Appointment to the Belledune Port Authority

    OTTAWA, Feb. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointment of
Mr. Basile Chiasson as a user representative on the Belledune Port Authority's
board of directors, for a term of three years.
    "I am delighted that Mr. Chiasson has agreed to serve on the board of the
Belledune Port Authority," said Minister Cannon. "His extensive legal
experience will serve the board well."
    Mr. Basile Chiasson holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University
of Moncton Law School. He currently is a partner with the law firm Chiasson
and Roy in Bathurst, New Brunswick. He became Queen's Counsel in 2003 and has
worked with a number of law firms in the province. He is a board member of the
Canadian Bar Association, New Brunswick branch, and a member of various
committees of the Law Society of New Brunwick. He was president of the
Association of Francophone Common Law Lawyers Federation from 1998 to 2001. He
is also a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and the
Ontario and Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Associations. Mr. Chiasson is a
published legal author, a frequent speaker at legal conferences and seminars,
and is the recipient of numerous professional and academic awards.

    The Belledune Port Authority is the Canada Port Authority (CPA)
established to manage the Port of Belledune under the Canada Marine Act. As a
CPA, the Belledune Port Authority benefits from greater management
flexibility, including increased freedom to develop contracts and borrow money
from commercial lenders.
    The Port of Belledune, located on the south shore of Chaleur Bay in
northeastern New Brunswick, is a deep-water port open year-round.

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