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Natural Resources Canada

September 21, 2007 14:00 ET

Minister Lunn Appoints New Chair of the National Energy Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2007) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the appointment of Mr. Gaetan Caron as Chair and CEO of the National Energy Board (NEB).

"Mr. Caron brings extensive knowledge of the NEB and the Canadian energy sector to this role," said Minister Lunn. "His proven leadership, along with his experience in the regulatory field are definite assets for the pursuit and the achievement of the NEB's objectives."

Mr. Caron was the Vice-Chair of the National Energy Board. He began his career in the Pipeline Engineering Branch of the NEB in the 1970s, rising to the position of Director. He became the Director of the Financial Regulation Branch in 1991. He was Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 2003. He was appointed to the Board in 2003 and designated as Vice-Chair in 2005.

Mr. Caron graduated from Laval University with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Rural Engineering and obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Quebec Order of Engineers and the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX). Mr. Caron is the Chair of the Canadian Association of Members of Public Utility Tribunals and he also sits on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Calgary.

The National Energy Board is an independent federal agency created in 1959 by the Parliament of Canada to regulate international and interprovincial aspects of the oil, gas and electricity utility industries. The NEB promotes safety, environmental protection and economic efficiency in the Canadian public interest within the mandate set by Parliament in the regulation of pipelines, energy development and trade.

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The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, has announced the appointment of Mr. Gaetan Caron as Chair of the National Energy Board. Mr. Caron is currently Vice-Chair of the NEB.

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