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.

Kathy Fox

Joseph Hincke

Faye Ackermans

Hélène Gosselin

Kathy Fox

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Appointed Chair of the Transportation Safety Board 21 August 2014.
Appointed as a Member of the Transportation Safety Board July 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 and was appointed as a Member of the TSB in July 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 and flight instructor rating and has flown over 5000 hours. 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 received the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award in 2010 and the David Charles Abramson Flight Instructor Safety Award in 2011. She was also inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame on June 9, 2016.

Joseph Hincke

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Appointed as a Member of the Transportation Safety Board April 2012.
Re-appointed April 2016.

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.

Faye Ackermans

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Appointed as a Member of the Transportation Safety Board July 2014.

Faye Ackermans had 25 years of experience in the rail industry, with over 15 of those years with senior positions in rail safety and regulatory affairs, before being appointed a member of the Board on 02 July 2014.

Mrs. Ackermans began her career with Canadian Pacific Railway in 1982. From 1996 to 2008, as General Manager of Safety & Regulatory Affairs, she was responsible for corporate-wide oversight for safety management, security planning, operations regulatory compliance and occurrence investigations. Over that period, Canadian Pacific reduced train accidents by 65% and personal injuries by over 70%.

She has held several rail industry committee memberships over her career, including the Safety & Operations Management Committees of both the Railway Association of Canada and the American Association of Railroads.

Mrs. Ackermans received a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University in Montreal and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Hélène Gosselin

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Appointed as a Member of the Transportation Safety Board June 2015.

Ms. Gosselin has over 30 years of experience in the federal public service, many of those years with senior positions in regulatory affairs.

Hélène Gosselin began her career in various positions with the Department of Industry, Science and Technology, Treasury Board Secretariat and Industry Canada. She went on to hold progressively senior positions within Industry Canada, the Privy Council Office, and Canadian Heritage from 1995 to 2002. She then assumed the role of Deputy Secretary of Intergovernmental Policy at the Privy Council Office. She moved in 2003 to the Department of National Defence, serving as Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence and then Acting Deputy Minister of National Defence. In 2004, Ms. Gosselin was appointed as Associate Deputy Minister of Health. In 2006, she became Deputy Head of Service Canada and Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. She was appointed Deputy Minister of Labour in 2008, serving until her retirement in 2014. As Deputy Minister of Labour, Ms. Gosselin was responsible for the administration and enforcement of labour laws and regulations in federally regulated businesses and industries including federally regulated marine, rail, air and road transportation industries and pipelines.

Ms. Gosselin received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Economics) degree from Bishop’s University. She also completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration with Carleton University.