June 18, 2007

ECO/People (June 18, 2007)

Robert Ghiz, the newly-elected Liberal Premier of the Province of Prince Edward Island, has apppointed George Webster as Minister of Environment, Energy, and Forestry. Other environment-related appointments include Allan Campbell (Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture), Ron MacKinley (Minister of Transportation and Public Works) and Richard Brown (Minister of Development and Technology).

Francine Dorion and Richard Prokopanko have been appointed to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), effective immediately.

Richard Prokopanko brings over 20 years of experience in natural resource management to his new post, having most recently served as director of corporate affairs for Alcan (BC) since 1997. In that capacity, he co-ordinated Alcan's first-ever sustainability report in 1999. In 2004, he worked with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and other corporate organizations to host a forum on the business case for sustainability and business partnerships with First Nations. Mr Prokopanko has also held senior positions with the British Columbia Ministry of Forests and the federal government, with Natural Resources Canada and as executive assistant to the federal Minister of Forests.

Francine Dorion comes to the NRTEE from Abitibi-Consolidated, where she was vice-president of environment and technology (formerly vice-president of environment and sustainable development), a post she had held since October 2003. During her 26-year career with the company, she served in a series of progressively senior forest management positions. Ms Dorion currently heads the Canadian National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, and the Forest Products Association of Canada's Market Acceptance Committee. She served as vice-chair of FPAC's environment section from 2005 to 2006, and in 2005 was a member of the selection committee for Quebec's first Chief Forester. From 2001 to 2003, Ms Dorion co-chaired the Canadian task force on Boreal forest management.

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