Ottawa, February 4, 2008

Archived - Minister of Finance Announces Two Appointments to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal

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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced the appointment of André F. Scott as Chair of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) and Pasquale Michaele Saroli as a full-time member.

Mr. Scott, currently Vice-President Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of Polycor Inc., is a lawyer with 25 years of senior executive and managerial experience in both the public and private sectors. He has an extensive background in arbitration and negotiation.

Mr. Saroli, also a lawyer, has been an employee of the Department of Finance since 1989, and has taken on a number of increasingly senior roles in trade remedies, policy development and negotiations. He has a solid grounding in both administrative and international economic law.

"Both Mr. Scott and Mr. Saroli have extensive international trade experience and will make a valuable contribution to the important work of the CITT," said Minister Flaherty. "I wish them both well in their new duties."

The CITT is an administrative tribunal operating within Canada's trade remedies system. It is an independent, quasi-judicial body and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance.

Biographical notes are attached.

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Biographical Notes

André F. Scott

Mr. Scott is currently Vice-President Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of Polycor Inc., responsible for legal affairs related to U.S. acquisitions and the set-up of American subsidiary companies. From 1995 to 1999 he was Vice-Chairman and Vice-President Legal Services to the Agricultural and Food Marketing Board of Quebec, where he presided over numerous arbitration and litigation hearings. As Assistant Secretary (Assistant Deputy Minister) of the Secretariat of Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs, he reported directly to the Premier of Quebec and negotiated and concluded agreements on the elimination of interprovincial trade barriers in the construction industry and public markets between Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. A former Corporate Secretary of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, he participated in the negotiation and drafting of engineering services contracts for projects in Korea, Argentina and Romania. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa.

Pasquale Michaele Saroli

Mr. Saroli has been employed at the Department of Finance since 1989, most recently as Senior Trade Policy Advisor in the International Trade Policy Division. From 1982 to 1989 he was an International Trade Development Officer with the Department of External Affairs. He served as interdepartmental project leader for the 1994 implementation of Uruguay Round-related amendments to Canada's trade remedy laws and played a key role in the 1996-2000 legislative review of the Special Import Measures Act. Mr. Saroli was also Canada's lead trade remedies negotiator in the Free Trade Area of the Americas, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Steel Subsidies Agreement, the Canada-European Free Trade Association Free Trade Agreement and the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiations. He holds Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degrees from the University of Windsor as well as a Diploma of Specialized Legal Studies (Dipl.S.L.S.) from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa. Mr. Saroli was called to the Bar (Ontario) in 1981.