Chief Operating Officer
Jean L. Laporte
Appointed Chief Operating Officer on 24 August 2009
Mr. Laporte's public service career began at the Treasury Board Secretariat, followed by a stay at Revenue Canada, Customs and Excise. In 1985, he joined the Canadian Aviation Safety Board (CASB) and subsequently the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), occupying a variety of progressively more senior positions, including those of Director General of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. During his more than 30 years with CASB and TSB, he was actively involved in the development, review, approval and implementation of business processes, policies, systems, tools and training programs covering all operations and activities of the organization.
Mr. Laporte graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree. In 1989, he received his Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation, and became a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in 2013. In 2002, Mr. Laporte was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal in recognition for his contribution to the federal public service, and in 2007 was awarded a Fellowship by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada for his contribution to the accounting profession.
Captain Marc-André Poisson joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in 2011 as Director of Marine Investigations.
Previously, he held a variety of federal government positions, including Senior Director, Industrial Security; Director, Operations Support of the Coast Guard Fleet and Ship's Officer.
Mr. Poisson has Command at Sea experience, was On-Scene Commander on many marine spills and an emergency responder on many accidents, including the Swissair disaster. He has taught in the Maritime domain in Canada, Africa and Europe. He has also trained as a hovercraft navigator and pilot and is a Certified Hazmat Technician.
Mr. Poisson holds two college diplomas in science, has completed an International Business program in France (UCF), a Bachelor of Arts degree (Université du Québec) and a Master's degree in Marine Policy (University of Wales). He has a number of publications to his credit, including a manual for first responders to chemical spills at sea. Finally, he is the recipient of the Coast Guard's highest award: the Exemplary Service Medal.
Kirby Jang joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in 2003 as Manager, Regional Operations and since that time has completed or reviewed over 80 rail accident investigations. He became Director of Investigations in 2009.
Prior to joining the TSB, Mr. Jang worked primarily in the railway industry for a number of engineering consulting firms. In his capacity as railway systems consultant, he was directly responsible for the management and successful completion of over 100 technical projects.
Mr Jang's education credentials include three university degrees: a Bachelor (1984) and Master (1985) of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (1992) from the University of Toronto.
Natacha Van Themsche
Natacha Van Themsche joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in February 2017, as Director of Air Investigations.
Prior to joining the TSB, she held positions as Director and Commanding Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, where she served for more than 24 years. As an aerospace engineering officer, she held several key positions directing airworthiness and engineering activities, as well as maintenance operations within the Royal Canadian Air Force. These experiences led her to work on several fleets of aircraft, such as the CT-133 (Silver Star), the CC-144 (Challenger), the CT-114 (Tutor/Snowbirds), and more particularly the CF-18 (Hornet).
Ms. Van Themsche began her career with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1992. She completed her Bachelor of Science, Honours Space Science, at the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1997, and her training in aerospace engineering in 1999. In 2012, Ms. Van Themsche was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for her contribution to the Canadian Armed Forces and the community.
Director, Operational Services
Dr. Leo Donati joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in 1997 as a Senior Human Factors Analyst. He served as Manager, Human Factors and Macro Analysis (2008-2011) before being promoted to the position of Director in 2011. He actively participated as a human factors specialist in over 100 investigations, including the Swissair 111 in-flight fire, the MK Airlines reduced power take-off and collision with terrain, the McBride railway bridge collapse and the Queen of the North ferry sinking.
Dr. Donati has 25 years experience in the federal government. Prior to joining the TSB, he served with the Canadian Forces, as a Bioscience Officer in various roles such as providing human factors support to development,and acquisition projects and in support of accident investigation for the Directorate of Flight Safety.
Dr. Donati holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology as well as a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of British Columbia. He also earned two Masters of Science degrees, one in Biology (Simon Fraser University) and one in Ergonomics (Loughborough University of Technology). He obtained his Doctorate in Human Factors in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto.
Director General, Corporate Services
Luc Casault joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in April 2017 as the Director General, Corporate Services. As part of his duties, he has the following titles on behalf of the TSB: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer and Head of Human Resources.
Mr. Casault has 20 years of experience in federal government entities. Throughout his career, he was involved in numerous modernization initiatives. Prior to joining the TSB, he was a Senior Director with Public Services and Procurement Canada responsible for Procurement Business Modernization. He has also worked at Statistics Canada, the Chief Information Branch of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, in finance and procurement at Natural Resources Canada, as well as in finance at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Mr. Casault is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified General Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. In 2010, he received a GTEC award in recognition of his successful implementation of the National ePayment Project at NRCan.
Acting director, Communications
Patrizia Huot holds a Common Law Degree (LL.B.) and a Masters in Classical Studies (Archaeology, Roman Numismatics) from Ottawa University. She has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 1999.
Patrizia clerked for the Honourable Rouleau J. at the Federal Court of Canada. She worked as in house counsel at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. In 2001, Patrizia occupied the position of Executive Assistant and Legal Counsel to Mary Dawson Q.C., Associate Deputy Minister at the Department of Justice, where she worked on numerous high profile legal cases. From 2005 to 2014, Patrizia joined Legal Services at Transport Canada where she worked as Corporate counsel in the areas of transportation law, access and privacy law, and employment law. In 2014, Patrizia also worked the Canadian Human Right Commission as Legal Advisor.
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