Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

April 29, 2008 10:05 ET

Jacques Duchesneau Bids Farewell to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - The Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), Mr. D. Ian Glen, announced today that Mr. Jacques Duchesneau is stepping down from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of CATSA.

"During his time as President and CEO, Jacques Duchesneau transformed aviation security to a great extent, and all Canadians have been the beneficiaries of this transformation. Today, CATSA is a strong and mature organization and this is most certainly due to Jacques' abilities. My fellow Directors join me in thanking Mr. Duchesneau for his years of leadership since the early days of CATSA", stated Mr. Glen.

"It is with sadness, but also with a great sense of fulfillment that I leave this challenging office, in which I have had the privilege of redefining certain aspects of this country's aviation security system; a field which is known to be excessively demanding and ever changing and where one must always try to predict the unpredictable. My greatest pride is to have contributed to making air transport in Canada more secure than it ever was before September 11, 2001. I will now devote my time to new personal and business projects", commented Mr. Duchesneau.

Mr. Glen also announced that Kevin McGarr, Executive Vice President and COO was named by the Board of Directors as the Authority's interim President and CEO while steps are taken to appoint a successor.


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 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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