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May 14, 2010 09:09 ET

Peter Brown, Founder of Canaccord Financial, Named Chairman of Fraser Institute Board of Trustees

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 14, 2010) - Peter Brown, founder and chairman of Canaccord Financial Inc., was appointed chairman of the Fraser Institute's board of trustees at the public policy think-tank's recent annual general meeting.

Since 1968, Mr. Brown has been involved in the Canadian capital markets. He is currently the B.C. representative on the Transition Committee for a National Securities Act, is a member of the board of the Industry Association of Canada, and was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2010.

Mr. Brown was the lead federal director of VANOC, serves on the board of B.C. Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), and is past chairman of the board of the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Stock Exchange, B.C. Place Corporation, and B.C. Enterprise Corporation. He was also the vice-chairman of Expo '86 Corporation. Additionally, he has served on the board of governors of the Atlantic Institute for International Affairs, the CICA Accounting Research Advisory Board, and the Council for Business and the Arts in Canada.

Mr. Brown is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for community service. In 2009, he was awarded the Fraser Institute's T. Patrick Boyle Founder's Award for his contributions to economic freedom and entrepreneurship. He is a past recipient of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year award and was awarded the B.C. & Yukon Chamber of Mines Financier Award for 2000, the Ernst & Young Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2001, and in 2002 the Distinguished Service Award by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

In June 2003, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia in recognition of his fundraising efforts for various charities and organizations in British Columbia as well as the vital role he has played in financing hundreds of British Columbia businesses.

Through his entrepreneurial prowess and lifelong commitment to free-market thinking, Mr. Brown is an unwavering advocate of the Fraser Institute's mission to study the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on individuals and society worldwide.

The Fraser Institute is Canada's leading public policy think-tank. Founded in 1974 in Vancouver, the Institute remains independent and non-partisan. It does not accept government funding, and does not conduct research under contract.

Today, the Institute's research and reputation has expanded across North America and overseas. The Institute is affiliated with 75 economic research organizations around the world and its list of researchers includes more than 350 authors.

The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization with locations across North America and partnerships in more than 70 countries. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit

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