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

    OTTAWA, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment, announced today the appointment of Robert A. Dubé, Robert Sopuck,
and Donald F. MacKinnon to the National Round Table on the Environment and the
Economy (NRTEE). These appointments are effective immediately.
    "Today's appointments will ensure that the national roundtable continues
to provide advice on the environment to the Government," said Minister Baird.
"All three of the appointees are highly qualified, and their advice will be
invaluable as we continue to move forward and take real environmental action
to create healthier, cleaner communities for all Canadians."

    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.

    (Egalement offert en français)

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    Biographical notes are attached


    Robert A. Dubé is President and CEO of the Biotech City in Montreal. An
experienced manager with more than 25 successful years as a senior executive
in the public and private sectors, Mr. Dubé holds a master's degree in
business administration. After completing his university studies in biology
and law, he practiced environmental law with a prominent Montreal legal firm.
    In 2002, he founded the CREA Group, a professional life sciences and
biotech management company. From 2003 to 2006, he also served as the head of
VAL-CHUM, the organization responsible for implementing a structure to
optimize the utilization and commercialization of the research of the roughly
200 researchers of the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM).
In this capacity, he supervised the start-up of two biotech companies.
    Since September 2006, Mr. Dubé has been at the helm of LAVAL TECHNOPOLE,
the entity responsible for promoting the City of Laval and developing its
economy. Mr. Desroches feels that Mr. Dubé's position as the head of the
Biotech City is the perfect complement to his role at LAVAL TECHNOPOLE, given
the latter's mission to develop the Laval economy by focussing on four sectors
of excellence, namely the BIOPOLE, the e-POLE, the AGROPOLE and the INDUSTRIAL
    From 2000 to 2002, he was CEO of Les Systemes Bioflo Inc.,
commercializing a biotech water treatment technology. From 1998 to 1999, he
was CEO of Teknor Industrial Computing Inc. From 1997 to 1998, he was Senior
Director of KPMG Environmental Services in Quebec.
    His previous experience included several years with Environment Canada,
in roles including Executive Director of Biosphere de Montreal, Director of
Environmental Protection, and Senior Advisor to the Minister of the
    From 1990 - 1991, Mr. Dubé served as General Manager of Fondation
Québecoise en Environnement, and he became the founding President of the
Estrie Regional Council of the Environment, 1998. He was also Vice-President
of the Montérégie Council of the Environment in 1995.
    B.Sc. in Biology, McGill University, 1981. LL.B., McGill University,
1987. Called to the Quebec Bar, 1989. MBA, McGill University 1994. Advanced
Management Course, McGill University, 2007.


    Robert Sopuck was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received his
B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba in 1973 and Masters from Cornell
University (1975) in Ithaca, New York. His thesis topic dealt with rainbow
trout population dynamics in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York. His
first career was in fisheries management at both the federal and provincial
level as well as with the private sector. From 1979 to 1988 he lived on his
farm south of Riding Mountain National Park and operated a grain and oilseed
farm, a small outfitting business, and carried out consulting work in the
areas of environmental and resource management. From 1988 to 1996 he
coordinated the sustainable development initiative for the province of
Manitoba. At that time, as well, he was a member of the Canadian delegation to
the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and was Manitoba's observer on the Board of
the International Institute for Sustainable Development. In 1993 and 1994 he
carried out a major project for Canada's National Round Table on the
Environment and Economy dealing with agriculture and trade policy which became
a chapter in the book Conservation of Great Plains Ecosystems: Current
Science, Future Options (1995). He left government in 1996 and took a position
with the Pine Falls Paper Company as Director of Environmental Programs. He
was also on the Board of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.
    In 1998 he moved back to his farm where he currently resides. He was an
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Rural Development at Brandon University
and has been a consultant in the field of environmental and natural resource
policy with a strong bias towards rural issues. He is currently the
Vice-President of Policy (Western Canada) for the Delta Waterfowl Foundation.
He is also the Director of the Rural Renaissance Project for the Frontier
Centre for Public Policy. He writes on rural affairs for the Brandon Sun and
is the hunting and wildlife columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press. He is a
member of the Outdoor Writers of Canada.
    He is also the president of the Manitoba trout fishing development group
known as the Fish and Lake Improvement Program for the Parkland Region.
    He and his wife Caroline live on their 480 acres of land, a portion of
which has been officially recognized by the Province of Manitoba as an
Ecologically Significant Area and by the Nature Conservancy of Canada via a
Conservation Agreement.

    Donald F. MacKinnon

    Don MacKinnon has been the Power Workers' Union President since 2000,
after 11 years as the Union's Vice President for transmission, distribution,
hydroelectric and electrical safety.
    Don's career in Ontario's electricity sector has spanned over three
decades, and includes nearly every aspect of the sector, from tradesperson to
corporate director.
    In his 29 years as a union activist, Don solidified his reputation as a
skilled and innovative negotiator, seasoned in mutual gains approaches that
reached enduring settlements that balanced business needs, and the rights and
values of employees. Among the numerous contracts negotiated is Don's major
milestone in improving workplace safety, when he led the successful PWU push
to establish the unilateral right to stop unsafe work in all Ontario Hydro
workplaces as a substantive and jointly accepted method of reducing workplace
accident and injury.
    Don is currently a member of the Hydro One Board of Directors where he
also chairs that Board's Health and Safety Committee. He also sits on the
Board of Directors of the Canadian Nuclear Association, and co-chairs the
Health and Safety Advisory Committees at Ontario Power Generation and Bruce
Power. Other past activities include appointments to the Ontario government's
Electricity Transition Committee and the Electricity Conservation and Supply
Task Force.

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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