Roger Thomas, Executive Vice President, North America of Nexen Inc. elected Chair of Canadian Chamber

    QUEBEC, Oct. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Roger Thomas, Executive Vice President,
North America of Nexen Inc. of Calgary, AB, was appointed volunteer Chair of
the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for 2008-2009 at its Annual
General Meeting in Quebec City today (biography attached).
    "The Canadian Chamber's greatest strength has always been the power of
the chamber network and the ability of 170,000 businesses to speak with one
voice," said Roger Thomas, Chair of the Board of Directors. "We will harness
our extensive and diverse network of members to promote the Canadian Chamber's
policies for the benefit of all Canadians."
    "Mr. Thomas brings to the Canadian Chamber his hands-on and practical
experience in running a very successful division," said Perrin Beatty,
President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "He understands the
need to put in place government policies that will enable businesses and the
economy to grow, something that he will be advocating for in his role as Chair
over the next twelve months."

    Roger Thomas is joined on the Canadian Chamber Leadership Team by:

    Perrin Beatty, Full-Time President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce,
    Ottawa, Ontario.

    Shauneen Bruder, First Vice-Chair; Executive Vice President, Business &
    Commercial Banking, RBC Financial Group, Toronto, Ontario

    Elyse Allan, Second Vice-Chair; President and CEO of GE Canada,
    Mississauga, Ontario.

    Mathieu Bouchard, Third Vice-Chair; Vice President, Sustainability and
    Climate Change of Rio Tinto Alcan, Montreal, Quebec.

    Robert Youden, Treasurer; Chief Executive Officer, Jacques Whitford

    John Peller, Immediate Past-Chair of the Board; President and CEO, Andrew
    Peller Ltd., Grimsby, Ontario.

    Roger Thomas
    Chair of the Board of Directors
    Canadian Chamber of Commerce

    Roger Thomas was appointed Executive Vice President, North America of
Nexen Inc. in November 2007. Prior to this, he held the position of Senior
Vice President, Canadian Oil and Gas since January 1998.
    Since joining the corporation in 1978, Mr. Thomas has held a variety of
positions including Business Manager, Specialty Chemicals Division; Division
Vice President, Oil & Gas Marketing; and Division Vice President, Corporate
    Mr. Thomas attended both the University of Toronto and York University,
graduating in 1974 with a B.A. in Economics and History. He is also a graduate
of the Executive Program at the University of Michigan.
    Active in industry and community associations, Mr. Thomas has been a
member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since May 2002.
He is President of the Alberta Chamber of Resources and a Governor and Past
Chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). He also
serves as Division Co-Chair for the Calgary United Way Engineering, Energy
Services Supply Division and as a Director of Careers: The Next Generation.
    He is a past Director of The Nature Conservancy of Canada, The Adult
Learning Centre, Ranch Ehrlo Foundation, the Calgary Science Centre, The
Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame Society and the Petroleum Technology Research

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