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Minister Oliver congratulates Martin Sullivan on his appointment

December 19, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance

Finance Minister Joe Oliver today announced the appointment of Martin Sullivan to the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada. His appointment is for a term ending on February 28, 2017.

Mr. Sullivan is the co-founder, President and CEO of Ocean Choice International, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He has been actively involved in promoting the sustainable management and development of the fisheries sector.

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“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Sullivan to the Bank of Canada’s Board of Directors. Mr. Sullivan is a highly respected business executive in the fisheries industry. With his extensive expertise in business and financial management, he will bring varied and valuable experience to this important institution.”

- Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance

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Nicholas Bergamini
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Stéphanie Rubec
Media Relations
Department of Finance

Biographical Notes

Martin Sullivan

Mr. Sullivan is the co-founder, President and CEO of Ocean Choice International, which has become one of the largest and most diversified seafood companies in Atlantic Canada, employing more than 1,600 people. It has received various prestigious awards and certifications, including the Newfoundland Export Award for International Marketing, the Canada Export Award, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Export & Innovation Award.

Mr. Sullivan has participated in numerous organizations and associations, including as Chair of the Fisheries Council of Canada (2011–2012) and as Advisor to the Government of Canada’s Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization. He was also Founding Director of the NL Association of Seafood Producers.

Mr. Sullivan has also participated as a speaker and presenter at a variety of industry events including the Chief Negotiator for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Bank of Canada’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Sullivan is from Calvert, Newfoundland and Labrador. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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