Captain Mohammed Aziz, Ph.D., is an internationally-recognized expert in the fields of aviation safety and security. In addition to his role at ASI, he is Advisor to the Chairman of Middle East Airlines (MEA) since 2002. Dr. Aziz previously served as MEA’s Head of Corporate Safety (2000-2002), Head of Safety (1998-2000), Head of Operations (1996-1998) and Flight Safety Manager (1993-1996). He has led many MEA internal investigations and has been appointed Investigator-in-Charge by the Lebanese government for many aviation accident and incident investigations. He was also appointed to the prime ministerial task force for Lebanon’s National Civil Aviation Security Program (NCASP) and has represented Lebanon on the International Civil Aviation (ICAO) Aviation Security (AVSEC) Panel.
Dr. Aziz has worked on numerous aviation initiatives and training projects, including the Global Aviation Safety Network (GAIN), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program, and Controlled Flight Into Terrain program (CFIT). He chaired the IATA Human Factors Working Group and IOSA Oversight Council (IOC), and he contribute to the ICAO Aviation Security Audit (ASA) and AVSEC training efforts.
His accreditations include:
- Certified ICAO AVSEC Manager and Instructor
- Certified IATA IOSA Auditor
- Certified ICAO Aviation Security Instructor and Auditor
- Certified Safety Manager and Auditor from Emirates Airlines
- Certification for Line Operations Monitoring System (LOMS) and Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) from Airbus
- Certified Cabin Safety Investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- Certified Quality Auditor from the International Register of Certificated Auditors
- Crew Resource Management (CRM) Developer – University of Southern California
- Air Safety Examiner from Lebanon’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
- Certified Air Safety Investigator from Cranfield University
- Safety Program Management from Boeing
- Type Rating Instructor and Examiner (TRI/TRE) from Airbus and Lebanon’s DGCA
He has contributed to over 20 ICAO state and airport security audits, including Amman, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai, Paris, and Stockholm.
Dr. Aziz has been Chairman of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) Safety Committee and Security Working Group, the IATA IOSA Oversight Committee GAIN Operations Advisory, and the IATA Human Factors Working Group (2004-2005). He is a member of the AACO Technical Committee, Security Committee and Safety Committee. He is the longest serving member on the IATA IOC and has lectured for the Queen Noor/Maastricht University MBA program, the University of Helwan MBA program, the Toulouse Instititut Aéronautique et Spatial, Concordia University, the American University in Beirut, Airbus, ICAO, IATA, GAIN & other entities/programs.
Dr. Aziz has logged over 23,000 hours as a Captain on Boeing 707 and 747, and Airbus 320, 321 and 330. Captain Aziz began flying at the Air Service Training in Perth, Scotland where he graduated with a United Kingdom Commercial Pilot License/Instrument Rating (CPL/IR) in April 1973, He then pursued a Flight Engineer Turbojet rating at the Sierra Academy of Aeronautics in California and a First Officer (F/O) on Boeing 707 at American Airlines in Dallas Fort Worth. He holds many diplomas and certifications, including an Aerospace MBA from the Toulouse Business School in France, a Ph.D. from the University of Alexandria in Egypt, and a Certificate in International Studies on Terrorism from the University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom.
Mr. Paiement served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Handlex from 2006 to 2012. He oversaw the transition of business operations when Handlex was sold to Servisair in 2012. He was previously General Manager, Cargo Operations at Air Canada, overseeing the airline’s cargo operations for the entire world. With over 35 years of experience in the transportation industry, both national and international, he also held vairous management positions within Air Canada and was a Project Director an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) project in Kazakhstan.
With his professional background, he has proven to have leadership skills as well as knowledge in areas such as operations, administration, training, project management and change management.
Mr. Paiement is a member of the Logistics Institute in Toronto.
After more than 45 years in the travel and transportation industry, Mr. Trottier has worked just about in every area of the aviation industry: airline reservations and marketing, airport operations, safety management, dangerous goods, customer service, cargo operations, security and much interaction with every industry stakeholder. He worked for Air Canada for over 20 years, namely leading the airline’s operations in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Moncton (Canada) and Ottawa (Canada). He has a systemic and strategic view of the aviation industry and its business environment.
Mr. Trottier is a graduate of Concordia University’s Global Aviation MBA program. He also holds a Certificate in Management from HEC Montréal as well as a Certificate in International Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrews.
As an aviation consultant, Mr. Trottier has work on all continents and has contributed to numerous projects for international organizations such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has contributed to the development and delivery of the AVSEC Professional Management Course, the highest certification program in Aviation Security (AVSEC) management given by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He also contributed to the development and delivery of the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP) jointly launched by ICAO and Airports Council International (ACI) in 2007.
Mr. Trottier has taught international marketing for the Forum for International Trade Training; transportation policy at McGill University; international transportation of persons at Collège Garneau; airline planning and operations at Beijing University; as well as civil aviation for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and ACI. All in all, he has taught aviation-related courses in Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Macau SAR, Morocco, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, and many others. He is a guest professor at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Helwan University in Cairo, and the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
Mr. Villeneuve is a supply chain management expert with over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. His career began at Air Canada in 1994 in the Customer Sales and Service Department. He was subsequently involved in computerized reservation systems (CRS) during the initial stages of Star Alliance. He moved to the cargo side of the industry in 1998 as Customer Service Manager, position for which he was responsible for day-to-day cargo operations at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Mr. Villeneuve later became responsible for the development and implementation of the customer contact strategy and operational deployment of resources following the integration of Canadian Airline Cargo. He also assumed the role of Team Leader for several security and quality checks as part of the company’s audit program. Furthermore, Mr. Villeneuve contributed to oversee all aspects of the business involving contracted third party operators for standardization purposes, including ground handling agents. During that time, he implemented a reporting process based on key performance indicators (KPIs).
In 2009, he took up a consulting mandate for Handlex, the airside operations branch of Air Transat, during which he was responsible for process optimization. Since 2010, Mr. Villeneuve has worked on various projects involving procurement and supply chain initiatives as well as project management, dealing with customs regulations, organizational governance and front-line management coaching. He contributed to the streamlining of operations at Securitas Transport & Aviation Security (STAS) as Vice-President Quality, Performance and Client Relations. Some of his most recent mandates have included an assessment of Yangon International Airport (Myanmar) for ASI, and a project for the Supply Chain Management Association of Canada (SCMA) for which he was retained as Facilitator of the Power Purchaser program.
Mr. Villeneuve holds a Diploma in Social Sciences from Collège Édouard-Montpetit and has studied Economics at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He obtained his Six Sigma certification in productivity enhancements in 2004 and his Professional Logistician (P-Log.) Certification from the Logistics Institute in 2007. He is recognized for his leadership, dedication, resourcefulness and creativity. He is also an active member of the Traffic Club of Montreal.