Biographical Notes

Suzanne M. Benoît (BA [Psychology], University of Ottawa; MBA, University of Ottawa) was appointed President-Chief Executive Officer of Aéro Montréal in August 2006. Prior to joining Aéro Montréal, she led the Longueuil Economic Development Agency as its president and CEO from the day it was founded in 2002. From 1999 to 2003, she led the foreign investment prospecting team in the Americas division of Investissement Québec. Between 1991 and 1999, she held various management positions with Hydro-Québec, including director of governmental and institutional relations, and director of industrial and economic development in the utility’s Major Industrial Clients division. Beginning in 1979, she worked in the federal civil service in Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada as an assistant director at Industry Canada’s International Affairs Division, where she was responsible for industrial cooperation between Canada and Japan, and Canada and South Korea. Ms. Benoît was also an assistant director in the marketing of defence products at the Department of External Affairs and International Trade.
Deborah Close (BA, University of Calgary), currently President of Production Services at Tervita Corporation in Calgary, Alberta, joined Tervita in 2010 as President of Concord Well Servicing (the former name of Tervita Corporation). Tervita provides environmental and energy services primarily to the energy industry in conventional and unconventional oil and gas production in North America. Ms. Close is responsible for managing Tervita’s Production Services division, which comprises its service rig business unit, well-site equipment and rentals business unit, and well and facility abandonment services business unit. Prior to joining Tervita, Ms. Close served as executive vice-president of DO2 Technologies Inc., a leading software company focused on electronic invoicing and supply chain finance. Previously, she served as operations vice-president at Landmark Graphics Corporation, a subsidiary of Halliburton, where she managed the company’s operations in North America, Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ms. Close began her career in the energy industry more than 30 years ago, working as a petroleum engineering technologist at the Energy Resources Conservation Board and at Amoco Canada Petroleum, where she spent 14 years working in reservoir and operations engineering.
Philip Leong (BA [Economics and Political Science], University of Saskatchewan; Canadian Investment Manager; Fellow, Canadian Securities Institute; Associate, Institute of Canadian Bankers) is director and vice president at ScotiaMcLeod, a division of Scotia Capital Inc. International Investment Advisory. Prior to that, he was vice president and director, and Chairman’s Council member, at RBC Dominion Securities. From 2001 to 2006, he was vice president and Chairman’s Council member at BMO Nesbitt Burns. From 1984 to 1987, he held banking and finance positions in Asia. Mr. Leong is the founder and chairman of the Liberty Foundation, an organization with the dual mandate of promoting international freedom and democracy domestically and internationally, and helping new immigrants to settle and integrate in Canada. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Council of the University of Toronto Mississauga and a member of the Board of Governors of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.

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