Hélène Desmarais named chair of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

    MONTREAL, Oct. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - During today's annual meeting of the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, its members appointed Hélène
Desmarais chair of the board for a one-year term and elected its 2007-2008
board of directors. Ms. Desmarais, chair of the board and CEO of the Centre
d'entreprises et d'innovation de Montréal (CEIM) succeeds Elliot Lifson,
vice-chair of the board of Vêtements Peerless Clothing Inc., who is now the
retiring chair.
    "I am very pleased by the confidence the members have shown in me today.
With the support of a board of directors whose composition reflects the
diversity and vitality of Montréal and the assurance that the Board of Trade
is an organization that is becoming ever more influential and avant-garde, I
cannot help but feel positive about the challenges awaiting me. Thanks to the
expertise of the Board of Trade's team under the strong leadership of Isabelle
Hudon, its president and CEO, I plan to devote myself during my term of office
to certain issues that are particularly close to my heart and in which our
organization has an important role to play. I am thinking, in particular, of
the promotion of entrepreneurship and the financing of our academic
institutions," declared Hélène Desmarais, the Board of Trade's new chair of
the board.
    With a B.B.A. in finance from HEC Montréal, Ms. Desmarais is founder,
CEO, and chair of the board of the Centre d'Entreprises et d'Innovation de
    Since 2003, Ms. Desmarais has been chair of the board of HEC Montréal, on
which she has served since 1999; she has been founding co-chair of the HEC's
international advisory board since 1990; chair of the advisory board of
Université de Montréal's faculty of medicine since 2006; chair of the advisory
board and member of the board of governors of the Conference of Montréal
(International Economic Forum of the Americas) since 1995; chair of the board
of the Montreal Economic Institute since 2007; chair of the board of the
Société de développement économique Ville-Marie (SDEVM) since 1998; chair of
the board of the Société d'investissement Jeunesse (SIJ) since 1999; deputy
chair of the board of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra since 2004; and chair of
the board of its endowment fund since 2004.
    Ms. Desmarais also sits on the following boards of directors: the Garda
World Security Corporation (since 2006), the C.D. Howe Institute (since 2005),
the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (since 2005);
the IRCM Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (since 2005); Genome
Quebec (since 2002); VAL-CHUM (Société de valorisation des recherches du CHUM)
(since 2004); and the Société de développement Technopôle Angus (since 2005).
She has also been a member of the Conseil des partenaires de l'innovation
(CIP), chaired by Quebec's Minister of Economic Development, Innovation, and
Export Trade, since 2006.
    The chair of the board plays an active role in the Board of Trade's
activities for one year, then serves as retiring chair for an additional year.
Throughout this period, Ms. Desmarais will sit on the executive committee.
Since February 2005, the position of permanent president of the Board of Trade
has been filled by Isabelle Hudon, who thus serves as the organization's CEO
and official spokesperson.

    The members of the board of directors for 2006-2007 are as follows:

    Chair of the board
    Hélène Desmarais (*)
    Chairman and chief executive officer
    Montréal enterprises and innovation centre

    Retiring Chairman of the board
    Elliot Lifson (*)
    Vêtements Peerless Clothing Inc.

    President and chief executive officer
    Isabelle Hudon (*)
    President and CEO
    Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

    First vice-president of the board
    Rémi Racine (*)
    President and executive producer
    Artificial Mind & Movement (A2M)

    Roger Plamondon (*)
    Société en commandite
    Stationnement de Montréal

    Pierre Anctil
    Executive vice-president
    SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

    Charles-Mathieu Brunelle
    Vice-president and general manager
    TOHU, la Cité des arts du cirque

    Isabelle Courville
    Hydro-Québec TransEnergie

    Robert Desbiens
    Executive Consultant, Strategy and
    Innovation - Industry Sector
    IBM Canada

    Sylvie Giguère
    Vice-president, SMB Sales for Quebec
    Bell Canada

    Michael Goodman
    President and founder
    Michael Goodman Executive Search

    Anne-Marie Hubert, FCA
    Ernst & Young LLP

    Joseph Iannicelli
    President and chief executive officer
    The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada

    Huu Trung Nguyen
    Senior vice-president, finances,
    strategic alliances and international
    Caisse Centrale Desjardins

    John Parisella (*)
    BCP Ltd

    Lorraine Pintal (*)
    Artistic and general director
    Théâtre du Nouveau Monde

    Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski
    Strategic affairs and managing director
    Digital Dimension

    Marc Poulin
    Sobeys Quebec

    Erik Ryan (*)
    Vice-president, Corporate Affairs and Communications
    Alcan Primary Metal Group

    Jérôme Silvestre
    President and CEO
    sanofi-aventis Canada Inc.

    Pierre-Etienne Simard
    Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal

    Martin Spalding (*)
    General Manager, Toronto National Sales and
    Montréal Local Sales
    Astral Media Radio Inc.

    Peter Todd
    Professor and Dean
    Desautels Faculty of Management
    McGill University

    Helen Tyros
    Montréal Metropolitan District
    BMO Bank of Montreal
    Hellenic Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

    Luc Vinet
    University of Montréal

    (*) Member of the executive committee

    The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater
Montreal and to provide individuals, merchants and businesses of all sizes
with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full
potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board
of Trade is the largest private organization in Quebec dedicated to economic

For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Paquette, Coordinator, Media relations,
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, ext. 4015,

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