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Pierre Coutu

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Dr. Pierre Coutu, President of Aviation Strategies International (ASI), is an experienced aviation consultant specializing in airport strategic management and development issues. After working for a few years with the City of Chicago's Department of Airports (O'Hare and Midway airports), he joined Transport Canada in 1974, where he went on to hold a number of progressively more senior management positions over a 13-year period, including Airport Manager of Sept-Iles Airport, General Manager of a major airport development project team in St. John's, Newfoundland, and Chief, Airport Systems and Services in the Ottawa headquarters, with the functional responsibility for passenger and freight terminal operations throughout Canada. This involved the development and implementation of national policies, standards, guidelines, regulations and programs for the provision of all airport systems and services pertaining to passenger and cargo processing. Ultimately, he became Director, National Airport Issues Management. While in Ottawa, he also served as a member of the special government Airports Transfer Task Force that was created to oversee the transfer of government airports to the private and public sector.

In 1987 Dr. Coutu left the federal government to help start the then newly created International Aviation Management Training Institute (IAMTI). With IAMTI, he held a number of successively more senior positions starting out as Director of Airports and Civil Aviation Management Programs, and ultimately holding the position of Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. In his years with the Institute, Dr. Coutu initiated and managed a wide range of airport and airline related technical assistance projects in Bulgaria, Canada, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Russia and Trinidad and Tobago. He also lectured frequently on a variety of IAMTI's aviation management courses on subjects including: strategic management, airport business planning, airport development and airport management.

In early 1998, Dr. Coutu founded Aviation Strategies International (ASI), an independent consulting company whose mission is to assist aviation organizations worldwide with their strategic consulting and advisory needs. With ASI, he has worked on several projects such as a study on ground-handling liberalization in Morocco on behalf of the World Bank, as well as a review of the Airports Council International’s training services policy which led to the creation of ACI’s Global Training Hub. He has also initiated and implemented a strategic partnership between Munich International Airport and the Qingdao Liuting International Airport (China), and developed specialized training programs for the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Dr. Coutu has been a guest speaker at a number of international industry events over the years, hosted by various organizations including: the airport authorities of Brazil (INFRAERO), Morocco (ONDA), and Poland (PPL), as well as the Airports Council International (ACI), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Bank, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Moscow's C.I.S. Airports Association, the International Airports Authority of India (IAAI), the Civil Aviation Management Institute (CAMI) of CAAC in Beijing, and Russia's Samara International Airport (SIA).

Dr. Coutu also teaches within the International Aviation MBA programs at Concordia University, in Montreal, at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA) and at Krems University in Austria. He currently manages the ICAO-Concordia AVSEC Management Certification Program and the ACI-Concordia Airport Executive Leadership Program. He has been an active member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) since 1972, and in 1980, he became the first non-American to become an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.). In 1996, the Minister of Transport of Poland awarded Dr. Coutu a Medal of Achievement in recognition of his special contribution to the development of the Polish air transportation sector. In 2005, Dr. Coutu became a board member of the International Foundation for Aviation and Development (IFFAAD) and was appointed to the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada (TATC) by the Minister of Transport of Canada.

Dr. Coutu holds a bachelor of Industrial Relations from the University of Montreal. He completed specialized graduate-level studies in air transportation at Northwestern University in Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT-Boston) as well as a doctorate degree in education (virtual work teams and distance education) at Nova Southeastern University (Miami).