Kathy Fox
2004

Air traffic controller and senior position

Born in Montréal, Kathy Fox has been involved in numerous aviation activities for over 30 years. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University, she became the first female and youngest President of the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association, serving between 1972 and 1978 and leading the Canadian team in international competitions in France and China. In 1974, Mrs Fox started a prolific career as air traffic controller with Transport Canada (today Nav Canada), working at the Baie Comeau, Sept-Îles, Saint-Hubert, Montréal-Dorval (Trudeau) towers and the Montreal Area Control Center. From 1982 until 1986, she was in charge of ATC training at the CEGEP St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. With its high success rate, this new cooperative program revolutionized air traffic control training. During this same period, from 1982 to 1992, she founded and co-owned Dynamair, a small operator based in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Holding a valid airline transport pilot’s license and instructor/examiner license, she also represented Canada three times at the world championships of precision flying, in 1996, 1999 and 2000.

From 1982 to 1992, she founded and co-owned Dynamair, a small operator based in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Holding a valid airline transport pilot’s license and instructor/examiner license.

Adding a Master’s degree in Business Administration from McGill to her curriculum, Mrs Fox started to assume senior positions within Nav Canada. She was appointed Director, Safety and Quality in 1997, Assistant Vice-President, Air Traffic Services in 2000, and finally Vice President Operations in 2003. As such, she is currently responsible for all of the functions in air traffic services throughout Canada, including operational activities, technical training, safety and service design. A huge task, considering the extent of Nav Canada operations in the country, represented by some forty control towers, seventy-five flight service stations and flight information centres, and seven area control centres. Throughout the industry, Kathy Fox is recognized as one of the most respected figures of Nav Canada. Among the many awards she received, Mrs Fox was a recipient of the F.A.I. (Fédération aéronautique internationale) Paul Tissandier Diploma and the Queen Elizabeth II Anniversary Medal for her contributions to sport parachuting in Canada. She also received the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award in 1999.

Honors

Paul Tissandier Diploma of the F.A.I.

Queen Elizabeth II Anniversary Medal

1999: Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award

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