June 26, 2009 (7:25 p.m. EDT)
No. 180

Minister Day Recognizes Important Contribution of Thomas d'Aquino to Canadian Business

The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today issued the following statement regarding the change in leadership at the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE):

“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Thomas d’Aquino for his leadership as President and Chief Executive of the CCCE. His contribution to public policy over the past three decades has led to positive and lasting results both nationally and internationally.

“He has played a pivotal role in representing Canadian business interests. I look forward to continuing to work with him until the end of his mandate.

“The Honourable John Manley, who will succeed Mr. d’Aquino on January 1, 2010, brings a wealth of national and international experience to the Council.

“The CCCE is a key association of Canada’s business leaders that plays an important role in providing expert advice to policy makers across government on a wide range of business issues, such as Canada-U.S. commercial relations and global trade and investment liberalization.

“I wish Mr. d’Aquino the best of luck in his future endeavours and I am pleased to welcome Mr. Manley when he assumes the leadership of the CCCE next year.”

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Mélisa Leclerc
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-6186

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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000
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