Ottawa, October 24, 2005

Archived - Minister Announces Appointment of Two Vice-Chairs for Canadian International Trade Tribunal

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Minister of Finance Ralph Goodale today announced the appointment of two vice-chairs of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

Elaine Feldman

currently serves as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Policy and Negotiations with the federal Department of International Trade. During her time in this post, she served as chief negotiator for Canada for the establishment of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. She was also responsible for the management of the softwood lumber dispute with the United States. Prior to this, she held a number of senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Serge Fréchette

is a lawyer specializing in international trade and regulatory affairs. A former senior official with the departments of Justice and Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Mr. Fréchette was involved in negotiations of various international trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization. He represented Canada and other parties in several matters before the WTO. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa and currently operates his own law firm specializing in international trade matters.

"I am pleased that two individuals of the calibre of Ms. Feldman and Mr. Fréchette have agreed to serve in senior roles on the Canadian International Trade Tribunal," Minister Goodale said.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal is an administrative tribunal operating within Canada's trade remedies system. It is an independent quasi-judicial body that carries out its statutory responsibilities in an autonomous and impartial manner and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance.

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