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July 7, 2011, Ottawa - Sam Barone, President and CEO is pleased to inform the membership that effective immediately, John McNamara joined CBAA as Director Government and Regulatory Affairs, reporting to Merlin Preuss, VP Government and Regulatory Affairs.

July 7, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

John was born and raised in Hamilton and went on to enjoy a 28-year career with the Canadian Forces. After graduating with an engineering degree from Royal Military College, John completed pilot training at Moose Jaw and Cold Lake Alberta. Highlights of his career included a tour with the Snowbird Aerobatic team and several tours overseas including an exchange tour with the Royal Netherlands Air Force, staff of the NATO Tactical Leadership Programme at Florrennes, Belgium and flying CF-18s at Canadian Forces Base Baden, Germany.

After leaving the CF, John joined the Bombardier Aerospace Training Center where he was type-rated on the Challenger 604. He subsequently flew the Challenger for Execaire before returning to Ottawa to work at Transport Canada's Operational Standards branch. He participated in several Operational Evaluations on new aircraft-types and was rated on the Challenger 605, Challenger 300, Global Express and Embrear 175 as well as TC’s own Citations.

While at Transport John worked very closely with CBAA staff in the development and implementation of the POC program.

John has spent most to the past three years working in Kandahar, Afghanistan as Director of Operations and deputy Project Manager for ATCO Structures and Logistics’ contracts to support NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. The many services ATCO provided included transient aircraft services, freight handling and a Category 9 Fire department as well as numerous airfield facilities and support functions.



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