Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jul 20, 2019
Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 16/19 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Location:  Fairmont, Imperial Room (TBC)
Topic: "Leadership and Innovation
From the Cockpit of a Jet Fighter"
Host: Bert Steenburgh
“Até” is a former athlete and fighter pilot turned Keynote Speaker, Consultant and Airline Pilot. Flying fighter aircraft from aircraft carriers in the French Navy for over a decade he had what you might call an intense career. After graduation as an exchange officer from the US Navy naval aviator curriculum he went back to France.
• He is the only Canadian Citizen that flew on the Rafale Navy and Super-Etendard.
• He flew day & night combat operations in Iraq, displayed in airshows in Europe in front of 110 000 people and instructed the new generation on the Dassault Rafale.
• With over 2500 hours of flight time and 200 carrier landings he flew numerous combat missions providing support to troops (including Canadians) on the ground.
• During his career he faced emergencies, had to take life or death decisions and led young pilots into combat.
He got the Cross for Military Valour for his actions in combat.
• For his last flight in the service he flew over the Vimy memorial.
Now a pilot for Air Canada “Até” shares and adapts the methods he used to survive in fast jets with the corporate world as a Keynote Speaker, Coach and Consultant.He spoke at TedX Toulouse in 2019. In 2019 he spoke in Europe for companies like Nespresso, Bradesco, Safran, American Express and British and French Business schools.
He uses Virtual Reality flight simulators in some of his high Executive workshops enabling them to get out of their comfort zone and learn a lot about themselves, leadership and communication in just a couple hours. His first business book, D.brief is due for summer 2019.
• Former triathlon, duathlon and precision flying French national team competitor he also holds a strong expertise in mental preparation, communication and stress management.
• “Até” raced in three world championships (Precision flying, long distance triathlon, short distance duathlon) and won the US OPEN triathlon in 2008.
• Married with Orane, father of three, he lives between Provence, London and Toronto.
• He flew aerobatics with his daughter when she was five- and she loved it! -