Senior management

Chief Operating Officer

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André Lapointe

Appointed Chief Operating Officer on 26 August 2019

André Lapointe is a seasoned executive, with 28 years of work experience, including 19 at the executive level. He joined the public service in 1990 with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service serving initially as a political analyst and later, as the Managing Editor for the Analysis Branch.

André joined Transport Canada (TC) in 1996 in the Intelligence Division, and in 2000 became Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister. From 2003–2006, he served as the Executive Director, Strategic Policy and R&D, which included responsibility for the Transportation Development Centre. From 2007–2014, he served as Regional Director General for the Quebec Region; and between 2014 and his joining the TSB in 2019, he served as TC’s Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer.

André holds a BA with distinction in Political Science from McGill University and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.

Director, Investigations—Air

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Natacha Van Themsche

Natacha Van Themsche joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in February 2017, as Director of Air Investigations.

Prior to joining the TSB, she held positions as Director and Commanding Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, where she served for more than 24 years. As an aerospace engineering officer, she held several key positions directing airworthiness and engineering activities, as well as maintenance operations within the Royal Canadian Air Force. These experiences led her to work on several fleets of aircraft, such as the CT-133 (Silver Star), the CC-144 (Challenger), the CT-114 (Tutor/Snowbirds), and more particularly the CF-18 (Hornet).

Ms. Van Themsche began her career with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1992. She completed her Bachelor of Science, Honours Space Science, at the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1997, and her training in aerospace engineering in 1999. In 2012, Ms. Van Themsche was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for her contribution to the Canadian Armed Forces and the community.

Director, Investigations—Marine

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Clifford Harvey

Clifford Harvey joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in November 2019, as Director of Marine Investigations.

Mr. Harvey is a marine engineer with over 25 years of experience as a public servant in the marine industry. In addition to sailing as Chief Engineering Officer on Canadian Coast Guard vessels, Clifford obtained knowledge of the broader aspects of commercial shipping and regulatory compliance through his years with Transport Canada as both a Marine Safety Inspector in a regional office and national program manager at Headquarters. An experienced executive within the public service, Clifford joined the TSB from the Canadian Coast Guard where he had returned and was responsible for the life cycle management and in-service support program for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet.

Clifford is a graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College, the holder of a STCW First-Class Engineer (Motor Ship), and has a Bachelor of Technology (Nautical Sciences) from the University College of Cape Breton.

Director, Operational Services

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Martin Breton

Martin Breton joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in September 2017, as Director, Operational Services.

Mr. Breton served more than 30 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. During his military career as an aerospace engineer, he held progressively more senior positions in engineering, research and development, airworthiness certification, aircraft maintenance, training, deployed operations and project management. Immediately prior to joining the TSB, he held the position of Director responsible for the engineering and maintenance programs for the Royal Canadian Air Force's transport aircraft fleets.

Martin Breton is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering), the University of Ottawa (Master of Engineering in Engineering Management), and Cranfield University in the United Kingdom (Master of Science in Aerospace Vehicle Design). He was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his service to Canada and a Commander's Commendation for his leadership during an overseas deployment in support of NATO operations.

Associate Director, Operational Services

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Susan Greene

Susan Greene joined the Transportation Safety Board in 2011 as the manager, Multi-modal Training and Standards. She became a member of the senior management team in July 2018.

Ms. Greene’s career in aviation began in 1987 when she joined a regional airline operating out of Atlantic Canada. With the airline, she worked in an operational setting, and eventually progressed into the management cadre. In 1995, Susan moved to Ottawa from her home province of Nova Scotia as she joined the public service with Transport Canada (TC) as a civil aviation safety inspector. In her 16 years at TC, Susan enjoyed a diverse and progressively challenging career as she occupied positions such as superintendent, Cabin Safety, in Airline Inspection; security education project officer in Security Operations; chief, Cabin Safety Standards, and chief, Program Management for Standards, in Civil Aviation. Throughout her career at TC and now with the TSB, she has lead a wide variety of national initiatives for developing and implementing regulations, standards, policies, processes, procedures and training.

Ms. Greene attended Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and Laval University in Québec City. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts.

Director General, Corporate Services

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Luc Casault

Luc Casault joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in April 2017 as the Director General, Corporate Services. As part of his duties, he has the following titles on behalf of the TSB: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer and Head of Human Resources.

Mr. Casault has 20 years of experience in federal government entities. Throughout his career, he was involved in numerous modernization initiatives. Prior to joining the TSB, he was a Senior Director with Public Services and Procurement Canada responsible for Procurement Business Modernization. He has also worked at Statistics Canada, the Chief Information Branch of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, in finance and procurement at Natural Resources Canada, as well as in finance at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Mr. Casault is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified General Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. In 2010, he received a GTEC award in recognition of his successful implementation of the National ePayment Project at NRCan.

General Counsel

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Patrizia Huot

Patrizia Huot joined the TSB in April 2015 as General Counsel. She holds a Common Law Degree (LL.B.) and a Masters in Classical Studies (Archaeology, Roman Numismatics) from Ottawa University, and has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 1999.

Patrizia clerked for the Honourable Rouleau J. at the Federal Court of Canada. She worked as in house counsel at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. In 2001, Patrizia occupied the position of Executive Assistant and Legal Counsel to Mary Dawson Q.C., Associate Deputy Minister at the Department of Justice, where she worked on numerous high profile legal cases. From 2005 to 2014, Patrizia joined Legal Services at Transport Canada where she worked as Corporate counsel in the areas of transportation law, access and privacy law, and employment law. In 2014, Patrizia also worked the Canadian Human Right Commission as Legal Advisor.

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