Minister Van Loan Appoints Director to Export Development Canada Board of Directors

(No. 394 - December 14, 2010 - 11:15 a.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Steiner to the Board of Directors of Export Development Canada. The three-year term is effective immediately.

“Mr. Steiner is an accomplished business executive with a keen interest in how the public and private sectors complement each other,” said Minister Van Loan. “He brings a unique set of skills to the Export Development Canada Board of Directors, and his advice will help guide the organization to continuing success.”

Mr. Steiner is the founding president and chief executive officer of New Franchise Media Inc. He served seven years as president and chief executive officer of the Toronto Economic Development Corporation, and three years as a board member for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. He has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from York University and a law degree from the University of British Columbia. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991.

Export Development Canada is Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. Export Development Canada’s knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,400 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. Export Development Canada is financially self-sustaining and is a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Monika Bujalska
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Peter Van Loan
Minister of International Trade
613-992-9304
monika.bujalska@international.gc.ca

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000