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    Bettez, Pierre
    With over 24 years as an air traffic controller in the Canadian Forces, Pierre Bettez is an acknowledged air traffic management expert with solid national and international experience. Cited for developing innovative re-organizational solutions, he possesses the proven executive and team building skills to confront difficult change issues with winning solutions. Completely bilingual, he is an accomplish negotiator with superb communication skills.

    Boyd, Rick
    With over 37 years of military and civilian flying experience, including 6000 hours in fighters and training support aircraft, Rick is extremely knowledgeable in all facets of fighter training support and development. A highly motivated and well respected former senior officer, he has considerable knowledge with large-scale fighter training exercises and scenario-based training programs. Rick has proven leadership skills having commanded a squadron and as a Program Manager in the field of fighter simulation. His dedication to the task at hand, strong teamwork approach and unique ability to motivate people was best demonstrated when he led Team Canada to an unprecedented victory in the 1996 William Tell Fighter Weapons competition. Still maintaining his Airline Transport Pilot License, Rick is an extremely professional, highly motivated, and trustworthy team member with a passion for success.

    Burt, Dave
    Dave is a proven executive-level leader with an exemplary record of success in concept development and implementation. Serving 39 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, including more than 13 years directing and managing major capital projects, he has a comprehensive knowledge of the Canadian military procurement process and significant experience with domestic and international industry, and within NATO, NORAD and the Joint Strike Fighter Program. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College, navigator and pilot wings, several flying tours including command of a Tactical Fighter Squadron and a range of professional courses including the Queens Public Executive Programme, he also has a wealth of operational and educational background. Acknowledged as a loyal, dedicated and intellectual team player, Dave provides clients consistently sound advice enhancing decisions and facilitating the advancement of important initiatives.

    Butters, Lowell
    Lowell Butters has over 35 years in the Canadian Forces as a strategic staff officer, modeling & simulation research analyst, intelligence analyst and arms control advisor, foreign liaison officer, executive assistant and fighter pilot. Through extensive skills in strategic analysis, operational management, team cooperation and coordination, verbal and written communications, he has distinguished himself at analyzing complex situations, planning and prioritizing requirements, coordinating group activities and directing effective and responsive actions to critical deadlines.

    Caron, Marc
    With 35 years in the Canadian Forces Marc, is an established and recognized strategic leader. Highly skilful and experienced, he has demonstrated his competencies at every level of management of human resources and complex projects, culminating at the highest appointment in the Department of National Defence. This experience has enabled Marc to develop a critical sense of analysis, and an ability to provide useful advice to top government officials, including the Office of the Minister of National Defence. A self-starter, he is just as comfortable in the corporate world as he is in austere mission environments. Marc also has a proven record in dealing with ambiguous, complex and stressful situations in Canada and abroad. He has accumulated extensive experience in dealing with complex, ambiguous, uncertain and volatile context found in post-conflict countries. He has provided strategic level advice to donor countries and International organizations on security sector reform. He is a dedicated, loyal, and dependable team player who has effectively led numerous successful multi-disciplinary mixed civilian-military teams. An effective communicator, Marc is equally fluent in French and English.

    Crowe, Wayne
    With 27 experience years as an aerospace engineer in the Canadian Forces and a further 20 years in the aerospace industry in senior management roles, Wayne Crowe has expertise in many aspects of aircraft engineering, maintenance, logistics support and program management. For the past 5 years he has been the Chief Executive Officer of Unmanned Systems Canada, with responsibility for the day-to-day management and to lead the continued operation and growth of the organization as the focal point in Canada for the rapidly growing unmanned vehicle systems technologies and their applications. He is currently the co-chair of a Transport Canada sponsored working group assigned to develop regulations for the integration of unmanned air vehicles into the general airspace in Canada.

    Hunt, Keith
    With a background of over 30 years in military and civil aviation, Keith Hunt is a highly experienced and recognized expert in the field of live and virtual aerospace employment and training. His broad spectrum of experience including fighter operations, military and civil air transport and helicopter operations, complex strategic Project Management, and post-graduate level Human Resource Management, afford him the vision and expertise to successfully lead dynamic multi-lateral end-to-end product teams, focused upon mission accomplishment.

    Leblanc, Pierre
    Colonel (Ret'd) Pierre Leblanc spent the last five years of his 33 year career as Commander of now Joint Task Force North. His unusually long tenure allowed him to develop excellent contacts with the political and aboriginal leadership throughout the Arctic and an in-depth understanding of Arctic security and sovereignty issues. He has been an advocate for increased security assets in the Arctic since 1998. He appears regularly on national news related to the Arctic. He has been published and quoted several times. His second career in the diamond business, also in the north, has broadened his commercial contacts. Pierre is bilingual. He has completed post graduate studies in project management in England and an MBA at Queen's University.


