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NAV CANADA announces president, CEO transition

NAV CANADA has announced the planned retirement of John W. Crichton as president and CEO, effective December 31, 2015.

September 29, 2015  By NAV CANADA

John Crichton was the founding Chair of NAV CANADA in 1995; he was named president and CEO in November 1997 after a long career in commercial aviation.

“NAV CANADA is recognized as a world leader in the safe, efficient and cost-effective delivery of air navigation services. John Crichton was the architect for the design of this unique organization and chiefly responsible for its internationally recognized success,” said Marc Courtois, chair of the Board of Directors of NAV CANADA. “John has earned his retirement and the Board of Directors, Executive Management Committee and all employees wish him well.”

John Crichton’s many contributions to aviation are well recognized nationally and internationally and most recently when he was named a Member of the Order of Canada.

Courtois also announced that Neil R. Wilson, current executive vice president, administration and general counsel, will become president and CEO, effective January 1, 2016. Wilson joined the company in 2002, and prior to that he was a partner in a major Canadian law firm, where his experience included establishing NAV CANADA as a private corporation and acquiring Canada’s Air Navigation System.


“We welcome Wilson’s experience and leadership and have every confidence that he will continue to build upon the success that NAV CANADA has realized since its inception,” said Courtois.


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