MONTREAL, April 16 /CNW/ - Canada Lands Company Limited (CLCL) is pleased
to announce the appointment of five new members to the board of directors of
its wholly-owned subsidiary, the Old Port of Montréal Corporation.
Appointed to the board for three-year terms are Hélène Desmarais, Patrick
Kenniff, Tasha Kheiriddin, Bernard Roy and Claude Thibault, all of Montréal.
"I am extremely pleased that all of these talented individuals have
agreed to serve as board members," said CLCL Chairman Marc Rochon. "All of
them bring a strong sense of community commitment to the Corporation's board
and we look forward to working with them as the Corporation continues its
efforts to revitalize the south-west Old Port and downtown areas."
The Old Port of Montréal Corporation was created by the Government of
Canada in 1981 with the mandate of managing and promoting the development of
the Old Port of Montréal's territory, which covers 47.3 hectares (116.9 acres)
and lies along the St. Lawrence River near the centre of one of North
America's most vibrant and exciting cities. The Corporation promotes
sustainable development of this recreational and tourist property for the
benefit of all Montréalers and Canadians.
CLCL is a federal Crown corporation and through its real estate
subsidiary, optimizes the financial and community value obtained from surplus
properties no longer required by the Government of Canada. The company is
self-financing and implements innovative property solutions to create strong
and competitive communities wherever it operates.
We are pleased to provide the attached brief biographical notes of the
new board members, highlighting their experience and skills.
Ms Desmarais is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Centre
d'entreprises et d'innovation de Montréal (CEIM), a business incubator
dedicated to the startup and development of innovative technology enterprises
in the fields of information, multimedia, industrial technologies,
biotechnologies and new technologies in general. Since its foundation in 1996,
CEIM has become the leading incubator in Québec and one of the largest in
Canada. She has served in senior capacities in a number of community
organizations in Montréal and is the first woman to serve as Chairman of the
Board of Ecole des hautes études commerciales of Montréal.
Mr. Kenniff is a partner in the Montréal-based management consulting firm
Kenniff & Racine, which specialized in executive recruitment. A former rector
of Concordia University, he also served as Québec's Deputy Minister of
Municipal Affairs from 1979 to 1984. In 1992, he chaired the organization
responsible for the 350th Anniversary celebration of Montréal and, in 2001, he
was vice-chair of the Transition Committee which implemented the municipal
structure for the new City of Montréal. Mr. Kenniff is active in the community
and currently serves on the boards of the Grace Dart Extended Care Centre, Les
Amis de la Montagne, the Can Serve Foundation and the Foundation of the Nature
Museums of Montréal.
An author, lawyer and television personality, Ms Kheiriddin is currently
a lecturer at McGill University, a columnist for Les Affaires and, until
recently, served as Executive Vice President of the Montréal Economic
Institute, a non-partisan, privately funded think-tank that promotes
free-market solutions to social problems. Ms Kheiriddin currently serves as a
member of the Advisory Committee in Judicial Appointments to the Tax Court of
Canada and is a member of the Civitas Society and the University Club of
Bernard Roy, Q.C.
Mr. Roy is a well-known Montréal lawyer who specializes in civil,
commercial and administrative law. Currently Counsel at Ogilvy Renault, he has
acted as an arbitrator and litigator before courts of provincial and federal
jurisdictions and administrative tribunals. Mr. Roy has also served as lead
Counsel to many federal and provincial commissions of inquiry, including the
Gomery Commission. He was Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada
from 1984 to 1988. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Bar
of Quebec and sits on the board of directors of several public companies.
Claude Thibault CA, CBV, MBA
Mr. Thibault is Vice-President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of
NuEra International Inc., a holding company owning three manufacturing and
distribution businesses in the USA and Canada. Over the past ten years, he has
been the CFO of a number of public and private companies, including most
recently Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc., a TSX-listed corporation,
and PTT Poly Canada, a Shell joint venture. Mr. Thibault had previously gained
significant investment banking and corporate finance experience while at
Merrill Lynch Canada and KPMG. He is a chartered accountant, a chartered
business valuator and he holds an MBA from McGill University. He is a member
of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
For further information:
For further information: Gordon McIvor, Vice President, Strategic
Acquisitions, Public and Government Affairs, Canada Lands Company, (416)
952-6111 or firstname.lastname@example.org