Message from the Chair and Section opportunities

  • November 08, 2017

Naomi Nind

Dear members,

The CBA Air and Space Law Section is Canada’s leading association of aviation and space law lawyers. We contribute to national policy, advocate for the harmonization of aviation and space laws and respond to legislative initiatives.

Our members enjoy the benefit of sharing their aviation and space law expertise with each other, and get access to the latest resources, news and articles. Check out our website and find out who’s on the 2017-2018 Executive. We also encourage you to join the CBA Air and Space Law Section’s LinkedIn group.

We are looking for committee members and other volunteers. We need your help to prepare submissions and programs that reflect the full range of member perspectives. We value diversity and encourage young lawyers and members from a variety of practice settings, including in-house counsel, to join.

We have three committees currently looking for volunteers:

  • Advocacy: prepare law reform submissions and organize meetings with government, agencies and other stakeholders
  • Communications: solicit, prepare and recommend current articles, case law, legislative updates and links of interest for publication on our website
  • Professional Development: develop and organize programs of interest and practical application for aviation and space law lawyers

We are also looking for volunteers to work on special projects and activities.

Please contact Augusta Acquah to join a committee or get involved.


Air and Space Law Primer

Our Section has prepared Regulatory Process in Aviation, a quick online reference for lawyers to use when advising and acting on behalf of a client who is facing an issue in this area of law.

Canadian Transportation Agency's Regulatory Modernization Initiative

Our Section commented on Phase II of the Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA) Discussion Paper on Regulatory Modernization for Air Transportation on October 10, 2017. Our comments focus on modernizing the Air Transportation Regulations, with a view to streamlining existing tariff and application requirements, and enhancing the certainty of legal obligations imposed on carriers. Read the full submission here.

Revisions to the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada Rules

The Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada (TATC) has updated its Rules. The revisions came into force when they were registered on October 4, 2017. They are largely housekeeping amendments, bringing the Rules into line with changes in enabling legislation and related provisions, such as the Federal Court Rules. Read about the revisions here.

Competition Law Section comments on Bill C-49, Transportation Modernization Act

In September, the CBA Competition Law Section commented on the new airline joint venture approval process in Bill C-49, Transportation Modernization Act, making recommendations on how to balance the benefits with the risks and costs of the new process. Read the full submission here.


We are looking for members to submit relevant and recent articles on air and space law for publication on our website. If you are interested, please send an email to Tae Mee Park (Editor) to submit your articles.

Modernizing air transportation: Tariffs, complaints and the definition of Canadian

A Passenger Bill of Rights and other potential changes for the airline industry

Air travel and a bid to modernize the Competition Act

I look forward to hearing from you.

Naomi Nind
Chair, CBA Air and Space Law Section