Air Transportation Association of Canada
Course: Canadian Economic Issue
Date: June 16, 2012
Air Transportation Association of Canada (ATAC) came into existence as a result of a conference of aircraft operators and aircraft manufacturers held in Ottawa on November 18, 1934. Forty-one delegates from commercial companies were present, as well as nine representatives from the Civil Aviation Division-which was then under the Department of National Defence, and five members of the National Research Council. The association was called the Commercial Air Transport and Manufacturers' Association of Canada. On November 2, 1942 the name was changed to the Air Industries and Transport Association of Canada and on April 9, 1962, when the industrial members withdrew, the continuing group formed in 1934 was renamed the Air Transport Association of Canada. Nowadays, ATAC advances the issues that affect members' bottom lines. They deliver direct value through a set of services, which help shape the development of those issues in the public realm. Also, it serves as Canada's national trade association for commercial aviation and flight training industries as well as aviation industry suppliers. Membership
ATAC represents over 200 air service providers and affiliated companies in Canada. Collectively, their member companies account for over 95% of commercial aviation revenues in Canada. It is located at 255 Albert Street, suite 700, in Ottawa, has a permanent staff of 8, headed by a President and CEO, and a Board of Directors from various member companies, elected by the membership. The membership currently stands at approximately 200 Operator and Associate Members. Since 2011, Harvey J. Friesen and John McKenna are the chairman and President&CEO, respectively. In addition, the ATAC Honorary Life Membership is the Association's highest award. It is awarded to individuals who, during their...
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