Jan. 5, 2023

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) recently announced the addition of Capt. Claude Hurley, FRAeS [Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society], as the council’s new director, environment and flight operations.

In this role, Hurley will lead IBAC’s environmental initiatives, including advocacy for sustainable aviation fuel. He also will represent IBAC at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as the organization sets standards and develops guidance on environmental and operational safety issues.

“Claude’s tested and proven skills as a technical expert and thoughtful diplomat will greatly add to IBAC’s efforts in Montreal and around the world,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s senior vice president, safety, security, sustainability and international operations.

Hurley brings more than 35 years of aviation experience to his new position, spanning a wide range of roles, including nine years in key roles as the permanent representative of Canada to ICAO. There, he worked on environmental, safety, security and pandemic-related issues. He also acted as Canada’s nominee to the Air Navigation Commission, serving as its president for two years.

Hurley began his career in the Canadian Armed Forces. His civilian career included remote opearations in the Canadian Arctic as an air ambulance pilot and flying operations overseas, serving as a training pilot, check pilot and base manager. He joined Transport Canada in 2010, leading teams responsible for aviation safety oversight. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the Royal Military College of Canada.