Appointment to Parc Downsview Park Inc.

    OTTAWA, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointment of
Mr. David Soknacki for a five-year term as chair of the board of directors of
Parc Downsview Park Inc.
    "I am very pleased that Mr. Soknacki has agreed to serve as chair on the
board of Parc Downsview Park," said Minister Cannon. "His experience in
business administration and management will serve the board well."
    Mr. Soknacki holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of
Toronto, and a master of business administration from the University of
Western Ontario. He is the founder and president of Ecom Trading Corporation,
a distribution and manufacturing business established in 1986. The
organization now employs over 20 staff members, and exports to approximately
30 countries. Mr. Soknacki was also a councillor for the City of Toronto,
member of the board of the Toronto District Health Council, host for the
Scarboro Television network, charter member and president of the Densgrove
Park Community Association and director of the Metropolitan Toronto Housing
Development Corporation. He is currently a columnist for Metroland Publishing.

    Downsview Park, in Toronto, Ontario, is a unique urban park and
recreational green space created from the remaining lands of the former
Canadian Forces Base Toronto. The park was dedicated to Canadians on
September 29, 2003, as a major federal urban park. The 572-acre site is
operated by Parc Downsview Park Inc., an agent Crown corporation, which is
mandated to manage and develop part of the Downsview lands on a self-financing
basis as a unique urban recreational green space to be held in perpetuity for
the enjoyment of future generations. The site consists of 362 acres of green
space for public enjoyment while the remaining area is to be developed
commercially to support the operation of the park.

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