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Hurley named Canada’s new Permanent Representative to ICAO

January 7, 2020  By Wings Staff

Captain Claude Hurley has been named as Canada’s new Permanent Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which focuses on all fields of civil aviation among its 193 Member States and international civil aviation stakeholders. Canada serves as the host country for this United Nations specialized agency, with its base in Montréal.

Transport Canada explains ICAO was created to promote the safe and orderly development of civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations and develops guidance material touching on a number of important aspects of the global aviation sector, including safety, security, sustainable economic growth and environmental standards.

“As a founding member and leading contributor to ICAO, Canada has been the proud host state since 1947, and is fully committed to ICAO’s success,” said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport. “It is my pleasure to congratulate Captain Claude Hurley on his new position. He is an outstanding candidate and I look forward to working closely with him in the years ahead.”

Hurley, a professional pilot, most recently served as the president for ICAO’s Air Navigation Commission, the organization’s primary technical body. He has been Canada’s nominee to the Air Navigation Commission since 2014. Prior to his assignment at ICAO, Captain Hurley worked in Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation directorate, providing oversight of air operators, flight training units and aerodromes.


As a pilot with over 30 years of experience, Hurley has worked in a variety of international settings. He also served as an officer and pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces, where he participated in flight operations for peacekeeping missions.

“I am delighted to welcome Captain Claude Hurley as Canada’s new Permanent Representative to ICAO,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs. “Over the years, Canada has worked with ICAO to promote international civil aviation around the world. Today, travellers and shippers can be confident in the extremely high levels of safety and security in the aviation industry, and that is due in no small part to the international collaboration that ICAO facilitates.”


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