Minister Champagne announces new chairperson of Canadian Commercial Corporation Board

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February 12, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, today announced the appointment of Doug Harrison as chairperson of the Canadian Commercial Corporation’s (CCC’s) Board of Directors. Mr. Harrison is an experienced leader in international trade throughout Canada, Europe and Asia and shares a strong commitment in creating more opportunities for Canadians to grow their prosperity at home by their access to overseas markets.

The appointment of Doug Harrison as the new Chairperson of the CCC underscores Canada’s ambitious trade diversification agenda with an emphasis on new export markets across more sectors from coast to coast. The CCC is committed to supporting the growth of international trade, moving away from a concentration in defence to a diversification agenda that more fully reflects the depth and breadth of Canada’s economy.  The new chairperson will be instrumental in ensuring the organization reflects the interests of all Canadian exporters, business owners and entrepreneurs.

Mr. Harrison holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, is a certified management accountant and holds an Institute of Corporate Directors qualification. Mr. Harrison serves on the board of directors of Superior Plus Corp. and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority. He is also a former board member of the Conference Board of Canada and the Hamilton Utilities Corporation and a former chair of Mohawk College’s Board of Governors. He is currently President and CEO of VersaCold, an international transportation and logistics company.

The CCC appointment is the result of an open, transparent and merit-based selection process developed to attract high-quality candidates while reflecting gender parity and Canada’s diversity in Governor-in-Council appointments.


“Doug Harrison’s proven leadership and management experience will be tremendous assets to CCC’s mandate to provide Canadian exporters and investors with the tools and support they need to diversify and expand their presence in international markets. As chair, his role in growing CCC’s services for Canadian companies abroad has a direct benefit on job creation for the middle class here at home”.

- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

Quick Facts

  • Founded in 1946, the CCC is a crown corporation that operates on commercial principles and reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Trade.

  • The CCC is Canada’s government-to-government contracting organization. The CCC supports the growth of international trade by helping Canadian exporters sell goods and services to foreign governments.

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