Gary Hook

Gary’s international experience in aviation safety has spanned more than three decades.  He served 35 years in the Canadian Air Force as a fighter pilot, senior trainer, SMS Manager and leader.  He has significant international experience as both a facilitator and trainer from Europe to Australian to all across North America.

For more than 10 years he has been directly involved in training the concepts of SMS, human factors, organizational factors, risk management, and communication on the international stage.  He has worked with major airports all across Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and Brunei.  He has worked with KLM in Amsterdam, FedEx in Memphis and a host of organizations across North America.  He is an experienced accident investigator and is the SMS and Human Factors trainer for IAAE-Canada (International Association of Airport Executives).

As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Air Force he was awarded three Commander’s Commendations, including the Air Force’s highest commendation.  The latter commendation was for his significant and lasting impact on influencing the safety culture within the Air Force for his work over six years as the Air Force SMS Manager.

As a pilot he has accumulated more than 5000 flying hours.  The majority of this time was spent on operational fighter tours in Europe (9 years) and Canada. His last regular force assignment was as Commandant, Central Flying School.  In addition to serving as the Commander’s Senior advisor for all flying training, he was also in charge of the Canadian Air Force’s training for Human Performance in Military Aviation, a composite program that covers MRM, CRM and TRM at all levels.

A brief overview of his extensive international experience with both civilian and military organizations includes:

  • Has worked as a lead trainer with SCSI since 2003 in areas of human factors, SMS, risk management, MRM, organizational change, human factors in maintenance, witness interviewing and  SMS in Healthcare
  • Conducted workshops on SMS, occurrence investigation, risk management, human and organizational factors for  major airports including: Calgary, Nanaimo, Ottawa, St Johns, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and the Grand Caymans International airports
  • Serves as the trainer for  the International Association of Airport Executives – Canada in SMS, Human Factors, and Training the Trainer 
  • Completely redesigned the Canadian Air Force Safety Management System processes and training.  He has trained more than 900 military personnel in SMS, human factors, and risk management
  • Served as the SMS Manager for the Air Force for six years and was awarded two commendations for his leadership and enhancement of the Air Force safety culture
  • Keynote speaker at numerous conferences including the 9th International Symposium for Australian Aviation Psychologists, Coalition of Airline Pilots Association (CAPA) Annual Safety Conference, and SWIFT
  • Presented major workshops at both the International Symposium in Aviation Psychology and Transport Canada’s Canadian Aviation Safety Seminar
  • A regular presenter at the SWIFT Conference(Summer Winter Integrated Field Technologies), the world’s premier airfield conference.
  • He serves as the Chairman of the NATO Human Factors Working Group as part of his duties as an Air Force  Reserve Officer
  • Has conducted two SMS training sessions for the NATO Airborne Early Warning component in Geilenkirchen, Germany
  • Outside of aviation he has presented major workshops to the Nuclear Energy Board of Canada, Manitoba Hydro and Sigfusson Northern Construction
  • He is also a certified facilitator for the Stephen Covey workshops having trained more than 1000 people
  • For 12 years has been the key facilitator for the Air Force training of supervisors associated with flying operations.  He has trained more than 800 professionals in this discipline
  • Conducted several leadership workshops for the Department of National Defence Fire Chiefs
  • Developed and delivered training workshops for major Canadian airports in:
    • Risk Management
    • Occurrence Investigation
    • How to be an Effective Supervisor
    • Training the Trainer

Gary resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with his wife Charmaine.  He has two children, Nicholas and Caroline, one granddaughter Jaedyn and a flock of four legged ‘furries’ to bring more life into the household!