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March 31, 2015  By Transport Canada

March 31, 2015, Ottawa - Martin J. Eley, Director General, Civil Aviation has set his retirement date as May 29, 2015.

While Mr. Eley had originally planned to retire in the fall, the selection process for his successor has been completed. Mr. Eley had always planned to allow enough time for transition following the selection process – the timing of which is not always predictable.
Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Program is a very large and complex organization. During the planning for his succession, a decision was made to assign two directors-general to oversee the Civil Aviation Program. This will provide additional executive focus to ensure a coherent strategic direction and enhance the team’s agility in reacting to trends emerging from today’s rapidly changing global environment. To support this transformation, Transport Canada is introducing different sets of responsibilities under Aviation Safety Oversight and Aviation Safety Regulatory Framework.
Effective April 2, 2015, Mr. Denis Guindon will be the head of Aviation Safety Oversight and will be responsible for working closely with the regions, and other operational branches, to deliver oversight surveillance activities and services. Mr. Aaron McCrorie will be in-charge of the Aviation Safety Regulatory Framework and will be responsible for policy, regulations and standards. This will better position the Civil Aviation organization, both operationally and strategically, to meet existing and future challenges.
Mr. Guindon has also been assigned the responsibility to develop a clear change management plan to ensure that strengthened and consistent direction is provided, nationally and within the regions. Mr. Guindon will also act as the focal point for addressing regional issues and concerns.
Until his date of retirement, Mr. Eley will retain his duties as Director General, Civil Aviation. This will give the three leaders time to share best practices and lessons learned, as well as discuss visions and strategies for key files. Transport Canada is expecting this to be a smooth transition.


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