Board of Directors
John W. Crichton
- John Crichton is President & Chief Executive Officer of NAV CANADA. He also served as Chairman of the Board of NAV CANADA from August 1995 to October 1997, and was instrumental in bringing about the unique consensus among customers, unions and the federal government that created the world's first privatized air navigation service (ANS).
- In addition to his role as Chair of NAV CANADA, he also served as President and CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) from April 1994 until November 1997.
- Prior to joining ATAC Mr. Crichton spent 24 years in commercial aviation, the majority of which was as Executive Vice President of First Air, after becoming a commercial pilot in 1969.
- In 2006, Mr. Crichton was selected as the Transportation Person of the Year for his “remarkable contributions to the air transportation industry over a long and successful career.” Presented by the Transportation Association of Canada, the award recognizes an industry leader who has contributed to the improvement or advancement of the transportation industry.
- In 2008, John Crichton received the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award from the Washington-based Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). The international award honours Mr. Crichton’s lifelong achievements in the field of aviation.
- In 2009 he was presented with the C. D. Howe Award by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. The award recognizes long term leadership in the fields of policy and planning combined with achievements that are deemed to be of permanent significance and unassailable in the light of history.
- Sidney Koslow is currently Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for NAV CANADA. He is responsible for major technology projects with an emphasis on new functionality, as well as the marketing of NAV CANADA technology solutions to third parties.
- Mr. Koslow joined in August 1997 as NAV CANADA’s Vice President, Engineering. In that position, he was responsible for all engineering projects involving ANS management, telecommunications, surveillance, and navigation. He was also responsible for system engineering and life cycle management of operational systems.
- Mr. Koslow had been associated with The MITRE Corporation’s Air Traffic Control work from 1964 to 1997, performing technical and managerial system engineering tasks related to en route and terminal Air Traffic Control and Flight Service Automation efforts. He was Technical Director of MITRE’s System Development Division. He was responsible for MITRE support to the FAA in Air Traffic Control functional design, development and acquisition.
Neil R. Wilson
- As Executive Vice President, Administration and General Counsel, Mr. Wilson is responsible for all legal and corporate service functions as well as Human Resources, and Customer and Commercial Services.
- Mr. Wilson joined NAV CANADA as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2002. In addition to his continuing role as Chief Legal Officer at NAV CANADA, Mr. Wilson is the Company’s Corporate Secretary and oversees Contracting, Logistics & Fleet, Insurance, Environment and Occupational Health & Safety, as well as Corporate Security.
- Prior to joining NAV CANADA, he was a partner in the Ottawa office of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, where he had extensive experience in a wide variety of transactions and areas of litigation. These included negotiations for amending Canada's constitution, and helping to establish NAV CANADA as a private corporation, as well as a range of commercial transactions. He has been an advocate for clients before all levels of provincial and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before a variety of administrative, adjudicative and legislative bodies.
- Moodie Cheikh is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Searidge Technologies.
- Mr. Cheikh is responsible for setting strategic corporate objectives and leading and managing the team to meet those objectives. Mr. Cheikh is also accountable for operations and complex deal negotiations for the company. In 2010, he was instrumental in negotiating and closing the sale of majority interest in the company to NAV CANADA.
- In 2013, Mr. Cheikh was named to the Forty under 40 awards, co-hosted by Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizing his leadership, entrepreneurship and active involvement within the community. In 2011, under his leadership, Searidge was recognized by Jane’s Airport Review/CANSO for its’ market leading innovation. The Innovation award recognizes small enterprises that have raised Air Traffic Management (ATM) performance. And in 2009, the Company was recognized by Deloitte & Touche LLP as one of their Companies-to-Watch. This award honours Canadian technology companies who display the kind of management expertise and superior technology that mark a successful early-stage company poised for continued growth.
- Alex Sauriol is Vice President of ATM/Airport Products and co-founder of Searidge Technologies.
- Mr. Sauriol is responsible for driving the company’s product roadmap and is the visionary behind the company’s recent innovations including IntelliDAR™ (Intelligent Video platform) and the DAWC (Digital Aviation Weather Camera)/Automated Sector Visibility (ASV) program.
- Mr. Sauriol is also responsible for setting and managing corporate sales objectives and teams. He is credited with major wins including: Searidge’s key role in the FAA’s Staffed NextGen Tower program with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the sale of the first NCSS project in Europe (Malta Air Traffic Services), and the strategic sale to DFS for the certification of IntelliDAR for national use.
- Prior to founding Searidge, Mr. Sauriol served various software development and product management positions in Europe, Canada and the US.