Air Canada President, Robert Milton, leads Fifty Experts at Canada's inaugural Conference on Airport Security
February 20, 2006

Ottawa, February 20, 2006… CATAAlliance announced today that Robert Milton, Air Canada, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. will be the lead keynote of more than fifty advanced security experts at the Canadian Aviation Security Conference Leading Change: Aviation Security Today and Tomorrow (March 29-30 at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata).

"We are bringing together providers, users and suppliers of the aviation security system together with senior policy-makers and regulators to explore the needs of the various users, to look at interoperability issues, and to discuss the evolving risk of future and potential new dangers to the system." said Norm Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, CATAAlliance and manager of the Canadian Aviation Security Conference.

Comprehensive Conference Program

Topics to be covered at the Canadian Aviation Security Conference include:

  • Developments and new technology for information security in aviation;
  • Innovations in passenger screening;
  • Updates on aviation security initiatives worldwide;
  • Impact of passenger profiling and behaviour recognition on security achieved;
  • Technology, best practice and innovation in cargo screening and security;
  • Enhancing security along the air cargo supply chain;
  • Balancing cost in an environment of new threats; and
  • Human side to security training.

Providing a National Voice on Advanced Security

CATAAlliance is leading an Advanced Security Campaign, an outreach program mobilizing research and advocacy resources to ensure that industry views are fully reflected in the federal government's approaches to public safety and security. It recently called upon the new government to expand public/private sector collaboration on national security issues as a cornerstone to the nation's long-term economic growth.

Initiatives have included: A Statement of National Security Measures Recommended for Implementation by the Federal Government; a 200- page guidebook, survey and trends analysis document of security solutions; Founding Partnership in the Forum for Info Security Innovation in Canada (FISIC); Advanced Security SR & ED Briefings; Hosting of International Experts to share security best practices, among other initiatives.

CATAAlliance, President, John Reid concluded, "It is in our national interest to get national security right. Governments must establish an environment in which the public and private sectors collaborate towards reducing risks to our national security. This is best done by providing the right mix of program incentives and penalties to optimize national security through enhanced private sector security. Airport Security is one of the key focus areas in achieving this objective"

To register for the Canadian Aviation Security Conference, pleaser complete the on-line form found at:

If you are interested in displaying your technologies at the Conference Trade Show, please contact Conference Organizer, Norm Kirkpatrick at email

Executives (Director to CEO levels) interested in being part of the CATA listserv for Advanced Security developed as resource for peer to peer counsel, government relations advice and for posting early notices of procurement opportunities should contact John Reid at email