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July 4, 2012 (Fredericton, NB)

Francis McGuire named Business Council Chair

The New Brunswick Business Council (NBBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Francis McGuire, CEO of Major Drilling, as Chairman of our group replacing Gordie Lavoie, CEO of Sunny Corner Enterprises.  The Chair of the Business Council rotates among its members on an annual basis.

“Francis brings an exceptional drive and energy to the Council chair.  I’m excited to work with him to accelerate the Business Council’s impact in our priority areas.” says Susan Holt, NBBC President and Chief Executive Officer.

The NBBC is focused on 3 things: championing entrepreneurship, growing productive employment and supporting robust economic policy debate and development in New Brunswick.  Mr. McGuire is personally passionate about the council’s role as a motivator and supporter of our province’s ambitious entrepreneurs.  He is also an advocate for greater collaboration and partnership between the private sector and our post-secondary education institutions.

“The leaders around the council table have much to offer our next generation of business people and business educators.The council plans to leverage that capacity this year by promoting great direct personal involvement of our members and supporting other mentoring organizations.”

Francis McGuire was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1951. For almost a decade he served under Premier Frank McKenna as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, and from 1998-2000 he was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for MITI Information Technology Inc., during which time it was named Atlantic Canada’s Fastest Growing Company. In August 2000, Francis was appointed President & CEO of Moncton-based Major Drilling Group International Inc. In 2008, he was named Atlantic Canada’s CEO of the year by Atlantic Business Magazine. Francis is also the current Chair of the Wallace McCain Institute for Business Leadership at UNB.  In November of this year, Mr. McGuire was inducted into the Junior Achievement New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame.