January 20, 2010 09:39 ET

Appointments to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 20, 2010) - Canada's Transport Minister John Baird and the Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport), today announced the appointment of Mr. William Deluce to the board of directors for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) as the Air Transport Association of Canada representative, and the reappointment of Mr. Denis Jacob to the board of directors for CATSA as the National Airlines Council of Canada representative.

"I am very pleased that these experienced individuals will be contributing to the CATSA board," said Baird. "Their distinguished careers in the aviation industry will be valuable assets to the Authority."

Mr. Deluce holds a bachelor of applied science in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto. He currently is president of Wicklow Consulting Inc., a diversified investment company with global interests in the aviation and mining sectors. Having grown up in an aviation family, Mr. Deluce has founded, managed and served in senior positions at scheduled and charter air service companies in North America and Africa. These airlines include Austin Airways, Air Ontario and Air Alliance in Canada, as well Global Airlift in Kenya and South African Express. Mr. Deluce currently sits on the boards of Vitran Corporation, St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, ONEXONE and Healthy Kids International. He has been appointed to the CATSA board of directors for a term of three years.

Mr. Jacob graduated from l'Universite du Quebec a Montreal in administration and accounting, and currently is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Avjet Holding Inc., a fuel distribution company. He began his career with the helicopter fleet division of Hydro-Quebec, and has since worked for Quebecair and Expair International as a financial analyst and aviation consultant. In 1989, Mr. Jacob began working for Air Transat, heading the finance, sales and marketing divisions. He then became president and CEO of the airline. From 2002 to 2003, he was senior vice-president, airline division, at Transat A.T. Inc. Mr. Jacob has been reappointed to the CATSA board of directors for a period of three years.

"I am confident that CATSA will be well served by the contributions of these experienced professionals," said Minster Merrifield.

CATSA, established on April 1, 2002, is a federal Crown corporation that operates on a not-for-profit basis. It is responsible for the provision of key air security services such as pre-board screening of passengers and their belongings, random screening of non-passengers; and the acquisition, deployment and maintenance of explosives detection equipment at airports. CATSA is also responsible for the development and implementation of a restricted-area identity card incorporating biometric features.

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Contact Information

  • James Kusie
    Director of Issues Management and Parliamentary Affairs
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister John Baird, Ottawa