Keynote Speakers

Capt. Tim Canoll

President, Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l

Captain Tim Canoll

Captain Tim Canoll (Delta) is the tenth president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), which represents more than 57,000 professional airline pilots in the United States and Canada, and is the largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization in the world. He was elected by the union's Board of Directors on Oct. 22, 2014, and began his four-year term on Jan. 1, 2015.

As ALPA's chief executive and administrative officer, Captain Canoll oversees daily operations of the Association and presides over the meetings of ALPA's governing bodies, which set policy for the organization. He is also the chief spokesman for the union, advancing pilots' views in the airline industry before Congress, Parliament, government agencies, airline and other business executives, and also the news media.

As ALPA’s president, Captain Canoll is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council as well as the Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department. He serves on the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee, which is made up of industry decision makers and is tasked with advising the agency on key decisions regarding the improvement and modernizing of the nation’s aviation infrastructure, and the Drone Advisory Committee, which collaborates with aviation and technology stakeholders to advise on the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the nation’s airspace.

Captain Canoll previously served as ALPA's executive administrator. His preceding ALPA offices include Delta Local Executive Council representative, Master Executive Council (MEC) Strike Committee member, MEC Security coordinator, MEC Strategic Planning chairman, MEC Negotiating Committee member, MEC vice chairman, and MEC executive administrator. In addition, the tenth ALPA president served as ALPA's representative to the Unsecured Creditors Committee during Delta Air Lines' 2005 bankruptcy.

Captain Canoll is a Delta MD-88 captain based in Atlanta, having also flown the B-727, L1011, and the B-767/757. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1982, and a former Navy Reserve F/A-18 Strike Fighter Squadron commanding officer. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve as a captain in 2008.


Ms. Kathy Fox

Chair, Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Kathy Fox selected air traffic control as a career in 1974, and worked at Transport Canada control towers in Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles, Saint-Hubert and Montréal-Dorval, as well as at the Montréal Area Control Centre.

From 1982 until 1986 she was in charge of air traffic control training at the CEGEP Saint-Jean-sur- Richelieu, a cooperative training program coordinated by Transport Canada and the Quebec Ministry of Education.

Ms. Fox left operational controlling in 1992 to accept a developmental assignment with Air Traffic Services Headquarters in Ottawa, assuming progressively senior positions. She transferred to NAV CANADA in 1996 and became Director, Safety & Quality, in 1997; then Director, Air Traffic Services, in 1999. In 2000, she was appointed Assistant Vice-President, Air Traffic Services. She became Vice-President, Operations, on April 1, 2003. As Vice-President, Operations, Ms. Fox was responsible for providing executive leadership and direction throughout NAV CANADA’s Operations Group. She retired from NAV CANADA in June 2007 and was appointed as a Member of the TSB in July 2007.

Ms. Fox received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from McGill University. She also completed a Master of Science in Human Factors and System Safety with Lund University in Sweden.

She has been extensively involved in other aviation activities for over 40 years, including sport parachuting and commercial aviation. She holds an airline transport pilot licence and flight instructor rating and has flown over 5,000 hours. Ms. Fox is a recipient of the Fédération aéronautique internationale Paul Tissandier Diploma and the Queen Elizabeth II Anniversary Medal for her contributions to sport parachuting in Canada. She received the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award in 1999. In November 2004, she was inducted into the Quebec Air and Space Hall of Fame. Ms. Fox received the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award in 2010 and the David Charles Abramson Flight Instructor Safety Award in 2011. She was also inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame on June 9, 2016.


The Honorable Robert Sumwalt

Acting Chair, National Transportation Safety Board

Robert L. Sumwalt was appointed the 37th member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in August 2006, whereupon President George W. Bush designated him as vice chairman of the Board for a two-year term. In November 2011, President Barack Obama reappointed Sumwalt to an additional five-year term as a board member. He was designated vice chairman by President Donald Trump on March 31, 2017.

