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Sylvain Vincent named Chairman of the board of directors of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal for 2010-2011

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Sylvain Vincent named Chairman of the board of directors
of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal for 2010-2011

Montréal, November 3, 2010 – The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal held its annual meeting yesterday, during which members elected their board of directors for 2010-2011. Mr. Sylvain Vincent, Managing Partner of Ernst & Young for Eastern Canada, has been named Chairman of the board for a one-year term. He succeeds Mr. Erik Ryan, Senior Vice-President, Communications and External Relations of Rio Tinto Alcan.

Born in Montréal, where he has spent all of his life, Mr. Vincent has particular affection for his city. “My bike rides through the neighbourhoods of Montréal have made me realize how vibrant, inclusive and captivating our city is,” he said. “To preserve this collective wealth and give us the means to reinvest, it is important to promote and encourage front-line economic activity.”

Since the Board of Trade was founded, it has worked to make Montréal an incubator of business opportunities. Given the still fragile economy, this role takes on more meaning and importance than ever. “I am committed to never losing sight of the goal of prosperity for our businesses,” Mr. Vincent said. “I am confident I’ll be able to draw on the passion that fuels our members, the talent of the Board of Trade’s team of experts and the support of a dedicated board of directors in working toward this goal.”

Mr. Vincent joined Ernst & Young in 1979 and was named partner in 1990. In 1999, he received the honorary title of Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec. From 1995 to 2007, he managed the Transaction Advisory Services Group for Quebec, which saw exceptional growth under his watch. He has also performed mandates in financial reorganization and mergers and acquisitions for the company’s clients. He sat on the company’s management committee for Quebec for eight years, before being named managing partner.

Mr. Vincent is very active in the business community and has been president or treasurer of a number of its professional associations. As a graduate of HEC Montréal, he has acted as president of his alumni association, the Réseau HEC.
Mr. Vincent is convinced that post-secondary studies are the key to the future of young people and the answer to our economic needs, so he actively supports the Quebec Pathways to Education Program to reduce the dropout rate among high school students. And to encourage the next generation and promote education, Mr. Vincent has successfully headed up a number of annual fundraising campaigns in his workplace for universities in Quebec and their students.

Mr. Vincent was also treasurer of Special Olympics Québec and president or patron of honour for fundraising campaigns for the On the Tip of the Toes Foundation and the Pacific Path Institute. All three organizations are dedicated to the service of young people.

As Chairman of the board of directors of the Board of Trade, Sylvain Vincent will be involved in the Board of Trade’s activities during the year and then as Retiring Chair of the board the following year. Throughout this period, Mr. Vincent will sit on the Board of Trade’s executive committee.


The following are the members of the board for 2010-2011:

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

Retiring Chair of the board:
Erik Ryan
Senior Vice-President
Communications and External Relations
Rio Tinto Alcan

First Vice-President of the board:
Stéphane Boisvert
President, Bell Business Markets
Bell Canada

Robert Desbiens
Executive Vice-President
Division of Montréal, Ottawa and Europe
R3D Consulting Inc.

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

Yves Beauchamp
Director General
École de technologie supérieure

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

Hubert Bolduc
Communications and Public Affairs
Cascades Inc.

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

Alain Côté, FCA, IAS.A
Managing Partner, Montréal Office
Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche LLP

Isabelle Courville*
Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie

Alexandre Doire
Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal

Diane Giard
Senior Vice-President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region

Stéphanie Kennan
Bang Marketing

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

Jean-Marc Léger*
Leger Marketing

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

Andrew T. Molson*
Molson Coors Brewing Company

Madeleine Paquin
President and CEO
Logistec Corporation

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

Gilbert Rozon
Chairman of the Board
Just For Laughs Group

Luc Sabbatini
Astral Media Outdoor

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

Kim Thomassin
Managing Partner, Quebec Region
McCarthy Tétrault

Judith Woodsworth
President and Vice-Chancellor
Concordia University

 * 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.

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

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