridical science in competitive network access rights from Bond University, Australia.

Franco Pietracupa
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec
» Reappointed to a part-time term of four years on October 4, 2012.

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 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 2011, Mr. Pietracupa has held the position of Chief Pilot, Business Customer Liaison Pilots at Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal.

George E. 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.

Suzanne Racine
Kirkland, Québec
» Reappointed to a part-time term of four years on December 13, 2012.

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
» Reappointed to a part-time term of three years on January 30, 2014.

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.

Laura Safran
Calgary, Alberta
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on April 25, 2013.

Ms. Safran, Q. C. is a senior partner at the law firm Davis LLP in Calgary specializing in corporate and commercial, intellectual property and technology law. She is also the head of Davis LLP's national aviation law practice, and co-head of their education law practice. Prior to that, she was a partner at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP from 1996 to 2010. She has held other executive positions as vice-president, law and corporate secretary of Canadian Airlines International from 1989 to 1995. Ms. Safran is a member of the law societies of Alberta and British Columbia. She holds an L.L.M. (doctorate of jurisprudence program) from Columbia University, an L.L.M. from the London School of Economics, an L.L.B. from Osgoode Hall, York University, and a bachelor of arts with distinction from the University of Alberta. She was named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women by The Globe and Mail in 2004, as well as one of the leading women lawyers in Canada in 2009 by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

John M. Sehmer
Vancouver, British Columbia
» Appointed to a part-time term of three years on April 10, 2014.

Dr. Sehmer is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Medical School in the Department of Family Practice, runs his own general practice, specializing in industrial medicine, and is a staff member at Vancouver General Hospital. He has extensive experience as a certified medical examiner for the marine and air sectors (pilots). In addition Dr. Sehmer is a medical advisor for Great West Life and Desjardins, an occupational medicine consultant for corporations such as the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Petro-Can/Suncor and Chevron, and is co-chair of the British Columbia Medical Association's WorksafeBC Liaison Committee. Dr. Sehmer has published numerous articles in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and other journals and is a fellow of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine.

Abdo Shabah
Montreal, Québec
» 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, as well as a diploma 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. He also completed a PhD in Public Health and Preventative Medicine in 2010 from the University of Montréal, and he successfully completed an MBA from McGill and HEC-Montreal. In addition, he was awarded the Governor General of Canada Medal of Excellence in 1995. Dr. Shabah currently works at Hôpital Enfant-Jésus in Emergency Medicine – Aeromedical Evacuation. He also practices Emergency Medicine at CSSS Cœur de l'Île, and he works as director of Professional Services and Medical Affairs at CSSS Pointe-de-l'Île in Montréal. Dr. Shabah continues to participate regularly in humanitarian missions, and he has been deployed on numerous occasions for humanitarian efforts in Haiti.

Charles Sullivan
Kanata, Ontario
» Appointed to a part-time term of three years on October 30, 2014.

Mr. Sullivan is an independent business strategist who advises 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.

Yves Villemaire
Stittsville, Ontario
» Reappointed to a part-time term of three years on May 14, 2014.

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, Nova Scotia. Prior to holding these positions, he was 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 on a part-time basis.

Richard Willems
Alton, Ontario
» Reappointed to a part-time term of three years on March 6, 2014.

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 23 000 hours on 124 types of airplanes and gliders.