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Minister Fast Announces Appointments to Canadian Commercial Corporation

June 14, 2013 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today announced the appointment of Dwayne Lucas to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and the extension of Marc Whittingham’s term as president of CCC.

“Our government is focused on what matters to Canadians—jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Fast. “The Canadian Commercial Corporation has an important role to play in helping Canadian firms, including those in defence and security, expand their operations around the globe.”

Mr. Whittingham’s current term will extend beyond September until a successor is appointed. New board member Dwayne Lucas joins CCC for three years.

“I am pleased that Mr. Lucas has joined the board and that Mr. Whittingham has agreed remain at the helm until new leadership is found,” said Minister Fast. “The broad and deep experience these two business leaders bring to CCC will ensure that it continues to help Canadian firms grow and prosper.”

Established in 1946, CCC connects foreign government buyers with Canadian expertise through the negotiation and execution of government-to-government contracts. The corporation focuses on areas where there is a clear role for government, such as defence and security.

CCC reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Trade.

Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway

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Biographical Notes

Dwayne Lucas, of Abbotsford, British Columbia, is the senior vice-president of Cascade Aerospace Inc. Prior to joining Cascade in 2006, Brigadier-General Lucas (retired) served 36 years in the Canadian Forces, including a term as director general, aerospace equipment program management. He is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada’s Public Procurement and Defence Committee.

Marc Whittingham, of Ottawa, Ontario, joined CCC in October 2006 as vice-president, strategy and organizational development, and was appointed president of CCC in October 2008. Prior to joining CCC, he was assistant deputy minister, portfolio relations and public affairs, at Public Safety Canada. He started his public service career as a procurement officer with the Department of National Defence and later was a finance officer with Industry Canada. He has also served in the Canadian Armed Forces.