    Lacasse, Pierre
    A former Diplomat, Senior Military Officer and Air Traffic Management specialist, Pierre Lacasse is a skilful negotiator with recognized operational, human resources, administrative and international liaison experience. A creative, result oriented and committed executive, Pierre is a charismatic and skilled communicator, fluent in English, French and Spanish.


    Mactaggart, Ian
    Ian is a proven leader with 36 years of combined Canadian military & industry experience. As a senior officer in the air force, he served in several air traffic management and staff officer positions at National Defence Headquarters and Air Command Headquarters. He also represented Canada on North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) working groups. Following his military career, he held lead roles in program management, strategy, business development, and engineering. Ian is an energetic self-starter with a flair for solving complex problems. He is committed to building productive, trusting, and lasting relationships with and on behalf of clients. Helping organizations drive change, he uses his Six Sigma skills and is well versed in assisting organizations deploy and execute strategy with such tools as the Balanced Score Card.


    Martel, Hélène
    Hélène Martel is a senior financial advisor with a distinguished career in government financial management.
    Her experience with the Department of National Defence over the last 20 years ranged from serving as the principal financial advisor on costing and budgeting of major Canadian missions, to supporting Elite Combat Units in operations around the World.
    A professional with impeccable integrity, judgement and academic qualifications, she understands project dynamics and navigates through the most diverse environments to achieve goals.
    She provides unambiguous, concise and timely solutions to her clients, enabling them to excel in today's market.
    Hélène has the ability to consistently achieve objectives and create value through innovation.


    Newlands, Dick
    Dick brings a strategic approach to military issues, with over 38 years' experience in the New Zealand Defence Force as a pilot in the maritime, transport and training roles, and a wide range of senior leadership positions rising to Deputy Chief of Air Force. His five years' diplomatic and representational experience in Washington DC and US Central Command in Florida, broad engagement throughout the South Pacific, South East Asia and the Middle East, and a year in a Ministry of Foreign Affairs civilian role leading the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan, Afghanistan, bring a wide network of contacts, a broad understanding of regional issues from the South Pacific northwards, and a solid understanding of regional government and military perspectives.


    Ouellet, Marc
    Mr. Ouellet is an operational expert with proven executive skills who has been with CIRRUS Research Associates Inc. for ten years. A retired Canadian Forces senior officer, he held seven command appointments over that 32 year career serving in Canada, the USA and Europe. A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and the United States Air War College, he has been an associate faculty member of the Centre for Civil-Military Relations of Monterey, California since 2006 conducting seminars and providing Air Force and NATO joint expertise to Eastern European military senior leadership in countries such as Bulgaria, Ukraine, Serbia and Poland. In 2008, Mr. Ouellet was appointed as a Director to the Board of Defence Construction Canada (DCC) where he serves on both the Audit Committee and the Governance and Human Resources Committee. Mr. Ouellet maintains his Air Transport Pilot License and continues to fly as a Class II aerobatic flight instructor in Ottawa.

    Rochefort, Pierre
    Executive with proven record of success and performance superior to the norm; demonstrated expertise in the resolution of complex issues; exhibited sound management techniques. Fluently bilingual, entrepreneurial, self-taught, motivated; acquired international work experience in the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Trustworthy, honest, dedicated, loyal, and conscientious.

    Zans, Gordon
    Gordon is a proven leader with extensive organizational experience in operational, training, academic, and project management environments. A retired fighter pilot/senior officer with over 33 years of direct leadership and managerial experience he has headed interdisciplinary teams in dynamic and performance-oriented national and international organizations. He has extensive fighter training experience, including as the Commanding Officer of Canada's CF-18 Hornet Training Squadron. Gordon has wide-ranging international operational, staff, and liaison experience in both Western and Eastern Europe, and in the US. As the head of Exercises & Simulation and as the Chief of Staff at the Canadian Forces College he gained comprehensive knowledge of operational/strategic level exercises, organizational behaviour, change management, decision-making tools, and academic processes. As DND's Operational Capabilities Manager for the Next Generation Fighter Capability project, Gordon acquired in-depth experience of the Project Management process. He holds a BA (with distinction) in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba and a Masters in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College. Gordon is fluent in English and German.

    Valid as of 20 February 2014