Minister Solberg announces reappointment to CMHC Board



    OTTAWA, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of
Human Resources and Social Development, and Minister Responsible for Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced today the reappointment of
Harold Calla to CMHC's Board of Directors, for a four-year term. Mr. Calla was
first appointed to the Board of Directors of Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation in June 2005, and will continue to serve as the representative of
the B.C. region.
    "Mr. Calla brings to the position extensive experience in housing and
governance-related issues," said Minister Solberg. "I am confident that
Mr. Calla's expertise will continue to be of tremendous value to CMHC and the
millions of Canadians that the Corporation serves."
    Mr. Calla is a member of the Squamish Nation located in North Vancouver,
British Columbia. After many years of experience in international business, he
has held a number of positions within the Squamish Nation relating to economic
development, land management and finance. Mr. Calla has also acted as a
financial advisor and an arbitrator for various First Nations throughout
Western Canada. He serves as Chairman of the First Nations Financial
Management Board, as a member of the First Nations Advisory Committee on
Taxation, and as Director on the Board of Partnerships British Columbia, a
provincial Crown corporation mandated to look at public, private partnerships
as a delivery model in responding to B.C.'s infrastructure needs. Mr. Calla
was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Terasen Inc., an energy
company based in British Columbia.

    As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of
experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally
sustainable, and affordable homes - homes that will continue to create vibrant
and healthy communities and cities across the country.

    Backgrounder attached.

    
                                 BACKGROUNDER
    

    Harold Calla was reappointed to the Board of Directors of Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation in June 2008, for a four-year term, by the Government
of Canada. He was first appointed in June 2005.
    Mr. Calla is a member of the Squamish Nation located in North Vancouver,
British Columbia. After many years of experience in international business, he
came to work with the Squamish Nation in 1986.
    Mr. Calla has held a number of positions within the Squamish Nation
relating to economic development, land management and finance. He has also
acted as a financial advisor and an arbitrator for various First Nations
throughout Western Canada.
    Mr. Calla serves as Chairman of the First Nations Financial Management
Board, one of four institutions created under the First Nation Fiscal and
Statistical Management Act to support Aboriginal economic development. He also
serves as Director on the Board of Partnerships British Columbia, a provincial
Crown corporation mandated to look at public, private partnerships as a
delivery model in responding to B.C.'s infrastructure needs. Mr. Calla was
recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Terasen Inc., an energy
company based in British Columbia.
    Harold Calla is a recipient of numerous awards in recognition of
excellence in leadership. He brings with him a wealth of experience in housing
related areas.




For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Lesley Harmer, Director of
Communications, Office of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human
Resources and Social Development, (819) 994-2482


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