Public Affairs Association of Canada

Public Affairs Association of Canada

October 27, 2005 12:39 ET

Elyse Allan Receives Public Affairs Association of Canada 'Award of Distinction'

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2005) - The Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) today presented its Award of Distinction to Elyse Allan, President and CEO of GE Canada. Before assuming her present position, Ms. Allan was President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade. (Biographical information on Ms. Allan is attached.)

PAAC, the country's premier association of public affairs professionals annually presents its Award of Distinction to an individual who has made a strong contribution to public affairs. (Award criteria are attached.) Previous recipients include Dick Pound of the World Anti-Doping Agency and Charles Coffey of the RBC Financial Group.

"Elyse Allan has demonstrated remarkable vision in helping business address pressing issues facing Canadians, particularly in leading the "Enough of Not Enough" campaign at the Toronto Board of Trade," said Elaine Flis, President of PAAC. "Her knowledge and leadership on issues affecting the public and private sectors continues in her capacity as a captain of Canadian industry."

Ms. Allan's award was presented at a lunch held during today's 6th annual PAAC 'Art and Science of Public Affairs' conference, at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto.

The award was presented by Michael Nowlan, CEO of CCNMatthews, which generously sponsored the luncheon. As news distribution experts, CCNMatthews focuses on delivering news to the media and investment communities in Canada, the U.K. and globally. Founded in 1983.

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Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada

Elyse Allan was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Canada in October 2004 with a mission to grow GEs businesses in Canada and strengthen the Company's leadership in the areas of technology, media, and financial services.

She began her career with General Electric in the 1984 in Corporate Marketing where she worked with numerous GE businesses, including energy, aircraft engines and plastics. She subsequently joined GE Canada where she held senior customer service and marketing roles in corporate, lighting and appliances. Prior to her current role at GE, Elyse was a senior executive at Ontario Hydro and then became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Board of Trade, where she strengthened and increased its national profile as one of Canada's leading business associations.

Elyse is engaged in community and public policy activities. She is Chair of the Board for Providence Healthcare, a leading Toronto healthcare facility. She serves on the Board of Directors of the C.D. Howe Institute, the Public Policy Forum, and the Board of Governors for the Canadian Council on Unity. In 2005, the Prime Minister appointed Elyse to the National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy. She received an honourary doctorate from Ryerson in 2005. She is a member of the Young President's Organization and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

Elyse received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology & Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and an MBA degree from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. Elyse has served her alma mater as a member of the Board of Visitors for Dartmouth's Rockefeller Centre for Public Policy and as Co-chair of her Class Alumni campaign.

Elyse, husband Don and son Stuart reside in Toronto.

July 2005

June 23, 2005

PAAC Award of Distinction

Since 2001 the Public Affairs Association of Canada has presented an Award of Distinction to a member of the public affairs community who, over their career, has made a significant contribution to public affairs in Canada. Past recipients include Dick Pound, Charles Coffey, Angus Reid and Bill Neville.

Each year members are asked to consider the criteria for the award and nominate an individual they believe embodies the very best of public affairs in Canada.

Evaluation Criteria:

- Skills in managing complex issues and dealing with diverse constituents and stakeholders

- Consistent professionalism during crisis

- Maintained the highest level of personal and professional integrity

- Clear and persuasive communication on an issues of relevance to Canadians

- Innovation in the field of public affairs

- Leadership in raising the profile of public affairs practice and skills

Qualifying Criteria:

- Candidates must be Canadian residents, or represent Canada elsewhere in the world

- While a body of work spanning several years will be considered, candidates must have been actively engaged in public affairs in the year they are nominated

- Candidates must be nominated by a member of the PAAC

The winner will be announced in September and invited to receive their award October 27 in Toronto as part of the proceedings of the annual PAAC Conference, The Art and Science of Public Affairs.

Again this year, members are asked to submit their nominees for the 2005 Award of Distinction to me, Joe MacDonald, by the end of the business day on Friday July 29, 2005.

Joe MacDonald

Past President

Contact Information

  • Public Affairs Association of Canada
    Elaine Flis
    (416) 268-6815
    GE Canada
    Dawn Hill
    (905) 858-6645