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Andrew T. Molson named chairman of the board of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal for 2011-2012


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Andrew T. Molson named chairman of the board
of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal for 2011-2012

Montréal, November 2, 2011 – The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal held its annual meeting yesterday, during which members elected their board of directors for 2011-2012. Andrew T. Molson, chairman of Molson Coors Brewing Company, was appointed chairman of the board for a one-year term. He succeeds Sylvain Vincent, managing partner at Ernst & Young for Eastern Canada.

“Montréal is currently one of the most dynamic places in North America,” said Mr. Molson, the new chairman of the board for the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. “Major projects continue to develop in spite of the world economic situation. Against such a backdrop, the importance of an organization that the business community and the entire city can count on has never been more vital. The Board of Trade is at the centre of our society’s important issues, and it makes a real contribution to its progress. So it is with great joy that I accept the chairmanship for 2011-2012.”

“I am even more delighted to take on the role of chairman of the board of the Board of Trade the year that Molson is celebrating its 225th anniversary,” Mr. Molson said. “This sign of confidence from the business community is a great way to recognize Molson’s contribution to our city’s economy.”

A seventh-generation member of the Molson brewing family, Andrew Molson is also a partner and vice-chairman of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, a Montréal-based holding and management company of leading professional services firms offering strategic public relations counsel to a wide range of businesses. RES PUBLICA owns NATIONAL Public Relations Inc., Canada’s largest public relations firm, and Cohn & Wolfe Ð Canada, another industry leader.

Mr. Molson became a member of the Quebec Bar in 1995 after studying law at Université Laval in Québec City. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University and a master of science in corporate governance and ethics from University of London (Birkbeck College) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Mr. Molson serves on the board of directors of a number of organizations, including DundeeWealth Inc., Groupe Deschênes Inc., Montréal International, the Montréal Canadiens, Concordia University, the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations and the Molson Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to the betterment of Canadian society. In April 2011 he was named board chairman of the Fondation du maire: le Montréal inc. de demain. He also serves as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Montreal Regiment, and Honorary Commissioner of the Quebec Council of Scouts Canada.

As chairman of the board of the Board of Trade, Andrew Molson will be involved in the organization’s activities during the year and then as retiring chair of the board the following year. Throughout this period, Mr. Molson will sit on the Board of Trade’s executive committee.

The following are the members of the board for 2011-2012:

Chairman of the board:
Andrew T. Molson
Molson Coors Brewing Company

Retiring Chair of the board:
Sylvain Vincent
Managing Partner, Eastern Canada
and Member of Canadian Executive Committee
Ernst & Young LLP

First Vice-President of the board:
Luc Sabbatini
Astral Media Outdoor

Robert Desbiens
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Strategies
R3D Consulting Inc.


Raymond Bachant
President, North America
Bombardier Transportation

Christiane Bergevin*
Executive Vice-President,
Strategic Partnerships
Office of the President
Desjardins Group

Hubert Bolduc
Communications and Public Affairs
Cascades Inc.

Guy Breton
Université de Montréal

Vincent Brie
Chief Executive Officer and President

Alain Côté
Managing Partner, Montréal Office
Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche LLP

Isabelle Courville*
Hydro-Québec Distribution

Stéphanie Kennan
Bang Marketing

Michel Leblanc*
President and CEO
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

Jean-Marc Léger*
Léger Marketing

Isabelle Marcoux              
Vice Chair of the Board and
Vice President, Corporate Development
Transcontinental Inc.

Vassilios Papadopoulos
Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Madeleine Paquin
President and CEO
Logistec Corporation

Daniel Peritz
Senior Vice-President, Montréal
Canderel Management Inc.

Pierre Pomerleau
President and CEO
Pomerleau Inc.

Gilbert Rozon
Chairman of the Board
Just For Laughs Group

Javier San Juan*
President and CEO
L’Oréal Canada Inc.

Cynthia Sanlian
Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal

Kim Thomassin
Managing Partner, Québec Region
McCarthy Tétrault

George Tsitouras
Partner, Tax Services
Ernst & Young LLP
Hellenic Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

Martine Turcotte
Vice Chair, Québec

 * Member of the executive committee

The Board of Trade’s Website features biographical notes and photos of the members of the board of directors.

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000 members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.


Geneviève Marsan
Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: 514 871-4000, ext. 4015

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