The Air Canada vs. Thibadeau Case-Issues

  • September 29, 2015

This meeting was held at 12:00 PM at Miller Thomson LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This meeting was recorded and can be viewed at

Guest Speakers

Pascale Giguere, Senior Counsel and Manager/Avocate principale et Gestionnaire, Legal Affairs Branch/Direction des affaires juridiques, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages


There were 10 members present. The meeting was convened by the Chair, Ken Burnett, at 12:00 p.m. The following items were discussed:

1.         Upcoming Events

The Chair advised the meeting that Bill Yearwood of TSB will be addressing the Section on October 27, 2015.  David Neave of DLA Piper will also be addressing the Section on November 24, 2015.  The Chair asked if any of the members had any subject matter they wished to have raised at a Section meeting.

2.         Executives

The Section Executive was meeting next week at lunch and if anybody had any program suggestions, etc., they could let the executives know.  The Chair also advised the meeting we were needing one more member for the executive and requested volunteers. There were not any volunteers.

3.         Amendment to the Wildfire Act Re Penalties to Prevent Drones

The Chair advised the meeting that it was proposed that the Wildfire Act was to be amended in 2016 to increase penalties to prevent drones from flying over firefighting operations.  He asked if anybody at the meeting had any indication of whether this was going to pass at this session of the House. No one at the meeting had any idea that this was going forth. See for a further discussion on this matter.

4.         TPAC

Brian Poston reported that there the Trans Pacific Aviation Conference was taking place a week Friday at the Pan Pacific Hotel.  He passed out cards advertising the conference.

5.         Main Speaker

The Chair introduced the speaker, Pascal Giguere, of the office of the Commissioner of Official Languages.   Ms. Giguere then gave PowerPoint presentation on the recent case of “Air Canada vs. Thibadeau” and some of the issues arising out of that case.  At the end of the speech there were no questions and the speaker was thanked by the Chair.


The duration of the meeting was 1.5 hours. Of this, 1 hour can be counted towards CPD.

Submitted by Section Chair: Kenneth N. Burnett, Miller Thomson LLP