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David Anderson

Flight Safety Foundation


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David commenced his aviation career as an apprentice mechanic in the Royal Australian Air force (RAAF) before moving to flight crew as a Flight Engineer on the P3C Orion where he spent 10 years in crew member, instructor and check & training roles. After 17 years of service life, David joined an international airline as a B747 Flight Engineer and spent 11 years on international, domestic passenger and cargo operations. At the end of the flying career, David moved into quality and safety with experience in IOSA and ISAGO audits on behalf of IATA, QMS Auditing and BARS auditing for the Flight Safety Foundation. In this time David also achieved a multi engine commercial pilots license.

David holds an MBA, Company Director Qualifications, QMS Lead Auditor certification and engineering qualifications.

David has been involved with the FSF BARS Audit Program since it earliest days in 2010 as an Auditor, Program Manager for the Audit Companies, Audit Manager for the Foundation and now is the Managing Director for the BARS Program within the Flight Safety Foundation

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Andy Cook

Associate Dir. General
Civil Aviation,
Transport Canada

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Andy comes to us from the aviation industry and brings to Transport Canada more than 30 years of aviation management, training and operations experience. Most recently, Andy held the position of Manager of Strategic Analysis & Solutions in the Defence & Security division of CAE, Inc., where he led a team of strategic policy analysts and synthetic environment content creators in support of flying training and simulation solutions. Prior to that position, he acquired significant experience as an advisor in the area of strategic command and control and decision support. With extensive management experience, he has commanded across the breadth of military air operations, from small single-role detachments to the Wing/Base level of more than 1,000 persons.

Andy holds an Airline Transport Pilot Licence and has experience as the Transport Canada-certified Operations Manager of a Subpart 703, 704, and 705 air operator while flying as 705 Captain. He has had the opportunity to fly in every province and territory in Canada as well as to many airports around the world. In short, whether flying the Prime Minister of Canada, front-line troops, or miners headed to work in Canada’s north, we can confidently say that Andy has seen first-hand the importance of aviation safety and training.

Andy holds a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from the United States Air Force Air University, in addition to three bachelor’s degrees. He completed a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.

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Paul Dittmann

Board member
Transportation Safety Board of Canada

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Paul Dittmann began his career in aviation with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, earning his glider wings in 1985. After joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1986, he completed pilot training in 1991 and then went on to fly the Sea King helicopter on operations with 423, 443, and 814 (Royal Navy) Squadrons. He later instructed on the Sea King with 406 Squadron and on the Outlaw helicopter with 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School while serving as its Commandant. Mr. Dittmann has 4,000 hours of flying time and qualified as a naval diving officer.

Mr. Dittmann's experience at National Defence Headquarters includes posts as an aircraft accident investigator and as the Chief Investigator for the Canadian Armed Forces. Additionally, he held the posts of Contracted Flying Training and Support Program Manager, Director of Air Simulation and Training, and Director Fighter Capability Requirements.

Mr. Dittmann is a graduate of Royal Roads Military College (Bachelor of Science, Physics and Oceanography), Royal Military College (Masters of Defence Studies), the Canadian Forces College (Joint Command and Staff Program), and NATO Defense College (Senior Course in strategic defense and security studies).

He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2017.

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Robert Fiege

General Manager
NAV Canada General Manager Edmonton Region

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Robert Fiege is the NAV Canada General Manager for the Edmonton Flight Information Region. Robert has been with NAV Canada for over 32 years. NAV CANADA plays a unique and critical role managing the 18 million square kilometres of Canadian civil airspace and the North Atlantic oceanic airspace under Canada’s control.

We oversee air traffic through a sophisticated network of area control centres, air traffic control towers, flight service stations, maintenance centres, flight information centres and navigation aids across the country. Our customers include airlines, business aviation and air cargo operators, air charters and air taxis, helicopter operators and general aviation pilots and owners.

NAV CANADA manages one of the largest regions of airspace in the world. It is recognized internationally for its safety record, service excellence and technology innovation, and is a proud partner of the global air transportation industry.

NAV Canada has 100 staffed sites, 4000 employees and over 45000 customers.

He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2017.

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Kathy Fox

Chair
Transportation Safety Board of Canada

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Kathy Fox has been involved in aviation for more than 40 years, including sport parachuting, commercial aviation, and a 33-year career in air traffic control. Kathy retired from NAV CANADA in 2007 as VP, Operations. She holds an airline transport pilot license and a flight-instructor rating, and has flown over 5000 hours.

