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. (www.cahf.ca)
"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
"John's career achievements speak for themselves. He is most deserving
of recognition by being inducted to 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 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.
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