Appointments to the Sept-Iles Port Authority

    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointments
of Mr. Avit Ouellet, and Mr. François Turmel, to the board of directors of the
Sept-Iles Port Authority.
    "I am pleased that these experienced and capable individuals will be
serving on the board of the Sept-Iles Port Authority," said Minister Cannon.
"Their backgrounds in finance and engineering, respectively, will be welcome
assets to the board."
    Mr. Avit Ouellet holds a bachelor of arts from the Séminaire de Rimouski
and a master in administration of communications from the Université Laval
(Québec). He also attended the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan
School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He retired
from the Iron Ore Company of Canada in 2000, after a long career with the
company. Mr. Ouellet worked in the Schefferville office until 1971, and
subsequently at the Sept-Iles office, where he held increasingly senior
positions in finance and administration. He has been a board member of several
companies and associations, including railway, land and power companies in
Quebec. Mr. Ouellet has been appointed to the board of directors of the
Sept-Iles Port Authority for a period of three years.
    Mr. François Turmel holds an Industrial Design diploma from l'Ecole
technique de Québec. He currently is president of Les Constructions BLH inc.,
and president of Gestion Majicor enr., companies that specialize in the
construction of industrial, commercial and office buildings. He previously
worked as a project officer for Poulin et Mercier Construction, and has thirty
years experience in the design and construction of buildings in Quebec. He is
a former director of the Sept-Iles Chamber of Commerce and the Corporation de
promotion industrielle et commerciale de Sept-Iles. Mr. Turmel has been
appointed to the board of directors of the Sept-Iles Port Authority for a
period of two years.

    The Sept-Iles Port Authority is the Canada Port Authority (CPA)
established to manage the Port of Sept-Iles, effective May 1, 1999, under the
Canada Marine Act. As a CPA, the Sept-Iles Port Authority benefits from
greater management flexibility, including increased freedom to enter into
contracts and borrow money from commercial lenders.
    Open to year-round navigation, the port of Sept-Iles is the most
important iron ore port in Canada, serving the mining industries of Quebec,
and Newfoundland and Labrador. The port has an annual shipping volume of
approximately 23 million tonnes.

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