The National Press Club of Canada Foundation announces its new Board of Directors



    OTTAWA, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - At its Annual General Meeting held at the
Sheraton Hotel in Ottawa on April 4th, the National Press Club of Canada
Foundation (NPCCF) members were introduced to the new Board.
    The NPCCF operates the National Press Club, founded in 1928. Today the
Press Club is thriving under a new business model and guided by a 10-person
Board of directors. Our mission is to provide a place where journalists and
newsmakers can meet and speak on issues of the day, to support press freedom
and reward and encourage excellence in journalism through awards and
scholarship programs. Visit www.pressclub.on.ca.

    The Executive of the Board is composed of:
    Dr. Guy Félio - President
    Gord McIntosh - Vice President
    Rosaleen Dickson - Secretary, Treasurer

    The Directors are:
    Roxanne Brousseau-Félio - Chair, Diplomatic and Multicultural Committee
    Bob Diotte - Chair, Memberships and Member Services Committee
    Lisa Grenier - Reservations
    James Lévêque
    Eed Murad - Chair, Scholarships and Fundraising Committee
    Al Ottum

    Ex-Officio Member:
    Rennie MacKenzie (Past-President)

    During the meeting, Dr. Félio thanked the outgoing Directors who did not
seek re-election for this year. He also praised the work done by the previous
Board in increasing the value of services to its members and the activities
organised by the Club. "In particular, the Club has been very active in recent
months with our Diplomatic Press Attaché Luncheons, attracting high profile
speakers such as Tom D'Aquino, the Honourable Stockwell Day, and the
Honourable Bev Oda" said Félio.
    The members at the AGM were also informed of the results of the
Scholarship competition. The three 2009 NPCCF Scholarship recipients will be
announced at the Club's Spirit of Canada Gala on May 12, 2009 in Ottawa. "We
are grateful to all the donors who made this first round of Scholarships for
journalism and media students in Canada possible. These scholarships will help
three students continue their studies to become the next generation of
journalists" said Félio. A total of $10,000 each year over the next three
years will be given to the recipients.

    Biographical details of the Executive and Directors are attached.


    Dr. Guy Félio - President

    During his 25-year career as a writer, educator, researcher, and policy
advisor, Dr. Guy Félio has constantly focused on sharing knowledge and
communicating amongst professionals - whether in training or seasoned. He has
written more than 50 articles and made more than 100 presentations to
audiences ranging from engineers and public administrators to policy makers
and elected officials. As a special advisor to senior level managers in the
Federal government, Dr. Felio was instrumental in developing and implementing
National initiatives and regularly represented Canada on international panels.
He is the editor of a column on infrastructure issues for the Canadian Society
for Civil Engineering and is the Ottawa Correspondent for ReNew Canada
magazine. He has co-authored a youth historical novel on the construction and
tragic accidents of the bridge over the St. Lawrence in Quebec City.
    As President of the National Press Club of Canada Foundation, Dr. Felio's
focus will be on enhancing the relevance of the Club to Canada's journalism
and media professionals, improving member services, and increasing the reach
of the Club nationally and internationally.

    Gord McIntosh - Vice-President

    Gord McIntosh is a veteran Ottawa public affairs consultant, specializing
in government and media relations, media training, communications strategy and
speech writing. Prior to consulting, he was an award-winning journalist for 30
years with experience in newspapers, radio, television, magazines, news
services and the web. He is a former president of the Parliamentary Press
Gallery and the National Press Club.
    As Vice-president of the National Press Club of Canada Foundation, Gord
is looking to protect press freedom, strengthen freedom of information laws
and improve the media climate overall in Canada.

    Rosaleen Dickson - Secretary, Treasurer

    Rosaleen Dickson has been writing news for 75 years, in weekly
newspapers, daily papers, magazines, radio, television and the Internet. For
35 years she was publisher and editor of THE EQUITY, the weekly newspaper of
Pontiac County, published in Shawville, Quebec. With a Masters degree in
Journalism from Carleton University, and having taught Print Journalism at
Ryerson University in Toronto, she well recognizes the relevance to the
profession of a solid education. This long experience has also prepared her to
understand the needs of people who write the news in all media.
    Her purpose in accepting re-election to the Executive of the Press Club
is to continue to help the Club and the Members in every way possible;
particularly as Web master for the Club's innovative and ever-growing Web
site. Her current task will also be to keep the Club solvent and to work
towards an eventual return to their previous "home" in the National Press
Building on Wellington Street meanwhile maintaining their great relationship
with the Sheraton Hotel.

