Institute of Corporate Directors elects two new members to its Board of Directors

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) is pleased to announce the election of Isabelle Courville, Chair of the Laurentian Bank of Canada, and Gary Albert Filmon, corporate director and former Premier of Manitoba, to the ICD Board of Directors.

"I am pleased to welcome Isabelle and Gary to the Board and look forward to the unique and diverse perspectives they bring," says Donna Soble Kaufman, Chair of the ICD. "Their strategic counsel will be important to our organization as we continue our work to help develop better directors in the belief that better directors make for better boards and higher-performing organizations."

Retiring from the ICD Board are Jim Fisher and Robert Parizeau, after serving the full six-year term.

"On behalf of the Board and the entire organization, I thank Jim and Robert for their contributions to the ICD and for always setting a tremendous example of excellence in directorship," added Soble Kaufman.

Ms. Isabelle Courville, ing, BCL

Ms. Courville is Chair of the Laurentian Bank of Canada and is a director of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, TVA Group Inc., Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, Institute of Corporate Directors – Québec and Polytechnique Montréal. Prior to becoming a corporate director, Ms. Courville was President of Hydro-Québec Distribution, Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie, Bell Canada Enterprise Group and President and CEO of Bell Nordiq Group Inc.

Hon. Gary Albert Filmon, PC, OC, OM

Mr. Filmon is a corporate director and public policy advisor. He is the former Premier of Manitoba who oversaw increased economic growth while improving the province's finances over his three terms. He is currently a director and trustee of Arctic Glacier Income Trust, Chairman of F.W.S. Construction Limited and the Exchange Income Corporation, a director of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. He is also on the Board of the Friends of Upper Fort Garry, an organization committed to create a provincial park on the site of the former fort. He is also honorary Co-Chair of the Western Canada Aviation Museum Capital Campaign.

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About the ICD

The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) is a not-for-profit, member-based association representing Canadian directors and boards across the for-profit, not-for-profit, and Crown sectors. The ICD has more than 7,700 members and 11 local chapters across Canada. The ICD fosters the sharing of knowledge and wisdom through education, professional development programs and services, and thought leadership and advocacy to achieve the highest standard of directorship. For more information, please visit:

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