30 August 2001

I want to take this opportunity to inform you that I shall be leaving the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) on 31 August 2001.

I have enjoyed the five years I have spent at the TSB. The exceptional cooperation shown by the staff and the excellent relations I have had with the various parties involved, including industry, professional associations, and national and international organizations, have helped to make our organization one of the most effective in the world.

I have a great deal of respect for the families of the victims of various accidents. Through the many contacts I have had with them, across Canada, I have found that their dignity, their understanding, and their cooperative spirit have helped to ensure that our investigations truly serve the public interest.

Thank you for all your cooperation.
Benoît Bouchard