Kathy has received numerous accolades andwas inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame on June 9, 2016.She has been a Member of the Transportation Safety Board since 2007 and was appointed as TSB Chair in 2014. She was re-appointed as Chair in 2018.

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Miranda Friesen

Dangerous Goods Specialist and Founder of Verity DG Consulting Inc

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Miranda Friesen is the Dangerous Goods Specialist and Founder of Verity DG Consulting Inc. At Verity DG, Miranda provides professional expertise in aviation safety and regulatory oversight with a specialization in dangerous goods.

Prior to this, Miranda served as a Transportation of Dangerous Goods Aviation Inspector at Transport Canada for 13 years in the Ontario and Pacific Region. During her career at Transport Canada, Miranda’s extensive work in TDG paved the way for several national initiatives including the National Lithium Battery Campaign and implementing TDG training to Inspectors across Canada. Additionally, Miranda played an instrumental role in the promotion of aviation safety through co-chairing the Lithium Battery Working Group in Ottawa, speaking at the Unmanned Systems Canada Conference in 2013 and presenting at the International Aircraft Systems Fire Protection WG Meeting in Germany in 2014. She is the recipient of 5 Appreciation Awards for her forward-thinking leadership and work as a public servant.

Miranda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Concentration in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the University of Guelph. She also obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Public and Private Investigations in which she was the highest-ranking graduate. In conjunction with her role as a TDG Inspector, Miranda’s in-depth knowledge and investigative experience led her to become a member of Transport Canada’s Centre for Enforcement Expertise from 2014-2021.

Miranda is a visionary leader with a passion to promote continued aviation safety and compliance for air operators across Canada.

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Betsy Kane

Certified Specialist, Capelle Kane Immigration Lawyers

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Experience
Capelle Kane Immigration Lawyers Professional Corporation, Ottawa 1994 - Present Partner and Founding Member

Recognition
Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in Canadian Immigration Law 2010 Recognized as leading practitioner by Lexpert* and Best Lawyers* 2014-2020

Education
Bar Admission Ontario 1991 LL.B. - University of Windsor 1989 B.A. – McGill University 1985

Professional Activities
• Frequent speaker and presenter on citizenship and immigration law issues for the Canadian & Ontario Bar Associations and LSO Continuing Legal Education Programs

• Canadian Bar Association (Immigration Section), volunteer for social media initiatives

• Canadian Bar Association (Immigration Section), Member-at-Large, National Executive Committee 2014-2015, 2007- 2010

• Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Conference Volunteer Organizer 2012, 2011

• Ottawa Immigration Law Conference organizer since 1997

• Ottawa Immigration Bar listserve Coordinator and Manager

• CCLA, Chair of Immigration Committee since 1997

• University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Guest Lecturer Immigration Law, 2009 – 2011

• Frequent speaker to professional associations

• Subject matter expert for various media outlets

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Lauren Jamieson

Associate
Emond Harnden
LLP

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Lauren joined Emond Harnden as an Associate after articling and spending two summers with the firm. She practices in all areas of labour and employment law, including privacy, human rights, and dealing with cannabis in the workplace. Lauren also has experience with the unique human resources issues arising in the aviation sector, and is a member of Emond Harnden’s Aviation Practice Group.

Lauren has experience assisting and advising a diverse range of employers, both federally and provincially regulated. She has been involved in collective bargaining, hiring and terminating employees, drafting policies, and litigation preparation for wrongful dismissal actions, human rights matters, and arbitration hearings.

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Greg Wyght

Senior Vice President, Aviation, Marsh Canada & HAC 2013 AGAR Recipient

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After taking Business Administration in Humber College, Greg began a career in aviation in 1986 as a Bench and Airframe Mechanic with McDonnell Douglas Aircraft working on the F-18 and MD80 series aircraft. He completed his fixed wing pilot’s license in 1987 and his commercial helicopter license in 1990, having graduated from Canadore College School of Aviation.

Greg served four years as the Flight Safety Manager for an Air Ambulance program with nine bases, and in 1999 he transitioned to Base Manager in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 2002 Greg was promoted to Vice President, Safety, and in 2004 that portfolio was expanded to Corporate Vice President Safety and Quality where he led the creation of CHC’s first global SMS.

In January 2022 Greg accepted a full time role as North American Rotary Wing Growth Leader with Marsh and transitioned to the Advisory Board of Parallel Flight Technologies.

Greg is a graduate of the Aviation Management program at Canadore College School of Aviation, and the International Safety Management program at the British Safety Council. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering, Aviation Safety & Security program, and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Royal Roads University.