Ottawa, September 30, 2016. John McKenna, President and CEO, of the Air Transport Association of Canada is pleased to announce that Mr. Bernard Champagne has been appointed to the position of Vice President – Commercial General Aviation.
Bernard has extensive flight training and management experience acquired from the Canadian Armed Forces where he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has been Commandant of the Air Cadet Flying Training Center in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu since 2009 after having risen through the ranks since 1988. Bernard has been a Transport Canada accredited Glider Instructor since 1989.
In addition to his career as a CAF Reserve Officer, Bernard has worked in banking and law. He practised law in the province of Quebec before going into banking where his last position was that of Branch Manager at the Scotia Bank.
Bernard holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal and he is a member of the Quebec Bar. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
“Bernard brings a unique set of skills and the necessary member service oriented attitude to the job. I am convinced that he will be a great addition to the ATAC Team. We are very pleased that he is coming aboard”, commented Mr. McKenna.
Bernard will join ATAC just on time for the National Aviation Conference this November in Vancouver.
ATAC is part of the Canadian Delegation this week at ICAO 39th Assembly supporting Climate Change Greenhouse Gas Global Market-Based Measures (GMBM) called CORSIA that has included many compromises to encourage broad international acceptance and implementation. Currently at least 63 countries from all around the world have agreed to move forward however still much effort underway to encourage others to join over the next week.
The winner of the 2016 Webster competition is Mark Crha. Mark is the Eastern Ontario regional finalist and flies with Seneca College.
The 2016 runner-up is Michael Bryson. Michael is the Manitoba regional finalist and flies out of the Harv's Air.
The winner of the Nav Canada/Webster Trophy is Maxine Brignell, Western Ontario regional finalist and flying out of Sault College.
The weather was superb and the staff, aircraft and facilities of the host school, Brampton Flight Centre were exceptional. The Awards banquet was attended by representatives from right across the aviation spectrum and an enjoyable evening experienced by all. Mitchinson Flying Service, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will be hosting the 2017 competition.