Thao Pham is the Chair of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and a former senior civil servant of the Canadian government with over 30 years of experience. She last served as Deputy Minister, COVID-19 Recovery, in the Privy Council Office (PCO). Prior to that, she was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations) in the PCO. Over the course of her career with the federal government, she also served as Associate Deputy Minister of Transport Canada and held several senior executive positions, including: Senior Vice President at Parks Canada; Assistant Deputy Minister at Infrastructure Canada; Vice President at Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, and Vice President at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency; and other executive positions at Environment and Climate Change Canada. She oversaw large operations and multiple programs at the national level, developed policies, and managed major crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic. She has built multipartite collaboration with partners of different levels of government, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and academia. She holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a B.Sc. in Biology from McGill University.