Appointments to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

    OTTAWA, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointments
of Mr. Denis Jacob and Mr. H. Glenn Rainbird, O.C., to the Canadian Air
Transport Security Authority (CATSA) board of directors.
    "I am pleased that these experienced individuals have accepted these
appointments to CATSA," said Minister Cannon. "Collectively and individually,
they will bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to the Authority."
    Mr. Denis Jacob graduated from l'Université du Québec à Montréal in
administration and accounting and is currently working as a consultant. He
began his career with the helicopter fleet division of Hydro-Québec, and has
since worked for Quebecair and Expair International as a financial analyst and
aviation consultant. In 1989, Mr. Jacob began working for Air Transat, heading
the finance, sales and marketing divisions. He then became president and chief
executive officer of the airline. From 2002 to 2003, he was senior
vice-president, airline division at Transat A.T. Inc. Mr. Jacob has been
appointed to CATSA's board of directors as the Air Transport Association of
Canada representative for a period of two years.
    Mr. H. Glenn Rainbird, O.C., holds a master of business administration
and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Queen's University. He
currently performs consulting work for businesses, providing counsel in
governance and management. From 1970 to 1992, his career included executive
responsibilities with Imperial Oil and Nortel Networks. He completed his
business career in 2001 as president and chief executive officer of TRLabs, a
research consortium in information and communications technology. In 2002-03,
he was chairman of the board of directors of the Edmonton Regional Airports
Authority. In 2003, Mr. Rainbird was appointed an Officer of The Order of
Canada. Mr. Rainbird has been appointed member of CATSA's board of directors
for a period of three years.

    CATSA, established on April 1, 2002, is a federal Crown corporation that
operates on a not-for-profit basis. It is responsible for the provision of key
air security services such as: pre-board screening of passengers and their
belongings; random screening of non-passengers; acquisition, deployment and
maintenance of explosives detection equipment at airports; management of
federal contributions for airport policing related to civil aviation security
initiatives; and contracting of police on board aircraft. CATSA is also
responsible for the development and implementation of a restricted area
identity card incorporating biometric features.

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