Canada Pre-Board Screening & Explosive Detection Systems

The Challenge

The Government of Canada responded to 9/11 through $2.2 billion in new security investments.  Included in this was the deployment of new explosive detection systems as well as the transitioning of pre-board screening to a new federal crown corporation currently known as Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

Our Role

InterVISTAS was retained to develop a strategic plan to prioritize actions in October 2001.  This included assessing the commercial arrangements at 89 airports for airline management of screening, as well as the training, providing project management structure and other actions needed to deploy new systems.  Services also included stakeholder consultations and management.  InterVISTAS further authored a Strategic Transition Plan to enable CATSA to become operational in April 2002.  Following this time, InterVISTAS provided support, implementation and review services to assist CATSA in continuous improvement for security screening.


Overall, Transport Canada and CATSA benefited from InterVISTAS services through a structured approach that enabled problems to be identified and tracked, solutions to be advanced, and a team environment to be developed.  Ultimately, Canada was one of the first countries to fully meet global ICAO deadlines for new security measures.