CCAA E-Bulletin August 26, 2016
Hold the Date – National Labour Market Strategy Day for Aviation & Aerospace
On Thursday, 17th November 2016, the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace will be hosting the first national Labour Market Strategy Day. The meeting will run from 8AM to 3PM in downtown Ottawa, Ontario.
Join us as government, industry leaders and educators in the aviation and aerospace industry meet to analyse the current skills and labour status of the industry, and develop a strategy for the short, medium and long term futures. The end of the day will see the formation of the first Canadian Aviation & Aerospace Labour Market Advisory Committee to represent the national aerospace community in matters related to labour market policy and human resource development priorities.
Sponsorship packages are available which provide options for your organization to be recognized as a leader and supporter of this important event. Sponsorship ensures we can provide quality content, and accelerate the policy development which is crucial to our workforce. To find out more or discuss specific opportunities please contact Bernadette Terry on (613) 501-5316.
Career Focus Program: 2016 – Wage Subsidy for New Hires
CCAA administers the Federal Government (ESDC) Youth Employment Strategies wage subsidy program for new hires in the Aviation & Aerospace industry. The program provides financial assistance for employers. The subsidy provides 50% of a “new hire’s” salary to a maximum contribution of $15,000 per employee. The current program ends March 31, 2017. Enrolment is quick and easy. A very limited number of spots remain in the program. To learn more about eligibility, and complete information for participating companies, please contact, Ron Wheatley, Director of Finance.
Upcoming CCAA Workshops Fall 2016
- Quality Systems Auditor (2-day workshop): September 26 – 27, 2016
- Corrective Action Plans (1-day workshop): September 28, 2016
Pitt Meadows, BC
- Quality Systems Auditor (2-day workshop): September 27 – 28, 2016
- Corrective Action Plans (1-day workshop): September 29, 2016
- Quality Assurance Manager (1-day workshop): October 4, 2016
If you are interested in a workshop but cannot attend one of those listed here, or are interested in any of the other courses in our training catalogue, please contact Kethy Sosso-Kolle, Training & Skills Development Coordinator, directly at 613-727-8272 x 261, or by email: Kethy Sosso-Kolle.
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CCAA E-Bulletin May 2016
CCAA Increases Its International Presence – Teaching in Panama City
Panama City from the Air
CCAA travelled to Panama in April to present Human Factors and Quality Assurance in Aviation Training to the staff of a Major National Airline. As arranged through the Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian Embassy in Panama, Florence Touré, Manager Skills Development Solutions, also met with several local Aviation companies who have just begun to develop their SMS programs, opening further opportunities for CCAA to provide Skills Development support.
CCAA was also selected to provide on line Human Factors training for a leading MRO in Brazil (translated to Brazilian Portuguese) and for the well-known Zodiac Aerospace in France.
Glenn Priestley; New Executive Director of the Northern Air Transport Association
Glenn, a dynamic and passionate Director at CCAA, will be missed on a day-to-day basis, but remains available to CCAA and its members to support the transition of his very important work to his colleagues.
Kerry Graham and Sohini Familli will take over Corporate Engagement and Certification matters, while Skills Development Solutions becomes the domain of Florence Touré, Manager of Training Solutions.
Executive Director Robert Donald expressed his sincere appreciation of Glenn’s enormous contribution to CCAA, mentoring his colleagues and the next generation, and his unbounded enthusiasm for his work in aviation safety. “Glenn was to us, very simply, a valued guide to the Canadian aviation industry and to the people, politics and issues in play.”
Click here for more on NATA’s new Executive Director.
Philip Sims Joins CCAA as Director of Program Development
CCAA welcomes Philip Sims to our executive as Director of Program Development. Drawing on experience gained throughout his management career with British Airways, the International Air Transport Association, (IATA), and most recently with the new European Air Cargo Program, Cargo iQ, and IATA’s e-Freight program, Mr. Sims looks forward to working with CCAA on its priorities, quality systems, strategies and standard setting initiatives over the coming years. More about our new Director of Program Development.
Upcoming CCAA Quality Workshops in Canada
Advanced Quality Systems Auditor workshop in Dorval, QC
Quality Assurance Manager workshop in Thunder Bay, ON
Quality Systems Auditor workshop in Calgary, AB
To register for a workshop, or to discuss your own skills development needs, please contact Florence Touré, Manager, Skills Development Solutions, 613-727-8272 ext. 261
Corporate Relations: What is a partnership?
