CATSA is led by a senior management committee, headed by a president and CEO. The senior management committee includes four vice-presidents, each representing a specific portfolio.
CATSA is a results-focused organization, and the executive team ensures organizational success through the strategic monitoring of key performance indicators, as published in the annual report and corporate plan summary.
In Budget 2012, the CATSA Act was amended so that all future CEOs would be appointed by the Governor in Council.
- Lieutenant-General (retired) Angus Watt, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO);
- Neil Parry, Vice-President, Service Delivery;
- John Stroud, Vice-President, Corporate Services and Corporate Secretary;
- Michael Saunders, Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer;
- Andie Andreou, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
Lieutenant-General (Ret.) Angus Watt joined CATSA in 2012 after a 37-year career with Canada’s Air Force. During his military career, he trained as a pilot, flew Sea King helicopters and was a flight instructor. Mr. Watt served in many staff positions, mostly focused on coordinating and supervising current operations. He also commanded at numerous levels, ultimately culminating as Chief of the Air Staff (Commander of Canada’s Air Force). After his military service, he taught strategic leadership at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto for several years. Mr. Watt holds an MPA (Auburn) and an MBA (Ottawa).
Neil Parry is responsible for the delivery of effective, efficient and consistent screening operations at Canada’s 89 designated airports. Joining CATSA in 2002, he has held a number of senior positions accountable for both the training and certification of screening personnel and the delivery of screening services across the country. In this most recent role as Senior Director, Program Delivery, he championed the implementation of CATSA’s new Airport Screening Services Agreements, strengthening collaboration between CATSA, screening contractors and stakeholders. Mr. Parry holds a BA in History from the University of Windsor and an MBA in International Aviation from Concordia University.
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After working in several positions in the federal government, John Stroud joined the new organization in April 2002. Since December 2007, Mr. Stroud has overseen CATSA’s corporate strategy, performance measurement program, business planning and reporting, risk management and communications, and most recently in 2015, its legal and corporate secretariat branches. He holds a BA (Toronto), an MPA (Victoria), an LLB (Victoria) and an MPhil (Oxford). He also clerked for the Ontario Court of Appeals.
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Michael Saunders ensures the deployment and maintenance of a complex network of equipment that supports security screening at Canada’s 89 designated airports. He is also responsible for CATSA’s information technology and screening technology requirements. Mr. Saunders joined CATSA in July 2008 following a 28-year career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where he attained the rank of Assistant Commissioner and held such senior positions as Chief Information Officer and Director General of the Canadian Police College. He holds a BA in Professional Studies, Business Administration and Human Resources Management from Barry University, Miami, Florida.
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Andie Andreou is CATSA’s Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining CATSA in May 2015, Ms. Andreou was the Executive Director and Corporate Controller of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). She has also worked with a wide range of both public sector entities and public companies during her tenure at Deloitte, where she reached the rank of Partner in the Ottawa practice. She is a member of the CPA’s Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) Revenue Task Force and the Canadian Accounting Standards Board’s Joint Transition Resource Support Group for Revenue Recognition.
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