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Nunavut Economic Forum Selects New Executive Director

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(May 24, 2005 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Economic Forum (NEF) President Monica Ell today announced that Iqaluit resident Glenn Cousins was selected as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Ell said Cousins was leaving behind a long career with the Northwest Company to take on the leading role in the Forum. He also has served recently as President of the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce.

We are extremely pleased that Glenn has decided to join our team. He brings several years of sound financial management experience with him to this position. His skills are exactly what the Nunavut Economic Forum needs as we continue to establish and implement the priorities laid out in the Nunavut Economic Development Strategy, said Ell.

Nearly 40 different organizations belong to the Nunavut Economic Forum. Members include Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the federal and Nunavut governments, Inuit organizations, the Nunavut Association of Municipalities, chambers of commerce, the Nunavut Employees Union and some non-government organizations.

Glenn’s primary focus in the coming months will be to ensure NEF members take on the responsibilities required to implement the Strategy’s priorities. It is crucial that we keep this momentum going during this phase of building Nunavut’s economy, said Ell. I am confident he will accomplish this important task, and help make Nunavut the next economic powerhouse in Canada, she said.

The Nunavut Economic Forum was incorporated in 2004 by the various groups which had taken part in developing the Nunavut Economic Development Strategy in 2003. It serves as a forum on Nunavut economic development issues, and its main focus is implementation of the Strategy

The Nunavut Economic Forum will be holding its Annual General Meeting in Iqaluit on June 14.

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