March 22, 2007 08:00 ET

Deloitte Welcomes New Partner Johanne Gelinas

Former federal environment commissioner shifting focus from public service to corporate Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2007) - Deloitte is pleased to announce the admission of Johanne Gelinas, former federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, to its partnership. She joins Enterprise Risk, Canada's largest risk management consulting practice, to lead the Montreal office's Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S) group.

Ms. Gelinas will manage a variety of responsibilities including advising Deloitte's clients on how to better understand, plan and manage sustainability and corporate responsibility issues including climate change, emissions trading, contingent financial environmental liabilities, verification of non-financial information and risks, environmental and sustainability strategy, implementation and reporting, and stakeholder engagement.

Deloitte Canada's Managing Partner, Enterprise Risk, Eddie Leschiutta, welcomed Ms. Gelinas saying, "Johanne's knowledge and experience will add enormous value to our firm and our clients. Her work to date speaks volumes to her commitment and passion for the effective management of environmental, health and safety risks. She is regarded in Canada and around the world for her insight and forward thinking. In addition to strengthening the corporate responsibility reputation for our clients, she will help them deliver long-term sustainable value to their stakeholders."

Says Ms. Gelinas, "Deloitte is clearly committed to helping Canadian organizations take a leading, proactive approach to managing environmental and sustainable development issues, which is very important to me. My goal, at the end of the day, remains the same: to help move Canada forward on a sustainable path. I'm very much looking forward to working with Valerie Chort, the national EHS&S leader, and the rest of the Deloitte team across Canada to do just that."

Bringing environmental issues to the forefront

Ms. Gelinas was appointed Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in August 2000. She has had a long career as an advisor to business, as well as to federal and provincial governments on environmental and sustainable development issues. Prior to joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelinas served for 10 years as Quebec's Commissioner of the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE).

From 1995 to 2000, Ms. Gelinas was a member of the National Round Table on the Economy and the Environment and chaired its Task Force on Sustainable Transportation. She has also been heavily involved in climate change issues.

Ms. Gelinas received an undergraduate degree in Human Geography and a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences from the Universite du Quebec a Montreal and is widely published.

About Deloitte

Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services through more than 6,800 people in 51 offices. Deloitte operates in Quebec as Samson Belair/Deloitte & Touche s.e.n.c.r.l. The firm is dedicated to helping its clients and its people excel. Deloitte is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

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Contact Information

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    Jean-Michel Laberge
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