NAV CANADA President and CEO receives C.D. Howe Award from the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute

    OTTAWA, May 6 /CNW Telbec/ - NAV CANADA is pleased to announce that John
Crichton, President and CEO, is this year's recipient of the C.D. Howe Award
from the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI), honouring his
lasting contributions to the country's aviation industry over the course of
more than 30 years. The award will be presented at the CASI Senior Awards Gala
Dinner held at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa, on May 6, 2009.
    The C.D. Howe Award is presented for achievements in the fields of
planning and policy making and overall leadership in Canadian aeronautics and
space activities. In selecting Mr. Crichton, CASI highlighted two achievements
that were "of lasting benefit to the aviation industry in Canada."
    The first achievement came while a senior executive at First Air, where
Mr. Crichton helped shape the modern foundation of air transportation in the
North between 1973 and 1990. CASI stated that Mr. Crichton was "instrumental
in the planning and developing of scheduled commercial air routes that opened
up the North, with significant, permanent benefits to the region's economic
development and the quality of life in numerous smaller communities."
    CASI cited as the second achievement Mr. Crichton's integral role in the
successful privatization and subsequent modernization of Canadian's civil Air
Navigation System (ANS), which helped establish NAV CANADA as a global leader
in this essential air safety sector.
    CASI noted that Mr. Crichton "placed the country at the vanguard of
transformative change in this critical transportation area, developing and
implementing a unique organizational and governance model."
    Mr. Crichton said he was honoured to receive the award and that he did so
"on behalf of the people I have worked with throughout my aviation career. In
particular, it belongs to the employees of NAV CANADA, for their pioneering
achievements in ANS privatization, technology and aviation safety."
    Nicholas Geer, Chairman of the Board at NAV CANADA, said: "The C.D. Howe
Award is a well-deserved honour for an innovative leader in the field of air
transportation. Through John Crichton's vision, leadership and drive --
combined with NAV CANADA employees across the country -- the Canadian ANS is
today one of the safest and most advanced in the world."

    The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) is a non-profit
professional organization. The goal of the Institute is to advance the art,
science and engineering relating to aeronautics, astronautics and associated
technologies, and to nurture and promote the professionalism of those engaged
in these pursuits.

    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 coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control,
flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services,
airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

                               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 was selected that year's recipient of the Glen
      A. Gilbert Memorial Award bestowed by the Washington, D.C.-based Air
      Traffic Control Association (ATCA) for his lifetime achievements in the
      field of aviation.

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563-7032; Ron Singer, Manager, Media Relations, (613) 563-7303; Media
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