Executive Director of CCAA, Robert Donald, Speaks at ICAO Air Transport Symposium
Mr. Donald joined a distinguished panel of experts discussing “Aviation Specific Safeguards for Competition: issues in competition law and the role of ICAO.”
The ICAO Panel on Aviation Specific Safeguards for Competition (from left to right), Capt. Martin Chalk, President, International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), Mr. Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General, Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), Ms. Silvia Gehrer, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority, Austria, [European Civil Aviation Conference, (ECAC)] and CCAA Executive Director, Robert Donald (missing from the picture Prof. Bijan Vasigh of Embry Riddle University) More
CCAA Corporate Engagement Activities
In the month of April, CCAA was fortunate enough to have some exposure at the MRO Americas Exposition in Dallas, thanks to Les Aalders, of ATAC and a member of the CCAA Board of Directors. Later in April CCAA presented at ICAO’s Air Transport Symposium, and participated in the ICAO Fatigue Risk Management Symposium CCAA also attended the Helicopter Association of Canada’s Spring Reception in Montreal. In May, CCAA participated in the Airline Pilots’ Association of Canada conference in Ottawa, the MRO conference held in Montreal, organized by AeroMontreal and the Ontario Aerospace Council, as well as the National Airline Council of Canada’s Aviation Symposium in Ottawa.
In addition, CCAA attended the NATA 40th AGM, Conference & Trade Show in Whitehorse. More
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, speaks at the Annual General Meeting of the National Airlines Council of Canada
CCAA Registry of Quality System Auditors
Customized Solutions to Develop Your Human Resources
Welcome New CCAA Corporate Partners!
Keewatin Air LP,
and Air Georgian Ltd.
We look forward to working with all of our partners and thank those of you who have renewed your corporate partnerships. This support allows us to continue to support the unique needs of our industry.
Remember that corporate partners benefit from a 20% discount on in-class and online training.
Dangerous Goods Training in Canada
In response to the proposed amendments to Part 6 of the Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, CCAA’s Robert Donald and Glenn Priestley shared their recommendations with the Chief, Safety Policy and International Engagement, Mr. Patrick Juneau.
CCAA has been working with Dangerous Goods policy and competency standards since the development of the CCAA Dangerous Goods Program Administrator Occupational Standard and Certification in 2013. This work was done with expert support of the Dangerous Goods Committee of the Air Transport Association of Canada, ATAC, and the Dangerous Goods Training Association, DGTA.
For the full text of CCAA’s recommendations to the Dangerous Goods Directorate, click here.
Labour Market Information:
Fast Facts on Canada’s Aviation & Aerospace Workforce
- Only 5.2% of the Aviation and Aerospace Industry’s workforce did not complete high school, compared to 20.1% in the total Canadian workforce.
- 22.6% of the industry’s workforce is composed of workers who only have attained a high school diploma, versus 25.6% for the total workforce.
- Employees with post-secondary education make up 72.3% of the industry’s workforce versus only 54.3% in the Canadian workforce.
Helicopter Association of Canada – a Message from the President
Information Flow is Critical
Late last month, for two days, I attended the Transportation Safety Board's first-ever Safety Summit held in Ottawa. The theme of the event was Information Flow – getting the right information to the right people in a timely way. The TSB cited a number of recent accidents where the flow of information was broken, with disastrous results. The audience was composed of roughly 100 people (including three of HAC's members – namely VIH, Phoenix, and CHL), and a number of associations from all modes.
The multi-modal conference (rail, marine, air, and pipeline) dealt with a number of sub-themes, including Emergency Response Planning; Flight Data Monitoring Programs;
the use of Cockpit Audio and Video Recordings; Media Relations; and Voluntary & Non-Punitive Reporting Programs, to name only a few.
The conference presenters were very engaging, and a number of them described the information-flow circumstances leading up to accidents of their own. Through the use of Breakout sessions, the conference was intended to encourage some dialogue among industry members of the same species, and to facilitate some cross-pollination between modes. All-in-all, the conference was a success, and we know that the TSB is counting on the Association representatives in attendance to circulate the lessons-learned to all of their members, in the hope that everyone will benefit from the some of the tricks-and-tips being employed by the different modes.
