TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - Donald Carty, Chairman, Porter Airlines Inc.,
is pleased to announce the appointment of Ambassador David H. Wilkins to its
Board of Directors.
Ambassador Wilkins is currently a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley &
Scarborough LLP, in Greensville, South Carolina, and chairs the Public Policy
and International Law practice group, which focuses primarily on representing
businesses on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border and offers experience on
a wide range of strategic bilateral issues.
"We are privileged to be the first company Ambassador Wilkins has chosen
to associate with since finishing his term in office earlier this year," said
Carty. "We can't think of anyone better to provide insight and guidance at the
board level as Porter builds its presence in the U.S."
Mr. Wilkins was nominated by President George W. Bush to become the
United States Ambassador to Canada and was confirmed unanimously by the United
States Senate. On June 29, 2005, he became the 21st United States Ambassador
During his tenure, Ambassador Wilkins helped to resolve some of the most
high-profile issues between Canada and the United States, including the
decades-old softwood lumber dispute. He is known on both sides of the border
as an honest broker who worked for solutions on the toughest issues - energy,
national security, the environment, trade and travel - impacting millions of
citizens in both countries.
"I'm delighted to be continuing my close association with Canada in this
role with Porter Airlines," said Wilkins. "Porter represents the
entrepreneurial spirit that so many Canadian and U.S. businesses have been
built on over the years. The company provides an important link between our
two countries, facilitating commerce and tourism."
Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Mr. Wilkins practiced law for 34
years in Greenville, South Carolina, and has extensive experience in civil
litigation and appellate practice.
Mr. Wilkins was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in
1980 and served there for 25 years. He quickly rose through the ranks in the
House of Representatives, serving six years as chairman of the House Judiciary
Committee and two years as speaker pro tem before being elected speaker, a
position he held for 11 years. He was the first Republican elected speaker of
any legislative body in the South since the 1880s and retired as one of the
longest serving speakers in the country. In 2001, he served as president of
the National Speakers Association.
He was appointed by the president to the Board of Visitors to the United
States Academy at West Point in 2002 and served for three years. He currently
serves as a trustee on the Clemson University Board.
A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Ambassador Wilkins earned his
undergraduate degree from Clemson University and his law degree from the
University of South Carolina School of Law. He also served in the U.S. Army
and U.S. Army Reserves.
About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines Inc. is a regional passenger carrier based at Toronto
City Centre Airport. The airline currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal,
Quebec City, Halifax, New York (Newark) and Chicago (Midway) with seasonal
flights to Mt. Tremblant. Flights to Thunder Bay begin June 26. Porter plans
to fly to at least 17 short-haul Canadian and U.S. destinations. Visit
www.flyporter.com or call (416) 619-8622 or (888) 619-8622 for more
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