Richard Payette elected Chair of the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

KELOWNA, BC, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Richard Payette, National Firm Development Partner, BDO Canada LLP, Montreal, Quebec, was elected volunteer Chair of the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for 2013-2014 at its Annual General Meeting in Kelowna today (biography attached).

"The Canadian Chamber's greatest strength has always been the power of the chamber network and the ability of businesses of all sizes and from everywhere across Canada to speak with one voice," said Richard Payette, Chair of the Board of Directors. "As the most influential business association in Canada, the Canadian Chamber is the primary and vital link between business and the federal government.  We have a demonstrated impact on public policy and decision-making to the benefit of business and for all Canadians."

"Richard Payette is a well respected and committed executive who brings with him over 30 years of progressive business management and leadership experience" said Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "He will be an outstanding Chair for the Canadian Chamber. He know our network very well, having served as the Chair of the Board of the Fédération des Chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ)"

Richard Payette is joined on the Canadian Chamber leadership team by:
Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa, Ontario
Michael McMullen, First Vice Chair, Winnipeg, Manitoba;
David Paterson, Second Vice Chair; Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy, Blackberry, Waterloo, Ontario
Duncan Wilson, Third Vice Chair, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility Port Metro Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia;
Andrea Bolger, Treasurer; President, Executive Vice, Business Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank, Toronto, Ontario; and,
Pat Horgan, Immediate Past-Chair of the Board; Vice President, Manufacturing, Development & Operations, IBM Canada, Markham, Ontario

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.


For further information:

Émilie S. Potvin
Director, Public Affairs & Media Relations
Office: 613.238.4000 (231)
Cell.: 613.797.1860

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