Catherine Fletcher

Catherine (Kate) Fletcher is Transport Canada's Regional Director of Civil Aviation for the Prairie and Northern Region, making her one of the few top female aviation executives in Transport Canada and in the aviation industry. She is responsible for all civil aviation safety including airports, maintenance and manufacturing, commercial, business and general aviation, flight training, engineering and enforcement for a region that encompasses Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

Kate's aviation journey began in 1979 when she left her job in the medical field to pursue a flying career. After obtaining her pilot licences and instructor rating, Kate taught with the Flying Scholarship Program of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet League before going on to work in the civil flight training system and as a pilot for small air carriers. She accepted her first position with Transport Canada as a Civil Aviation Inspector in 1984 after obtaining her Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL).

Kate has served in many different capacities within Transport Canada over the last 29 years including Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, check pilot, audit manager of international airports, manager of Airports and Air Navigation Systems, manager of Commercial and Business Aviation and Regional Operations Manager for Prairie and Northern Region. During her time as Manager of the Aerodromes Division, Kate was honoured with a special award by Transport Canada for her diligence in inspecting navigation aids in the Arctic and the Deputy Minister's special medal for her contributions to the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Kate has advanced through the civil aviation system through hard work and perseverance and has been recognized for her contributions to aviation in two well known aviation books, "No Place for a Lady" and "Flying the Frontiers." With more than 8,000 hours of flying experience, Kate continues to expand the opportunities for women in aviation and is a shining example for Canadian women to follow.