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CATSA adds Dufour to Board of Directors

Dec. 8, 2011, Ottawa - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), today announced the appointment of Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Jean-Marc Dufour of Saguenay, Quebec, to the board of directors of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) for a three-year term, effective December 1, 2011.


December 8, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

"I am pleased that Mr. Dufour has agreed to serve on the board of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority," said Minister Lebel. "His hands-on experience in airports and air security will be a valuable asset to the authority."

Mr. Dufour comes to CATSA with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the air safety sector. His service to Canada has been outstanding and has included holding a number of appointments within the North American Air Defence Command (NORAD). He has served as chief, Air Defense Operations Center, assistant command director of the NORAD Command Center, and as Canadian defence attaché for Central America and the Caribbean at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in July 2004 after 34 years of service. He is currently manager of the Bagotville Airport.

"I am confident that Mr. Dufour will serve the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority with vision," said Minister Fletcher. "His career demonstrates his knowledge of and dedication to air safety, which will be great assets in this position."

CATSA, established on April 1, 2002, is a federal Crown corporation. It is responsible for the screening of passengers and their belongings, and screening of non-passengers entering airport restricted areas, as well as any items in their possession. CATSA and Transport Canada work together in aviation security, each with very distinct mandates. CATSA screens 52 million passengers and 62 million pieces of checked baggage each year.