A formal summary of the proceedings will be made available to all participants in about 30 days, and the results will be circulated through the HAC Newsletter to all interested members and Associates. For more information about the Helicopter Association of Canada, please contact Barbara Priestley, Member Services. For more information on the Transportation Safety Board Summit 2016, please click here.
On May 9, 2016 Jim Quick, President & CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) announced that Guillaume Côté has been appointed as AIAC’s Vice President, Technology and Innovation. As part of an AIAC partnership with the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), he will also act as CARIC’s National Director.
Mr. Côté will manage the association’s innovation policy files including AIAC’s Innovation and Technology Committee, ensuring that industry speaks with a strong and clear voice on technology-related issues, particularly in the context of the government’s Innovation Agenda. He will also support the strategic development of CARIC’s national network in order to ensure that collaborative research projects leverage every region’s strength.
CCAA Board Meeting in Winnipeg
CBAA to Host Golf Tournament for Hope Air July 5, 2016 - Calgary
Upcoming Industry Events
Tue May 24, 2016 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
CANSEC | Canada’s Global Defence & Security Trade Show
Wed May 25, 2016
IATA Annual General Meeting
Wed Jun 01, 2016 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
For a complete list of upcoming industry events, click here.
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Mr. Donald continued, “CCAA, and the industry as a whole, has gained immeasurably from his definitive work at CCAA. His passion for worker safety and the programs he developed as industry resources range from quality management for CEO’s to comprehensive training of ramp and airside workers out there doing the everyday work in every conceivable environment. We’ll miss him, and wish him great success in his new responsibilities.”
And, from the NATA announcement of Glenn’s appointment as NATA’s Executive Director. “A number of you may already be familiar with Glenn, as he has had a long career in Canadian Aviation. His career began as a commercial pilot and, along the way, he has worked at Transport Canada as an inspector, at the Canadian Owner's and Pilot's Association, the Air Transport Association of Canada, and the Canadian Business Aviation Association. More recently, since 2009, Glenn has been with the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace as Director of Corporate Partnership, Accreditation, & Certification. He has a passion for the industry that we look forward to being applied at NATA in support of our efforts to create safe and efficient operating environment for Northern and remote air earners.”
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Mr. Sims has worked with CCAA in the past, providing valuable insight and analysis on CCAA’s position and activities within the sector to support strategic decision-making by the executive. He provided fresh options on strengthening our relationships with partners, proposals to grow existing business, and how to develop new markets. CCAA is pleased that Mr. Sims has agreed to join the team and looks forward to planning our strategic path with the benefit of his experience and insights.
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Importance of Corporate Support for Industry Skills Standards
What we do with industry
CCAA works with its’ Corporate Partners to implement a company specific skills development program, which includes:
- Implementing applicable Competency Standards for various occupations (trades) based on the 29 CCAA developed Occupational Standards with associated Logbooks developed for the aviation and aerospace industry.
- Training and certifying company appointed Evaluators to oversee employee skills development.
- Providing skilled workers with professional certification.
- Providing specific skills development in the area of Quality Assurance, Safety Management Systems, Human Factors and Management Best Practices. Courses can be delivered in company or some may also be accessed on-line.
- Direct Corporate Benefits of CCAA Skills Development System
- CCAA provides companies with evidence of workers and management competencies, especially useful for third party audits, insurance investigations, and contract applications.
- Transport Canada Advisory Circular (AC) 573-003 lists CCAA standards that are recognized by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) for technical personnel working in Approved Maintenance Organizations (AMOs).
- Increases Company’s professional profile as safety, security and environmental concerns are addressed in all skills certification, leading to increased worker efficiencies, and overall increased company productivity. Decreases liability when solutions are implemented.
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Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace is proud to have been represented by Executive Director Robert Donald on an ICAO panel moderated by Professor Brian Havel of DePaul University’s International Aviation Law Institute. The debate focussed on the necessity, practicability, and the form of competition safeguards.
- Competition safeguards are in whose interest?
- Difference between competition law (process and procedures to modulate effects on consumers) and policy (bilateral rules to protect the competitor).
- ension between rules and policy.
- Role of ICAO – not a new competition regime, but facilitate harmonization, promote liberalization and model provisions for bilateral agreements
Note: In 2013, Whos Who Legal referred to CCAA’s Executive Director as “The brilliant Robert Donald [who] has extensive experience in international aviation, national, and international transactions.” In Whos Who Legal 2015, Mr. Donald is recognized as “One of Aviation’s most highly regarded individuals, “a famed regulatory lawyer with deep knowledge of aviation matters.”
