Ottawa, November 6, 2012

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 Dr. Ann Penner as a member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT).

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Penner to the CITT,” said Minister Flaherty. “Dr. Penner has extensive trade policy experience, making her well suited for a tribunal that plays an important role in Canada’s trade remedy system.”

Dr. Penner is a well-respected communications consultant who operates her own firm, AEP Communications. Her previous experience includes trade policy analysis for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

The CITT provides Canadian and international businesses with access to fair, transparent and timely processes for the investigation of trade remedy cases and complaints concerning federal government procurement and for the adjudication of appeals on customs and excise matters. At the request of the Government, the CITT provides advice on tariff, trade, commercial and economic matters.

For further information, media may contact:

Kathleen Perchaluk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance

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Biographical Notes

Dr. Ann Penner

Dr. Penner holds a PhD in Canadian politics and comparative politics from Carleton University. Prior to completing her degree, she was awarded the Norman Robertson Fellowship from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, which offered her the opportunity to undertake post-doctoral studies on the rulings that domestic courts and bilateral panels have rendered when reviewing decisions made by Canadian and American trade remedy institutions.

In 1996, she began work as a trade policy analyst in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Multilateral Trade Policy Division, becoming Acting Director of the Division’s Communications and Consultations Unit in 2006. While at the Department, she dealt with legislative changes to Canada’s Special Import Measures Act and safeguards under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture, and was also a member of Canada’s negotiating team on WTO agricultural negotiations.

Since 2008, she has operated her own consulting firm, AEP Communications, providing strategic communications advice and support to a number of organizations within and outside government.