ATAC Letter to Prime Minister Requesting Financial Assistance for ATAC Carrier Members

Dear Prime Minister and Ministers,

I am writing to you today on behalf of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) in an urgent appeal for immediate government financial support to the air transport industry of Canada as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we fully support the Government in its actions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, a government financial assistance is urgently needed to avert a crisis in the aviation industry that will severely impact our member carriers, the travelling public and the Canadian economy, both in the short and long term.

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Air Transport Association of Canada Board of Directors and Executive Committee 2019 - 2020

ATAC is pleased to present its new Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. The Board was elected by its members at the Annual Meeting held in Montreal on November 20thThe Executive Committee is selected by the Board of Directors.


Chair of the Board: Eric Edmondson, President – Air Georgian

President & CEO: John McKenna, President & CEO – ATAC

First Vice-Chair: Eric Scott, VP Flight Operations & Safety – Harbour Air

Second Vice-Chair: Calvin Ash, President - PAL Airlines

Honorary Treasurer: Peter Scheiwiller, General Manager – North Cariboo Air

Honorary Secretary: Robert Connors, General Manager - Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre 


Air Canada Maintenance: Michael Fitzmorris, Director, Regulatory Compliance, Safety and Training

Air North: Joseph Sparling, President

Canadian North: Chris Avery, President & CEO

Cargojet: Gord Johnston, Senior Vice President, Sales

Central Mountain Air: Douglas McCrea, President

Chorus Aviation: Colin Copp, COO & President

Emond Harnden: Steve Williams, Partner

Flair Airlines: Jim Scott, CEO & President

KF Aerospace: Gregg Evjen, Vice President, Maintenance & Engineering

Mitchinson Flight Centre: Dan Glass, President

Montair Aviation: Ian Kennedy, Director of Operations & Business Development

Pacific Coastal Airlines: Quentin Smith, President

Pacific Flying Club: Clark Duimel, Executive Director

Seneca College: Lynne McMullen, Director, Business Development, School of Aviation

Summit Air: Lane Zirnhelt, Chief Operating Officer

Sunwing Airlines: Mark Williams, President

In Memoriam Pierre-Laurent Samson

The Air Transport Association of Canada acknowledges with gratitude the life and work of Pierre-Laurent Samson, who passed away peacefully on November 8, 2019. Pierre demonstrated his love of flying and his dedication to Canadian aviation over decades of involvement with flight training, both in industry and at Transport Canada, right up to the end of his life. His leadership, competence, and the personal touch he brought to his work will be missed by all who knew him. Pierre was a model of responsive collaboration between industry and the regulator, and he leaves an impressive legacy of accomplishment over his lifetime.



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