BDC to serve as Independent Director

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As approved by the Board and ratified by the General Assembly last May in Colombo, Sri Lanka, ADFIAP’s governance practice has been further enhanced with the inclusion of Independent Directors in the Board.

Upon invitation of ADFIAP and the willingness of the Montreal-based Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) to serve as one of three Independent Directors in the Board, ADFIAP welcomes BDC’s experience, expertise and contacts, specifically in the areas of corporate governance, risk management and SMEs.

BDC began as a Special Member of ADFIAP in 1986 and has been active in the Association for the past years, in particular, contributing its Executive Vice President, Ms. Edmee Metivier, as a speaker in ADFIAP conferences.

BDC will be represented in the ADFIAP Board by its President & CEO, Mr. Jean-René Halde, who has more than 30 years of management experience in the private sector. Since 1979, he has held CEO positions in leading companies, including Métro-Richelieu Inc., Culinar Inc. and Livingston Group Inc.

BDC is a financial institution wholly owned by the government of Canada and plays a leadership role in delivering financial, investment and consulting services to Canadian small businesses, with a particular focus on the technology and export sectors of the economy.

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