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November 07, 2005 11:27 ET

Industry Canada: Minister Emerson Announces Appointment of Harry Cook to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 7, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, today announced the appointment of Harry Cook to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board for a three-year term. As part of the government's policy of providing a greater role for parliamentarians in reviewing appointments, this nomination has been reviewed and approved by the Standing Committee on Industry, Natural Resources, Science and Technology.

"Mr. Cook has a unique understanding of the issues facing Aboriginal entrepreneurs today," said Minister Emerson. "His background and business experience will be valuable to the Board's work, and I am pleased that he has accepted this important responsibility."

"My colleagues and I look forward to working with Mr. Cook," said Marty Klyne, Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board. "He has done a great deal to promote Aboriginal business and economic development and raise awareness of Aboriginal business success."

Mr. Cook was Chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, one of the largest bands in Saskatchewan. He has extensive private sector experience in manufacturing and has served on numerous boards and committees. Mr. Cook has received awards for his work in Aboriginal economic development and entrepreneurship, notably as the President of Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership when the organization was awarded the Canada Export Award's Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2001.

The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board is the only national, non-political organization of its kind working to promote the growth of Aboriginal business in Canada. Cabinet-appointed by Order-in-Council, Board members offer expertise in diverse areas, as well as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal business and community leadership. They are representative of regions across the country and of all Aboriginal heritage groups. The Board is a vital link among policy makers, legislators, government departments, and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal business and community leaders, and it provides counsel on matters pertaining to Aboriginal economic development.


Harry Cook

The longest-serving Chief in the Prince Albert District, Harry Cook presided over the Lac La Ronge Indian Band for 18 years. One of the largest Indian bands in Saskatchewan, Lac La Ronge consists of more than 7 500 members residing in an area that includes 18 separate reserve lands.

Mr. Cook has extensive private sector experience in manufacturing and has served on numerous Boards and Committees, including Cameco Corporation, Prince Albert Development Corporation, Wapawekka Lumber Ltd., Woodland Cree Resources Inc., NRT Holdings Corporation, Keewatin Mining Corporation, and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

He was President of Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership, the corporate arm of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, and helped foster new businesses that involved many bands and Metis communities in various ventures, such as wild rice, catering and trucking.

Mr. Cook has won a number of awards, including the 1999 Woman of the Dawn Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers' 1997-98 Economic Developer of the Year Award, the 2001 Canada Export Award's Aboriginal Achievement Award, and, most recently, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations' 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 943-2502