Appointment of Michael Saunders to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

OTTAWA, March 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced the appointment of Mr. Michael Saunders as President and Chief Executive Officer of the the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) for a one-year interim term.

Mr. Saunders holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Business with a concentration in Human Resources from Barry University. He has been the Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer at CATSA since 2008. From 1980 to 2008, he occupied different management positions with growing responsibilities at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The Government of Canada will soon launch a public selection process for a permanent President and Chief Executive Officer. Further details on this process will be found at

"I am pleased that Mr. Saunders has accepted this role with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. The board of directors will greatly benefit from his impressive career in security and his leadership skills. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Angus Watt for his valuable service."
The Honourable Marc Garneau,
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • CATSA is a federal Crown corporation responsible for screening passengers and their belongings, as well as screening non-passengers entering airport restricted areas. CATSA and Transport Canada work together in aviation security to contribute to a safe and secure air transportation system.
  • Each year, CATSA screens more than 52 million passengers.

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information: Delphine Denis, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa,, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa,, 613-993-0055

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