The Board

Board members are appointed to carry out the TSB's mandate. A list of current Board members and their background and experience is presented below.

Wendy A. Tadros

Kathy Fox

Ian S. MacKay

John Clarkson

Joseph Hincke

Wendy A. Tadros

Wendy A. Tadros, Chair, Transportation Safety Board

Reappointed Chair on April 23, 2009 (effective August 21, 2009)
Appointed Chair August 23, 2006
Appointed Acting Chair December 9, 2005
Appointed Member July 1, 1996

Wendy A. Tadros was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As the daughter of a navigator in the Canadian Forces, she travelled extensively. Mrs. Tadros holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy from Trent University and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Western Ontario.

Mrs. Tadros is a lawyer with extensive experience in the transportation sector. She held a variety of management and legal positions with the National Transportation Agency (NTA) of Canada and its predecessor, the Canadian Transport Commission. In the late 1980s, as lead counsel, she represented the Canadian Transport Commission before the Commission of Inquiry into the Hinton Train Collision, headed by Mr. Justice René Foisy. In the early 1990s, as Assistant General Counsel for the NTA, she worked on the Agency's input into a national review of transportation.

In 1992, Mrs. Tadros was appointed Inquiry Coordinator for “The Road to Accessibility: An Inquiry into Canadian Motor Coach Services.”

During her tenure as Director of Legal Services for the NTA, Mrs. Tadros worked on the development of a training program for tribunal members and helped deliver the training at the Canadian Centre for Management Development.

Kathy Fox

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Appointed Member July 2, 2007

Kathy Fox selected air traffic control as a career in 1974, and worked at Transport Canada control towers in Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles, Saint-Hubert and Montréal-Dorval, as well as at the Montréal Area Control Centre.

From 1982 until 1986 she was in charge of air traffic control training at the CEGEP Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a cooperative training program coordinated by Transport Canada and the Quebec Ministry of Education.

Ms. Fox left operational controlling in 1992 to accept a developmental assignment with Air Traffic Services Headquarters in Ottawa, assuming progressively senior positions. She transferred to NAV CANADA in 1996 and became Director, Safety & Quality, in 1997; then Director, Air Traffic Services, in 1999. In 2000, she was appointed Assistant Vice-President, Air Traffic Services. She became Vice-President, Operations, on April 1, 2003.

As Vice-President, Operations, Ms. Fox was responsible for providing executive leadership and direction throughout NAV CANADA's Operations Group. She retired from NAV CANADA in June 2007.

Ms. Fox received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master's degree in Business Administration from McGill University. She also completed a Master of Science in Human Factors and System Safety with Lund University in Sweden.

She has been extensively involved in other aviation activities for over 40 years, including sport parachuting and commercial aviation. She holds an airline transport pilot licence, has flown over 4500 hours and still flies part-time as an instructor and pilot examiner.

Ms. Fox is a recipient of the Fédération aéronautique internationale Paul Tissandier Diploma and the Queen Elizabeth II Anniversary Medal for her contributions to sport parachuting in Canada. She received the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award in 1999. In November 2004, she was inducted into the Quebec Air and Space Hall of Fame.

Ms. Fox is also the recipient of the 2010 Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award, which is presented to Canadian women in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of aviation. In 2011, Ms. Fox was awarded the prestigious David Charles Abramson Memorial (DCAM) Flight Instructor Safety Award, recognizing her exceptional leadership and devotion to the advancement of Canadian aviation safety.

Ian S. MacKay

Ian S. MacKay

Appointed Member April 23, 2009

Ian S. MacKay was born and raised in Nova Scotia. Since 1985, he has worked in Ottawa with a range of departments, agencies and organizations as a lawyer and as an executive dealing with transport law and policy issues at the federal level.

His work has included training Transport Canada inspectors in aeronautics law and regulations and co-designing and teaching a course on how to present a case to the Civil Aviation Tribunal. As a lawyer within the Legal Branch of the National Transportation Agency (subsequently the Canadian Transportation Agency), he dealt with legal matters arising within the Agency's air, rail, marine and surface transportation jurisdiction. He was responsible for many important public hearings, including the Canadian Wheat Board's level of service complaint against the railways in 1997-1998. He also served as advisor to the Transport Canada Policy Branch on the creation of the Canada Transportation Act in 1996.

As Senior Legal Counsel to the legal unit at Transport Canada, he was assigned as Counsel to the Working Group on Rail Competition and Safeguards (Kroeger consultations on the Grain Transportation and Handling System) to assist industry players in understanding the legal framework for grain transportation in Canada. In 2000, he was assigned as Legal Counsel to the Canada Transportation Act Review Panel, where he assisted the panel to reach its far-reaching recommendations for changes to the economic regulation of transport in Canada.

