Former Foreign Affairs Minister Emerson joins Canada China Business Council Board

    TORONTO and BEIJING, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - Canada China Business Council (CCBC)
Chairman Peter Kruyt has announced that Hon. David Emerson, P.C., former
International Trade and Foreign Affairs Minister for Canada, has joined the
Board of Directors of CCBC. "We are delighted to make this announcement. Mr.
Emerson is a champion for Canadian trade and investment and is highly
respected in China. He will bring personal passion for Sino-Canadian relations
and unmatched professional experience to CCBC."
    Mr. Emerson was appointed Canada's Minister of Industry in July 2004 and
became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2008. He had been both the British
Columbia Deputy Minister to the Premier and Deputy Minister of Finance. He
served as President and CEO of the Western and Pacific Bank of Canada and
Canfor Corporation. Previously he was President of the B.C. Trade Development
Corporation and head of the Vancouver International Port Authority.
    "I am delighted to join the Board of CCBC," Mr. Emerson said. "It's an
organization that has contributed enormously to a stronger Canada-China
business relationship. In these challenging economic times our trans-Pacific
ties with China will be critical to the shaping of our economic future."
    Canada China Business Council President Peter Harder, a former Deputy
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, said, "We expect Mr.
Emerson will very quickly become a leader in the national discourse on
Canada-China trade and investment, as he was in his careers in politics and
    CCBC Executive Director Sarah Kutulakos said of Mr. Emerson's
appointment, "His political insights and illustrious private career complement
an extraordinary Board of Directors. We have a Board that not only has very
deep business roots in bilateral Canada-China commerce; our Board members have
strong personal commitments to trade and investment between Canada and China.
Mr. Emerson will be a wonderful addition to this group."

    CCBC is the Canada-China bilateral trade and investment facilitator,
catalyst and advocate. With offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Beijing and
Shanghai, the Canada China Business Council is a not-for-profit association
that provides direct business and operational support for its members and that
offers its members connections to the most senior levels of government and
business in Canada and China.
    Founded in 1978, CCBC has been the voice for more than 30 years in Canada
and China for enhanced bilateral trade and investment. CCBC members include
many of Canada's leading corporations, most innovative mid-sized competitors
and leading small Canadian businesses active in China. Its membership
increasingly includes Chinese companies interested in investing in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Victor Hayes, Director of Public Affairs,
Canada China Business Council,, (mobile) (416) 994-0535,
(office) (416) 954-3800, ext. 314,

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