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Press release: Jean Laurin appointed chairman of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

Press release

Jean Laurin appointed chairman of the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

Montreal, October 14, 2003 – At the annual meeting of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal today, its members appointed Jean Laurin to the position of chairman for a one-year term.  He succeeds Mr. Jacques Parisien, president and chief executive officer of Astral Radio.  Mr. Parisien now becomes retiring chairman of the board.

President and chief executive officer of Devencore Ltd, Mr. Laurin joined Devencore as a graduate in business administration from Université du Québec à Montréal in 1973.  He was named president in 1983 and chief executive officer of the Devencore Group in 2000.  This company is Canada's leading real estate advisor and broker working exclusively for space users.  Devencore assists decision-makers of companies with local, national and/or international facilities in improving their performance with innovative solutions for their real estate needs.  Mr. Laurin's objective is to make Devencore one of the most sophisticated professional real estate service firms in North America.

The chairman is called upon to be actively involved in the Board of Trade's activities for a two-year period – the first as chairman of the board and the second as outgoing chairman.  During these two years, Mr. Laurin will sit on both the executive committee and the human resource committee.  Since April 2002, the position of permanent president has been occupied by Mr. Benoit Labonté, who thus serves as the Board of Trade's CEO and official spokesperson.

“To fully carry out its mission, in terms of both representing the interests of the business community and delivering specialized services, the Board of Trade counts on the daily support of a dynamic team with diversified skills, inspired by a common vision and the constant desire to help metropolitan Montreal realize its full potential at the economic, social, and cultural levels,” concluded Jean Laurin, chairman of the board.

The 2003-2004 board of directors is composed of the following members:

Jean Laurin
President and chief executive officer
Devencore Ltd

Retiring chairman
Jacques Parisien
President and chief executive officer
Astral Radio

Benoit Labonté
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

First vice-president of the board
Claude Michaud
Senior vice-president, Finance, and chief financial officer
Neurochem Inc.

Vice-presidents of the board
Melanie Kau
President and chief executive officer

Gaétan Morency
Vice-president, Social and Public affairs
Cirque du Soleil

Howard R. Silverman
President and chief executive officer
CAI Corporate Affairs International

Jean Landry
Fiducie Desjardins

Pierre Brochu
President and chief executive officer
Radical Horizon Inc.

Pierre Cléroux
President and director general
Urban Development Institute of Quebec

Hélène Desmarais
Chairman and chief executive officer
Montreal enterprises and innovation centre (CEIM)

Constantine A. Kyres
Lawyer and partner
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

Robert Lacroix
Université de Montréal

Pierre Laflamme
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Marie-Claude Lalande
Assistant vice-president and senior counsel
Sun Life Financial

Guylaine Legault
Vice-president regional, Laval-Laurentides
Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec
Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Laval

Johanne Lépine
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Aon Parizeau Inc.
Senior Vice President and Regional Director, Quebec
Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.

Elliot Lifson
Vice chairman
Peerless Clothing Inc.

Micheline Martin
Senior vice-president
Quebec Headquarters
RBC Royal Bank

Heather Munroe-Blum, PhD
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
McGill University
Faraj Nakhleh

RCGT Corporate Finance Inc.

John Parisella
BCP Ltée

Robert Racine
Raymond Executive Search

Rick Rubin
Rubin & Rotman Inc.

Nicolas Savoie
Director, Strategy
SECOR Consulting Inc.
Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its mission is to be the leading group representing the interests of the Greater Montreal business community.  Its objectives are to maintain, at all times, relevance to its membership, credibility towards the public and influence towards government and decision-makers. The Board of Trade relies on its three service branches - Info entreprises, the Electronic Commerce Institute, and the World Trade Centre Montréal - to offer specialized services to the greater business community.


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



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