The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal sets up a task force on Montréal's governance and taxation issues

    MONTREAL, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal is pleased to announce the creation of a task force focusing on the
issues of governance and taxation in Montréal. Chaired by Mr. Marcel Côté,
Founding Partner of SECOR Consulting, and Mr. Claude Séguin, Senior
Vice-President, Corporate Development and Strategic Investment, at CGI, and
former Deputy Minister of Finance for the Government of Quebec, the task force
is the result of a recommendation made during the last annual congress of the
Association des économistes québécois (ASDEQ) to reflect on concrete ways to
better meet the governance and taxation challenges facing Montréal.
    Other members of the task force are:
    - Mr. André Boisclair, Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young and former
      Minister of State of Municipal Affairs and Greater Montréal;
    - Mr. André Delisle, Corporate Director and Consultant, and former
      Treasurer and Director of Finance for the City of Montréal;
    - Mr. Gilles Godbout, Consultant and former Deputy Minister, Ministère
      des Finances du Québec;
    - Mr. Louis Roquet, President and COO of Desjardins Venture Capital and
      former Secretary General of the City of Montréal and CEO of the
      Montréal Urban Community;
    - Ms. Diane Wilhelmy, Consultant, former Deputy Minister in the
      Government of Quebec, and former Quebec Delegate General in New York.
    "The Board of Trade considers itself privileged to be able to count on
the enthusiastic participation of these exceptional individuals. Their
credibility and experience not only make them seasoned and passionate
observers of the city, but also skilful strategists, capable of proposing
feasible changes within the larger context of the Quebec political world.
Also, it is with pride and great recognition of their commitment that we are
today confirming their participation in the task force," stated the President
and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Michel Leblanc.
    Resulting from a non-partisan initiative, the recommendations will be
revealed in a report that will be made public early in 2010.
    "We chose to clearly circumscribe the mandate of the task force. The aim
is to present targeted recommendations that will enlighten the newly elected
administration in its choices relating to governance and taxation, and which
will complete the proposals for change that it will express, notably to the
Government of Quebec. We are therefore talking about the determination of a
restricted number of actions to be taken. These actions, in addition to being
concrete, must be unifying and must promote change, we hope, in the months
following the tabling of the report in January," concluded Michel Leblanc.

    The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
primary mission is to represent the interests of the business community of
Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses
of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their
full potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The
Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.

For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Paquette, Coordinator, Media relations,
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, ext. 4015,

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