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Air Cadet League of Canada
re-elects National President

We received great news about our friend, Jim Hunter. Jim was the CO at 15 Wing in the mid-1990s as well as the CEO of the Regina Airport Authority from 2008 to 2015. We enjoyed several presentations that he made over the decades to the Regina Chapter during his time in Saskatchewan.

OTTAWA, ON (June 22, 2020) - The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) has recently re-elected Mr. James (Jim) Hunter of St-Albert, Alberta, as National President at the 79th Annual General Meeting held June 13, 2020. The President and all the existing members of the Council have has been re-elected. Two new governors, John Nolan of Ontario and Mark Brickwood of Manitoba. Note that for the first time in its history, the Annual General Assembly took place virtual due to the COVID-19.

In his presidential message to members and guests of the League, Jim thanked the members of the National Executive, Board of Governors, provincial / territorial presidents, the Advisory Board and the 8000 volunteers (see even a little more) who generously offers their time and talents to support the 28 Air Cadets from across Canada.

Jim's first term of office as president saw a number of important initiatives taking shape and coming to reality. A new MOU has been negotiated with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Army and Navy leagues that redefine support to the Cadets program by leagues. The League played a key role in setting up the participation of six of our senior cadets at the American Civil Air Patrol Cadets School at Maxwell Air Force Base, a course that the CAF approved and took committed to supporting in 2021. Also note, the League supported the assessment of the cadets program by the Department of Review Services and continued its efforts to better understand the League's financial pressure and explore possible solutions.

Originally from Winnipeg, Jim graduated from the University of Manitoba as a Bachelor of Arts of History. After graduation, he had a successful career in the Canadian Air Forces for forty-two years, serving several functions including honorary Colonel of Wing 15 Moose Jaw. As a pilot, he trained on single-engine aircraft and then flew almost every "rotary wing" aircraft in the inventory. He has been an Operations Training Unit instructor and qualified flight instructor, staff and training officer, and commander of 408 tactical helicopter squad. He also served as Commander of 15 Wing at Canadian Armed Forces Base in Moose Jaw. After serving eight years in North America's aerospace defence command (NORAD), Jim retired as a brigadier general in September 2006. Between 2008 and 2015, he was the CEO of the Regina Airport Authority. He is proud to be an honorary member of the Snowbird.

The ACL is a non-profit civil organization dedicated to supporting the goals of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Program. This world-class youth program aims to develop the attributes of good citizenship, leadership, fitness, and stimulate interest in aviation and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Contact: Lauren Necklace
T: (613) 722-5891