Shad Valley International announces new Chairperson, welcomes former Group President, Health Care of MDS Inc., John Morrison

    WATERLOO, ON, June 19 /CNW/ - Shad Valley, an enrichment program targeted
at youth grades 10, 11, and 12 with a focus on science, technology,
engineering and entrepreneurship, announced today that John Morrison has been
named as Chair of the Board of Directors. Mr. Morrison replaces outgoing
Chair, Edmée Métivier, who served for a successful term.
    "I have been involved with Shad Valley as a parent, as a regular board
member over the past five years, and more recently, as the Chair this past
year. It has been a great honour to serve with my fellow board members and I
am proud of the work we have done together," says Edmée Métivier Executive
Vice President, Financing & Consulting, Business Development Bank of Canada.
"I am thrilled to see my esteemed fellow Board member, Mr. Morrison as the new
Chair, as he brings extensive business acumen and expertise to this very
special organization. I wish him great success."
    "We have been so fortunate to have outstanding professionals on the Shad
Board during my time as President. The governance and guidance of leaders like
Edmée and John, and others before them, has moved Shad towards higher levels
of success," explains Barry Bisson, President of Shad Valley International.
"We continue to advance in positive ways as an organization, and we look
forward to demonstrating our effectiveness in inspiring 600+ high potential
students to achieve their goals and reach their highest academic and career
    John Morrison has been a member of the Shad Valley Board for two years.
He is a business consultant whose past experience has included the positions
of Group President and CEO of Healthcare at MDS Inc., a health and life
sciences company, and President and CEO of MDS Nordion, a supplier of isotopes
to the global nuclear medicine and sterilization communities. John was also
President and CEO of Continental Can Canada, a diversified packaging company.
    "I feel privileged to be part of an organization that can contribute to
Canada's future knowledge economy, says John Morrison. "I look forward to
leading this exceptional team of professionals, and continue the outstanding
work that has been done over the past 27 years stimulating exceptional
    John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from
the University of New Brunswick. In addition to serving on the board of Shad
Valley International, he is a board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of
the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and a member of the International
Expert Panel of the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation. He is a
past Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Guelph.

    About Shad Valley:

    Shad Valley identifies outstanding talent at a young age; helps them
develop an entrepreneurial mindset; encourages them to consider fields of
study that will increase Canada's innovation capacity; and motivates them to
take advantage of their advantage. Shad is a Canadian not-for-profit
registered charity based in Waterloo, Ontario. The award-winning Shad Valley
program was launched in 1981, and is hosted at 12 leading Canadian
universities each summer. 600+ high-potential students benefit from the Shad
Valley experience each summer and Shad currently boasts a network of over
10,000 Shad Valley alumni, including 18 Rhodes Scholars, and numerous award
winning business and academic leaders.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries only, please contact:
Melanie Reiffenstein, Shad Valley, (519) 884-8844 ext. 234,

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