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Gaétan Lussier, Chair of the EACSR, serves as a Director or member of a number of corporate boards and not-for-profit associations. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Lussier was President and Chief Executive Officer of Culinar Inc., and was President of Weston Bakeries Quebec from 1988 to 1994. In addition to his executive level experience in the private sector, Mr. Lussier enjoyed a long and influential career as a senior public servant with both the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec. Mr. Lussier was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture for the Government of Quebec in 1971. Mr. Lussier was Deputy Minister of Agriculture Canada and of Employment and Immigration Canada, as well as President of the Unemployment Insurance Commission. A recipient of the Order of Canada (1981), Mr. Lussier has received numerous other honours, including an honourary doctorate in agricultural sciences from McGill University (1979), and the Ordre du Mérite Agronomique de l'Ordre des Agronomes du Québec (1977).

Rita Burak is the Chair of the Board of Hydro One Inc. Prior to this she held a number of senior positions during her 30 year career in the Ontario Public Service including Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council, and Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Ms. Burak is also a member of the Board of the Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada, and a Partner in The Network Executive Team, Management Consultants, Inc. Her volunteer work includes: The University of Guelph (Vice Chair) and the University Health Network Board of Trustees. Rita Burak holds a B.A. in Political Science from York University, and is the 2001 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration. She is also a member of the Order of Ontario.

Bernd S. Christmas is Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of Membertou Band and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Membertou Development Corporation. Previously, he practiced law with Lang Michener where he implemented the firm's aboriginal law practice group and specialized in Corporate/Commercial and Aboriginal law. He served on a number of boards and advisory bodies including, the Board of Governors for Nova Scotia Community College, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and was a past director of Aboriginal Legal Service of Toronto and the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Amendments to the Indian Act. Mr. Christmas, who is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and the Indigenous Bar Association, received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.

Dr. Robert B. Church is Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. He also owns and operates the Lochend Luing Ranch in Alberta and is President of Church Livestock Consultants. Dr. Church's research has focussed on developmental genetics, genome organization and gene expression. He has published widely and has been invited to present his findings at numerous international conferences. Dr. Church has been a consultant on medical technologies, biotechnology, embryo manipulation and livestock management. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Science & Technology Growth Fund Inc., Chairman of the Alberta Science and Research Authority and as Director of AVAC Ltd., CV Technologies Inc. and PENCE (Protein Engineering National Centres of Excellence). Dr. Church has received many awards and honorary degrees, including the Order of Canada and an LL.D. from the University of Lethbridge.

Richard Drouin is current Chairman of the North American Electric Reliability Council. He is also Chairman of Abitibi Consolidated and Stelco Inc. Previously, he was the Chairman and CEO of Hydro-Québec. Mr. Drouin sits on numerous boards including American Superconductor Corporation, Gesca (French daily newspapers), Provigo, Nstein Technologies and the Sustainable Technologies Foundation of Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Chairman of the Board of l'Université Laval. He received his law degree from l'Université Laval in Quebec City. He is an Honorary Consul for Great Britain in Québec.

Scott H. Jacobs is Managing Director of Jacobs and Associates, an international American/European/Asian consulting firm specializing in regulatory reform. He is among the leading international experts working in the area of regulatory reform. Working with 30 countries, he developed and directed the Program on Regulatory Reform in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) from 1995 to 2001. At the OECD, he wrote the first international standard on regulatory quality and led multi-disciplinary teams into numerous countries to produce influential country reviews of regulatory practices, together with policy options for improving regulatory and economic performance. His work in regulatory reform began in 1985 in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the Office of the President. He is widely published and has spoken at conferences worldwide. He received his graduate degree from Princeton University.

Louise Rozon has been with Option Consommateurs since 1985 and in 1989 was appointed Director. Ms. Rozon is a member of la Commission de l'éthique de la science et de la technologie. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Office of Consumer Protection and for the magazine Protégez-Vous. Ms. Rozon has been a member of a working group that examined disciplinary processes in l'Office des professions du Québec. She has served on many other organizations related to consumer protection within the Province of Quebec. She has participated as a panelist at many conferences and the media often seeks her views. Ms. Rozon obtained a degree from Université de Montréal in social services as well as a degree from the Université de Québec à Montréal in legal sciences. She became a member of the Quebec Bar in 1999.

John David Runnalls is President of the International Institute of Sustainable Development and also serves as Co-Chair of the China Council Working Group on Environment and Trade. Mr. Runnalls has served as Senior Advisor to the President of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, and to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. Previously, Mr. Runnalls was Director of the Environment and Sustainable Development Programme at the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Ottawa. He worked with Barbara Ward to found the International Institute for Environment and Development and directed both its London and Washington offices. Mr. Runnalls was the Canadian Board member of IUCN-the World Conservation Union for six years and the Chair of the Committee for the World Conservation Congress in 1996. He is a member of the Boards of the World Environment Center (New York), IIED (London) and Pollution Probe (Toronto). He received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1966 and his M.I.A. from Columbia University in 1968.

R.I. (Ray) Woods joined Shell Canada in 1968 as an Exploration Geophysicist. He progressed through various management positions in Shell's Exploration and Development functions and in 1990, was appointed Vice President, Development, and in 1993, Senior Vice President responsible for Research, Engineering and Construction, Information Technology and Health, Safety and Environment. In 1994, Mr. Woods accepted an assignment with Shell International Petroleum Company in London, England as Area Co-ordinator, Middle East and South Asia, and later moved to Stavanger where he served as Managing Director of Shell Norway. He returned to Canada and in 1998, as Senior Operating Officer, Resources for Shell Canada. In 2001/02, Mr. Woods served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). In September 2002, Mr. Woods retired from Shell Canada. He lives in Calgary and continues to serve on the Boards of various industry and not for profit organizations. Mr. Woods graduated from the University of Toronto in 1968 with a degree in Engineering Physics.

Robert J. Wright is currently the Deputy Chairman of Teck Cominco, a diversified mining and refining company. Previously, he was Chairman of the Board of Teck Corporation. He was Chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission from 1989 until 1993. He was also Chairman and Director of the Toronto Port Authority, and was a Director of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation. As a partner with the firm Lang Michener, Mr. Wright practised law from 1964 to 1989. Mr. Wright has been a member of the boards of numerous corporations. Currently, he is a Trustee of Fording Canadian Coal Trust, a Director of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada, Director of the AARC Foundation, a member of the Pension Fund Committee of Air Liquide Canada, Trustee of Armtec Infrastructure Income Fund, and a member of the Investment Committee of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. Mr. Wright graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto, with a B.A., and received his LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School.

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