Speakers

Steven P. Williams, Partner
Emond Harden, Labour & Employment Law

Steve is a partner at Emond Harnden where he leads the Aviation Practice Group. He has the pleasure of serving the human resources and labour relations law needs of a diverse range of fixed and rotary wing operators, airports, flight schools and aviation related government agencies and industry groups. Secondments to an airline and NAV CANADA gave him firsthand industry experience and an appreciation of the importance of practical solution focused advice.


Heather Schacker, Transport Canada

After graduating from Carleton University with two Bachelor of Arts degrees, Heather joined Transport Canada as an Aviation Inspector. In this position, she played a key role in the advancement of standards and regulations for airports; which included various levels of national stakeholder consultation. With a specialization in Quality Management Systems (ISO 9000 series), Heather moved to Management Services to develop and implement the Civil Aviation Integrated Management System (IMS) Standard which sets out the requirements for Civil Aviation's management activities. Heather then delivered management system training and conducted quality evaluations of the overall Civil Aviation program.

Heather joined the Civil Aviation Standards Branch in 2015, where she assumed her current role as Program Manager of Safety Promotion and Education. In this role she seeks out to promote compliance with the Canadian Aviation Regulations and educate on best industry practices through a wide range of media including seminars, workshops, videos and publications. Two of the publications she manages are the Transport Canada Aeronautical Information Manual (TC AIM) and the Aviation Safety Letter (ASL). Heather’s aim is to continually raise the safety bar through engagement and collaboration with Canada’s aviation community.


Simon Garrett, Transport Canada

Simon joined Transport Canada in 2017 as a General Flight Standards Inspector and is based at national head-quarters in Ottawa. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot License and has accumulated over 8000 hours of flying. As a Class 1 Instructor, Pilot Examiner and Chief Flight Instructor of the Rockcliffe Flying Club in Ottawa, Simon was instrumental in guiding many students through flight training and into aviation careers. Recognized for his “safety first” approach, dedication and contribution to the aviation industry, Simon was the recipient of the Ken Chatfield Memorial Award in 2004, the David Charles Abramson Memorial Award in 2006 , the Rockcliffe Flying Club President's Trophy in 2007, the Magnes Safety Award in 2012 and a CASARA Recognition Award in 2015. As a member of the Canadian Precision Flying Association, Simon earned a silver medal in 1998 and a bronze in 1999 at the National Championships. He then represented Canada as a member of the Canadian National Team at the 2000 World Championships held in Sweden. Currently working as one the leads on the General Aviation Safety Campaign, Simon continues to promote and help General Aviation in Canada as well as volunteer his time as a Flight Judge and MC at the annual Webster Memorial Trophy competition.


Nicolas Drolet
Robinson Sheppard Shapiro, LLP

Nicolas Drolet’s practice focuses on the aviation and air transport industry, through his insurance, regulatory and labour and employment practice.

In his specific aviation law practice, he deals with various types of insurance claims, both in defence and in subrogation/recovery, in cases raising air carriers’ liability for both passengers and cargo. Nicolas deals with owners, builders/manufacturers and parts and maintenance service providers for both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft and engines, as well as airports, airlines and drone operators. He also advises these stakeholders on the application of statutes governing aeronautics.

Nicolas earned, and still holds his pilot’s licence after graduating from the Centre québécois de formation aéronautique (CQFA) in 2006, having received the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) Scholarship for excellence in multi-engine, instrument-based flying. He has also completed technical training in aviation, for which he still holds a valid airline pilot licence. Nicolas has flown aircraft throughout the country, mainly in the Canadian North, carrying both cargo and passengers and performing medevac services.


Ehsan Monfared
YYZlaw

Ehsan completed his Juris Doctor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law. In his final year he studied, among other courses, private international air law and airline business law at the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law. Prior to attending law school, Ehsan obtained a B.Sc. in Technical Management, summa cum laude, from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Ehsan also holds a Diploma of Airline and Flight Operations from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and is also the holder of a Canadian commercial pilot licence with multi-engine IFR rating.

During his Articles with YYZlaw, Ehsan benefited from a varied work placement which exposed him to litigation at one of Toronto’s top litigation boutiques, as well exposure to the areas of corporate and commercial law with another Toronto-based law firm. Ehsan has been extensively involved with high-end business aircraft transactions, and has also been involved in the licensing of new foreign air operators with Canadian regulatory bodies.

Ehsan is particularly passionate about volunteerism and community service. Within the aviation and travel industries, Ehsan presently serves on the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association’s Air and Space Law Section in his role as Section Secretary, and he has also been recruited by the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) to assist with ongoing pro-bono projects for the benefit of the CBAA’s membership.