Master in Air and Space Law
Specializing in aircraft accident investigation, regulation and aviation safety, Ghislaine Richard holds a law degree from the University of Montreal and since 1981 has a master's degree in air and space law from McGill University. . As a senior researcher at the Institute of Air and Space Law, she participated in the mid-1980s in the revision of the Aeronautics Act and wrote several articles in the ''Annales de droit aérien et spatial'' ("The DC-10 crash and the legality of SFAR 40 ”,“ Space activities and Emerging International Law ”,“ KAL007: the legal fallout ”,“ Air Transport Safety: Prevention and Sanctions ”, etc.). In 1985, Ghislaine Richard was appointed Vice-President of the Civil Aviation Tribunal, a federal body responsible for settling disputes and procedural matters not provided for in the Aeronautics Act. On December 14, 1990, Ms. Richard was appointed President of the Tribunal for a five-year term. Ms. Richard then joined the International Civil Aviation Organization, where from 1996-2001 she was the first woman to hold the position of Permanent Representative of Canada to the Council of ICAO.
In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government created the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) in 2002. Ms. Richard was appointed by the Minister of Transport as Vice-President, teaming up with Chairman of the Board, Brian Flemming. A year later, CATSA was fully operational with a staff of 112 in Ottawa and 13 regional managers in the field. Ghislaine Richard remained at CATSA until her retirement in 2004. During her prolific career, Ms. Richard was also president of the Quebec section of air and space law of the Canadian Bar Association, co-founder and President of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals, founding member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice, member of the International Aviation Women's Association, etc. Recognized for her intellectual rigor, her respect for the rules and her strong sense of responsibility, Ghislaine Richard has left wherever she has gone the image of a deeply human woman, endowed with a great open-mindedness and always ready to contribute.