Workshop 2019

We are looking forward to the 2019 Spring Airfield Workshop at the North Bay Jack Garland Airport!

Workshop: May 14, 2019

Who Should Attend?

Airports and aerodromes of all sizes

Airport management and operations staff

Government agencies who operate airports and who regulate airports

Airport suppliers and consultants interested in the seminars and in networking with airports

To register or to sponsor, select the link below!

Airport Registration PDF

Business Registration PDF

Sponsorship Package PDF


Workshop Agenda

May 13, 2019

Welcome Reception7:00 pm

May 14, 2019

Registration8:30 am
Welcome9:00 am
Asset Management
Vanessa Chau, AMCL
9:15 am
Break10:00 am
Fuel Standards
Rick Bedard, R. Bedard Consultants
10:15 am
Robert Kostecka, Transport Canada
11:00 am
Business Introductions11:50 am
Lunch12:00 pm
Nils Dolstra & Scott Plunkett, CATSA
1:00 pm
Product Transfer Areas
Lisa McClemens, Environment Canada
1:45 pm
Break2:30 pm
Airport's Role with Cannabis and other drugs
Rachel Huggins & Luc Bouvier, OPP
2:45 pm
Small Airports and Aerodromes Initiative
Aaron Lougheed, AMCO
3:30 pm
Closing Remarks4:15 pm
Workshop Ends4:30 pm

*Please note the agenda is subject to change and may be updated periodically.


Workshop Speakers

Asset ManagementVanessa Chau, Head of Asset Management - AMCL9:15 am
Fuel StandardsRick Bedard - R. Bedard Consultants10:15 am
TALPA/GRFRobert Kostecka, Inspector, Flight Standards - Transport Canada11:00 am
CATSANils Dolstra, Regulatory Affairs, Operations Branch
Scott Plunkett, Manager Program Deployment, Technology Branch
1:00 pm
Product Transfer AreasLisa McClemens, Environmental Officer, Compliance Promotion Unit, Environmental Stewardship Branch - Environment Canada
1:45 pm
Airport's Role with Cannabis and other drugsRachel Huggins, Deputy Director, Executive Lead Cannabis Legislation - OPP
Luc Bouvier, Detective Sergeant- OPP
2:45 pm


Vanessa Chau

Vanessa is currently the Head of Asset Management (Canada) for AMCL Ltd. She is responsible
for business and client development, program management project delivery for AMCL’s
Canadian clients, as well as providing asset management expertise for various AMCL programs
and projects worldwide.

Prior to joining AMCL, Vanessa was the Manager of Corporate Asset Management at the City of
Brampton, the 9th largest City in Canada with an infrastructure valuation of over $6 billion.
Vanessa has a wealth of experience in supporting all facets of municipal asset management
programs across Canada as she previously worked at CH2M as an Asset Management Specialist
within the Global Asset Management Practice, and as the Regional Business Development
Manager for Strategic Consulting.

Vanessa is the founder of Asset Management Ontario (AMONTario), a multi-disciplinary
community of practice in Canada for public infrastructure which supported in the development
of the 1st Asset Management Planning Regulation for Ontario (O.Reg 588/17) as recognized by
all levels of government in Canada. She is also the current Institute of Asset Management (IAM)
sole global international “Professional Chartered Asset Management Professional” Lead.


Rick Bedard

Rick has a total of 33 years experience with Imperial Oil, the last 15 in aviation operations. Responsibilities include overseeing the operations of various airport locations in Canada, performing inspections and training as required in French and English as well as conducting inspections for ExxonMobil in the Caribbean.

After retiring almost 5 years ago, Rick continues to perform inspections and training at various locations in Canada and the Caribbean. He is also a committee member for CSA B836.


Nils Dolstra

Nils is currently the Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Operations Policy, at CATSA. He is responsible for liaison activities with Transport Canada and the aviation industry, as well as the development of Standard Operating Procedures for Screening Officers across the country. In this role he is generally involved in all the development work that is done at CATSA in the form of trials and policy development by TC. Some important files he has worked on in recent years include the NPS expansion, Full Body Scanner deployment, trialling CTX equipment in a PBS environment, the Trusted Traveller Program, and harmonization of screening procedures with the TSA. Nils has also been heavily involved in coordinating the approach to the new cannabis regulations and developing the instructions for Screening Officers on this topic.

Previous to his current position, Nils worked in the Communications directorate at CATSA and for the Dutch government prior to 2005.


