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

John Clarkson

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.

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.

John Clarkson

John Clarkson

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

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 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 has 25 years of experience in the rail industry and over 15 of those years with senior positions in rail safety and regulatory affairs.

Mrs. Ackermans began her career with Canadian Pacific Railway in 1982 as a mechanical planning analyst. She went on to work as the Director of Mechanical Regulations in 1991, and then as the Director General of Regulatory Affairs for Canadian Pacific from 1992 to 1995.

Mrs. Ackermans then worked as General Manager of Safety & Regulatory Affairs from 1996 to 2008. In this role, 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%. Her tenure includes the only employee fatality-free year in Canadian Pacific’s history.

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 recently was a senior consultant with Behavioural Science Technology, Inc. from 2010 until earlier this year.

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.