The Honorable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, this week announced the appointment of Captain Claude Hurley as Canada’s new Permanent Representative to ICAO, effective immediately.
Captain Hurley, a professional pilot, most recently served as the President for ICAO’s Air Navigation Commission, the organization’s primary technical body. He has been Canada’s nominee to the Air Navigation Commission since 2014. Prior to his assignment at ICAO, Captain Hurley worked in Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation directorate, providing oversight of air operators, flight training units and aerodromes. As a pilot with over 30 years of experience, he has worked in a variety of international settings. He also served as an officer and pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces, where he participated in flight operations for peacekeeping missions.
“As a founding member and leading contributor to ICAO, Canada has been the proud host state since 1947, and is fully committed to ICAO’s success, said Minister Garneau. “We value the important role ICAO plays in coordinating the global response to new opportunities and challenges in civil aviation, and we welcome every opportunity to make a contribution. It is my pleasure to congratulate Captain Claude Hurley on his new position. He is an outstanding candidate and I look forward to working closely with him in the years ahead.”
ICAO was created to promote the safe and orderly development of civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations and develops guidance material touching on a number of important aspects of the global aviation sector, including safety, security, sustainable economic growth and environmental standards.