CUTA Membership Elects New Executive and Board

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Members of the Canadian Urban Transit Association
elected the Association's Officers and Directors for 2008-2009 at its Annual
General Meeting in Edmonton on Wednesday, May 28, 2008.
    Changes to CUTA's Executive Committee include the election of Steve New
(BC Transit) as Chair; Charles Stolte (Edmonton Transit System) as First Vice
Chair; Robert Olivier (Agence métropolitaine de transport - Montréal) as Vice
Chair - Communications & Public Affairs; and, Mark Brager (New Flyer
Industries) as Vice Chair - Business Members. Penny Williams (Transit Windsor)
becomes Immediate Past Chair.
    In accepting his new role, incoming Chair Steve New outlined his
objectives to unify transit's messaging and to foster partnerships with key
    "One of my priorities for the coming term is summed up in the phrase,
'one team, one voice.' CUTA members from coast to coast to coast, from big
cities to small towns and rural areas, from big business to small companies,
from specialized transit to heavy rail, we all benefit when we bring one
message forward to federal, provincial and local government leaders for
    "CUTA knows all about the power of partnerships. In order to meet the
challenge and the opportunity of transit oriented development, transit
priority on roads, investment in infrastructure and research and incentives to
use transit, we collaborated with others. I know we can strengthen the
partnerships we have and create new ones in order to meet our goals," asserted
Steve New.
    CUTA's outgoing Chair, Penny Williams reflected on highlights from the
last two years and the momentum gained over this period.
    "The National Transit Strategy has become a well-recognized notion that
both CUTA and FCM have promoted - to federal, provincial and municipal
stakeholders, as well as to the private sector and others," remarked Williams.
"By combining our strengths, we can maintain a common voice and build a
stronger industry that provides a better return to the governments and
customers who invest in our service."
    New Directors elected to the Board for the first time or appointed since
the last Annual General Meeting reflect the diversity of the Association's
membership, and include Jacques Demers (Service de transport adapté de la
Capitale (STAC) - Québec), Bev Dubois (City of Saskatoon), John Ford (London
Transit - Ontario), Jacques Gagnon (Quebec Ministry of Transportation), Bob
Paddon (TransLink -Vancouver), and Marc Vendette (Société de transport de
    "I look forward to working with this new group of professionals as we
move ahead in our work promoting transit as a primary solution to urban
mobility through common goals and the establishment of a National Transit
Strategy," said CUTA President and CEO Michael Roschlau.
    For the full list of Executive Committee and Board members, visit

    CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems,
suppliers to the industry, government agencies, individuals and related
organizations in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Maureen Shuell, CUTA Director of
Communications, Tel. (416) 365-9800 ext. 105

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