V. Peter Harder joins Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP as Senior Policy Advisor

    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ - Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC), one of
Canada's leading business law firms, announced today that V. Peter Harder,
Canada's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from June 2003 until his
retirement from public service earlier this month, has joined the firm as
Senior Policy Advisor.
    Based in Ottawa, Mr. Harder will provide sage counsel to FMC's lawyers on
regulatory and policy issues affecting their clients' business activities in
Canada and abroad. He will also be responsible for developing new
opportunities, particularly with international governments.
    "Peter's dynamic career in public service, combined with his extensive
knowledge of international business practices and policies, will be of
infinite value to our lawyers, as well as to our national and international
clients," says Michel Brunet, FMC's Chair and Chief Executive Officer. "Peter
has worked closely with governments and businesses around the world to develop
policy decisions that benefit Canadian businesses and enhance their global
relationships. We are truly honoured to welcome an advisor of Peter's stature
and reputation to the FMC team."
    Beginning his long and varied career in 1977 as a Foreign Service Officer
with Canada's Department of External Affairs, Mr. Harder has more than 30
years of experience in federal public service. His most recent posting was
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs and International Trade,
Government of Canada, where he served as the personal representative to the
Prime Minister of Canada during the last three G8 Summits.
    Mr. Harder has also served as Associate Deputy Minister (Immigration) for
the Department of Employment and Immigration, Deputy Solicitor General, Deputy
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Secretary of the Treasury Board
and Comptroller General for Canada. In 2000, he was appointed Deputy Minister
of Industry Canada.
    "I am delighted to join FMC and look forward to working with the
extraordinary team of professionals in the organization," says Mr. Harder.
    A recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Award, Mr. Harder was appointed to the
United Nations Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force by
former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. He has served on the Board of a
number of public and private organizations including the Business Development
Bank of Canada, National Research Council, Canadian Tourism Commission,
Canadian Space Agency Advisory Council, and the University of Ottawa.

    About Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

    For more than 165 years, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP has distinguished
itself as one of Canada's leading business law firms. With more than 500
lawyers within Canadian offices in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton,
Calgary, Vancouver and an office in New York, FMC offers the essential depth
of experience and trusted legal advice to anticipate clients' needs and help
them succeed. Visit: www.fmc-law.com

For further information:

For further information: Ann Marie Cerio, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP,
(416) 863-4427, annmarie.cerio@fmc-law.com; Matthew Kanas, Maverick Public
Relations Inc., (416) 640-5525, ext. 237, matthewk@maverickpr.com

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