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Neil R. Wilson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Neil R. Wilson is President and CEO of NAV CANADA, as of January 1, 2016. He served as Executive Vice President, Administration and General Counsel for the Company from 2013-2016, responsible for all Legal and Corporate Services, in addition to Human Resources and Customer and Commercial Services.


Mr. Wilson joined NAV CANADA as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2002. From that date until his appointment as President and CEO, Mr. Wilson was the Company’s Chief Legal Officer as well as Corporate Secretary. He has also been responsible for other corporate functions including Contracting, Logistics and Fleet; the Company’s insurance program; Environment and Occupational Health and Safety; and Corporate Security.

Prior to joining NAV CANADA, he was a partner in the Ottawa office of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, where he had extensive experience in a wide variety of transactions and areas of litigation.  These included establishing NAV CANADA as a private corporation and acquiring Canada’s Air Navigation System, as well as a range of other commercial transactions.

Called to the Bar in Ontario in 1986, Mr. Wilson acquired his law degree from Queen's University, where he received a number of academic awards. His undergraduate work was in political science and economics at the University of Toronto. Mr. Wilson is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada.