Daniel Zizian is appointed CREPUQ President and Director General



    MONTREAL, Sept. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Heather Munroe-Blum, President of the
Board of the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities
(CREPUQ) and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, is pleased to
announce the appointment of Daniel Zizian to the position of President and
Director General of the organization. Mr. Zizian has occupied the position of
Director General at CREPUQ since September 2007.
    A lawyer and an MBA, Mr. Zizian has worked in government, most notably as
Chief of Staff to the ministre d'Etat à l'Education et à la Jeunesse et
vice-président du Conseil du trésor. Over the course of his career, he has
held various other positions in politics, communications and law. Prior to
joining CREPUQ he was Assistant Secretary General and Executive Secretary for
Strategic Issues at HEC Montréal. Mr. Zizian has also been very involved in
the community, most actively in municipal politics, college and hospital
administration, and with charitable causes.
    The appointment follows an assessment by CREPUQ's board of the need for
increased involvement of the organization in public policy issues related to
universities. This process led, among other things, to a decision to name a
full-time spokesperson for the organization, a function Mr. Zizian will assume
in tandem with the President of the Board. Mr. Zizian will also participate in
raising awareness of the role universities play in the economic, social and
cultural development of Quebec society. In this regard, he will forge links
with various partners to underline the importance of teaching and research to
the public at large, governments, business and community organizations.
    "Since 2007, Mr. Zizian has made an extremely valuable contribution to
CREPUQ as Director General," Dr. Munroe-Blum noted. "His experience in the
university sector, his rigor and unwavering commitment are important assets to
CREPUQ and for the Quebec university system. Universities and partners from
different sectors must come together to create an innovation society in
Quebec. This is a major challenge that Mr. Zizian will contribute
significantly to achieving, working in close collaboration with the university
executive heads. I am delighted that he has accepted the President and
Director General position."
    "I would like to thank the rectors, principals and presidents of
universities for the confidence they have demonstrated in me," Mr. Zizian
said. "As part of my new responsibilities, I hope to increase awareness of the
strategic role universities play in our prosperity, in the pursuit of social
justice and in ensuring the health and welfare of the population, and thereby
promote the concept of a knowledge society. Quebec students must have access
to quality higher education and I intend to work toward securing for
universities the resources they need to engage in cutting edge teaching and
research."

    CREPUQ includes all 18 Quebec universities. The organization acts as
their voice in relations with government and sectors related to higher
education. It also fosters coordination and collaboration between
universities, is a research centre for university administrations, acts as a
centre for coordination and joint service delivery, and is a resource centre
and think tank for its members.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Chantal Pouliot, Director of Communications,
Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities, (514) 288-8524,
extension 244

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