As Vice President and member of the executive team at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), he was a key player in the establishment of and the transfer of responsibility for airport screening to CATSA from the airlines in 89 airports across Canada.

In 2007, Mr. MacKay established a law firm in Ottawa specializing in issues and disputes in federal transportation law and providing strategic advice to clients on transportation law, regulatory and policy issues. He has represented the interests of people with disabilities before the Canadian Transportation Agency's hearing into the medical use of oxygen on board aircraft.

He is a member of Ontario and Nova Scotia Bars. His Law and Commerce Degrees are from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport North America and the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association.

John Clarkson

John Clarkson

Appointed Member February 2012

Mr. John Clarkson was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, before immigrating to Canada with his family in 1962. He settled in Southern Ontario and eventually moved to British Columbia (B.C.) in 1967.

After finishing high school in Victoria, B.C., Mr. Clarkson began his Merchant Marine career in Vancouver as a navigating officer cadet with Furness Withy Lines of London, U.K. The next six years were spent sailing worldwide aboard general cargo ships, tankers and containerships. In 1976, Mr. Clarkson returned to Canada and began working as mate in coastal and ocean survey vessels out of the Institute of Ocean Sciences at Patricia Bay, eventually sailing through the Northwest Passage.

In 1980, he joined Irving Oil Ltd in St John, New Brunswick, as first mate on their ocean going tankers and was promoted to Master in 1983. In 1985, he joined HMC Dockyard in Esquimalt, B.C., as Relief Master on harbour tugs and the fleet oiler. In 1986, Mr. Clarkson joined the then Coast Guard Marine Safety as a Marine Surveyor/Inspector. In 1998, he was promoted to Manager of Compliance and Enforcement in Transport Canada's Vancouver Marine Safety office, and then moved to Ottawa in 1999 as Principal Nautical Examiner. Mr. Clarkson also served as an officer in the Canadian Naval Reserve for twenty years, specializing in harbor defense with the United States.

In 2000, he became the Director of Marine Personnel Standards and Pilotage at Transport Canada Marine Safety. In this role, he was responsible for marine training and certification of Canadian mariners, marine occupational safety and health as well as the federal pilotage portfolio. During this time, Mr. Clarkson was Head of the Delegation representing Canada at the International Marine Organization's (IMO) Sub Committee on Standards, Training and Watchkeeping where he was responsible for obtaining Canada's compliance on the first round of approvals. He also served as a member of the panel of competent experts reviewing submissions from other countries.

In December 2002, Mr. Clarkson accepted the position of Associate Dean of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) School of Transportation where he headed the Marine Campus, working closely with Transport Canada and marine industry organizations on marine safety and security regulation and training.

Mr. Clarkson attended the City of London Polytechnic School of Navigation, the University of Southampton Warsash marine campus and the Canadian Forces Staff College in Toronto. He holds a certificate of competency as Master Mariner from Canada and the U.K. He was made a Fellow of the Nautical Institute of London UK in 2002 for achieving Canada's compliance with the IMO's Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 95.

Joseph Hincke

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Appointed Member April 2012

Joe Hincke enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1973 and graduated from Collège Militaire Royal de Saint–Jean and Royal Military College with a degree in Political and Economic Science. He completed basic helicopter training in December 1979 and joined HS 443 Squadron on completion of operational conversion to the Sea King helicopter in May of 1980.

During his career, he flew operationally with 423 and 443 Canadian Maritime Helicopter Squadrons and on exchange with 814 Squadron of the Royal Navy. Mr. Hincke commanded the Operational Training Squadron (HT406), served as Operations Officer for 12 Wing Shearwater and, from July 2001 to November 2002, commanded 12 Wing Shearwater near Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has approximately 3300 hours of flight time.

Mr. Hincke completed Command and Staff College in 1987 and the Advanced and National Security Studies courses in 1999/2000. He also holds a Master's Degree in War Studies and has held a number of posts in National Defence Headquarters including Director, Air Force Personnel Management and Services, as well as Director, Senior Appointments for the Canadian Forces.

Promoted to General Officer in September 2004, Mr. Hincke served in various roles at National Defence Headquarters, culminating as Assistant Chief of the Air Force from July 2007 to August 2008. In September 2008, he was appointed Commander of the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff and Defence Advisor at the Canadian Mission in the United Kingdom where he served until his retirement from the Canadian Forces in 2010.

Mr. Hincke joined the RCMP as a Civilian Member in September 2010 as its first Professional Integrity Officer.