Search On for New COPA President

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The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association will begin accepting applications next week for only the third president in its more than 50-year history.

COPA President Kevin Psutka left the post after 18 years last week and Board Chair Trekker Armstrong has assumed the post of CEO while Director Jean Messier is the interim president. Tessier is president of the ABPQ.

The intention is to hire a permanent president as quickly as possible and the COPA board is now ironing out the details.

COPA says it’s looking for a politically savvy leader who knows the challenges facing those in personal aviation in Canada and has the management and leadership experience to match.

Watch for a formal announcement in this space next week and on COPA’s Web site.

Psutka took over in 1996 from then-manager Bill Peppler, one of the founders of the group in 1952.