Appointments to National Capital Commission announced

    OTTAWA, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointments
of Ms. Hélène Grand-Maître, Mr. Eric D. MacKenzie, Mr. Daniel J. MacLeod and
Mr. Robert Tennant to the board of directors of the National Capital
    "I am pleased to announce the appointments of Ms. Grand-Maître,
Mr. MacKenzie, Mr. MacLeod and Mr. Tennant," said Minister Cannon. "Their
combined experience will be a great asset to the NCC's board of directors."
    Ms. Hélène Grand-Maître, of Gatineau, Quebec, currently serves as
vice- provost, administration and resources, of l'Université du Québec en
Outaouais. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in science in the field
of kinanthropology from the University of Ottawa. Ms. Grand-Maître also holds
a master's in public administration from the Ecole nationale d'administration
publique à Hull. She has extensive experience serving the city of Gatineau for
nearly 30 years in various roles in the Leisure and Cultural Services section,
including assistant for sports; chief, programmes division; and director.
Ms. Grand-Maître worked as director, professional development and employment
services at La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa. She has been appointed to the board
of directors for four years. Her appointment is effective April 1, 2007.
    Mr. Eric D. MacKenzie, of Fredericton, New Brunswick, began his career
with the Regular Armed Forces (Navy) in 1956. He served in the Far East on
light cruiser HMCS Ontario, and in the Reserve Armed Forces at HMCS Cornwallis
and HMCS Stadacona. From 1962 until 1998, Mr. MacKenzie taught mathematics at
senior high schools in Fredericton and St. Andrew's, in New Brunswick and at
CFB Bagotville, Quebec, and also served as director of the New Brunswick
Teachers Federation, and as president of the Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op.
From 1999 until 2003, Mr. MacKenzie served as a Member of the Legislative
Assembly of New Brunswick. During his time in the legislature, he was elected
caucus liaison in the establishment of a provincial capital commission in
New Brunswick. He has been appointed to the board of directors for three
    Mr. Daniel J. MacLeod, of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, is currently the
chair of the New Glasgow Police Commission, regional chair for Nova Scotia
Solid Waste Management, a member of the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board and
a veteran New Glasgow town councillor. He also serves as member of the Pictou
District Planning Commission and the New Glasgow Recreation Committee.
Mr. MacLeod is the former president of the Canadian Association of Police
Boards, member of the Solicitor General Task force on Police Services and has
served as New Glasgow's deputy mayor. He has also served as chair of the 1999
Canadian Girls Softball Championships and chair of the 1997 Air Canada Cup
national hockey tournament. Mr. MacLeod is a former chair of the New Glasgow
Recreation Commission and Pictou County Solid Waste as well as former board
member with the Aberdeen Hospital Commission, the Pictou District School Board
and the honourary chair of Pictou County Make A Wish Foundation. From 1984
until 1989, he held the post of sales manager, Curtis Industries, and from
1989 until his retirement in 2005, Mr. MacLeod was branch manager,
Westburne/Wolseley, New Glasgow. Mr. MacLeod was a recipient of the Queen's
Jubilee Medal. He has been appointed to the board of directors for three
    Mr. Robert Tennant, of Ottawa, Ontario, is a member of the Canadian
Institute of Planners, and is a registered professional planner. He holds a
bachelor of arts from McGill University and a master's of planning from the
University of Toronto. In 2001, he was co-chair of the national conference of
the Canadian Institute of Planners. Since 1992, Mr. Tennant has been a partner
with FoTenn Consultants Inc., Ottawa. Mr. Tennant has over 30 years'
experience in regional and urban planning. He has worked for Royal Lepage, the
Ontario Ministry of Housing, Shenkman Corporation and the Creson Corporation,
all in the area of urban planning. He has also worked on projects involving
Public Works and Government Services Canada, the Ontario Realty Corporation,
the Canada Lands Company, the Region of Ottawa-Carleton and the Ottawa
Economic Generator Initiative. He has been appointed to the board of directors
for three years.

    The National Capital Commission (NCC) is a Crown corporation that was
created by Parliament in 1959 as the steward of federal lands and buildings in
the National Capital Region. The NCC mandate is to develop, conserve and
improve the National Capital Region to reflect its national significance as
the seat of the Government of Canada and to organize, sponsor and promote
public activities and events in the National Capital Region to enrich the
cultural and social fabric of Canada.

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