EDC announces new chair and three new members for Advisory Council on Corporate Social Responsibility



    OTTAWA, Nov. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The President and CEO of Export
Development Canada (EDC), Eric Siegel, is pleased to announce that Ms. Maureen
O'Neil, President of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), has
agreed to serve as Chair of EDC's Advisory Council on Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR). Mr. Siegel also announced the addition of three new
Council members.
    "Since its inception in 2001, the Advisory Council has made a significant
contribution to the evolution of EDC's CSR initiatives," said Mr. Siegel.
"Those initiatives continue to expand and deepen, and as a consequence, the
Council's input will be even more instrumental. We are also pleased that
Maureen O'Neil has accepted to serve as Chair after one year of service on the
Council," concluded Mr. Siegel. "Her stewardship will guide the Council in its
work over the next two years."
    The Advisory Council is a core component of EDC's engagement with
stakeholders. Its membership is comprised of accomplished Canadians with
diverse backgrounds representing the private sector, academia and civil
society. Their role is to offer advice and guidance on best practices in CSR.

    The new members joining the Council are:

    
    - Dr. Randy Gossen, Vice President, Safety, Environment and Social
      Responsibility at Nexen Inc. Dr. Gossen has had a long career in the
      energy sector and currently serves as President of the World Petroleum
      Council as well as Special Advisor to the United Nations Global
      Compact.
    - Mr. Jean-Claude Villiard, retired following a distinguished career as a
      public servant. He currently serves as an Associate Professor at the
      Ecole nationale d'administration publique (Université du Québec).
      Mr. Villiard was a Senior Advisor at the Privy Council Office having
      previously held senior positions in government, as well as industry,
      including Deputy Minister of Industry Canada, President and CEO of
      Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and SNC Lavalin.
    - Mr. Ed Waitzer, Senior Partner at the law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP.
      Previously the Chair of Stikeman Elliott LLP, Mr. Waitzer has also
      served as Vice President of the Toronto Stock Exchange and Chair of the
      Ontario Securities Commission. In July 2007, he was appointed the
      Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance at York
      University's Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of
      Business.
    

    The Advisory Council meets semi-annually and provides advice to EDC on
such issues as EDC's environmental review and disclosure practices, CSR and
developing markets, support for environmental technologies and human rights.
    For their exceptional contribution, advice and counsel provided to EDC
over the past six years, EDC would like to thank retiring members Dezso J.
Horvath, the Dean of the Schulich School of Business at York University and
the Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management; Jean-Marie Toulouse, the
former Director of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and a Fellow of
the Royal Society of Canada; and Elizabeth Dowdeswell, former President of the
Nuclear Waste Management Organization and previously Executive Director of the
United Nations Environment Program.
    Dr. Gossen and Messrs Villiard and Waitzer join current Advisory Council
members David Runnalls, President and CEO of the International Institute for
Sustainable Development; and David Zussman, Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector
Management (University of Ottawa) and former President of the Public Policy
Forum and a former Dean of the University of Ottawa School of Management.
Biographies of all the Advisory Council members are available on EDC's website
at www.edc.ca.

    Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada's export credit agency,
offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and
investors expand their international business. EDC's knowledge and
partnerships are used by 6400 Canadian companies and their global customers in
up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and
is a recognized leader in financial reporting, economic analysis and has been
named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for seven consecutive years. At EDC,
we commit to carry out our mandate in a socially responsible manner consistent
with our corporate values.




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For further information: Media contact: Phil Taylor, EDC Public Affairs,
(613) 598-2904, ptaylor@edc.ca


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