Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 19, 2009 15:30 ET

Appointments to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the appointments of Eric Hughes as Vice-Chairperson and Lisa Pankratz as Trustee of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Board of Trustees.

"I am confident that the significant financial expertise that both Mr. Hughes and Ms. Pankratz will bring to the Board of Trustees will strengthen the oversight and accountability of this Crown corporation," said Minister Moore.

Mr. Hughes has held a number of senior financial executive level positions over the past 15 years and currently works as Chief Financial Officer of Wave Energy, a company specializing in the exploration and development of crude oil and natural gas. He also served as Chief Financial Officer for both Neteller PCL, a global leader in internet money transfer, and Burnco Rock Products, Canada's largest independent miner of aggregate products. Mr. Hughes graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Calgary and is a Designated Chartered Accountant from the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Ms. Pankratz is the President and Chief Compliance Officer of Mackenzie Cundill Investment Management. She also currently serves as a Director of CanWest Global Communications Corporation and as an advisor for the Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing. Ms. Pankratz is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst who holds a bachelor of arts in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business. She has been awarded with the Influential Women in Business Award from Business in Vancouver and with the Peak Award for Performance and Excellence from the Association of Women in Finance.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is Canada's first federal museum devoted to the topic of human rights. Its mission is to enhance the public's understanding of human rights, promote respect for others, and encourage reflection and dialogue on various human rights issues.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca