Aviation Safety Letter 1/2003

CASS 2003 - April 14-16, 2003 - Montreal, Quebec 

Transport Canada, Quebec Region, is proud to be hosting the 15th annual Canadian Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), on April 14, 15 and 16, 2003, at the Montreal Hilton Bonaventure in beautiful downtown Montreal, Quebec. The theme for CASS 2003 is "Aviation Human Resources: The Core of Our Industry". It was developed to address the challenges the industry will face in the areas of personnel selection and recruitment, training, retention and knowledge transfer as they relate to safety.

People are an invaluable resource in any field.  But with the impending retirement en masse of the boomer generation, the aviation industry faces a significant challenge: managing the transfer of knowledge and skills from one generation of operational, technical, managerial and safety professionals, to the next.

Two obvious solutions emerge: the boomer generation must be prepared to retire later with the commensurate challenges associated with an aging workforce, or the groundwork for succession must be initiated now. Both will be needed to ensure business continuity against a backdrop of continued growth in aviation activity causing an increased demand for better safety performance. Moreover, various sectors of the industry will be competing against one another for quality personnel from an ever-shrinking pool.

The challenge, regardless of the solutions adopted, will remain the management of the transfer of knowledge and skills from one generation to the next, where each possesses vastly different characteristics and expectations. To meet this, the aviation industry must understand the issues revolving around these generational differences to devise strategies to ensure a seamless transfer and improve safety simultaneously. It must recruit and retain quality staff and provide the means for transferring knowledge and skills successfully.

CASS 2003 creates an opportunity to hear high profile speakers from the academic, operational, regulatory and management worlds on this subject. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to discuss and find solutions to their mutual human resource problems in a workshop setting. For more information, check our Web site: www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/publications/tp185-1-10-printable-3058.htm

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