DAVID STEWART-PATTERSON BECOMES CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA'S VICE-PRESIDENT, PUBLIC POLICY

OTTAWA, May 4 /CNW/ - David Stewart-Patterson has joined The Conference Board of Canada as its new Vice-President, Public Policy, bringing decades of expertise and experience in the fields of journalism, public policy analysis and corporate relations.

"I am absolutely thrilled that David has joined the leadership team at The Conference Board of Canada," said Anne Golden, President and Chief Executive Officer. "His intellect, deep understanding of policy issues and public profile will add a wealth of capacity to our ability to elevate the level of debate. He will enhance the Conference Board's position as Canada's leading research organization in providing insights to both public and private sector leaders."

"I am passionate about promoting good public policy because it matters to the lives of all Canadians," said Stewart-Patterson. "No organization in Canada is more effective than the Conference Board at generating the evidence and analysis essential for meaningful public discussion and sound policy decisions, and I therefore am delighted by the opportunity to lead its work in this field."

Stewart-Patterson assumes the role held by Gilles Rhéaume, who is retiring on June 30, after 30 years at the Conference Board.

Stewart-Patterson will be responsible for research and networks in the areas of innovation, national security and public safety, health, energy, environment and transportation policy. He comes to the Conference Board after 15 years with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), where, for the past seven years, he held the post of Executive Vice-President. In that role, he engaged in strategic policy development and advocacy, working directly with the chief executives of major corporations, senior government officials and political leaders in Canada and abroad.

Before joining the CCCE, Stewart-Patterson worked as a reporter, editor and senior manager in print and broadcast media, including The Globe and Mail and CTV. He is a graduate of Carleton University's School of Journalism.

A bilingual native of Montreal, Stewart-Patterson is currently Vice Chair of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, which last year provided experienced mentors and no-collateral financing that enabled young Canadians to launch 600 new businesses. He also is a director of The Prince's Youth Business International, the U.K.-based global network of charities supporting young entrepreneurs.

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