August 13, 2007

New president appointed to NRTEE

David McLaughlin has been appointed president of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), effective August 8, 2007. He replaces Alexander Wood, who had been acting in this position. In announcing the appointment, federal Environment Minister John Baird said McLaughlin "has distinguished himself as a public policy manager in several areas, and he will give excellent leadership to the Round Table."

McLaughlin has over 20 years of public policy and management experience in government (at both federal and provincial levels) and the private sector. Immediately prior to his NRTEE appointment, he served as chief of staff to the federal Minister of Finance and has held the same post in different departments during his career, including chief of staff to the Prime Minister and to the New Brunswick Premier. During the 1990s he spent several years in the private sector as partner and executive vice-president of Veritas Communications, a healthcare communications firm.

In October 1999, he returned to New Brunswick to serve as deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and of Policy and Planning. In June 2000, he also became secretary to the provincial Cabinet's committee on policy and priorities.

During this period, McLaughlin led the establishment of a comprehensive new environmental policy and legislative framework for New Brunswick, which included a coastal areas protection policy, a protected areas strategy, a waste reduction and diversion plan, plus amendments to the provincial Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Environment Act.

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