EDC announces new members of Advisory Council on Corporate Social Responsibility



    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Export Development Canada (EDC) today
announced three new members of its Advisory Council on Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR), a key component of its commitment to environmental and
social responsibility.
    "I am pleased to welcome these talented individuals to our team," said
Eric Siegel, President and CEO of EDC. "Their invaluable expertise in
community investment, microfinance as well as environmental and human rights
issues will be critical to the evolution of EDC's CSR practices."
    The new members include Deanna Rosenswig, former president and CEO of The
MasterCard Foundation; Jean-Louis Roy, former president of Rights and
Democracy; and Hargurdeep Saini, Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the
University of Waterloo.
    Created in 2001, the Advisory Council on CSR helps executive management
consider evolving trends, practices and emerging issues, and is a core
component of EDC's stakeholder engagement strategy. Its membership, now
standing at nine, includes accomplished Canadians of diverse backgrounds from
the private sector, academia and civil society.
    "I look forward to working with all the members of the Advisory Council
to incorporate their unique perspectives to ensure EDC continues to be a
catalyst for positive social and environmental responsibility," said Mr.
Siegel.

    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 more than 8,300
Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide
each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining, a recognized leader in
financial reporting and economic analysis, and has been recognized as one of
Canada's Top 100 Employers for eight consecutive years.

    Biographies of Ms. Rosenswig, Mr. Roy and Dr. Saini are attached.

    Deanna Rosenswig, a Partner of Vantage Concepts, is a board director of
Empire Life and The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company. She was the
Founding President of The MasterCard Foundation an Executive Vice President,
Bank of Montreal and co-authored the bestseller Dreams Have No Expiry Date. A
former board member of Women's World Banking, she is an advocate for
microfinance institutions to help low income people become economically
self-sustaining.

    Jean-Louis Roy, president of Partenariat International and visiting
scholar at the Université de Montréal, is the former president and CEO of the
International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights and
Democracy). He serves on several boards of directors, including the Centre de
la francophonie des Amériques, CRC Sogema, la Fondation des parlementaires
québecois and the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.

    Hargurdeep (Deep) Saini is the Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the
University of Waterloo. An experienced administrator and accomplished leader,
he has an impressive record of scholarly achievement, and is known for his
keen appreciation of contemporary environmental issues, from climate change to
urban sprawl to sustainability.




For further information:

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


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