New appointments to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honorable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment, announced today the appointment of Francine Dorion and
Richard Prokopanko to the National Round Table on the Environment and the
Economy (NRTEE). Their appointments are effective immediately.
    "The knowledge and expertise of each of these new members will contribute
greatly to the work of the National Round Table on the Environment and the
Economy," said Minister Baird. "Our Government's balanced approach builds on
the same foundation of NRTEE of encouraging innovation to protect the
environment, while ensuring that our economy continues to grow and prosper."

    NRTEE is dedicated to exploring new opportunities to integrate
environmental conservation and economic development in order to sustain
Canada's prosperity and secure its future. Its mandate has recently been
enhanced to provide advice to Canada's New Government on Turning the Corner:
An Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollution.
    NRTEE was created in October 1988 by then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
and its independent role and mandate were enshrined in the National Round
Table on the Environment and Economy Act. Its members are drawn from
distinguished leaders in business and labour, universities, environmental
organizations, Aboriginal communities and municipalities.

    Biographical notes are attached.

    (Egalement offert en français)

    Richard Prokopanko

    Richard Prokopanko has over 20 years of experience in natural resource
management and public engagement. Most recently, he has served as Director of
Corporate Affairs for ALCAN (BC) since 1997. In that capacity, he coordinated
ALCAN's first-ever sustainability report in 1999. In 2004, Mr. Prokopanko
worked with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and other corporate
organizations to host a forum on the business case for sustainability and
business partnerships with First Nations. In 2006, Mr. Prokopanko served as a
founding director of the "30 Days of Sustainability Society" - an initiative
to enhance awareness and understanding of the importance of sustainable
lifestyles. He previously worked for the BC Ministry of Forests in 1980s, and
served as Ministerial Assistant to British Columbia Minister of Forests. He
went on to work as a Policy Analyst in the section of Policy, Planning and
International Affairs for Natural Resources Canada, and served on Parliament
Hill as Chief of Parliamentary Affairs and as Executive Assistant to the
Federal Minister of Forests. Mr. Prokopanko received the Natural Resources
Canada Departmental Merit Award for his work on Canada's first report on
'Criteria and Indicators for the Sustainable Development of Canada's Forests.'
He is also a recipient of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal for outstanding
community service. Mr. Prokopanko holds a B.Sc. in Forestry from University of
British Columbia (1982) and a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Manitoba

    Francine Dorion

    Francine Dorion has progressed steadily in seniority throughout her
26-year career with Abitibi-Consolidated. Since October 2003, she has served
as Vice-President of Environment and Technology (formerly Vice-President of
Environment and Sustainable Development). Prior to that, she worked as
Director of Sustainable Forest Management from 2000 to 2002, Chief Forester
from 1998 to 2000, Divisional Forester from 1987 to 1998, and Forest
Management Supervisor and Woodlands Engineer from 1981 to 1987.
    Ms. Dorion is currently the Chair of the Canadian National Council for
Air and Stream Improvement, and Chair of the Market Acceptance Committee of
the Forest Products Association of Canada. She previously served as Vice-Chair
of the Environment Section of the Forest Products Association of Canada from
2005 to 2006, and as Co-Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Boreal Forest
Management from 2001 to 2003. She was also a Member of the first Board of
Directors of the Quebec Parks and Wildlife Society from 2000 to 2002, and
served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Network of
Sustainable Forest Management (Centre of Excellence) from 2001 to 2002. She
was a member of the Selection Committee for the first Chief Forester for
Quebec in 2005.
    Ms. Dorion holds a M.Sc. in Project Management from Université du Quebec
à Chicoutimi (1992) and a B.Sc.A. in Forest Engineering from Université Laval

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada, Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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