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.
- Reappointment as Chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada for a 5-year term starting 21 August 2018 announced on 15 June 2018
- Appointed Chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada on 21 August 2014
- Appointed Member of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in 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.
- Reappointed Member of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in April 2017
- Appointed Member of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in 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.
- Reappointed Member of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in July 2018
- Appointed Member of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in 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.
Paul George Dittmann
- Appointed Member of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in May 2017
Paul Dittmann began his career in aviation with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, earning his glider wings in 1985. After joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1986, he completed pilot training in 1991 and then went on to fly the Sea King helicopter on operations with 423, 443, and 814 (Royal Navy) Squadrons. He later instructed on the Sea King with 406 Squadron and on the Outlaw helicopter with 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School while serving as its Commandant. Mr. Dittmann has 4,000 hours of flying time and qualified as a naval diving officer
Mr. Dittmann's experience at National Defence Headquarters includes posts as an aircraft accident investigator and as the Chief Investigator for the Canadian Armed Forces. Additionally, he held the posts of Contracted Flying Training and Support Program Manager, Director of Air Simulation and Training, and Director Fighter Capability Requirements.
Mr. Dittmann is a graduate of Royal Roads Military College (Bachelor of Science, Physics and Oceanography), Royal Military College (Masters of Defence Studies), the Canadian Forces College (Joint Command and Staff Program), and NATO Defense College (Senior Course in strategic defense and security studies).
He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2017.
- Appointed Member of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in June 2019
Ken Potter graduated in 1982 from the Georgian College Marine Engineering Technology program in Owen Sound, Ontario. In 2006, he earned a Bachelor of Maritime Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
During his career, Mr. Potter worked 15 years as a merchant marine Engineering Officer and Marine Surveyor, 16 years at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada as Senior Investigator, Manager of Head Office Marine Investigation Operations, and acting Director of Investigations, and 5 years in private practice conducting marine casualty investigations. During his time at the TSB, he received several awards, including the Achievement Award in 2010 and the Award for Excellence in Investigation in 2012.
Mr. Potter has represented Canada as a member of the Canadian delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). He has provided IMO training to international students as an internationally recognized authority on marine casualty investigations. Similarly, he has been involved with the Global Affairs Canada - Taiwan MOU on Marine Systems Technology Cooperation providing assistance and advice to Taiwan on policies and procedures related to developing marine casualty investigation capacity in line with the IMO Casualty Investigation Code. Since 2000 Mr. Potter has been a member of the Canadian Subcommittee of the International Electro-Technical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 80 on Marine Navigation and Radio Communication Equipment and Systems.
After retiring from the Public Service in 2013, Mr. Potter worked at the Georgian College Centre for Marine Training and Research as an instructor teaching Marine Emergency Duties, Oil and Chemical Tanker Safety, and as a part-time Professor of Marine Engineering. He is also an experienced pilot and owner of several aircraft based at Carp Airport near Ottawa.
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