NAV CANADA President and CEO receives international award for lifelong achievements in the field of aviation



    OTTAWA, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - NAV CANADA is pleased to announce that
John Crichton, President & CEO, has been chosen as the 2008 recipient of the
Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award. Bestowed by the Washington-based Air Traffic
Control Association (ATCA), the award honours the lifelong achievements of an
individual in the field of aviation.
    "We are very pleased that John's leadership at NAV CANADA and his overall
contributions to the aviation industry are being recognized by the premier
international association for air traffic control," said Nick Geer, NAV CANADA
Chairman of the Board. "This prestigious award suitably honours one of the
most innovative leaders in the field of air transportation."
    Announcing the 2008 award winner, ATCA noted "It has been the consistent
dedication to the advancement of the industry that has earned John Crichton
the prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Award." ATCA also highlighted his instrumental
role in creating NAV CANADA, the world's first privatized air navigation
service (ANS).
    "I am grateful for this award, but it really belongs to the entire NAV
CANADA team" said Crichton. "It is only through the skill, dedication and
achievements of NAV CANADA employees that we have become one of the safest,
most efficient and most modern Air Navigation systems in the world."
    In September 2006, Crichton was selected as Canada's Transportation
Person of the Year. Presented by the Transportation Association of Canada, the
award recognizes an industry leader who has contributed to the improvement or
advancement of the transportation industry. (Biography attached)
    The trophy will be presented to John Crichton at an awards ceremony
during ATCA's 53rd Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on November 5, 2008.
Inscribed with recipient names, the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award is on
permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.

    Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) has been the premier global
organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and profession of air
traffic control for over fifty years. Members are drawn to ATCA because it is
a professional organization with national and global influence, furthers the
progress in ATC, ATM, aviation and aeronautical sciences, and policy
developments. All aspects of the aviation business are affected by air traffic
control and are found within the membership of ATCA.

    NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a
private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded
debt. With operations coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control,
flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services,
airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

    
                                  Biography

                               John W. Crichton

    - John Crichton is President & Chief Executive Officer of NAV CANADA. He
      also served as Chairman of the Board of NAV CANADA from August 1995 to
      October 1997, and was instrumental in bringing about the unique
      consensus among customers, unions and the federal government that
      created the world's first privatized air navigation service (ANS).
    - In addition to his role as Chair of NAV CANADA, he also served as
      President and CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC)
      from April 1994 until November 1997.
    - Prior to joining ATAC Mr. Crichton spent 24 years in commercial
      aviation, the majority of which was as Executive Vice President of
      First Air, after becoming a commercial pilot in 1969.
    - NAV CANADA was incorporated in May 1995 and a transfer agreement was
      signed on April 1, 1996, between the federal government and
      Mr. Crichton on behalf of NAV CANADA. The passage of the Civil Air
      Navigation Services Commercialization Act in June 1996 set the wheels
      in motion for the transfer of Canada's civil air navigation service to
      NAV CANADA on November 1, 1996.
    - Throughout the period between incorporation of the company in May 1995
      and the closing of the transaction on November 1, 1996, Mr. Crichton
      led the NAV CANADA negotiating team while serving as Board Chairman.
    - In 2006, Mr. Crichton was selected as the Transportation Person of the
      Year for his "remarkable contributions to the air transportation
      industry over a long and successful career." Presented by the
      Transportation Association of Canada, the award recognizes an industry
      leader who has contributed to the improvement or advancement of the
      transportation industry.
    




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