Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 02, 2006 14:34 ET

New Members Appointed to Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee Board of Directors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 2, 2006) - The Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, today announced three new Government of Canada appointments to volunteer positions on the board of directors of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Peter Brown, of Vancouver, British Columbia; Jacques Gauthier, of Montreal, Quebec; and Carol Stephenson, of London, Ontario, will join the 20-member board of directors committee as federal representatives. These new board members will bring a wealth of valuable expertise in leading and managing multi-faceted large-scale projects that will be essential as the 2010 Winter Games moves into its operational phase.

"The Government of Canada is a major funding partner and key service provider for the 2010 Winter Games. The three new appointees have significant expertise in leading complex projects and will play a key role in providing the Vancouver Organizing Committee with strategic and financial advice," said Minister Emerson. "I am delighted to welcome them to the 2010 team."

The members will begin on November 15, 2006, at the board's annual general meeting. Minister Emerson thanked the previous federal representatives for their service and dedication throughout their three-year terms, which conclude on November 14.

The Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee Board of Directors is composed of representatives from the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Lil'wat and Squamish First Nations, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

For more information on the Government of Canada's contribution to the 2010 Winter Games or about the new Board members, please visit www.Canada2010.gc.ca

BACKGROUNDER

Biographies of Government of Canada Appointees to Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee Board of Directors

PETER BROWN, OBC, LL.D.

As founder and current chair and chief executive officer of the Canaccord Capital Corporation and director for the Investment Industry Association of Canada, Mr. Brown has gained solid experience in the areas of management and finance fundamentals. Over the years, he has also developed strong communications and negotiations skills. Through his work with Canaccord, Mr. Brown has helped finance a large number of British Columbia businesses. As chair of the University of British Columbia, he presided over the University's most successful fundraising campaign. His experience in organizing major events includes serving as chair of the Expo '86 Finance Committee and as vice-chair of Expo '86 Corporation. Mr. Brown has also served as chair of the British Columbia Enterprise Corporation and the Vancouver Stock Exchange and acted in the capacity of the Government of British Columbia's chief negotiator on the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.

JACQUES GAUTHIER

A lawyer and a strong proponent for sustainable energy, Mr. Gauthier is senior vice-president and chief operating officer at Kruger Inc., a private energy company taking a leadership role in respecting the environment and embodying the principle of sustainable energy development. He was previously president and chief executive officer of Boralex Inc., a private producer of renewable energy. Mr. Gauthier has contributed to the growth of the company and played an important role in developing its key profitable projects. He has occupied several positions at various levels of management at Boralex and Cascades. Previously, Mr. Gauthier maintained a private law practice specializing in corporate reorganization. Throughout his career, Mr. Gauthier has developed strong negotiation skills, and he excels in the areas of strategic planning, operations, and finance.

CAROL STEPHENSON

With more than 30 years' experience in the areas of financial management, strategic planning, marketing, operations, and technology development, Ms. Stephenson is a widely respected chief executive officer in the Canadian telecommunications industry. In her current capacity as dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Ms. Stephenson holds the Lawrence G. Tapp Chair in Leadership and travels extensively between London, Ontario, and Hong Kong to oversee the second Ivey school campus. Ms. Stephenson's previous positions include group vice-president for logistics and for rates, regulatory matters and strategic planning at Bell Canada and president and chief executive officer at BCE Media and Stentor Resource Centre. In her role as president and chief executive officer of Lucent Technologies Canada Corporation, Ms. Stephenson led the team that increased the company's market share threefold. Ms. Stephenson sits as a member of the General Motors of Canada Advisory Board and as a director of ING Canada and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Trade
    and Minister for the Pacific Gateway
    and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics
    Jennifer Chiu, Press Secretary
    613-371-1557