Appointment of new President of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

    OTTAWA, Aug. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honorable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment, announced today the appointment of Mr. David McLaughlin as
President of the National Round Table on the Environment and the
Economy (NRTEE). Mr. McLaughlin's appointment is effective August 8, 2007.
    "David McLaughlin's unique combination of senior management experience
and public policy expertise will contribute greatly to the work of the
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy," said Minister Baird.
"He has distinguished himself as a public policy manager in several areas, and
he will give excellent leadership to the Round Table."
    NRTEE is dedicated to exploring new opportunities to integrate
environmental conservation and economic development in order to sustain
Canada's prosperity and secure its future. Its mandate has recently been
enhanced to provide advice to Canada's New Government on Turning the Corner:
An Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollution.
    NRTEE was created in October 1988 by then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney,
and its independent role and mandate were enshrined in the National Round
Table on the Environment and Economy Act. Its members are drawn from
distinguished leaders in business and labour, universities, environmental
organizations, Aboriginal communities and municipalities.

    (Egalement offert en français)

                               DAVID McLAUGHLIN
                                 THE ECONOMY

    David McLaughlin has over 20 years of experience as a senior public
policy professional at both the federal and provincial levels of government,
in the private sector, and in multi-partisan, multi-government settings.
    Mr. McLaughlin began his career as a policy assistant to the Minister of
Health and Social Program Reform in New Brunswick from 1980 to 1984. He went
to Ottawa in 1984 as Senior Policy Advisor to the federal Minister of Consumer
and Corporate Affairs. From 1986 to 1990, he served as Chief of Staff to the
federal Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, Consumer and
Corporate Affairs, and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
    Following a one-year sabbatical at the University of Bath in England
where he earned his M.B.A., Mr. McLaughlin returned to Ottawa as Senior Policy
Advisor to the Minister of Constitutional Affairs. In 1992, he joined the
Prime Minister's Office as Senior Advisor, Operations. In 1993, he was
appointed Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.
    From 1994 to 1999, Mr. McLaughlin worked in the private sector as Partner
and Executive Vice President of Veritas Communications Inc., a healthcare
communications firm.
    In October 1999, he returned to New Brunswick to serve as both Deputy
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Minister of Policy and
Planning. In June 2000, he also became Secretary to the Cabinet Committee on
Policy and Priorities.
    During this period, Mr. McLaughlin spearheaded the establishment of a
comprehensive new environmental policy and legislative framework for
New Brunswick, which included a Coastal Areas Protection Policy; a Protected
Areas Strategy; a Waste Reduction and Diversion Plan; and amendments to the
Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Environment Act.
    Mr. McLaughlin also conceived, developed and drafted several other major
long-term policy papers for New Brunswick, including Greater Opportunity -
N.B.'s Prosperity Plan, 2002 to 2012; Healthy Futures - The Provincial Health
Plan; New Brunswick Power Restructuring Plan; and 10-Year Innovation Agenda
for New Brunswick, which included the creation of the New Brunswick Innovation
Foundation. In February 2003, he was asked to serve as Chief of Staff to
Premier Lord.
    In September 2003, Mr. McLaughlin was appointed as Deputy Minister to the
New Brunswick Commission on Legislative Democracy, which conducted over a year
of research and consultations and delivered a final report containing
89 recommendations for democratic reform, most of which were accepted by
successive governments of different political parties.
    In May 2005, the Premiers of Canada's provinces and territories announced
the creation of the Council of the Federation Advisory Panel on Fiscal
Imbalance, and Mr. McLaughlin was hired as the Panel's Executive Director. The
Panel reported in March 2006. Since then, Mr. McLaughlin has served as Chief
of Staff to the federal Minister of Finance.
    David McLaughlin has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in History
and Political Science from Mount Allison University in Sackville,
New Brunswick (1978), a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from
Carleton University in Ottawa (1980), and a Master of Business Administration
degree from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom (1991).

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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