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Nav Canada makes change to its executive team
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Nav Canada makes change to its executive team

Nav Canada president and chief executive officer Neil Wilson announced recent changes to his executive team, reducing the executive management committee from 13 to nine members effective Sept. 1, 2020.

The recent 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 CEO, the following executives have retained their responsibilities:

  • Sandy Struthers, vice-president and 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 costing.
  • Raymond G. Bohn, vice-president and 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 and 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.
  • Elizabeth 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 Sept. 1, the following executives now oversee new responsibilities:

  • Mark Cooper, vice-president and 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, Cooper was lead partner for aviation technology with Deloitte, after an 18-year career with Lockheed Martin. At Lockheed Martin, 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 domains.
  • Ben Girard, vice-president and 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. 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 operational support…
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