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CCAA provided a special Risk Assessment Processes presentation to the Northern Air Transport Association, NATA at their 40th conference. The fast-paced, 90-minute presentation focused on airport hazards such as runway condition, animal control as well as operational remote access risk management. This presentation was well received in Whitehorse, and is now available to all organizations.
In May CCAA connected via webinar to CASOP, in Vancouver and attended ATAC’s Spring Event in Ottawa. These events provide us with opportunities to personally connect with the industry and ensure that we are meeting industry needs regarding competency with skilled labour. Don’t be shy to find us and discuss how we can help your organization. Would you like to meet us while we are nearby? Please contact Kerry Graham, Manager Corporate Relations for more information or to coordinate your corporate visit.
Full text of the letter to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate follows; with CCAA response to the proposed amendments to the regulations in Part 6; those pertaining to training.
April 5, 2016
Mr. Patrick Juneau
Chief, Safety Policy and International Engagement
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Dear Mr. Juneau,
The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) is pleased to submit the following comments pertaining to the recent request for views on potential amendments to TDGR Part 6. I recognize that you have participated in briefing sessions on the work CCAA has done and apologize to the extent what follows is redundant, but given the importance of the subject, thought it would be useful to provide an overview.
The CCAA is a not for profit, national standards organization, incorporated in 1993. With funding from ESDC CCAA has developed 29 occupational standards (competency profiles) a program for certification of competency in those 29 trades and occupations, 13 national curricula and an accreditation program for the Aviation and Aerospace industry. CCAA engages with industry, labour educators, industry associations and government in its work promoting skills development and addressing the demographic needs of the aviation and aerospace industry. We are proud to have partnerships with over 200 Canadian organizations including Transport Canada.
CCAA developed the first national program for Dangerous Goods Program Administrators (DGPA) at the request of, and with support from, the ATAC Dangerous Goods Committee. The program includes an industry validated national occupational standard (competency profile) as well as a certification program and a written exam. The development of the DGCA was funded largely by ESDC.
CCAA has extensive experience in developing National Standards, certification of competency, developing national curricula, and in the accreditation of standardized national training programs.
Transport Canada Airworthiness Circular 573-003 is one example of where our Standards have been recognized by regulators. Our standards, certification, curricula and accreditation programs are also well respected by industry and educators.
The CCAA DGPA was developed for transportation by air. It could form the basis for a program for all modes of transport.
TDGR Part 6 Discussion Paper #1
Developing a framework for a modern TDG Training Regime
CCAA agrees with the premise of Discussion Paper #1. We note in particular the following extract from the discussion paper:
“TC is considering various options to ensure that all persons involved in the handling, offering for transport, transporting, or importing of dangerous goods are “adequately trained”. These options include: competency-based training and assessment; standardized curriculum and standardized tests; certification of individuals and accreditation of training institutions; as well as other options.”
As mentioned above, together with TDGR experts, CCAA has developed a training and certification program for TDGR professionals which includes the occupational standard (competency profile) for a DGPA as well as a written examination and certification process. We also have extensive experience with accrediting training institutions.
Attached are several documents which provide additional information on the CCAA DG PA and the exam process. Also attached is a presentation providing additional information on the DGPA as well as CCAA Standards, Certification and Accreditation programs.
TDGR Part 6 Discussion Paper #2
Competency-Based Training and Assessment
CCAA agrees with the goal of competency- based training and assessment (CBTA) for the transportation of dangerous goods. CBTA is the basis of all CCAA Occupational Standards and our Certification program.
We also agree with the stated intention to develop the competencies in conjunction with industry. As noted previously, many of the competencies have already been identified for the CCAA DGPA.
With respect to the Potential Option identified in Discussion Paper #2, this is precisely what CCAA did to develop the competency profile for the DGPA. Specifically we worked with numerous partners including industry, national and regional partners, ESDC and the ATAC Dangerous Goods Committee to develop a competency framework and certification program. The competency framework is the basis for the 1 and 2 day training programs we developed but could equally form the basis of a full curriculum.
