NAV CANADA announces change to its executive team
August 24, 2020 – Ottawa – NAV CANADA President & CEO
Neil Wilson announces changes to his executive team, reducing his executive
management committee from 13 to nine members effective September 1, 2020.
Today’s announcement comes after four NAV CANADA executives
recently made their respective decisions to retire after long and valued
careers. “Their contribution will have a lasting effect on the Company’s future
success. I want to sincerely thank Rudy Kellar, Larry Lachance, Trevor Johnson
and Claudio Silvestri for their exceptional leadership during their tenure with
NAV CANADA,” said Wilson.
These recent departures are an opportunity to streamline
operations and leverage synergies where possible. The direction, leadership and
oversight provided by the new executive team will ensure that NAV CANADA
remains a world leading air navigation service provider and is well positioned
to navigate the unprecedented challenges facing the aviation industry today.
Under the leadership of the President and Chief Executive
Officer, the following executives have retained their responsibilities:
Struthers, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer will retain his
responsibilities for the financial management of NAV CANADA, ensuring sound
financial planning and forecasting, capital and operating budgets and labour
G. Bohn, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer will retain his
responsibilities for the development of a skilled and motivated workforce at
NAV CANADA, providing leadership and oversight of corporate planning and
performance, operational training, stakeholder relations and communications.
- Leigh Ann
Kirby, Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary will
retain her responsibilities as the NAV CANADA top legal officer, continuing to
oversee the corporate security; real estate; records and distribution; supply
chain; and insurance and risk management functions.
Cameron, Vice President, Labour Relations will retain her responsibilities for
developing labour relations strategies and mandates for collective bargaining
for NAV CANADA and act as chief negotiator at the collective bargaining tables
and managing the grievance and arbitration portfolios.
- Donna Mathieu,
Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer will retain her
responsibilities for the investment and management of the assets of the NAV
CANADA pension plan and the corporate treasury function.
Effective September 1, the following executives now oversee
Cooper, Vice President & Chief Technology and Information Officer, is
responsible for the operational and business technology strategies of NAV
CANADA, encompassing business processes, technology development and
maintenance, cyber security and data management.
Prior to joining NAV CANADA, Mr. Cooper was lead Partner for
Aviation Technology with Deloitte, after an 18-year career with Lockheed
Martin. At Lockheed Martin, Mr. Cooper was the Managing Director for the Global
Aviation organization responsible for services and solutions deployed to over
100 clients worldwide across the air traffic management, airport and airline
Girard, Vice President & Chief of Operations, is responsible for the
delivery of NAV CANADA’s air traffic services (ATS) with a focus on providing
safe, efficient, and cost-effective services for customers.
Mr. Girard started as an air traffic controller in 1989.
From 2004 to 2020, he held various positions within operations’ management,
including Director of ATS Standards and Procedures, General Manager of the
Montreal Flight Information Region and more recently, Vice-President of
Kelly, Vice President & Chief Safety & Quality Officer, is responsible for
the NAV CANADA safety management program related to operational risk. Her
responsibilities include leadership of the NAV CANADA safety programs and
culture, safety investigations, safety audits and human performance.
Ms. Kelly began her career as an IFR air traffic controller
in 2001 in the Winnipeg Flight Information Region. In the following years, she
assumed progressively more senior positions, including General Manager of the
Edmonton Flight Information Region and more recently in 2018, she filled the
role of Assistant Vice President, Corporate Planning & Performance
responsible for Corporate Planning, Change Management, Corporate Performance,
Analytics and Workforce Planning in support of NAV CANADA’s strategic
“The new streamlined structure will support the Company’s
ability to effectively meet our core safety and service mandate while
implementing strategic initiatives that will deliver value to our stakeholders
and enhance the Company’s long-term financial sustainability,” added Wilson.
“These changes will build on our strengths and set the course for us to
successfully navigate through these unprecedented times.”
Our Executive Team
About NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established
in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather
briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square
kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.
The Company is internationally recognized for its safety
record, and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by
NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.
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