Yves-Thomas Dorval named president of the Conseil du patronat du Québec - As the organization celebrates its 40th anniversary

    MONTREAL, March 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec employers have a new spokesman
in Yves-Thomas Dorval, today named president of the Conseil du patronat du
Québec (CPQ). Among others, he succeeds Michel Kelly-Gagnon, Gilles Taillon
and Ghislain Dufour. CPQ chair John LeBoutillier made the announcement today.
    "Mr. Dorval's vast experience and merits will make him an excellent
employers' ambassador to government and representative in major public
debates. We are pleased he has chosen to put his talents to the benefit of the
CPQ and its mission," said Mr. LeBoutillier.

    An experienced manager

    Yves-Thomas Dorval has more than 25 years of experience in public
affairs. He returns to Canada in 2009 from London as Head of Communications
and Corporate Social Responsibility, Europe Region, for the British American
Tobacco Group, a world leader in manufacturing. Previously, he led the public
affairs team of its subsidiary in Canada, based in Montreal.
    In prior years, Mr. Dorval held senior positions in Quebec, including:
vice-president of an international public relations firm (Edelman Canada),
director of a managed care division for a pharmaceutical company
(Glaxowellcome Canada) and head of strategic planning and restructuring for a
leading personal insurance company (Groupe Desjardins-Laurentienne). He also
worked in the public sector for the Government of Quebec, the Commission of
Inquiry into Health and Social Services, and at Hydro-Quebec.
    "Employers are the first generators of wealth in Quebec, and it is with
great enthusiasm that I have decided to accept the presidency of the CPQ and
work in cooperation with our partners to defend employer needs and concerns.
While being at the service of employers is in itself a worthy cause, it is the
scope and diversity of the work to be accomplished that also make this
position of such interest to me," said the new president of the employers
    The arrival of Mr. Dorval to the CPQ management team coincides with the
40th anniversary of the organization, which was founded in 1969. He will take
office on Monday, March 30, 2009.

    The Conseil du patronat du Québec brings together many of the province's
largest companies, as well as the vast majority of sector-based employers'
associations, making it the sole employers' confederation in Quebec.

For further information:

For further information: Patrick Leblanc, Director of Communications,
(514) 288-5161, ext. 226, (514) 571-6400 (mobile)

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