Riverview, New Brunswick
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on June 14, 2018.
Mr. Whalen is originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, and currently resides in Riverview, New Brunswick. He started his aviation career in 1975 when he received his pilot's licence through the Royal Canadian Air Cadets program in Summerside, PEI. His fixed-wing experience includes pilot duties on water bombing operations, turboprop and corporate jet aircraft. His helicopter experience includes light to heavy helicopters in the offshore oil industry. He has a Class Two helicopter instructor qualification and is certified as a Designated Flight Test Examiner for private, commercial and instrument flight tests. Mr. Whalen joined Transport Canada in 1987 as a Civil Aviation Inspector. In 1990, he deployed to the Transportation Safety Board as an investigator and subsequently Regional Manager, Air Investigations. In 1998, he returned to Transport Canada as Regional Manager, Aviation Enforcement, and held various management roles in System Safety, General Aviation, and Commercial and Business Aviation, before retiring from the executive position of Associate Director, Operations, with Transport Canada Civil Aviation. Mr. Whalen currently holds Airline Transport Pilot Licences (ATPL) for both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.