The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) Board of Directors announced on Feb. 13 that CBAA president and chief executive officer, Sam Barone, will be stepping down from his position effective March 17, 2013.
Since assuming the position in 2008, Sam has been successful in navigating the association through the many challenges it has faced, and leaves it well positioned to continue as the voice of business aviation in Canada, said Frank Burke, chair of the CBAA board. The CBAA thanks Sam for his work and wishes him well in his future endeavours. Burke added that the association will commence its search for a new CBAA president and CEO immediately.
In the meantime, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced that Barone had been appointed as Canadian Transportation Agency vice chair for a five-year term.
“I am delighted that Mr. Barone has accepted the vice chair position,” said Minister Lebel. “The CTA will benefit from his immense experience and expertise in the field of civil aviation and transportation as a whole.”
Barone has more than 31 years of transportation leadership experience in a wide variety of positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Since 2008, he has been CBAA president, and before then, from 2006-2008, he was president and CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada. His previous senior management roles include that of regional vice-president of InterVISTAS Transportation Consulting Inc. (2003 to 2006) and president and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (1996-1999). Barone holds a B.A. in Economics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., and studied as an Executive Fellow of Business Administration (FBA) at the Canadian School of Management in Toronto. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, an organization representing the transport and logistics industries worldwide. He has served on many boards, such as the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace, the Hope Air Charity, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in North America, and the Canada Safety Council. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent administrative body of the Government of Canada. As a quasi-judicial tribunal, the agency, informally and through formal adjudication, resolves a range of commercial and consumer transportation-related disputes, including accessibility issues for persons with disabilities. As an economic regulator, the agency makes determinations and issues authorities, licences and permits to transportation carriers under federal jurisdiction.