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NAV CANADA collects multiple awards at ATCA

NAV CANADA has announced several employees have been duly recognized for their outstanding accomplishments by the Washington D.C. based Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). The awards were presented during the 60th Annual ATCA Conference and Exposition held in National Harbor, Maryland from November 2-4.

November 11, 2015  By NAV CANADA

“To see our people honoured by a distinguished international association is a source of pride for NAV CANADA,” said John Crichton, President and CEO. “Their achievements exemplify the dedication and commitment that has significantly contributed to NAV CANADA’s excellent record for safety and efficiency.”

Among the NAV CANADA award recipients was Sid Koslow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, winner of the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, ATCA’s most prestigious honour. The trophy was presented to Koslow at the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Banquet on the evening of November 4.

The other ATCA awards were presented on November 2 at the Conference & Exposition’s Awards Luncheon. The following employees accepted the awards referenced below (Biographies are attached):

Anne Breen: The Andy Pitas Memorial Award
This Medallion Award is presented to an individual or group who provided flight assistance in the previous year that resulted in the safe recovery of an emergency aircraft through the application of exceptional air traffic service.


Maureen Stevens: ATCA Air Traffic Control Specialist of the Year (Flight Service Specialty)
The award presented to an individual civilian air traffic control specialist who has during the previous year performed in an exemplary or extraordinary manner in support of ATC.

Du Jin Moon: ATCA Airway Transportation Systems Specialist of the Year Award
Award presented to an individual military or civilian airway facilities technician acting in a non-supervisory capacity who has, during the previous year, performed in an exemplary or extraordinary manner in support of ATC.

François Bisaillon: ATCA Life Cycle Management Award
The award recognizes the individual(s) or group whose design, development, deployment, maintenance or logistical support had a significant positive impact on the performance or operation of an important ATC system in the previous year.

NAV CANADA also received the Chairman’s Citation of Merit Award, for Light the Way, the Company’s mental health peer-support program for employees with personal or family mental health issues. NAV CANADA was one of the first private-sector companies in Canada to implement a mental health peer-support program in 2012. During the two years following its launch, “Light the Way” has grown and its “no stigma” message and supportive philosophy became a part of NAV CANADA’s culture.

In February 2015, the program was recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association, which awarded NAV CANADA its C.M. Hincks Award.

Peer support team members accepting the award were Chris Cassey, Pierre Gaumond, Paul Lutman, Dennis Mitchell, and Lyne Wilson.


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