Minister Ng Names Four New Directors to Invest in Canada Board

Global Affairs Canada

Foreign direct investment (FDI) plays a critical role in creating jobs, economic growth and innovation in Canadian communities.

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, announced the appointment of four new Board Directors of the Invest in Canada Hub: Louise Blais, Marc-André Blanchard, Brad Ferguson, and Rory McAlpine.

As Canada's FDI attraction and promotion agency, Invest in Canada draws the best global companies to Canada's shores, with the focus on bring impactful and transformative investments that will benefit communities across the country.

Working with federal, provincial, regional and municipal partners throughout Canada, Invest in Canada advises and supports companies throughout their investment journey.

The appointments of Ms. Blais, Mr. Blanchard, Mr. Ferguson, and Mr. McAlpine will play a crucial role in promoting FDI into Canada and strengthening Canada's economic resilience by developing new technologies and sustainable industries.


Louise Blais

Ms. Blais of Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Quebec, is currently a Senior Advisor to the Pendleton Group, an economic development consulting group.

She previously worked at Global Affairs Canada for more than 25 years, including as Consul General of Canada in Atlanta and Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

She also held the position of Vice President of the Executive Board of UNICEF from 2019 to 2020.

Marc-André Blanchard

Mr. Blanchard of Montréal, Quebec, is a lawyer by training, and currently the Executive Vice-President and Global Head of Sustainability at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), as well as Head of CDPQ Global.

Before joining CDPQ in September 2020, he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York from 2016 to 2020.

From 2017 to 2020, he also sat on Canada's North American Free Trade Agreement Council.

Brad Ferguson

Mr. Ferguson of Edmonton, Alberta, currently serves as Senior Vice President at Optimus SBR Inc.

He has occupied multiple positions in consulting and economic development, including almost 6 years as President and Chief Executive Officer at the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation from 2012 to 2018.

He was also Assistant Deputy Minister of the Environmental Social Governance Secretariat of the Government of Alberta in 2021 and 2022.

Rory McAlpine

Mr. McAlpine of Victoria, British Columbia, retired in 2020 after 15 years as Senior Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Maple Leaf Foods, Inc.

He previously worked at both Global Affairs Canada as a Trade Commissioner, serving in Edmonton, Kuwait, Bangkok, Ottawa, and Brussels, and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada as Director General, International Trade Policy Directorate.

From 2003 to 2005, he was Deputy Minister at the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

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