Profiles

Marguerite Nadeau

Marguerite Nadeau
Chairperson

Marguerite Nadeau, a resident of Ottawa, Ontario, was appointed as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of CATSA for a term of five years in 2017. Ms. Nadeau holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.L) and has completed the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management. She was Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at the Royal Canadian Mint from 2004 to 2014.

Ms. Nadeau has extensive experience as a Senior Executive in the areas of law, governance, strategic planning, human resources, and security. She is a member of the Board of the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre as well as the Board of Directors of the Centre d’exposition l’Imagier, a contemporary art gallery in Aylmer.

Ms. Nadeau was a trustee on the Board of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa Health Services, an organization that champions well-being for aging Canadians and those requiring continuing care. She also chaired the Board of Directors for Joan of Arc Academy, a private bilingual school for girls in Ottawa.

Ms. Nadeau was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990 and practiced law for 37 years.

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Allan Rowe
Allan Rowe
Director 

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).

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Melissa L. Coulson, CPA, CA, LPA
Director

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.

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Paul Benoit
Director

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). 

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William (Bill) Restall
William (Bill) RestallDirector

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).

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Patricia Anne KennedyPatricia Anne Kennedy
Director

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 (2003-2015). 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 FCPA, FCMA. 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.

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Raf SouccarRaf Souccar, LL.B., O.O.M
Director 

Mr. Souccar has over 39 years of experience in security and organizational change.  In June 2016, he was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Marijuana Legalization Task Force. The Task Force completed its report and submitted final recommendations in December 2016.  From 2011 to 2014, 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 retiring in 2011 as the Deputy Commissioner Federal Policing. In that capacity, he was responsible for Counter Terrorism,  Drug, Organized Crime, Financial Crime along with all other RCMP federal responsibilities.

Mr. Souccar 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 numerous honours, including the Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General in 2007, the Queen’s 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.

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Taleeb Noormohamed
Director

Bio to follow.

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Gilles Lalonde
Director

A 25-year veteran in the high-tech and aerospace industries, Gilles Lalonde co-founded Provance Technologies Inc., in 1997. In addition to leading the executive team in strategic planning, Mr. Lalonde manages the company's corporate investor relations and all legal, financial and governmental affairs. Mr. Lalonde's experience has contributed to the development of Provance as an emerging leader in IT service management software. From 1990 to 1996, as principle partner of M.G. Lalonde and Associates Inc., he provided a variety of consulting services that included IT asset-management software implementation, support, training and courseware development. Previously, he held a number of senior management and operations positions in the aerospace industry.

Mr. Lalonde serves on the boards of a number of private companies as well as several non-profit organizations. He recently completed a nine-year term on the board of the Ottawa International Airport Authority, three years of which he spent as chair. Mr. Lalonde has been involved with the Outaouais United Way fundraising campaign since 2000 and was named 2004 Campaign President. He was also named Business Leader of the Year in 2003 by the Regroupement des gens d'affaire (RGA) for the Ottawa National Capital Area, CBC/Le Droit Business Personality of the Year in 2004, and Personality of the Month in September 2004 by the Quebec Information Technology Federation.

Mr. Lalonde studied business administration at the University of Ottawa, and participates in the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Lalonde has held a commercial pilot's license for over 30 years and is a member of the AOPA and COPA Pilots Association and the Canadian Airborne Search and Rescue Association.

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Sharon Duggan
Director

Sharon Duggan, a resident of St. John’s, N.L., was appointed to the Board of Directors of CATSA for a term of four years in 2018.  Ms. Duggan holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. 

She spent most of her career at Bell Aliant, where she held executive and senior management positions in varied areas including information technology, human resources and customer services.  Prior to her retirement in 2008, she was the Vice-President, Customer Service Transformation with oversight responsibility for a $100M project to enhance customer service technology.  She has extensive leadership experience in change management, strategic planning and human resource management.

Ms. Duggan served on the Board of Directors of Marine Atlantic Inc., a federal Crown corporation, from 2013 to 2017.  She was Chair of the Safety, Corporate Governance and Accountability Committee for most of that time.  She was also a member of the HR and Pension Management Committee, and served as Acting Board Chair for eight months.

She is a past member of Memorial University’s Board of Regents, a past Rotary Club President and has served on many charitable and non-profit boards, including United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador, Easter Seals NL, and Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation.

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Jean-Philippe Brunet
Director

Jean-Philippe Brunet has served with Ocean Group since September 2011 as Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs.

Mr. Brunet, who received a law degree from the Université de Sherbrooke, is a lawyer and member of the Barreau du Québec since 1998. Until July 2011, he served for four years as Chief of Staff at the Ministère des Transports du Québec and for one year as the minister’s Chief of Staff at the Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale.

Previously, Mr. Brunet held the position of Corporate Secretary of Kruger Inc. Company and its subsidiaries.

Mr. Brunet holds the position of Chairman of the Board for the St. Lawrence Shipoperators, and same for the Eastern Canadian Tug Owners Association. He is also a member of several associations, including the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council and the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

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