Guest Editorial

Judy Rutherford, Director, National Organization Transition Implementation Project

As the Director of the National Organization Transition Implementation Project (NOTIP), it is my pleasure to provide you with an update of this project in this edition of the Aviation Safety Letter (ASL). The NOTIP is responsible for determining and implementing changes to the Civil Aviation organization and workforce to enable the successful implementation of a sustainable safety management system (SMS) oversight framework for the industry, in accordance with the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Integrated Management System (IMS).

Civil Aviation has undergone many changes since the organizational restructuring in 1995. New concepts and approaches have been introduced in successive key strategic documents such as Challenge ‘98, Flight 2005, and more recently, Flight 2010. In early 2005, TCCA had begun a review of its organizational structure in response to evolving realities in both the industry and the government. By 2013, 46 percent of the current Civil Aviation workforce will be eligible for retirement, or will have already retired. Given the current and predicted workforce demographics, replacing our employees to continue the current safety oversight regime is not feasible. Major changes need to be made in the way we work, not just in the industry, but within the authority as well.

The goal is to transition the organization to the “end state” model by 2010, when SMS is fully implemented in aviation enterprises-formalizing a concept of operations that Civil Aviation has been migrating towards since SMS implementation began. This organizational model will allow further flexibility in sharing expertise and maintaining technical competencies, as well as delivering the required level of service to the industry. Our program will be delivered using multidisciplinary teams who are responsible for the oversight of enterprises within the industry.

Under the new model, headquarters will continue to be responsible for the development of policy, regulations and standards, and the delivery of specific centralized operations. Regions will continue to be responsible for implementing the majority of the Civil Aviation Program. A dedicated team is being formed to manage the transition issues over the coming years. I invite you to visit the Civil Aviation Web site,, for further information and updates, including frequently asked questions and a feedback mechanism on the organizational review project.

Judy Rutherford
National Organization Transition Implementation Project

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