Institute of Corporate Directors - Media Invitation

    MONTREAL, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Institute of Corporate Directors
("ICD") is hosting on September 18 and 19th the 2008 Conference on Governance
and Financial Markets in North America.
    The conference will feature several international governance experts,
such as Michael C. Jensen (Harvard Business School), Roberta Romano (Yale Law
School) and Ethiopis Tafara (Securities and Exchange Commission). Many leaders
from the Canadian business community, such as Donald Coxe (BMO Financial),
Purdy Crawford (Osler Hoskin & Harcourt), Clément Gignac (National Bank of
Canada), Jean-René Halde (Business Development Bank of Canada), Monique Leroux
(Desjardins Group), Jean St-Gelais (Autorité des marchés financiers) and David
Wilson (Ontario Securities Commission) will also be speaking at this
    The ICD Quebec chapter's Annual Dinner, which will also be on September
18th as part of this conference, will feature Ms. Sherron Watkins, former Vice
President of Enron Corporation who alerted then-CEO Ken Lay in August 2001 to
accounting irregularities within the company.
    Various panel discussions and presentations on emerging questions and
critical issues about Board governance will be held. Hundreds of
administrators and corporate leaders, analysts, financial experts,
accountants, legal advisors and government representatives are expected.
    Journalists and photographers are invited to the following address:

    Location:       Centre Mont Royal
    ---------       2200, Mansfield Street
                    Montreal (Quebec)

    Dates and time: September 18th from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm
    --------------- September 19th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

    About the ICD

    The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) is a member-based organization
that represents the director community in Canada. As a member institute of the
Global Director Development Circle, the ICD sets the standards for Canadian
directors that are recognized both nationally and internationally. The ICD
certifies directors, grants the ICD.D title designation and educates to
directors through events, continuing education and formal education as part of
its Director Education Program.
    With a view to enhancing the quality of directorships in Canada, the ICD
acts as a valuable resource for directors of public, private, crown and
not-for-profit organizations, providing members with timely updates on
governance trends and benchmarking tools. Its motto is: Better directors,
better boards, better business.
    For more information concerning the 2008 Conference, its programming and
the list of speakers, please visit our web site at

For further information:

For further information: Media information: Sylvia Morin, Media
relations for the 2008 Conference, (514) 240-3841; Roch Landriault, (514)
843-2345; Source: Laurent Morisset, C4 Communications, Communications Director
for ICD Quebec chapter, (514) 842-3535, ext. 221

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