HAMILTON, ON, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - NAV CANADA congratulates John
Crichton, President & CEO, on being inducted as a member of Canada's
Aviation Hall of Fame. The induction took place last night at the
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario as part of the
Hall of Fame's 38th Annual Ceremony.
"It is truly an honour to be made a part of this prestigious
institution," said Crichton. "I share this recognition with all of the
people I have worked with over the years, and especially with the
employees of NAV CANADA who have contributed so much in making the
Company a global success story.
"Leading Canada's air navigation service provider for nearly 15 years
has been the most rewarding time in my 40-plus-year career in
In addition to being NAV CANADA President & CEO since 1997, Crichton's
aviation career highlights include serving as Executive Vice President
of First Air, a carrier servicing Canada's northern communities, as
well as President and CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada
(ATAC), and the first Chairman of NAV CANADA from 1995-1997.
Nick Geer, NAV CANADA Chairman of the Board noted Crichton's significant
contribution to Canadian Aviation before his role at NAV CANADA.
"During his time at First Air, John helped develop commercial air
service in the North. And as the head of ATAC, he was an important
advisor to the Government during the negotiations of the historic
Canada-U.S. Open-Skies Agreement in 1995."
Geer added: "John's achievements at NAV CANADA speak for themselves, and
we are pleased to be associated with this prestigious honour from
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame."
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 from coast to 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 of Mr. Crichton is attached below.
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
In 2008, John Crichton received the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award from
the Washington-based Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). The
international award honours Mr. Crichton's lifelong achievements in the
field of aviation.
In 2009 he was presented with the C. D. Howe Award by the Canadian
Aeronautics and Space Institute. The award recognizes long term
leadership in the fields of policy and planning combined with
achievements that are deemed to be of permanent significance and
unassailable in the light of history.
In 2011, John Crichton was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame,
at the official ceremony on May 26th at the Canadian Warplane Heritage
Museum in Hamilton, Ontario.
SOURCE NAV CANADA
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