BOSTON, MA - July 10 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The New England-Canada Business Council (NECBC) has elected the following individuals to the NECBC Board of Directors for 2006-2007:
* President & CEO, Leo Desjardins, President and CEO, Conservation Resource Solutions, Inc.
- * First Vice President, Mary-Pat Cormier, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
* Vice President, Joseph Alviani, Alviani & Associates and Senior Advisor, New
England, Nova Scotia Business Inc. (ex officio)
* Vice President, Lindsay Cook, Kinnen, LLC
* Vice President, William Luthern, Levitan & Associates, Inc.
* Treasurer, Doreen Wrick, Duke Energy Corporation
* Clerk, Leonard Gold, Burns & Levinson LLP
- * Fred Brigham, Brigham & Associates
* J. Alan Day, TD-Banknorth Wealth Management Group
* Jamie Fagan, Bear Stearns & Co.
* James A. Grasso, Grasso Associates, LLC
* Perry Newman, Atlantica Group LLC
* Kirsten Paragona, CGI
* Bethann Pepoli, Commonwealth of MA Technology Division
* Kenneth R. Skinger, Scituate Consulting, Inc.
* Michel Tetu, Canadian Consulate General
* Patrick Chassaigne, Chassaigne & Associates (ex-officio)
* France Dionne, Quebec Government Office - Boston (ex-officio)
* The Honourable Stan Keyes, Canadian Consulate General (ex-officio)
* Barry Snow, Department of Business, Government of NL (ex-officio)
* Charlie Tretter, New England Governors' Conference (ex-officio)
* Anthony Cicerone, Bridgewater State College (Chair Emeritus)
* Marylee Hanley, M&N Management Company (Chair Emeritus)
* Michael S. Lucy, Northeast Gas Markets, Inc. (Chair Emeritus)
* Paul Raymond, CGI (Chair Emeritus)
* Kenneth R. Rossano, Korn\Ferry International (Chair Emeritus)
Leo Desjardins succeeds outgoing President Paul Raymond of CGI, who continues to serve on the board in the capacity of chair emeritus.
"One of Paul's major accomplishments was the development of a strategic plan to raise awareness of the NECBC, diversify our membership and stimulate and support cross-border opportunities and network building in multiple industry sectors," said Leo Desjardins, current NECBC president and chairman. "The diversity of our newly elected board and the growth in our membership reflects Paul's success."
Looking to the future, the key areas of focus for Mr. Desjardins and his Executive Committee will be growth through: sector diversity in IT, financial services, energy, life sciences, biotech, pharmaceuticals, healthcare/medical, travel, tourism and hospitality, industrial production, and services; geographic diversity via broad representation from all jurisdictions within the primary geographic footprint of the NECBC; and building mutually beneficial collaborative relationships with other leading trade and business associations and academic and research institutions.
"The United States and Canada have the largest and most diverse bilateral trading and investment relationship in the world -- the equivalent of $1.4 billion a day in goods, services, and investment income as well as in people-to-people contact," noted Mr. Desjardins. "I look forward to ensuring that the NECBC continues to be the premier U.S. business association focusing on a strategic relationship with Canada."
Formed in 1981, the NECBC brings together businesses and individuals with an interest in the New England-Canada political, economic, business and cultural relationship. The Council's membership is composed of business leaders from a wide range of sectors including banking, law, consulting, energy, technology, other goods and services as well as government and academic officials and individuals with links to Canada. Membership in the NECBC is open to all with an interest in stimulating the growth of New England-Canada ties.
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