The exam was also developed by subject matter experts (DGR and educators) as part of the project funded by ESDC. The exam consists of a bank of questions, which are used for testing of individuals wishing to become certified. The bank of questions is larger than what is required for an examination, such that different questions can be used for subsequent exam sessions. Much of this material could be incorporated into the generalized test contemplated in the discussion paper, although the generalized test would require additional questions and would need to address modes of transport other than air.
TDGR Part 6 Discussion Paper #3
CCAA agrees that there is no currently recognized standardized curriculum (based on a national standard) and test which allows employers, via institutions, to uniformly and consistently test and certify their employees involved in the transport of dangerous goods. The CCAA DGPA is however a good foundation for such a program. As noted the DGPA is focused on transport by air. Also it is focused on the competency required by those responsible for management of a DG program, not necessarily the person actually shipping or handling the dangerous goods. There are obviously countless programs which address those requirements, although as noted in the discussion paper, there is a lack of standardized curricula and assessment.
TDGR Part 6 - Discussion Paper #4
Certification and Accreditation
As noted above CCAA has extensive experience with certification and accreditation. We agree with the statement of the issue, and the background. CCAA agrees that accreditation of training organizations would be an important step to increasing safety. It is noted the discussion paper states that accreditation could potentially be administered by TC. CCAA agrees that TC is responsible for the administration and oversight of the program. However we would suggest that accreditation and audits could very well be handled by organizations endorsed by TC, under the oversight of TC. We agree that accreditation should be time limited.
With respect to certification, both options outlined have elements to commend them. On balance and subject to additional details, CCAA would view the first option as being more practical.
In summary, TDGR Part 6 Discussion papers highlight the weaknesses in the current provisions and set out a useful roadmap for revision. CCAA has done extensive work, which we believe aligns with the objectives set out in the discussion papers. We welcome an opportunity to assist TC in any way we can. I would welcome a face to face meeting at your convenience.
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|Educational Attainment||% Share of Aerospace Industry||% Share of Total Workforce|
|Less than high school education||5.2%||20.1%|
|High school education||22.6%||25.6%|
A note about support for the CCAA LMI project: Economic Social Development Canada has funded the CCAA LMI Project, and many of our partners are very supportive of this initiative and have encouraged their membership to participate. Although the work is ongoing, we’d like to thank;
- AIAC and AIAC Pacific – Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
- ATAC – Air Transport Association of Canada
- CBAA – Canadian Business Aviation Association
- HAC – Helicopter Association of Canada
- NATA – Northern Air Transport Association
- MAHRC – Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Council
- MAA - Manitoba Aerospace Council
- OAC – Ontario Aerospace Council
- And the many individuals from the Eastern Region, various organizations in Quebec, and elsewhere who took time make us feel welcome and to speak with us about this important workforce.
AIAC News continued...
Mr. Côté’s appointment is part of a partnership between AIAC and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), where he served as Deputy Director in the Aerospace, Marine and Defence Branch. The Interchange Canada program allows public servants to take on assignments outside of government as a way to support increased collaboration between government and key stakeholders such as the aerospace industry.
Mr. Côté has held several roles in the federal government as a senior advisor in industrial, technology and innovation policy, and has a background in innovation and industrial policy research. As a researcher, his examination of the role of industrial policy in the making of high-tech clusters, including aerospace, led him to a PhD in Urban Studies from INRS and a Doctorate in Geography and Planning from Toulouse II.
“Collaboration between industry and government has always been central to Canadian aerospace’s long-term success and competitiveness, and today’s announcement exemplifies the strong spirit of partnership that we enjoy with both government and CARIC,” said Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC. “Mr. Côté’s background in research and government policy and his commitment to collaborative innovation and industrial policy make him an ideal candidate for this role. We are delighted to welcome him to AIAC and are confident that his presence will enhance our members’ ability to innovate, compete, and support Canadian economic growth and leadership.”
Denis Faubert, CARIC’s President & CEO, said, “We are extremely pleased to have Mr. Côté join the ranks of our organization. CARIC has put its faith in the combined efforts of the various players in the aerospace industry, with the aim of ensuring Canada occupies a leading position in today’s marketplace by promoting innovation through Research & Development projects. As National Director of CARIC, Mr. Côté will further advance the organization’s strategic support to industry members and the research community. It is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Côté to our team knowing his work will serve to foster CARIC’s corporate vision.”
AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector. As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes over $29B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 180,000 Canadians.
Kristen VanderHoek, Director of Communications
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
613 232-4297 x225
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