Mr. Wallis is the President and CEO of The Van Horne Institute, which is recognized within Canada and internationally as a North American leader in education and public policy research in transportation, supply chain management, logistics, and regulated industries.
Mr. Wallis’ career has included senior positions at Canadian Airlines and in Ottawa as Legal Counsel for the Canadian Transport Commission and Executive Assistant to two federal Ministers of Transport. Mr. Wallis is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and also serves on the Board of the Calgary International Film Festival. He is past President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, past Vice-Chairperson of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, past member of the Board of Directors of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority as well as Past Chairperson and member of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Airport Authority. He serves as Honorary Consul for Mongolia in Alberta.
Mr. Wallis was recently awarded an honorary life membership by the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC). He was born in Toronto, Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall and a Master of Laws from the University of London (England).
Ms. Koop holds a law degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration from McGill University. Ms. Koop is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors with the designation ICD.D. She is currently a Director at the McGill International Executive Institute in Montreal, Managing Director of the International Masters in Practicing Management Program and consults on management and governance issues. Previously, she held senior level positions in several companies and organizations, including FONOROLA Inc. and the federal government. Ms. Koop is a current board member of Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retail organization. She has been a director on the board of MCC, an international relief organization and served on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Quebec Chapter.
Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Marc Dufour was born on March 13, 1952 in Ville de La Baie, Quebec. He joined the Canadian Forces in April 1970 where he specialized in communications. Commissioned in the Aerospace defence environment in 1975, Lieutenant-Colonel Dufour held numerous operational appointments within the North American Air Defence System (NORAD). From 1984 to 1986, he was Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Station Mont-Apica, Quebec, before being stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S. A., where he was Chief of the Air Defence Operations Centre and Deputy Director of NORAD's Command Centre from 1987 to 1992.
Posted to the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) and 16 Wing St-Jean Richelieu in 1992, Lieutenant-Colonel Dufour later assumed command of 16 Wing and CFB St-Jean in 1994. In 1995, he proceeded to Haiti as part of a United Nations mission where he was responsible for civil/military relations in the country. From that UN mission he was posted to 3 Wing Bagotville where he served as the Chief Administration Officer. In 1997, and for the next 3 years, he was assigned the duties of Chief of Protocol and Foreign Liaison at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. In 2001, Lieutenant-Colonel Dufour graduated from the Inter American Defense College at Fort McNair in Washington DC. From there, he was appointed to the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico, as the Canadian Forces Defence Attaché for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He retired in July 2004 after 34 years of service with the Canadian Forces.
In May 2006, Jean-Marc Dufour accepted his current position as airport manager at Bagotville Airport where he is also responsible for aeronautics industrial development within Promotion Saguenay. In November 2012, he was appointed as Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the 3 Wing Bagotville Air Defence Museum. In April 2013, he was appointed Chairperson and Director of Airports of the Board of Directors of the Association québécoise des transporteurs aériens (AQTA).
Mr. Rowe holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Chorus Aviation Inc. from 2004 to 2011. Prior to this, Mr. Rowe served as the Chief Financial Officer of Fishery Products International Limited, and in various senior financial executive roles with the Empire Company Limited. Mr. Rowe has significant experience with mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, planning and business development, business turnaround and management of organizational and cultural change. Mr. Rowe has been appointed to CATSA’s Board of Directors as a nominee of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC).
Ms. Coulson is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and Licensed Public Accountant with more than 15 years of experience in public accounting and management finance. She graduated from Laurentian University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and trained for her designation with Ernst & Young, LLP in Toronto, where she became an audit manager prior to establishing her own full-range accounting firm. Ms. Coulson has been president, past president and treasurer of the Milton Chamber of Commerce and treasurer of the United Way of Milton. Ms. Coulson has been appointed to CATSA’s Board of Directors for a period of three years.
Paul Benoit has more than 40 years of progressively senior management experience in the aviation sector, including as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa International Airport Authority from 1996 to 2013. Under his direction, the airport received numerous Airport Service Quality awards from Airports Council International, including being named first in North America and second in the world for airports serving between 2 and 5 million passengers.
Mr. Benoit has also held senior positions at Aéroports de Montréal, Transport Canada and Eastern Airlines. He has served on the boards of the Canadian Airports Council, Ottawa Tourism, the Canadian Aviation Museum, the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology and Vintage Wings of Canada. He was also founder and chair of Project Clear Skies, an Ottawa International Airport Authority program in support of local charity projects. Mr. Benoit was among the first recipients of an Order of Ottawa in 2012. Mr. Benoit has been appointed to CATSA’s Board of Directors as a nominee of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC).
Mr. Restall has more than 34 years in the airport operations industry, most recently from 1999-2013 as President and CEO for the Saskatoon Airport Authority. He was actively involved in the successful transfer and privatization of the Airport. Prior to this, he had a 25-year career with Transport Canada, holding progressively more senior positions in airport operations. He is one of the first Canadians to earn the designation of an Accredited Airport Executive.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Winnipeg and a Bachelor of Commerce (H) from the University of Manitoba. He has served on numerous Boards and Committees including most prominently with the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the Canadian Airports Council (CAC) and International Association of Airport Executives, among others. Mr. Restall has been appointed to CATSA’s Board of Directors as a nominee of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC).
Ms. Kennedy has been the Chief Financial Officer of the Pacific Flying Club since 2013. Before that, she was their Chief Operating Officer beginning in 1991. She has been involved in several organizations such as the board of the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC (2012-2014), as well as the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors (1999-2001) of the BC Aviation Council, the steering committee for Human Resources Development Canada’s Sectoral Study on Pilot Training in Canada (1999-2003), and the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) strategic leadership program since 2003. From 1997 to 2009, she sat on the Board of Directors of the Air Transport Association of Canada. She was its chairperson from 2001 to 2002 and was awarded an honorary life member status in 2012. She also sat on the board of directors of the CMA of British Columbia from 2008 to 2014, where she was chairperson from 2012 to 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and is a CMA. Ms. Kennedy was awarded with a CMA fellowship in 2007 and an honorary CMA life member status in 2014. She has been appointed to CATSA’s board as a nominee of the Air Transport Association of Canada.
Mr. Souccar has over 34 years of experience in security and organizational change. Most recently, he was the Chief Security Officer for the Royal Canadian Mint. Prior to this, Mr. Souccar held numerous senior level positions within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police including Deputy Commissioner Federal Policing, Assistant Commissioner, Federal and International Operations and Chief Superintendent and Director General, Drugs and Organized Crime.
He is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the International Bar Association and the American Society for Industrial Security. Mr. Souccar also has extensive board and committee experience at the national and international levels. He has held executive positions with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and has been a member of both the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Interpol.
In recognition of his work, Mr. Souccar has received many honours, including the Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General in 2007 and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (awarded Golden Jubilee in 2002 and Diamond Jubilee in 2012). Mr. Souccar holds a Bachelor of Administration and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and has completed the Director’s Education Program at the University of Toronto School for Business.