Empire Club of Canada Speakers Challenge Thinking and Provide Inside Track: Newly Elected President Jo-Ann McArthur

    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - The Empire Club of Canada will continue to
provide access to leaders who challenge current thinking and give the inside
track on the most important issues facing Canadians, says Jo-Ann McArthur, who
today was appointed president at the Club's annual general meeting in Toronto.
    "We are proud that the Empire Club is recognized as the speakers' forum
of record that promotes meaningful dialogue on national and global issues we
all face," says McArthur. "We continue to attract the most prominent leaders
from around the globe who are true innovators and reflect the Club's standards
of excellence."
    McArthur, president, Jo-Ann McArthur Strategies Inc., has more than 20
years of experience building successful brands with Molson, Cadillac Fairview,
Unilever and Procter & Gamble. Other officers are: First Vice President is
Lisa Baiton, Vice President, Government Relations, Environics Communications
Inc.; Second Vice President is Rocco Rossi, Chief Executive Officer, Heart &
Stroke Foundation of Ontario; Third Vice President is Don McCutchan, Partner
and International Policy Advisor, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP; Secretary is
Alexander Squires, Managing Partner, Brant Securities Limited; and, Treasurer
is Richard Goodall, C.A.
    Newly elected directors are: Honourable Bill Graham, Chairman, The
Atlantic Council of Canada, former Leader of the Official Opposition and
interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada; Roberta Jamieson, Chief
Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation and former
Ombudsman for the Province of Ontario; Derek Nighbor, Senior Vice President,
National Affairs, Retail Council of Canada; and, John Walker, President and
Chief Executive Officer, Transition Plus Sustainability Solutions.

    The Empire Club of Canada, established in 1903, is recognized as one of
Canada's longest-standing and largest speakers' forums with a membership
comprised of some of Canada's most influential leaders from the professions,
business, labour, education and government. During its history it has been
addressed by more than 3,250 prominent Canadian and international leaders,
including every Canadian Prime Minister since its inception, Bill Gates, the
Dalai Lama, Alexander Graham Bell, Sir Winston Churchill, Indira Gandhi and
Ronald Reagan. Webcast and print speeches, upcoming speaker events and
registration are available online at www.empireclub.org.

                               Jo-Ann McArthur
                       Jo-Ann McArthur Strategies Inc.
                       President, Empire Club of Canada

    Jo-Ann has over 20 years experience building successful brands with such
blue chip companies as Molson, Cadillac Fairview, Unilever and Procter &
    Jo-Ann was the driving force behind the creation of the Sponsorship
Marketing Council of Canada in cooperation with the ACA (Association of
Canadian Advertisers) and is its founding Chair, as well as Program Director
for its Sponsorship Marketing Course. In this role, Jo-Ann helps Canadian
advertisers maximize the return on investment on sponsorship marketing
opportunities as part of an integrated marketing communications program.
    As President of Molson Sports & Entertainment, Jo-Ann oversaw Molson's
involvement in professional sports and entertainment properties. She also
headed up Molson's Market Research, Media, Internet/eCRM, Promotions, Public
Relations and Merchandising divisions.
    As President & COO of Pigeon(*) Branding + Design, Jo-Ann provided
operational and strategic leadership for Canada's premier branding and design
agency with offices in Toronto and Montreal (clients include Tim Horton's,
Shopper's Drug Mart, Molson, Debbie Travis, Canadian Tire, Pfizer, Danone,
Kraft, Corby's, ITL). While there she increased service offerings to include
corporate identity, Innovation Workshops, Integrated Marketing Communications
Workshops, Senses Workshops, Store Wars.
    Speaking engagements across North America have included Women &
Leadership Summit, Women of Influence Series, IEG Annual Conference (Chicago),
World Congress of Sport (New York), Canada Sports Forum.
    She also serves on the boards of the Empire Club of Canada, Variety - The
Children's Charity and ABC Literacy.

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