David Emerson

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"Mr. Emerson P.C. is a Corporate Director, Public Policy Advisor and serves as a senior advisor to CAI Manager, a private equity fund. Nationally, he has held senior positions with the Government of Canada that included Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of International Trade with responsibility for the Asia Pacific Gateway initiative and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and Minister of Industry. In British Columbia, Mr. Emerson was the Province’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Secretary to Treasury Board and Deputy Minister to the Premier, Secretary to Cabinet. He has also served in leadership roles in the private sector, including President and CEO of Canfor Corporation, President and CEO of the Vancouver International Airport Authority, and Chairman and CEO of Canadian Western Bank. Mr. Emerson currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Finning International Inc., Stantec Inc., TimberWest Forest Corporation, Chorus Aviation Inc., Conair Group Inc., and D-Wave Systems Inc. In addition, Mr. Emerson is Chair, Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy; Chair, Energy Policy Institute of Canada; Co-Chair, Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service, and a member of China Investment Corporation International Advisory Council. Mr. Emerson holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Alberta and Doctorate in Economics from Queen’s University."[1]

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  1. Board, Postmedia Network, accessed April 1, 2011.