Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 22, 2009 13:25 ET

The Government of Canada Announces the Appointment of a New Member to the National Council of Welfare

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 22, 2009) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the appointment of Mr. Darryl Gray of Escuminac, Quebec, to the National Council of Welfare.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gray to the National Council of Welfare," said Minister Finley. "His extensive experience working as a federal Member of Parliament will be a valuable asset to the Council."

Throughout his career, Mr. Gray has gained considerable experience in consumer and corporate affairs at the international, national and regional levels. His membership in parliamentary associations allowed him to preside over and participate in the gathering and sharing of information with regard to Canada's place in the world.

Mr. Gray served as the Member of Parliament for Bonaventure-Magdalen Islands from 1984 to 1993. He served on a number of House of Commons committees in the fields of transport, pensions, consumer and corporate affairs, regional development, fisheries and oceans, communications, finance, and forestry.

Mr. Gray has held the positions of Election Monitor for the Republic of Georgia, Ukraine and Palestine; President of the 50+ Association; Director of the Gaspesian British Heritage Village; Mayor of the Municipality of Escuminac; Director of Operations for Advanced Systems Engineering Consultants for the Province of Quebec; and President and Director of GTW Farms Ltd.

Mr. Gray holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Science from Mount Allison University.

The National Council of Welfare, which was created in 1969, advises the Minister on the needs and problems of low-income Canadians, and on social and related programs and policies that affect their welfare. To this end, the Council communicates directly with the Minister, informs and influences public opinion through widely disseminated reports, and provides a vehicle through which people concerned with the problems of low-income Canadians can make their views known to the Government.

For more information on the Council, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Ms. Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office