Scott Plunkett

Scott is currently the Manager, Program Deployment, in CATSA’s Screening Technology directorate. He is responsible for deploying new types of screening equipment to all airports where CATSA operates. His team works with all stakeholders to develop and execute plans to ensure smooth activation of new screening equipment with minimal impact to ongoing operations. Scott’s current focus is the Hold Bag Screening Recapitalization Program, a ten year program to replace CATSA’s entire fleet of HBS X-rays with new CT based X-ray units. He has also been responsible for the deployment of new Explosive Trace Detection systems, Full Body Scanners and Multi-View PBS X-rays.

In Scott’s previous role at CATSA, he was responsible for conducting evaluations of new screening equipment, initially in CATSA’s test facility, and subsequently in airport trials.


Lisa McClemens

Lisa McClemens is a compliance promotion officer with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ontario Region. She has been with ECCC for 20 years and with the compliance promotion unit for the past 8 years. She has been involved with the Storage Tank Systems Regulations since their development and publication. She will be giving a brief presentation focusing on the requirement for Product Transfer Areas (section 15) of the regulations.


Rachel Huggins

Rachel recently joined the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as the Deputy Director/Executive Lead, Cannabis Legalization, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau.

Rachel spent the last 17 years at Public Safety Canada leading and managing complex horizontal policy issues related to policing and public safety with a focus on leveraging research to develop and implement cutting edge policies, and bringing together partners with diverging views to collaboratively improve law enforcement responses to community safety and security issues. Prior to joining the OPP, Rachel was the Manager of Drug Policy Development, in the Serious and Organized Crime Division. In this role, she led the complex department and government priority policy files relating to cannabis legalization and regulation, drug impaired driving, the opioids crisis, and contraband tobacco.

Rachel’s current position with the OPP is to provide strategic and expert advice to senior command and to rollout an operational plan for the implementation phases of legalization of cannabis, including acting as a focal point of contact in the law enforcement sector.

Rachel holds Bachelor of Honours, a Masters of Arts in Sociology and is ABD for a Ph.D. in Sociology.


Karl Thomas

Superintendent Karl Thomas is a Director with the Organized Crime Enforcement, Ontario Provincial Police. He started his policing career with the Thornbury Police Service in 1992 and joined the OPP in 1994 where he has served in numerous leadership roles at detachment, Provincial Anti-Terrorism Section and OPP General Headquarters. In his current role he is responsible for leading Organized Crime Teams across Central and Western Ontario. He represents the OPP on provincial and national committees and works closely with other law enforcement and government agencies.


Welcome to North Bay Jack Garland Airport!

Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck at Lee Park in North Bay, Ontario, Canada

The City of North Bay has a diverse local economy, supported by outstanding businesses in many industrial sectors. With a strong balanced mix of commercial, industrial and institutional operations, North Bay continues to grow by encouraging local expansions and by attracting new compatible companies that strive in local, national and international areas of expertise. North Bay is also home to an equally diverse population which maintains numerous recreational activities, events, and places of interest to meet everyone’s needs.

In 1928 an airport in North Bay was first proposed as part of the National Airway Route.  In 1937 construction of the current airport began, following the Royal Canadian Air Force decision to form the Ontario Regional Office in North Bay, for the construction of emergency landing fields. North Bay would see its first Trans Canada Air Lines flight a year later, which landed on what was then an unfinished airfield.

In 1942 all three runways were surfaced with asphalt at a cost of $500,000, and an auxiliary training base known as RCAF Station North Bay was built adjacent to the airport. In 1951 the North Bay Airport would again serve as a military base, resulting in major improvements to accommodate high performance jet aircraft, while also adding additional aprons, a control tower, hangars, and living quarters for RCAF personnel.

The 1960’s saw the completion of the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment installation (SAGE) as part of NORAD. From 1962 to 1998 the airport completed projects including a new terminal (the first federally constructed terminal in Canada), a change of its name in memory of MP Jack Garland, a new maintenance garage, and a new control tower.

In 1998 the City of North Bay assumed ownership of the airport from Transport Canada. A new terminal in 2002, and a new focus on business and service development, the North Bay Jack Garland Airport Corporation was formed in 2003. Since then, the Corporation and the City of North Bay have serviced airport lands for business parks and future development opportunities, resurfaced the 10,000ft runway at a cost of $6.5 million, expanded the terminal building, and attracted new commercial services, to name a few.



2019 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

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Sault Ste. Marie AirportSault Ste. Marie AirportBBTCA Marketing logo new
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PreciseSioux Lookout Municipal Airport
Name Badge SponsorSilver Sponsor
Falcon Environmental ServicesSault Ste. Marie Airport


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