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Erik Ryan appointed Chairman of the board of directors of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal for 2009-2010

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Erik Ryan appointed Chairman of the board of directors
of the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal for 2009-2010

Montréal, November 4, 2009 - At the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal's annual assembly, which was held today, members elected their board of directors for 2009-2010. Mr. Erik Ryan, Senior Vice-President, Communications and External Relations, of Rio Tinto Alcan, was appointed Chairman of the board of directors for a one-year term. He succeeds Rémi Racine, President and CEO of A2M, who became the Retiring Chairman.

"Our role at the Board of Trade is to ensure that Montréal has the best conditions for business. In the current environment, we will do everything we can to enable the greater metropolitan region to fully benefit from the economic recovery that is already visible on the horizon. We are working non-stop so that Montréal can enjoy a true surge of prosperity," stated Erik Ryan, new Chairman of the board of directors of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

Erik Ryan holds a B. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University (1987) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School (1995).

Mr. Ryan joins Alcan Inc. in September 2002 as Director, Strategic Management Support. He is part of the Pechiney acquisition team, and is later co-leader of the Alcan-Pechiney Integration Leadership Team in Paris. In the fall of 2004, he becomes Vice-President, Strategy and Business Development, for Alcan Packaging Global Beauty sector. In January 2005, Mr. Ryan is appointed Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, for Alcan Primary Metal Group. In 2007, Regional Industrial Diversification and an aerospace and nuclear alloys casting plant are added to his responsibilities, as he becomes Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations and Communications.

Erik Ryan first became involved with the Board of Trade in 2002 through the strategic analysis committee on economic development before joining the board of directors and then, its executive committee.

Prior to joining Rio Tinto Alcan, Mr. Ryan was Secretary General of the Sommet de Montréal 2002, in charge of designing and conducting this foundational event created to identify the strategic priorities and initiatives critical to the new City of Montréal.

Between 1995 and 2001, following his studies in Boston, Mr. Ryan worked as a consultant for Monitor Company, a Boston consultancy. Between 1995 and 1997, he headed its Paris office. Between 1989 and 1993, he was political advisor to Gérald Tremblay, then Minister of Industry, Trade, and Technology. At that time, Mr. Ryan contributed to the design and deployment of the industrial cluster strategy, and to negotiating the social contract.

As Chairman of the board of directors of the Board of Trade, Erik Ryan will be involved in the Board of Trade's activities during the current year, and also as Retiring Chairman the following year. Over this entire period, Mr. Ryan will sit on the Board of Trade's executive committee.

The 2009-2010 board of directors is composed of the following members:

Chairman of the board:
Erik Ryan*
Senior Vice-President, Communications and External Relations
Rio Tinto Alcan

Retiring Chairman of the board:
Rémi Racine*
President and CEO

First Vice-President of the board:
Joseph Iannicelli*
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada

Luc Martin*
Manufacturing Practice Leader-Canada
Deloitte & Touche

Dimitri Antonopoulos
Vice-President, Marketing, Hotel and Restaurant Development
The Antonopoulos Group 

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

Marc-André Blanchard*
Managing Partner, Quebec Region
McCarthy Tétrault 

Stéphane Boisvert
President, Bell Business Markets
Bell Canada 

Hubert Bolduc
Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs
Cascades Inc. 

Manon Brouillette
Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Market Development
Videotron Ltd. 

Charles-Mathieu Brunelle
Executive Director
Montréal's Nature Museums 

Isabelle Courville*
Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie 

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

François Giroux
President and CEO
Allianz Madvac Inc. 

Michael Goodman
President and Founder
Michael Goodman Executive Search 

Michel Leblanc
President and CEO
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

Jean-Marc Léger
Leger Marketing 

Caroline Ménard
Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal 

Heather Munroe-Blum
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
McGill University 

Michel Patry
HEC Montréal 

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

Lorraine Pintal*
Artistic and General Director
Théâtre du Nouveau Monde 

Luc Sabbatini
Astral Media Outdoors

Javier San Juan
President and Chief Executive Officer
L'Oréal Canada 

Sylvain Vincent*
Managing Partner, Eastern Canada and Member of Canadian Executive Committee
Ernst & Young LLP

* Member of the executive committee

Biographies and photos of the members of the board of directors can be found on the Board of Trade's Website.

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its primary 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.


Sylvie Paquette
Coordinator, Media relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: 514 871-4000, ext. 4015


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