Minister Clement Introduces Members of the New Regulatory Advisory Committee
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/25/13 -- The Honourable Tony
Clement, President of the Treasury Board, is pleased to introduce the
members of the new Regulatory Advisory Committee, a key pillar of the
Government of Canada's Red Tape Reduction Action Plan.
The Regulatory Advisory Committee's main task will be to provide the
President of the Treasury Board with unvarnished advice on the
fairness and reliability of the Government's Annual Scorecard. The
first edition of the Scorecard, expected this fall, will track the
Government's progress in cutting red tape for Canadian business.
"I deeply appreciate the dedication of the members of this new
committee, who are volunteering their time and energy to participate
in this crucial initiative," said Minister Clement. "I look forward
to the insight the Committee members will provide in holding the
Government to account for implementing the Action Plan's systemic
The five Committee members, who will each serve an initial term of
two years, are Vic Young, Chair of the Committee; Eve-Lyne Biron,
President and CEO of Biron Groupe Sante Inc.; Bruce Cran, President
of the Consumers' Association of Canada; David Fung, Chairman and CEO
of ACDEG Group; and Laura Jones, Executive Vice-President of the
Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
"By striking this committee, the Government of Canada is
demonstrating its ongoing commitment to transparency and
accountability in implementing its systemic regulatory reforms,"
added Minister Clement. "The Scorecard and the Committee's views on
the Government's progress will be provided to the Auditor General
The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, one of the most ambitious red
tape-cutting initiatives in the world today, frees business to
innovate, grow, and create jobs, and it underscores Canada's
reputation as one of the best places in the world to do business and
invest. It eliminates business irritants in areas ranging from tax
and payroll to labour and trade, and introduces time-saving measures
like single windows and electronic submissions.
For more information, please see the Regulatory Advisory Committee
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Regulatory Advisory Committee
Cutting red tape and making the regulatory process as pain-free as
possible is one of the most important initiatives government can
undertake to help business thrive. For this reason, in October 2012,
the Government of Canada launched the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan,
one of the most ambitious red tape-cutting initiatives in the world
The Role of the Regulatory Advisory Committee
The Regulatory Advisory Committee is a key pillar of the Government
of Canada's Red Tape Reduction Action Plan. The Committee will play a
fundamental role in holding the Government to account for
implementing its systemic regulatory reforms and it will provide the
President of the Treasury Board with unvarnished advice on the
fairness and reliability of the Government's Annual Scorecard.
The Annual Scorecard
The first Annual Scorecard, which will track the Government's
progress in cutting red tape for Canadian business, will be delivered
in fall 2013. The Scorecard will report on system-wide changes to the
federal regulatory system, particularly on implementing the
One-for-One Rule, service standards, and the Small Business Lens. The
Regulatory Advisory Committee will review the Scorecard before it is
made public. The Scorecard and the Committee's views on the
Government's progress will be provided to the Auditor General each
Members of the Committee
The Committee is made up of five members, including the Chair. Each
member will serve an initial term of two years. The members are:
-- Vic Young, Chair of the Committee
-- Eve-Lyne Biron, President and CEO, Biron Groupe Sante Inc.
-- Bruce Cran, President, Consumers' Association of Canada
-- David Fung, Chairman and CEO, ACDEG Group
-- Laura Jones, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Federation of
Biographies of Committee Members
Vic Young, Chair of the Committee
Vic Young has extensive experience in the private and public sectors.
He worked in Treasury Board with the Government of Newfoundland and
Labrador from 1968 to 1978 serving as an Officer, Assistant Deputy
Minister and Deputy Minister. In 1978, Mr. Young was appointed
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Newfoundland and Labrador
Hydro Group of Companies and held this position for six years. In
1984, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fishery
Products International and held this position for 17 years. Mr. Young
currently serves on a number of boards, including Royal Bank,
Imperial Oil, and McCain Foods. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce
(Honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of
Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. Mr.
Young received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Memorial University
and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Eve-Lyne Biron, President and CEO, Biron Groupe Sante Inc.
Eve-Lyne Biron heads a privately owned company, founded in 1952 by
her father, Denis Biron, that provides diagnostic services and
medical treatments. The company employs more than 600 employees and
has become the industry leader in Quebec. In 2004, Ms. Biron created
the firm's Soins du sommeil(TM) division, which focuses on the
treatment of sleep apnea. In 2010, she was named one of the top-100
most influential women in Canada in the entrepreneur category by the
Women's Executive Network. An MBA graduate, Ms. Biron was a director
of the Laurentian Bank of Canada from 2003 to 2012, and is currently
a director of the Longueuil Symphonic Orchestra, among other
Bruce Cran, President, Consumers' Association of Canada
Bruce Cran is the president of The Consumer's Association of Canada,
a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing consumer protection.
He was recently elected to his fourth term as national president and
had previously served the Association in many capacities. Mr. Cran is
a native of Australia and was educated at Scott's College, Gatton
Agricultural College, and the University of Queensland. He emigrated
to Canada in 1962, bringing with him a sustained interest in consumer
protection. Since retiring from a career in international trade in
1987, Mr. Cran has devoted himself to the consumer cause in Canada.
David Fung, Chairman and CEO, ACDEG Group
David Fung is the chairman and CEO of the ACDEG Group of companies, a
global technology integrator, with business partnerships in forest
products, clean technologies, specialty chemicals, renewable energy,
agri-foods, marine equipment, OEM parts manufacturing, and packaging
wastes recycling in North America, Europe, and Asia. His latest
projects include the integration of technologies from Canada, France,
Belgium, and Japan for sustainable shrimp farming in China. He is an
"investment champion" for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade
and Development and a member of the Gateway Performance Table of
Transport Canada. Dr. Fung's credentials include bachelor
master's, and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from McGill
University in Montreal. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive
Program at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
Laura Jones, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Federation of
Laura Jones is the Executive Vice-President of the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In this position, Ms.
Jones is responsible for the Federation's legislative (Ontario,
Atlantic, and Western Canada), communications, research, economics,
and IT functions. She has led high-profile CFIB campaigns, including
"Park the Tax" in British Columbia and Red Tape Awareness Week in
Canada. Prior to joining CFIB, Ms. Jones worked for the Fraser
Institute as the Director of Environment and Regulatory Studies,
where she authored a number of public policy studies. Ms. Jones
received her B.A. in economics from Mount Holyoke College in
Massachusetts and her M.A. in economics from Simon Fraser University
in British Columbia.
For more information
To learn more about the Government's regulatory reforms, visit the
Red Tape Reduction Action Plan.
Office of the President of the Treasury Board
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
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