Permanent Mission of Canada to the International Civil Aviation Organization

Message from the Permanent Representative of Canada to the ICAO Council

Jean Benoit Leblanc

The Permanent Mission of Canada to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) promotes Canadian interests and works with other Member States to develop and uphold international norms and rules for civil aviation. The Mission is the primary channel for communications between the Canadian government and ICAO.

Through diplomacy, negotiation and daily monitoring of ICAO activities, the Mission works to advance Canada’s interests and to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation.

Hosting an international organization as critically important as ICAO is an enormous honor and the Government of Canada takes its host country responsibilities seriously.

As such, Canada, through its Mission, ensures international delegates, staff and their families have all the resources they require to live and work in Montreal. We ensure that privileges and immunities of diplomats working here are respected and that additional courtesies are extended wherever possible.

 

Mission Staff

Jean Benoît Leblanc:
Permanent Representative of Canada to the International Civil Aviation Organization

Marc P. Delisle:
Alternate Representative, Host State Program

Paul Langlais:
Alternate Representative, Member State Program

Claude Hurley:
Air Navigation Commissioner

Sylvie Gendron:
Administrative, Protocol and Liaison Officer

Karine Vézina:
Administrative Assistant

Claire Bolduc:
ICAO Community Liaison Officer

 

Biographies

Jean Benoît Leblanc (LLB, Laval University, 1988; Québec Bar School Diploma, 1989) is the Permanent Representative of Canada to ICAO since September 2015. Mr. Leblanc joined the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) in 1992 after working as a commercial/corporate lawyer in the private sector in Montreal from 1989 to 1992 with the firms Stikeman Elliott and Heenan Blaikie. Between 1992 and 2004 he worked mostly within DFATD at Headquarters and abroad as an officer in the NAFTA negotiation Office, Second Secretary (political and economic affairs) and Vice-Consul in Mexico, Legal counsel in the Economic Law Division, Senior policy analyst position in the Investment Trade Policy Division and in 2001 became Deputy Director of the Services Trade Policy Division. In 1997-1998 he also worked at the Privy Council Office as the Chief of Staff of the Deputy-Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs. From 2004 to 2009 he was Counsellor and Head of Trade and Economic at the Mission of Canada to the European Union, returning to Ottawa in 2009 to become Director for the Regional Trade Policy Division for the Americas until 2010 where he became the Director for the Trade Policy and Negotiation Division I where he acted as Chief negotiator for Canada’s free trade negotiations/discussions with Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua), Costa-Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ukraine, Israel and Turkey. Between 2013 and 2015, he was the Director of the Latin America Division in charge of political, economic and trade relations with that part of the world including in the context of the Pacific Alliance initiative. He was recipient, in 2009, of the Transport Canada National Awards of Excellence (Team award) for the Canada-EU Air Services Negotiations.

Marc P. Delisle has been Alternate Representative of Canada on the ICAO Council since 2011. He is responsible, among other things, for the daily monitoring of ICAO activities and for relations with the diplomatic community, as well as with municipal and provincial institutions.

Prior to joining the federal public service in 2000, Mr. Delisle studied International Relations, Law and History. He worked at Public Works and Government Services Canada, Office of Values and Ethics, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Canada Revenue Agency, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Veterans Affairs Canada and finally at Transport Canada, as Regional Manager, Transportation Security, Quebec Region. He also participated in several missions to Colombia, Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago as part of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism of the Organization of American States and was manager of a Canada–US maritime security joint operational program.

Paul Langlais started his federal government career in 2002, as Transportation Security and Emergency Preparedness Inspector, Quebec Region. In 2004, he became Regional Manager, Operational Security at Montreal Airports. Two years later, he was appointed as Regional Manager, Strategic Planning, Intelligence and Training. In 2007, he was seconded as Team Leader to the ICAO Universal Security Audit Programme. During which he performed several audits and follow-up visits to Africa, Asia and Europe. Two years later, Mr. Langlais was appointed as Alternate Representative of Canada on the ICAO Council. In 2011, he was seconded once again to the ICAO Secretariat, this time as Senior security Advisor. In 2014, he was assigned to the Transport Canada Aviation Enforcement Division.

As of April 2015, Mr. Langlais has been Alternate Representative of Canada on the ICAO Council and is responsible, among other things, for issues related to air transport, joint support of air navigation services, technical cooperation, aviation security and the environment.

Claude Hurley, a professional pilot, was nominated by Canada, and appointed in 2014 by the ICAO Council, as Air Navigation Commissioner as well as Alternate Representative of Canada on the ICAO Council.

Previously, Mr. Hurley served as a regulator at Transport Canada, first as a Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, then a Technical Team Lead, Flight Operations, before being appointed Associate Director (Operations). Prior to joining Transport Canada, he flew for many years with major helicopter operators, in Canada and overseas, working as a line captain, training pilot, type rating examiner, technical pilot, and base manager, in roles as diverse as offshore oil, air ambulance, and Arctic resupply, on aircraft such as the Bell 212, Sikorsky S76C+, and S92A.

Claude started his flying career after earning his B.Sc. (Applied), serving over thirteen years with the Canadian Forces, flying in various roles, such as tactical support to army operations, peacekeeping missions, as well as search and rescue.

 

Contact information

999 Robert-Bourassa Boulevard
Suite 15.35
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3C 5J9

Telephone: 514-283-3530
E-mail: Canada@icao.int

 

 

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