January 23, 2009
No. 20

Appointment to Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the appointment of Ann McCain Evans as an alternate Canadian member of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission (RCIPC).

"Given Ms. McCain Evans' long-time community service and experience on various boards, she is uniquely qualified for this position," said Minister Cannon. "She will be a valuable member of this binational institution, which symbolizes the rich and historic ties between Canada and the United States."

The Roosevelt Campobello International Park was established in 1964 by a treaty between Canada and the United States. The park, on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, is the location of the summer home once used by former U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. More than 100,000 people visit the park annually, touring the historic Roosevelt residence and enjoying its interpretive exhibits and nature trails. The RCIPC, which is charged with administering the park, consists of six full members and six alternates, half of whom are appointed by the Government of Canada and half by the Government of the United States.

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A biographical note on the appointee follows.

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Biographical Note

Ann McCain Evans (Certificate [Languages, Literature and Civilization], Université Grenoble (France), 1978; BA [Politics and History], Trent University, 1979) has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Montreal Board of Trade, the Montreal SPCA and the Steering Committee of the Westmount Environment Action Committee. She was a director of the St. John Ambulance Foundation, Quebec Council. She also served on the Board of Governors of Acadia University, the Board of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, the Charitable Donations Committee of the McCain Foundation, and the Board of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Currently, Ms. McCain Evans serves as a director of McCain Foods Group Inc. and of the Marion McCain Foundation, sponsor of the Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition. She also serves as chairperson of the Harrison McCain Foundation and a board member of both Ovarian Cancer Canada and the Canadian Barcode of Life Network.