National Press Club
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
9:00am EDT

Featured Speakers

Marc Courtois

Chairman of the Board, NAV CANADA and Aireon

Marc Courtois is currently Chair of the Board of NAV CANADA and Aireon. He joined the NAV CANADA Board of Directors in 2012, before being appointed Chairman of the Board in February 2013.

Mr. Courtois is a Director on the Boards of TVA Group Inc., GBC North America Growth Fund Inc., and GLV, Inc., with a prior appointment to the Board of Oceanex Income Fund. He is actively involved in the community as Director of various university and hospital foundations, as well as charitable organizations and health care centers.

With more than 20 years of experience in capital markets, Mr. Courtois has particular expertise in the areas of financing, mergers and corporate acquisitions. He had an extensive career with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. working there from 1980 to 2001, and serving as Managing Director, Quebec. Mr. Courtois served as the Chairman of Canada Post Corporation from 2007 to 2014.


Cyriel Kronenburg

Vice President of Aviation Services, Aireon

Cyriel Kronenburg is the Vice President of Aviation Services for Aireon, leading the global sales and marketing efforts and spearheading the adoption of space-based ADS-B surveillance services.

Kronenburg has extensive industry experience, most recently as the Global Head of Air Traffic Control (ATC) charges for the International Air Transport Association (IATA). In this role he was responsible for leading IATA member airlines and the IATA team in global Air Traffic Management (ATM) efficiency campaigns. He represented IATA members’ interests with governments lead the development of IATA policy and processes on ATM financial matters.

Previously, Kronenburg held a variety of positions at IATA, including Head of Government and Infrastructure Affairs for North America and the Caribbean and Assistant Director of Industry Charges for North and South America. As a former executive for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, in addition to experience as an Air Traffic Controller, Pilot and Flight Safety Officer, he has firsthand experience with the operational requirements of aviation stakeholders.


Don Thoma

Chief Executive Officer, Aireon

Don Thoma is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aireon. Thoma held various senior leadership positions at Iridium Communications following his arrival in 2001, serving most recently as Executive Vice President of Marketing.

As Executive Vice President of Marketing, Thoma was responsible for strategic marketing of Iridium’s products and services, corporate communications and leading corporate initiatives related to the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT.

Thoma currently serves as a member of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) Executive Committee, which is accountable for the overall performance of CANSO and served as Chairman of the Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA), an industry trade group that works to advance the use of hosted payloads on commercial satellites.

Prior to joining Iridium, Thoma served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for ObjectVideo, Inc and has held various positions of responsibility at ORBCOMM, ranging from Senior Director of Transportation to Founder and General Manager of the Vantage Tracking Solutions Business Unit and Vice President of Business Development. Prior to ORBCOMM. Thoma’s experience included Director of Integration and Launch Operations for Orbital Sciences Corporation.


Martin Rolfe

Chief Executive Officer, NATS

Martin was appointed as CEO in May 2015 and is responsible for the 24/7 air traffic operation.

He joined NATS as Managing Director Operations in March 2012, overseeing the delivery of NATS’ en route business.

Previously Martin worked for Lockheed Martin where he was Managing Director of the UK Civil business.

Martin has worked in the air traffic management domain for 18 years leading large multinational teams across Europe, the US, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Far East, with customers including air navigation service providers, central government departments and military organisations.