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Government announces St. John’s Port Authority, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority appointments

OTTAWA, Ont.– The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced the appointment of John W. Hodder to the board of directors of the St. John’s Port Authority until March 2017.

During his career,  Hodder has served in numerous managerial and chair positions. Hodder was a conciliator with the Newfoundland/Labrador (NL) Labour Relations Agency from 2001 to 2012, where he mediated issues for both private and public sector contract negotiations. Prior to that, he occupied various positions with the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Newfoundland and Labrador, dating back to 1987.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Hodder was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service in 2012, recognizing his long involvement in a variety of service organizations, including the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Canadian Registered Safety Professionals, the Interdepartmental Training and Development Committee of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Safety Services Newfoundland Labrador, the Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association, the Atlantic Region Canadian Marine Advisory Council, the Air Force Association of Canada, and the Association of Kinsmen, Kinette & Kin Clubs of Canada.

In related news, Roxanne Morrissey was also appointed to the board of directors of the St. John’s Port Authority until October 2014.

Morrissey’s past experience includes work with a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations, as well as government. Roxanne is an equal equity partner with WaterWerks Communications in St. John’s, Newfoundland, since 2000, helping clients to identify opportunities and develop strategies for business growth.

She has a B.A. from Memorial University of Newfoundland where she studied psychology and business.

Raitt also announced the appointment of Paul Benoit to the board of directors of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) for a term of three years.

Benoit was the president and the chief executive officer of the Ottawa International Airport Authority from its creation in 1996 to 2013, the year of his retirement. Prior to that, he held the positions of vice president of marketing and operations at Dorval and Mirabel airports.

He holds certificates in management practices from both the University of Virginia and Concordia University, and a certificate in aviation practices from the London Business School. He also has a homeland security executive accreditation from Tel Aviv University in Israel.

In 2011, his team won the Airports Council International Service Quality Award as the number 1 airport in North America. They have been in the top 3 since the creation of the award in 2006. In 2012, Mr. Benoit was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to wounded Canadian Forces members returning from Afghanistan. He was also named Tourism Leader of the Year by Ottawa Tourism in 2002, and Community Builder of the Year by the United Way Ottawa in 2012.

He is also a past chair of the Canadian Airports Council, and has been a board member of Ottawa Tourism, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, and Vintage Wings of Canada.