    Roxanne Brousseau-Félio - Chair, Diplomatic and Multicultural Committee

    Roxanne Brousseau-Félio has dealt with all aspects of media during her 25
year career in the United States and Canada. She has a Bachelor's degree in
Media Communications and a Masters in Educational Technology. She has worked
as a producer for a TV weekly community and public affairs program and as a
reporter/videographer for public and corporate organizations. She was involved
in the film and television industry in Los Angeles on productions such as the
TV Pilots for the Emmy Awards series The Wonder Years. She also has worked at
The Paul Getty Foundation - Education Division; Walt Disney Studios,
Condé-Nast Publishing (Self, Vogue, House and Garden magazines) and The
William Morris Talent Agency - story department. She is also a writer and was
awarded 1st place by the Ottawa Independent Writers for her short story Bound
to Fly published in Ottawa Gems.
    In the last two years, Roxanne has created SpreadArt.net, an
international network of artists collaborating on unique projects and
exchanges. She was selected amongst more than 100 artists to be one of the
first exhibitors at the new Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa.
    Currently the Chair of the Diplomatic and Multicultural Committee, she is
responsible for the Press Club - Ottawa Diplomatic Association Diplomatic
Press Attaché Luncheons. In the coming year, she will continue to attract high
profile speakers to the luncheons and focus on the series of NPC events that
celebrate culture and countries.

    Lisa Grenier

    Lisa Grenier joined the Delta Media team in December of 2003 with over
twenty-five years of experience working in public relations and
communications. She has strong administrative skills and the first contact
with clients in the office, whether over the phone or in person. She has had
proven success with balancing several tasks at any given time. She benefits
from an excellent sense of organization and an aptitude for dealing with
clients and the public. She is bilingual and has a personal interest for
outdoor sports.

    James Lévêque

    Following a ten-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, James Lévêque
joined the federal public service in 1976. In 1979 he went into private
practice as a communications consultant and has held various positions since
then as Executive Director of the francophone publishers' association, Chief
of Staff to the Minister of State for Youth, Senior Advisor and Principal
Secretary to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Director, Corporate
Public Affairs at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Director of Departmental
Public Affairs at DND.
    In September 1996, he returned to private practice as a public affairs
and communications consultant on contract to a variety of public sector
clients, e.g. Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Natural Resources Canada, CIO,
Transportation Safety Board, CIC, HRDC, PCO (La Relève), the Canadian Nuclear
Safety Commission (CNSC) and the Commission for Public Complaints Against the
RCMP. Since August 3rd 2005, he has been on contract as Senior Political
Advisor to a member of the Senate of Canada.

    Ahmad (Eed) Murad

    For more than forty five years Eed has been a publisher, editor,
journalist, writer and poet. He has written and translated several books
published in Arabic & English, and has written extensively about Canada-Arab
relations. In the early sixties, after arriving in Canada, Eed established the
first Arabic Center in Montreal. At McGill University, he founded the Arab
Students Society. In Vancouver in the late sixties, he established "The
Source" an English- Arabic bi-weekly newspaper that was published for eight
years. In the mid seventies, in Ottawa, he established the "Jerusalem
International Publishing House" and published several books in Arabic, French
& English.
    Eed also led several Canadian Parliamentarian delegations to the Middle
East, interviewed several Arab Heads-of-State, and met several non-Arab
Heads-of-State including Fidel Castro, Jimmy Carter, Daniel Ortega and Jean
Chretien. Eed has also translated many books and reports into Arabic,
including: Directions for Canada's International Security, Veil: The secret
Wars of the CIA 1981-1987, How Canadians Govern Themselves, and Antisocial
Drivers.
    In his capacity as the Chair of the Scholarships and Fundraising
Committee, Eed will devote his time, energy and wide contacts to securing
funds for Journalism Scholarships to assist aspiring future journalists.

    Hussein (Al) Alsaleh Ottum

    Al Ottum has 38 years of experience working with the Federal Government
and the private sector as a financial advisor and consultant. He presently is
the principal for the Bank Street Mortgage Centre Inc. Which he founded 9
years ago. Al is the Treasurer of the Arab Canadian Professionals and
Community Associations - (CAPCA), an organization dedicated to assisting new
Canadians adopt the Canada life, as well as finding jobs and housings. He is
the Chairman of a fundraising committee for the ALS Society of Eastern
Ontario.
    Al's has been promoting the use of media to inform and foster better
understanding among multicultural societies in Ottawa had plans to be involved
in the fundraising and multicultural activities of the Press Club.


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For further information:

For further information: Dr. Guy Félio, NPCCF President, (613) 266-0023,
guy.felio@videotron.ca

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