John Crichton named to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame

OTTAWA, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - NAV CANADA is pleased to announce that John Crichton, President & CEO, has been selected to be a member of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. He will be officially inducted to the Hall on May 26th, 2011 at the 38th Annual Ceremony held at Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario. (

"We are very proud to see John receive this prestigious honour and take his place among this highly select group of Canadian aviators," said Nick Geer, NAV CANADA Chairman of the Board. "NAV CANADA operates one of the safest, most efficient and technologically advanced air navigation systems in the world and that, in no small measure, is due to his stewardship."

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.

"I am truly honoured to receive this recognition, which belongs to all of the people with whom I have worked, and continue to work, in this industry," said Crichton. "I am grateful to those who proposed and supported my nomination and to the selection committee of the Hall of Fame, and look forward to the ceremony this coming spring."

Crichton was nominated by Louis Ranger, former Deputy Minister at Transport Canada. "John is an innovative leader whose forward-looking vision is anchored by knowledge steeped in a 40-year career in various sectors of the aviation business," said Ranger. "During his time at First Air, John was a guiding force behind the expansion of commercial air service in the North. And as the head of ATAC, he was a key advisor to Transport Canada during the negotiations that led to the historic Canada-U.S. Open-Skies Agreement in 1995."

Ranger added: "John's crowning achievement was his role in the successful transition of the country's air navigation system from a government service to the private sector, leading to the creation of NAV CANADA. Under his leadership, the Company embarked on a wide-ranging modernization program, and has become a global leader in safety, service and the application of innovative technology and procedures to improvements in flight efficiency and the reduction of fuel burn and greenhouse gas emissions."

The innovations that have been developed and implemented by the employees of NAV CANADA have also been sold to air navigation service providers on three continents, including Europe, Australia and North America.

"John's career achievements speak for themselves. He is most deserving of recognition by being inducted to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame," Ranger concluded.

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 transportation industry.
  • 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 will be inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame, with the official ceremony taking place on May 26th at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario. Images are free to accredited members of the media/


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