We’re airborne for COPA


In my first article in COPA Flight, I want to say what a privilege and honour it is for me to have been elected as chairman of COPA. I look forward to serving COPA during these very interesting and challenging times and to working with our 18,000 members, our other members of the board, and the staff at our National office under the very capable leadership of Kevin Psutka, our president and chief executive officer.

My appointment comes at the completion of the term of Bob Kirkby as your chairman. Bob has been a distinct pleasure to work with on the board. He conducted our affairs in an extremely professional and forward looking way, and we all owe him a great vote of thanks for his dedication and hard work.

My election as the chairman comes at the completion of the 2012 elections, so let me recap the results in terms of the make-up of your new board of directors, that begins with the recently completed Annual General Meeting just held in Hanover. So let’s go east to west:

Ray Hawco remains as director for NL. Brian Chappell and Ernie McLean remain as the directors for NS, NB and PEI. Frank Hofmann remains director for Quebec, accompanied by Olivier Lacombe who was elected earlier in 2012.

Myself, Phil Englishman and Doug Ronan continue for Southern Ontario, and for Northern Ontario, newly elected Director Lloyd Richards replaces retiring Director Marc Charron. On the Prairies, Jerry Roehr continues as the director for MB and NU, as does Earl Kickley for SK.
Representing AB and the NT, our team is made up of Trekker Armstrong and newly elected Director Al Blakely, who replaces Bob Kirkby on the board. And for BC and the YT, your team is made up of Tim Cole and Bryan Webster.

On behalf of the board, the staff at the National office, and our 18,000 members I would like to express a big thank you to our departing Directors Bob Kirkby and Marc Charron for the time you volunteered for board work, COPA Flight support and advocacy efforts in your regions. Your efforts were very much appreciated by all of us.

Again, let me say what a very great pleasure it is for me to have been elected as COPA’s chairman. I come to the position recognizing the great work done by my predecessors. I have been a member of COPA for 45 years, and have been an active pilot for 60 years, in both Canada’s Air Force and in civilian aviation, where I continue to fly.  I appreciate the importance of the role aviation plays in Canada. I look forward to working with you and on your behalf.