Ottawa, June 23, 2009
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Archived - Minister of Finance Announces Appointment to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal

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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced the appointment of Stephen A. Leach as a member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT).

Mr. Leach is a graduate of the University of Alberta's Faculty of Law and has an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business. He is currently an international consultant for private companies, governments and non-governmental organizations, with a focus on energy policy, emerging economies and more recently the principles and practice of good governance in nations emerging from conflict and crisis.   

"Mr. Leach has the international legal experience and corporate knowledge to make a valuable contribution to the CITT," said Minister Flaherty. "Given the current global economic situation, the role of tribunal members will be important in responding to trade and tariff issues."

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

Biographical notes are attached.

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Biographical notes

Stephen A. Leach, LL.B., M.B.A.

Mr. Leach is an international consultant who recently provided strategic advice to the coalition government of Lebanon for the 2009 parliamentary election.  He has worked for private companies, governments and non-governmental organizations throughout the world, with a focus on energy policy, emerging economies, and the principles and practice of good governance. 

Mr. Leach's legal practice covers corporate and commercial transactions, corporate restructuring, administrative and regulatory law, and complex civil litigation.  As a partner in a venture capital group, he has participated in private equity investments, including angel investing, venture capital and mezzanine financing in Canada, the U.S., China and Brazil.

Mr. Leach is a graduate of the University of Alberta's Faculty of Law (LL.B.) and the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business (M.B.A.).