Leading international security experts to examine current and future risks to the canadian aviation industry at CASC 2008

    OTTAWA, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Foremost aviation security experts from
North America, Europe and Australia will be discussing new and innovative
technologies, trends and legislation affecting the aviation security industry
at the second Canadian Aviation Security Conference (CASC) March 5th and 6th,
2008 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel, Gatineau, Quebec. This year's keynote
speakers include the Right Honourable Sir John Wheeler,
internationally-respected expert on policing and national security, and
Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, Executive Vice-President, Commercial Distribution, WestJet.
Registration is now open for this year's conference themed Sharing Skies,
Managing Risk. The conference includes interactive plenary sessions exploring
new and ongoing threats to aviation security, presentations and discussions
focusing on the future security risks for the Canadian aviation industry and
the solutions to manage them as well as a tradeshow exhibition.

    Sir John Wheeler authored an independent review of airport security and
policing for the Government of Australia in 2005. He also conducted a review
of security at major airports across the U.K. including Heathrow Airport in
2002. Wheeler served as British Security Minister in Northern Ireland between
1993 and 1997 and recommended the establishment of the U.K. National Criminal
Intelligence Service (NCIS) (now SOCA) in 1988.

    Dr. Hugh Dunleavy has worked in the airline industry for more than
25 years. As Executive Vice-President of Commercial Distribution for WestJet,
Dunleavy oversees WestJet sales, distribution, cargo, charters, Web, call
centre, WestJet Vacations and Information Technology. Prior to joining
WestJet, Dunleavy held senior management positions at Star Alliance, Air
Canada and Lufthansa Systems. He has a PhD in Theoretical Physics with an
undergraduate degree in Physics from Sheffield University in the U.K.
    "In order to effectively preserve the safety of our skies, strategies and
tactics for handling security threats need to be in a continual state of
evolution," said Norm Kirkpatrick, CASC 2008 Conference Director. "There must
be close collaboration between Canada's government and private sector
stakeholders to remain on top of security risks to Canadian airspace. Planning
for and managing risk is the key to maintaining safe airways throughout the
    CASC 2008 also features presentations by leading experts from the
Canadian and international aviation communities including Guiliano
Zaccardelli, Former Commissioner, RCMP; Captain Gilberto Lopez Meyer, Director
General Civil Aviation, DCGA Mexico; Rafi Ron, President, New Age Security
Solutions; Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, CATO Institute;
Jacques Duchesneau, CEO and President, CATSA; Georgina Graham,
Director-Security and Facilitation, IATA; Sam Barone, President and CEO, Air
Transport Association of Canada; Jim Facette, President and CEO, Canadian
Airports Council; Captain Bob Hesselbein, Chairman-National Security
Committee, ALPA; Bill McReynolds, Vice Chairman-National Security, ALPA.
    Individuals interested in attending CASC 2008 can register via the CATA
website using the following URL:

    About The Canadian Aviation Security Conference The 2008 Canadian
Aviation Security Conference, "CASC 2008, Sharing Skies, Managing Risk" is an
initiative created in partnership by the Canadian Air Transport Security
Authority (CATSA), Transport Canada (TC), the Canadian Airports Council (CAC),
the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), the Airline Pilots Association
International (ALPA), the Police Sector Council and the Canadian Advanced
Technology Alliance (CATA). The conference provides aviation and security
professionals and managers with the most up-to-date information, tools,
trends, legislation and strategies for addressing today's security challenges.
    For more information about CASC 2008, please visit:

For further information:

For further information: Michael Sznajdruk, High Road Communications,
(613) 688-1189, msznajdruk@highroad.com; For sponsorship or exhibition: Norm
Kirkpatrick, Conference Director, Canadian Aviation Security Conference, (905)
952-0778, nkirk@attglobal.net

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