Courtney Pratt to Head Toronto Region Research Alliance

    TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of the Toronto Region
Research Alliance (TRRA) appointed Courtney Pratt Chairman of the Board of
Directors effective immediately. Mr. Pratt will assume the role of President
and Chief Executive Officer effective September 30, 2007. He succeeds Ross
McGregor who is completing his two year term as the start-up CEO of the
organization and will continue to serve on the TRRA Advisory Council.
    TRRA's goal is to transform the Toronto Region into a world-leading
centre for research and research-intensive industry. TRRA brings together
diverse stakeholders to build public and private research capacity which, in
turn, will accelerate the commercialization of research and attract increased
R&D investment in the area.
    "I've been involved in the community for many years, and I know the many
strengths and assets that we have in the Toronto Region," said Mr. Pratt. "I
want to build on those strengths to continue transforming the Toronto Region
as a leading global centre for research and innovation."
    Gordon Nixon, Past TRRA Co-Chair and President and CEO, RBC Financial
Group said, "Mr. Pratt brings a wealth of experience in the private and
non-profit sectors. He will provide tremendous leadership to TRRA as it
continues to carve out a role for the Toronto Region on the international R&D
    Mr. Pratt has been Chairman of Stelco Inc. since April 2006, and served
as President and Chief Executive Officer of Stelco Inc. from January 2004 to
March 2006. Previously, he held leadership positions with Toronto Hydro
Corporation, Hydro One Networks Inc., The Caldwell Partners, and Noranda Inc.
Mr. Pratt is a director of Stelco Inc., Moosehead Breweries Limited,
Knightsbridge Human Capital, and 407ETR. He is also a member of the Ontario
Advisory Council of Telus.
    Mr. Pratt was awarded the Order of Canada in January 1999. Currently, he
is a Director of Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN), Canadian Council on
Learning and Toronto City Summit Alliance. He also has held leadership roles
with the United Way of Greater Toronto, The Learning Partnership, Career Edge,
Toronto Board of Trade, Duke of Edinburgh's Awards in Canada, and the
University Health Network.


    Launched in October 2005, the Toronto Region Research Alliance (TRRA) is
an innovative network of regional leaders engaged in transforming the Toronto
region into a world-leading centre for research and research-intensive
industry. TRRA serves the regions of Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Toronto,
Waterloo, Wellington, and York. The board of directors is composed of
presidents, chief executive officers and senior leaders from the region's
business and research organizations. TRRA is a results-oriented, non-profit
organization supported by a wide range of regional stakeholders and the
governments of Ontario and Canada.
    To learn more about TRRA, please visit

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