Executive Director, Transportation Policy Innovation Centre; Adjunct Research Professor; Public Servant in Residence
Dr. Rioux was appointed Adjunct Research Professor on January 1, 2020, and Public Servant in Residence on October 5, 2020, in the School of Public Policy and Administration. He is also the Executive Director of the Transportation Policy Innovation Centre (TPIC) since October 5, 2020.
Before joining the School, he served as the Executive Director, Air Policy (International) at Transport Canada. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of international air policy, including the implementation of the Blue Sky policy, as well as Transport Canada’s commitments related to air services under the Canadian Tourism Strategy. He also had responsibilities with respect to the implementation of the Canada-United States Preclearance Agreement in Canada.
Dr. Rioux was also involved in the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as a member and Vice-Chairperson of the Air Transport Regulation Panel. He was also elected Chairperson of the Economic Commission of the 40th Session of the Assembly of ICAO in September 2019.
Prior to joining Transport Canada, he held a number of positions at the Treasury Board Secretariat, Public Works and Government Services Canada and the Labour Program of Human Resources Development Canada. He also served 11 years in the Canadian Armed Forces where he was an air navigator on the C-130 Hercules and Boeing 707.
In the School of Public Policy and Administration, he teaches a Master’s level course on Air Transportation Policy and participates in the delivery of a course on Canadian Transportation Policy. He also manages the TPIC and conducts research on air transport policy issues.
Dr. Rioux holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Commerce (with specialization) from the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston, Ontario), a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Victoria (British Columbia), and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, United States).
Dr. Rioux is fluent in French, English and Spanish.