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Former head of Ottawa airport appointed to CATSA board

March 25, 2014, Ottawa - The former head of the Ottawa International Airport Authority has been appointed to the board of the Crown corporation responsible for screening airline passengers and their belongings, the federal government announced Friday.


March 25, 2014
By The Ottawa Citizen

Paul Benoît has been given a three-year mandate with the Canadian Air
Transport Security Authority (CATSA), Transport Minister Lisa Raitt
said in a statement.

 

Benoît was president and chief executive of
Ottawa’s airport authority from its creation in 1996 to last year, when
he retired. Before that he worked as vice president of marketing and
operations at Dorval and Mirabel airports.

 

CATSA, which was
established in 2002 in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks,
came under scrutiny earlier this year after news surfaced that a
teenager had been able to board a flight in Edmonton last September
after security discovered a pipe bomb in his carry-on bag. The RCMP was
called four days later.

 

Raitt said she was “very pleased“ Benoît took the CATSA board position.

 

“His
deep knowledge and distinguished corporate experience in the aviation
sector will be valuable assets to the authority,” she said.