Appointment to the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada

OTTAWA, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced the appointment of Ms. Laura M. Safran, Q.C to the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada (TATC) as a part time member for a four-year term.

"Ms. Safran has had a distinguished legal career and I am pleased that the TATC will benefit from the skills and knowledge she will bring to her new position," said Minister Lebel.

Ms. Safran, Q. C. is a senior partner at the law firm Davis LLP in Calgary specializing in corporate and commercial, intellectual property and technology law. She is also the head of Davis LLP's national aviation law practice, and co-head of their education law practice. Prior to that, she was a partner at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP from 1996 to 2010. She has held other executive positions as vice-president, law and corporate secretary of Canadian Airlines International from 1989 to 1995. Ms. Safran is a member of the law societies of Alberta and British Columbia. She holds an L.L.M. (doctorate of jurisprudence program) from Columbia University, an L.L.M. from the London School of Economics, an L.L.B. from Osgoode Hall, York University, and a bachelor of arts with distinction from the University of Alberta. She was named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women by The Globe and Mail in 2004, as well as one of the leading women lawyers in Canada in 2009 by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

The TATC is a multimodal tribunal that provides a recourse mechanism to the air, rail and marine sectors with respect to certain administrative actions taken by the Minister of Transport under various pieces of federal transportation legislation. The TATC holds review and appeal hearings at the request of persons affected by these administrative decisions.

SOURCE: Transport Canada

For further information:

Marie-Josée Paquette
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities,
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
for the Regions of Quebec and
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Ottawa
613-991-0700

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