Since joining the Board, Sumwalt has been a fierce advocate for improving safety in all modes of transportation, focusing especially on teen driver safety, ending impaired driving, and eliminating distractions in transportation, as well as on several aviation and rail safety initiatives.

Before joining the NTSB, Sumwalt was a pilot for 32 years, including 24 years with Piedmont Airlines and US Airways. He accumulated over 14,000 flight hours. During his tenure at US Airways, he worked on a special assignment to the flight safety department and also served on the airline’s Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) monitoring team. Following his airline career, Sumwalt managed the corporate aviation department for a Fortune 500 energy company.

In other notable accomplishments, Sumwalt chaired the Air Line Pilots Association’s Human Factors and Training Group, and co-founded the association’s critical incident response program. He also spent eight years as a consultant to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) and has written extensively on aviation safety matters.

Sumwalt earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Aeronautical Science (with Distinction) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with concentrations in aviation/aerospace safety systems and human factors aviation systems.


Mr. Neil R. Wilson

President and Chief Executive Officer, NAV CANADA

Neil R. Wilson is president and CEO of NAV CANADA, as of Jan. 1, 2016. He served as executive vice president, administration and general counsel for the company from 2013-2016, responsible for all legal and corporate services, in addition to human resources and customer and commercial services.

Wilson joined NAV CANADA as vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary in 2002. From that date until his appointment as president and CEO, Wilson was the company’s chief legal officer as well as corporate secretary. He has also been responsible for other corporate functions including contracting, logistics, and fleet; the company’s insurance program; environment and occupational health and safety; and 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 establishing NAV CANADA as a private corporation and acquiring Canada’s Air Navigation System, as well as a range of other commercial transactions.

Called to the Bar in Ontario in 1986, Wilson acquired his law degree from Queen's University, where he received a number of academic awards. His undergraduate work was in political science and economics at the University of Toronto. Wilson is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada.


Ms. Teri L. Bristol

Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration

Teri L. Bristol was named chief operating officer of the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Organization in March 2014. As chief operating officer, Bristol is responsible for ensuring the safety, efficiency, and security of air traffic operations across the entire National Airspace System (NAS). The scope of her responsibilities includes strategic leadership and direction of all service units within the Air Traffic Organization.

In her 20-year career she has had extensive experience in leading, directing, and managing air traffic and technical operations. Most recently, Bristol served as the vice president of technical operations from 2009 to 2012. In this role, she was responsible for the delivery of maintenance, monitoring and engineering services in the NAS. She was also in charge of providing spectrum and telecommunication services to support the ATO's service units, as well as providing worldwide flight inspection services for the NAS and Department of Defense, including combat/contingency support. She led a workforce of over 10,000 employees who ensure that more than 65,000 pieces of equipment and systems operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at more than 6,000 facilities.

Previously, Bristol was vice president of the service center, now a part of Mission Support Services. The Office of Service Center was responsible for integration of NAS operational service needs and supporting the needs within Service Areas. In 2007, Bristol served as the acting director for terminal operations in the Western Service Area. Her responsibilities included daily operation of air traffic control facilities in the Western Service Area, leading 2,700 employees geographically dispersed throughout the Western U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. Bristol worked in coordination with FAA leaders, military officials, state and local governments, Congress, media, and other aviation stakeholders as operations adviser.

Bristol also served as director of terminal program operations, where she was responsible for the delivery of surveillance, weather, automation and facility programs, and second-level engineering operational support for all terminal automation systems in the NAS.

In her career with the FAA, Bristol has served in several other leadership roles. Notably as the manager for terminal transition and implementation, she helped successfully deploy the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System. As program manager of the terminal automation ARTS IIE program, she successfully deployed Automated Radar Terminal Systems in the United States and Israel.

Bristol began her federal career in 1992 when she was recruited into the Department of Transportation's acquisition management training program, where she worked for the FAA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Federal Highway Administration.

Bristol holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and transportation from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Program Management Professional.