Marcel Lauzière Named New President & CEO of Imagine Canada



    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Don McCreesh, chair of the Board of Imagine
Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcel Lauzière as President
& CEO of Imagine Canada. Marcel will begin his duties effective November 20,
2008.
    Marcel Lauzière is currently President with the Canadian Council on
Social Development, a position he has held for eight years.
    Board chair Don McCreesh said, after an extensive search the Board of
Directors believes it has chosen an excellent leader.
    "Marcel is a superb choice to lead the organization," said McCreesh. "His
charitable and nonprofit sector experience and track record of success make
him uniquely qualified for the position. All of us at Imagine Canada look
forward to building upon the current work we do on behalf of the sector with
Marcel at the helm."
    Marcel Lauzière takes over from Georgina Steinsky-Schwartz, Imagine
Canada's President & CEO for more than four years.
    "I am honoured to be appointed the new President and CEO of Imagine
Canada," says Lauzière. "This is an amazing organization that is there to
support charities and nonprofits working in communities all across the
country. These organizations play such a crucial role in strengthening our
social fabric and it will be a real privilege to work with so many of them in
the years ahead."
    Since 2000, Marcel Lauzière has been the President of the Canadian
Council on Social Development. Marcel has recently returned from 2 years in
New Zealand where he was Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Social
Development. Marcel had responsibility for Strategic Policy, Research and
Evaluation and for the Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector. Prior to
this, he worked as Special Advisor to the President of the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada. He was also the founding Executive
Director of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Marcel has served on a number of boards and advisory committees including the
Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Social Conditions, Imagine Canada, the
Voluntary Sector Forum, the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations
(NVO) and the International Council on Social Welfare.

    Imagine Canada is a national charity that looks into and out for Canada's
charitable and nonprofit sector. Our research and public policy facilitate
increased philanthropy and public engagement; our tools and resources
strengthen the sector. Together, they contribute to social progress and
vibrant communities.





For further information:

For further information: Marnie Grona, Senior Manager, Marketing &
Communications, Imagine Canada, 2 Carlton Street, Suite 600, Toronto, ON, M5B
1J3, 1-800-263-1178 x 244 or (416) 597-2293 x 244, mgrona@imaginecanada.ca

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