Thunder Bay, Sept 23, 2018 — The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) today announced Ginny Flood as its new Chair of the Board of Directors for 2018-2019.
Ms. Flood’s appointment brings to the Chamber decades of experience in government and the private sector, particularly in policy areas that involve working with shareholders, indigenous communities, business stakeholders, and associations.
“Ginny’s mix of public and private sector experience, coupled with her long association with the Canadian Chamber and deep relationships with its network, will be invaluable to the Chamber, to our Board of Directors, and to the thousands of businesses the Canadian Chamber represents,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, CEO and President of the Chamber.
Ms. Flood, the First Vice-Chair of the Chamber’s Board in 2017-2018, is the Vice-President of Government Relations for Suncor Energy, Canada's leading integrated energy company. Prior to joining Suncor, Ms. Flood was the Vice President, Canada, for Rio Tinto and held senior roles within the Canadian government in various international and government-to-government working groups related to the minerals and metals sector.
“There is no greater catalyst than the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for helping small businesses in Canada grow into medium-sized companies, and then medium-sized into national champions. Having the chance to lead the Chamber’s Board is an inspiring opportunity, and I look forward to diving in on key projects like our national tax review and promoting Canada’s Resource Champions,” Ms. Flood said.
Ms. Flood will take over from the outgoing Chamber Chair, Christiane Bergevin.
“Ginny Flood’s election will build upon the very productive leadership of Christiane Bergevin during her term as our Chair. She has been tireless in her dedication to making the Chamber better reflect the changing face of society and to strengthen Canadian businesses,” Mr. Beatty added. “We also congratulate Christiane for her recent recognition as one of Canada’s top 25 Women of Influence. Anyone who has had the pleasure of working with Christiane can attest to the merit of the award.”
The announcement was made today at the Chamber’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
More than 300 business leaders, associations, and provincial and regional chambers of commerce representing more than 200,000 Canadian businesses come together during the Chamber’s AGM, sometimes described as the Parliament of Canadian business. The democratic nature of the AGM debate and resolution voting process ultimately provides the mandate for the Chamber's policy activities in the upcoming year.
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