Department of Finance Canada
Immediate release
Ottawa, March 26, 1999

Minister of Finance Announces Appointment of 1999 National Campaign Chair for the New Canada Savings Bonds Payroll Program

Related documents: Backgrounder: biography of Guy Saint-Pierre.

Finance Minister Paul Martin today announced the appointment of Guy Saint-Pierre, Chairman of the Board, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., as the 1999 National Campaign Chair for the New Canada Savings Bonds Payroll Program. Mr. Saint-Pierre becomes the second National Campaign Chair and follows L.R. Wilson, Chairman of the Board, BCE Inc., whose term ends March 31, 1999.

The New Canada Savings Bonds Payroll Program is one of the largest automatic savings plans in Canada enabling Canadians to purchase Canada Savings Bonds through the workplace. More than 15,000 employers and approximately one million Canadians participate each year. The program is an integral part the government’s strategy to provide Canadians with greater access to Government of Canada securities, including Canada Savings Bonds.

Mr. Saint-Pierre will work with Jacqueline Orange, President and CEO, Canada Investment and Savings, the agency responsible for retail debt, including New Canada Savings Bonds and the payroll program, to increase awareness among Canadians about the importance of saving. He will help to develop new relationships with employers across Canada to provide more Canadians with the opportunity to put money aside on a regular basis.

"I welcome the talents and leadership of one of Canada’s most well-known and respected businessmen in working to ensure that Canadians have a greater opportunity to save through payroll deductions," said Mr. Martin. "I am certain Mr. Saint-Pierre’s efforts to spread this important savings message through companies and organizations will go a long way to ensuring the success of the 1999 payroll campaign."

Both Mr. Martin and Ms. Orange expressed their appreciation for the energy and enthusiasm displayed by L.R. Wilson as the very first payroll campaign chair.
"Mr. Wilson’s profound contribution has set a very high standard and helped the 1998 campaign enjoy significant success," continued Mr. Martin. "That’s why I am pleased to have someone of Guy Saint-Pierre’s stature as the incoming Campaign Chair to sustain and expand on the foundation put in place over the last year."

Canadians have used the payroll program to purchase more than $42 billion in Canada Savings Bonds since it was established in 1946. The program has recently been streamlined to reduce the administrative workload for employers and offers increased flexibility to participating employees.

"The New Canada Savings Bonds Payroll Program offers an easy and convenient way for Canadians to meet their financial goals," said Mr. Saint-Pierre. "I encourage my colleagues from across the country to support this valuable savings program which benefits employees and companies and strengthens the economic future of our country."

Mr. Saint-Pierre has accepted this voluntary position as 1999 National Campaign Chair for a one-year term from April 1, 1999 to March 31, 2000. His biography is attached.

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Guy Saint-Pierre

Present Position
Since May 1996, Guy Saint-Pierre has been Chairman of the Board of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. From January 1989 until his appointment, Mr. Saint-Pierre was President and Chief Executive Officer of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. SNC-Lavalin is the largest Canadian engineering-construction firm and one of the biggest in the world.

Born in Windsor Mills, Quebec, Mr. Saint-Pierre began his career as an officer of the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers at Camp Gagetown, New Brunswick, in 1959. From 1964 to 1966 he was Registrar of the Corporation of Engineers of Quebec, then Vice-President of Acres Quebec until 1970.

Mr. Saint-Pierre was elected to the Quebec National Assembly in April 1970, where he served as Minister of Education from 1970 to 1972 and as Minister of Industry and Commerce from 1972 to 1976.

In 1977, Mr. Saint-Pierre joined John Labatt Ltd. as Assistant to the President. The following year, he was appointed President and General Manager of Ogilvie Mills Ltd. and became President and Chief Executive Officer in 1980.

Mr. Saint-Pierre graduated from Laval University with a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1957. An Athlone Scholar, he obtained an M.Sc. from the University of London in 1959 and holds a D.I.C. from the Imperial College of Science and Technology. Mr. Saint-Pierre holds honorary degrees from Concordia University, Laval University, École des Hautes Études Commerciales of the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke University and le Collège militaire Royal de Saint-Jean.

Mr. Saint-Pierre is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has also been awarded the Sir John Kennedy Medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada and a Gold Medal from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.

He was chosen as The Financial Post’s CEO of the Year and honoured by La Presse with Personality of the Year in 1994. In 1995, Mr. Saint-Pierre was named Canadian International Executive of the Year by the Canadian Council for International Business.

Other Activities
Mr. Saint-Pierre is past Chairman of the Canadian Manufacturers’ Association, The Conference Board of Canada and The Business Council on National Issues. He currently serves as a director on the boards of a number of major Canadian companies.