TORONTO, June 8, 2012 /CNW/ - The Board of Governors of the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced the appointment of
Dan Kelly as CFIB's president and chief executive officer. Kelly
replaces Catherine Swift, who will remain chair of the board.
The board - with Swift's guidance - has been working on a succession
plan for several years.
"For 25 years, Catherine has worked tirelessly to move the issues of
small business owners to the forefront of public policy," said Jim Ball
on behalf of CFIB's board. "From leading the fight against bank mergers
to highlighting the significant challenges facing political and public
sector pensions, Canada thinks differently about these issues because
of Catherine. Her mark is real - and will be long-lasting. Her ongoing
role as board chair ensures her passion and creativity will continue to
benefit the organization, its members and inspire employees."
Kelly joined CFIB in 1994 as policy analyst for the Prairies and soon
after became director of provincial affairs in Manitoba. In 1999, Kelly
became CFIB's Western vice-president and was named one of Alberta's
most influential people. After a decade in that role, he moved to
Ottawa to become senior vice-president legislative affairs, leading
CFIB's national advocacy efforts.
During his three years in Ottawa, Kelly led files including immigration,
training, and the shortage of labour. Recently, Kelly was at the
forefront of CFIB's successful campaign to establish a Code of Conduct
for the credit and debit card industry in Canada.
"The board has complete confidence that Dan is the right person to lead
CFIB," said Ball. "Dan's 18 years of service have been marked by
outstanding performance and persistence. Dan personifies CFIB's
hallmarks of being 'vocal, committed, and effective' and we are certain
he will continue to grow CFIB's influence."
Kelly begins his new role immediately.
As Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses,
CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes
direction from more than 109,000 members in every sector nationwide,
giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all
levels of government and helping to grow the economy.
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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