Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 24, 2009 14:48 ET

Prominent Canadians Appointed to Advisory Committee of Canada-US-Mexico Commission for Environmental Cooperation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, announced the appointment of five new Canadian members to the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The following appointments are effective immediately.

- Laurent N. Benarrous

- David Emerson

- Tim. J. Hearn

- Nancy Southern

- Glenn Wright

"I am proud to announce the appointment of these prominent Canadians to this important tri-national public advisory body," said Minister Prentice. "I am confident that they will provide invaluable advice and perspectives, while ensuring Canadian public participation and transparency in the work of the Commission. I look forward to their constructive contribution to the environmental dialogue and priorities of the three countries."

The CEC is an international organization created by Canada, Mexico and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). The CEC was established to address regional environmental concerns, help prevent potential trade and environmental conflicts, and to promote the effective enforcement of environmental law. The Agreement complements the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The CEC's secretariat is located in Montreal, Quebec.

The new members will represent Canada on the Joint Public Advisory Committee. The fifteen person body is a public, non-governmental advisory group comprised of five citizens from each country. The committee's vision is to promote continental cooperation in ecosystem protection and sustainable economic development, and to ensure active public participation and transparency in the actions of the Commission.

For more information about the CEC, visit: www.cec.org


Canadians Appointed to Advisory Committee of Canada-US-Mexico Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Laurent N. Benarrous

Laurent Benarrous works for the Corporate Solutions Group of Jones Lang LaSalle in Montreal, where he provides specialized real-estate consulting services to large-scale businesses.

Mr. Benarrous holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a certificate in finance (real-estate concentration) from Montreal's Ecole des hautes etudes commerciales. He sits on the Professional Inspection Committee of the Association des courtiers et agents immobiliers du Quebec and on the boards of directors of Aeroports de Montreal and the Montreal Harbourfront Corporation. He is also vice-chairman of the board of the Hema-Quebec Foundation. In addition to his involvement on various boards, Mr. Benarrous is a member of the Montreal Economic Institute, Civitas, and the Banff Forum, a group of about one hundred emerging leaders sharing new ideas to improve the lives of Canadians. As a well-known specialist, Mr. Benarrous frequently gives media interviews on in commercial real-estate and is regularly asked to speak at conferences.

David Emerson

David Emerson was a Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2008 and held several cabinet positions including Minister of Industry, International Trade, and Foreign Affairs.

Prior to entering public life, Mr. Emerson was an economist with the Economic Council of Canada and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver International Airport Authority from 1992 to 1997 and of Canfor Corporation from 1998 to 2004.

He presently serves as a senior advisor to the law firm Farris, Vaughn and Murphy, and to CAI Managers, a private equity fund. He also chairs and sits on various boards including Finning International, British Columbia Transmission Corporation, BC Premier's Economic Advisory Council, Timberwest Forest Corporation and the Canada China Business Council. He is also co-chair of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on the Public Service.

Mr. Emerson holds a PhD in Economics from Queen's University. He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Tim. J. Hearn

Tim. J. Hearn retired as chairman and chief executive office of Imperial Oil Limited on March 31, 2008.

Mr. Hearn was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. In 2002, he assumed the position of president of Imperial Oil Limited and shortly thereafter he was appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Hearn is immediate past chairman of the Board of Directors of the C.D. Howe Institute, a member of the board of directors of the Royal Bank of Canada and Viterra Inc., and a past member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He co-chairs a multi-year, fund-raising campaign for the University of Alberta and chairs the Tyndale University fund-raising campaign.

For a number of years, Mr. Hearn has served on several community boards and committees. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. In addition, he is Chair of the Advisory Board of the new Public Policy School and a member of the Dean's Medical School Advisory Boards, both at the University of Calgary.

Nancy Southern

Nancy Southern is President & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited. She was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of both corporations in 2003 and in 2008 was also appointed Deputy Chair of both. Previously she had been Co-Chair & Chief Executive Officer since January 2000.

Ms. Southern serves on the Boards of all the ATCO Group subsidiary companies. She is also a Director of the Bank of Montreal (where she serves on the Risk Review Committee), AKITA Drilling Ltd. and Sentgraf Enterprises Limited. She is a member of The Business Council, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, North American Competitiveness Council, Chancellor's Club, University of Calgary and the C.D. Howe Institute.

Ms. Southern was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, where she studied Economics and Commerce at the University of Calgary. She also serves as Executive Vice President of Spruce Meadows, renowned as one of the world's finest show jumping facilities. In 2006, Ms. Southern was selected Business Woman of the Year by the Consumer's Choice Awards.

Ms. Southern is married and has three children.

Glen Wright

Glen Wright has a successful career track record in both the public and private sectors, providing a unique combination of expertise in strategic planning, project management, corporate restructuring, and health care, health and safety prevention and disability and disease management.

Mr. Wright was the founder of Wright Mogg and Associates Ltd. in 1980, building the company into one of the top ten actuarial employee benefit consulting companies in Canada over a 20-year period. He was also the founding Chairman of World Access Canada in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield, National Capital Region, Washington, D.C. He also has experience with Crown Corporations including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Hydro One Inc. and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (Ontario).

Mr. Wright has won numerous awards including: Honorary Alumnus, Wilfrid Laurier University; Alumnus of Distinction Award, Durham College; and the Canada 125th Anniversary Medal in recognition of outstanding community service.

Mr. Wright is presently the Chairman and CEO of Gpark Consulting Inc.

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