CanSIA welcomes new Executive Director



    OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Solar Industries Association
wishes to announce the appointment of Elizabeth McDonald to the position of
Executive Director.
    "We are pleased Elizabeth is joining us in our work to ensure that the
federal, provincial and municipal governments in Canada recognize at this
critical time the importance and contribution the solar industries can make to
Canada's industrial, environmental and social development," said Andrew van
Doorn, CanSIA President.
    McDonald has experience growing associations and raising industry
profiles with the federal government and allied industries. During her early
career, she first worked with the associations representing Canada's private
broadcasters and then cable industry to ensure that the concerns of these
industries were communicated to a wide range of key government departments and
agencies.
    During her tenure at both associations, she was deeply involved in their
strategic planning exercises. In 1995 she took a small association of
independent Canadian film and television producers and gave them a solid
presence with a variety of public and private stakeholders including
government, the unions, private and public broadcasters, and funding agencies.
McDonald worked with the industry to secure tax credits at both the federal
and provincial levels. She was active on the international scene where she
created a "producers' voice" in Canadian delegations abroad. The Profile - an
annual report on the state of the industry - became the defacto information
source on the industry and the annual Prime Time conference, a must-attend
event during her time at the helm. For the past three years she has worked as
a consultant with a number of public and private sector clients where she
continued to provide strategic advice on promoting their key issues both in
Canada and abroad.
    "Elizabeth's experience will build on the wealth of contributions Rob
McMonagle has made for our organization and take CanSIA to the next level at
this crucial time for our industry," said van Doorn. "As the world looks to
solutions for the effects of climate change, the solar industry is ideally
positioned to offer its expertise to governments and the public."

    The Canadian Solar Industries Association's mission is to develop a
strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar industry, able to
service an expanding domestic energy market, to provide innovative solar
solutions to world energy problems, and to play a major role in promoting the
transition to a solar energy future worldwide.




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