Montreal, May 17, 2001 - Normand Legault, president of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, is pleased to announce the appointment of Benoit Labonté as the Board of Trade's executive vice-president. Mr. Labonté is to replace Luc Lacharité, who will step down from this position in July to join the CGI Group. Mr. Labonté will assume his new duties on July 16.
Mr. Labonté has served as president and CEO of the World Trade Centre Montréal (WTC Montréal) since 1996. In addition to his new duties as executive vice-president of the Board of Trade, he will continue to serve as president of the WTC Montréal.
Mr. Labonté brings to the Board of Trade his vast experience in organizational management and the export market. He also holds a master's degree in political science. As president and CEO of the World Trade Centre Montréal, he helped position that organization as a major player in the export market.
"The WTC Montréal is the international arm of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. Mr. Labonté is thus very familiar with our organization - a significant asset. He also sits on the board of directors of the Electronic Commerce Institute (ECI), another Board of Trade affiliate, and he is known for his leadership and management skills. His drive and wide-ranging network will strengthen the Board of Trade's position as the voice of the business community," declared Normand Legault, president of the Board of Trade.
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has more than 7 000 members. Its mission is to be the leading group representing the interests of the Greater Montreal business community. The objectives are to maintain, at all times, relevance to its membership, credibility towards the media and influence towards government and decision-makers.