Bernard Lord Named President & CEO of Wireless Industry Association

    OTTAWA, Oct. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Almis Ledas, Chair of the Canadian
Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), announced today that Bernard
Lord has been named the new President & CEO of the Ottawa-based industry
group, effective October 27, 2008.
    Mr. Lord, the former Premier of New Brunswick who led the province with
two successive majorities from 1999 to 2006, was most recently Senior Counsel
at the McCarthy Tétrault law firm and serves as a director for several
corporate and non-profit organizations.
    "On behalf of the CWTA Board of Directors, it is indeed a pleasure to
welcome Bernard to one of Canada's fastest growing industries," said
Mr. Ledas. "Bernard's proven achievements in stimulating economic growth and
social progress will be invaluable as the industry continues to innovate and
provide Canadians with world-class wireless products and services."
    Mr. Lord has often been recognized as a national leader and consensus
builder for his work with the Council of the Federation, The New England
Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Conferences and La Francophonie. He
was chosen as one of Time magazine's top 25 New Generation of Leaders in
Canada as well as being awarded the title of Grand Officier de l'Ordre de la
Pleiade from the International Association of Francophone Parliamentarians.
    Today, the number of wireless phone connections in Canada exceeds basic
telephone subscriptions, and new technologies and further competition are
delivering the mobile Internet to Canadians from coast to coast. "Wireless
service has become a key enabler of economic growth and a new vehicle to
deliver entertainment and information," said Mr. Ledas. "We are delighted that
such an eminent and dynamic Canadian has agreed to be a leader of the industry
that is revolutionizing our information economy."
    Mr. Lord assumes the leadership of CWTA from former President & CEO Peter
Barnes who led the Association for eight successful years before his departure
to pursue other opportunities earlier this year. "Peter's contributions to the
wireless industry are immeasurable, and we wish him many future successes,"
said Mr. Ledas.

    Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)

    CWTA is the authority on wireless issues, developments and trends in
Canada. It represents cellular, PCS, messaging, mobile radio, fixed wireless
and mobile satellite carriers as well as companies that develop and produce
products and services for the industry. (

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