Canadian aviation and Mount Allison's histories. Peters,
who grew up in Saint John, NB says he chose Mount
Allison for several reasons -- its great reputation, a certain
recruiter named Dr. Godfrey, football, and location.
was known as the team's `secret weapon' -- the fastest
running back of his day. He scored the first point ever for
the Mounties. His gridiron honours include Rookie of the
Year, MVP and scoring champion, as well as the Quarter
Century Mount Allison All-Star Team Award in 1980.
Canadian Air Force (RCAF), graduating in 1963. He
became the country's first black jet pilot during a time
of great racial tension.
career, there weren't many black people in the Air
Force. There were times I could sense some tension, but
I was a little older than many of the other pilots and, as
a result, ended up being a tutor to many of them. My
mantra was always, `You don't have to accept me but
you do have to respect me.'"
of the world-famous Snowbirds aerobatic team, serving
as Deputy Commanding Officer of 431 Squadron from
I think made this the best time for me. Being a Snowbird
is the best flying position in the Air Force and I thor-
oughly enjoyed it."
General of the United Nations where he provided advice
on all UN air operations around the world, receiving the
2009 from former Chancellor John Bragg and President
and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell (right).
tions in the RCAF and retired as a decorated Senior Officer.
the main players in the establishment of the Canadian
Aviation Safety Board, investigating cases such as the
Air India accident in 1985.
responsible for creating and implementing safety
programs for aviation. Peters served as chairman of the
IDEAS (International Data Exchange in Aviation)
Committee -- with more than 20 countries represented.
In 1998 he retired (again) as Director General for
long. Known and respected as an aviation safety expert
worldwide, Peters established an aviation consulting
company and was recruited by Bombardier to set up a
NATO Flying Training program in Canada.
consultant with many of the major aviation companies.