CUTA membership elects new executive and board

    TORONTO, June 30 /CNW/ - Members of the Canadian Urban Transit
Association elected the Association's Officers and Directors for 2009-2010 at
its Annual General Meeting in the Resort Municipality of Whistler on
Wednesday, June 10, 2009.
    Changes to CUTA's Executive Committee include the election of Charles
Stolte (Edmonton Transit) as Chair, Brian Taylor (Halifax Regional
Municipality) as First Vice Chair, Penny Williams (Transit Windsor) as Vice
Chair - Communications & Public Affairs, Robert Olivier (Agence métropolitaine
de transport - Montréal) as Vice Chair - Government Agencies, Pierre Rocray
(Société de transport de Montréal) as Vice Chair - Education & Human Resources
Development, and Judi Cohen (Terrasan) as Vice Chair - Business Members. Steve
New (BC Transit) becomes Immediate Past Chair.
    Executive Committee members whose positions remain unchanged are: Vincent
Rodo (Toronto Transit Commission) Vice Chair Finance; Gary McNeil (Metrolinx -
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area); John King (Lethbridge Transit) Vice Chair
Small Systems; Mark Brager (New Flyer Industries) Vice Chair - Business
Members; Bev Dubois (Saskatoon) Vice Chair - Municipal Councils; Angela
Iannuzziello (ENTRA Consultants / GENIVAR) Vice Chair - Canadian Members of
APTA; and, Brian Leck (Toronto Transit Commission) Honourary Counsel.
    New Directors elected to the Board for the first time or appointed since
the last Annual General Meeting are Chris Akiyama of Seon Design, Pierre
Bélanger (ACIT), Vince Mauceri (Metrolinx - Greater Toronto and Hamilton
Area), Pierre Rocray (STM - Montréal), and Pat Soanes of Metro Transit
    Special thanks are extended to outgoing Vice Chair - Business Members Ray
Little, and outgoing Vice Chair - Government Agencies Rob MacIsaac, both of
whom have made significant contributions to CUTA in recent years, as well as
to retiring Directors René Barrette, Jacques Demers and Denise Vaillancourt.
    CUTA also released its project, Vision 2040, to the Association members.
    In accepting his new role, incoming Chair Charles Stolte outlined his
objectives to continue CUTA's Vision 2040 project and build on the momentum of
support for public transit for today and future generations: "Let's all get
excited about our opportunities to build CUTA for the future and for the needs
of the stars of tomorrow - our youth," said Charles Stolte.
    CUTA's outgoing Chair, Steve New highlighted accomplishments from the
last year and the development of the transit association's Vision 2040
project. Vision 2040 defines a 30-year outlook for Canadian cities and
communities and the role that public transit will play to maximize its
contribution to quality of life, a vibrant and equitable society, complete and
compact community form, a dynamic and efficient economy, and a healthy natural
    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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